Larkspur’s Farmshop, a second outpost of the original Santa Monica location, fits Marin’s easy affluence like a glove. Thomas Keller protégé Jeff Cerciello runs the open kitchen, turning out highly refined farm-to-table cooking. The chicken is Jidori, the super-fresh free-range birds all the rage in LA, here crispy-skinned and topped with smoked almond salsa; the pizzas come out of the wood-fired oven blistered and gleaming, edible platters to show off the best offerings of the season. To drink, sommelier Amy Currens has put together a list that is catnip to wine geeks, with 20 wines available on tap or by the glass, plus an impressively well-priced list of bottles from both the old guard (Kistler, Heitz, Quintessa, Williams Selyem) and the new (Bedrock, Chanin, Peay and Soliste).
This story appears in the print issue of October 2013.
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