On a recent house-hunting trip, my mom scooped us up at the San Francisco airport and we headed north on 101 toward Sonoma County. Once we cleared the city and crossed the Golden Gate, we decided to hop off the freeway and stop for lunch before making the rest of the drive. My mom recalled a restaurant she’d enjoyed in the little waterfront town of Sausalito years before, and followed her memories and intuition until she pulled up in front of it.
The Trident was a neat California experience. Of course there were gorgeous panoramic views of the bay, the San Francisco skyline, and homes tucked in the Sausalito hillsides. But there was more even beyond that. Our waiter was an enthusiastic, warm, older gentleman with a strong Italian accent and constant grin. He flirted, joked, and turned a delicious meal into a really fun time. Classic rock was playing, the walls were wood-paneled, and the restaurant’s signs, style, and logo surrounded you with the unique vibe of Northern California in the 60′s and 70′s.
We ordered crispy roasted brussel sprouts with kalamata olives and parmesan cheese for the table. I’m glad we only got one- it was pretty filling even by my vegetable-loving standards! I had the avocado and citrus salad, which featured juicy, jewel-toned segments of grapefruit and organic greens over at least half of an avocado.
David ordered mahi mahi fish tacos with cheerful purple cabbage, chipotle aioli, and organic greens.
My mom’s Nicoise salad looked fantastic, and I bet they’d let you substitute tofu for the tuna if you’d prefer. I was happy to see tofu listed among the other typical salad add-ons like chicken and salmon.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Trident if you’re hungry for delicious California cuisine, expansive waterfront views, and a unique San Francisco atmosphere that seems to have stood the test of time. I’m sure we’ll revisit it after we move and start making day trips into San Francisco the surrounding areas. It was also very convenient to hop off and back on 101 just north of the Golden Gate, although that may be less streamlined if you find yourself there during a bustling touristy time.