By Patricia Unterman
Parkside Cafe Parkside was just a beach shack when it opened about 50 years ago; now it has an indoor café and a flower-filled patio. The menu has expanded too, and now includes dishes like Niman Ranch corned-beef hash with poached eggs and cubes of fried potatoes (served until 2 p.m.) and seared scallops with endive, plums and lemon confit. The Mame's Way burger, named after one of the original owners, is a Stinson Beach classic. DETAILS 43 Arenal Ave.; 415-868-1272.
Blue Heron Bolinas residents fill up the handful of tables at Blue Heron every night, so be sure to make a reservation if you're headed this way. Chef Marty Brendel creates exemplary versions of American classics: juicy sirloin with glazed pearl onions; chicken potpie with a delicate puff-pastry top. A wine-list highlight is the hard-to-find Pleiades Old Vines red. DETAILS 11 Wharf Rd.; 415-868-1102.