San Rafael, CA 94901
You’ll almost always find a line at this tiny, lively joint. Here Sol Hernandez pays tribute to the Puerto Rican criolla cooking her father grew up eating (think rice, plantains, generous portions of meat, and beans).
The food is fresh and hearty, and the vibe is “when you’re here, you’re family.” Here’s how it works: You’ll walk in, stand in line with a menu, order, and be seated (likely at a communal table) to wait for your food. The place may feel cramped but the people are friendly. When the food’s this tasty, who wouldn’t be?
And because it’s right near the San Rafael Transit Center, it’s a great pit stop before hopping back on the bus after a visit to China Camp State Park.
Take Golden Gate Transit bus 101 to the San Rafael Transit Center (about 54 minutes).