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Quality Dining
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Posted March 16, 2011


Growing up in San Francisco, I ventured many times across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, then a sleepy little houseboat town with one very long street bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and the other by shops much like our town square. The variety of goods sold was as endless as one could imagine and required returning time and time again to see and sample and buy.

Among the top enjoyment of this street, the "Boardwalk" by name, were the little deli-type restaurants dotted among the other shops. Matching the fresh air from the sea with their specialty of the day, these eateries became a magnetic draw for hungry shoppers and strollers. That was in the mid-50s and, as I worked in Sausalito at Klein TV for several years, I had many opportunities to try each restaurant many times. I cannot remember their names now but my senses can remember vividly the fantastic food prepared By them and consumed by myself.

When I first came to Mason and strolled our Square, the Boardwalk memory came back but a piece was missing. That piece, after almost 60 years later has been recreated un the form of the Square Plate. I have once again been addicted to a quality of food that cannot be matched any where within or bordering our county. Add to that their friendly service and their superb environment and you know Larry and Barbara Brown are really following up with their promise to be a "hands-on quality driven restaurant".

I warn you who have not as yet tried them, they are, as were the restaurants in Sausalito, addictive. Each dish I have tried so far has been very well prepared and delicious. There is now only one thing missing from my memory that I doubt I will see or feel here and that is the Pacific Ocean. It is OK though, for their food more than makes up for it as do the citizens of Mason.

John "JC" Copeland


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