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Off the Road: Buckeye Roadhouse offers superior people-watching.

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Looking for something different? Marin has what you want

By Dara Colwell

Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant
200 Merrydale Road, San Rafael; 415.472.6666

An exotic, sensual, pink oasis, Kasbah welcomes diners into a beautiful nether-world of majestic arches and palm trees. Sumptuously seasoned dishes of prawn brochettes, stewed chicken with whole toasted almonds and honey, or couscous topped with garden-fresh vegetables completely satisfy the palate. Five courses for $25.75.

5 Main St., Tiburon; 415.435.6300

A hip Mexican restaurant with an unbeatable view of San Francisco, Guaymas sits along the Tiburon waterfront. Wash fiery grilled chiles, roast pork or marinated shrimp down with a margarita and take in the atmosphere--especially lively at dusk. Ferry accessible. Credit cards accepted.

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo; 415.457.7700

Insalata's offers a Mediterranean/ California-style menu in a bright, stylish atmosphere. Its buttercup-yellow walls, cherry-stained wood floors and selection of Tunisian tagine served on fluffy couscous are all delightfully distinctive. Fine dining with a professional staff. Credit cards accepted.

198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo; 415.256.2436

An intimate restaurant suffused in warm peach tones, Filou offers the best in French food. Elegant dishes such as nutty grilled sea bass, traditional bouillabaisse--a rich mix of mussels, snapper, bass and shrimp--and sauteed duck breast in piquant orange sauce are perfectly mouthwatering. Seats 36.

Bubba's Diner
566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo; 415.459.6862

If you're hankering for fried green tomatoes, oniony meatloaf and home-style chicken-fried steak with red-eye gravy, Bubba's offers efficient, casual service. The 32-seat narrow restaurant is lined with cookbooks, knickknacks and hungry customers all salivating for food that's as good as Momma's--or maybe better.

Buckeye Roadhouse
15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley; 415.331.2600

Noisy, trendy, lively and a good spot for people-watching, Buckeye Roadhouse is as good a place to take a date as it is to have a power lunch. Tuck into garlic mashed potatoes and anything fresh from the grill--they probably just killed it. Mmm-mmm!

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From the March 6, 2000 issue of the Metropolitan.

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