A bay would probably do.
In which case, we’ve found a little hideaway across the Golden Gate that’ll send just the right message.
Welcome Plate Shop, a rustic, pre-WWII shipyard-style nook of a head-to-tail restaurant with garden-enhanced cocktails and its very own chicken coop, opening Tuesday in Sausalito.
While an old-school dockyard restaurant with resident chickens and a backyard farm trough doesn’t exactly scream romantic date, there’s something about its getting-back-to-basics charm that’s worthy of getting out of Dodge.
Pick a random weeknight—say, an unexpected Wednesday—to head over. And since their cocktails are partly inspired by classics and partly by the backyard garden, start at the solid steel plate bar with a negroni or a Shipyard Mule with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Even if you’re not the communal table type, you’ll want to opt for this one, suspended mess-tent style from the ceiling by steel rods. Then, since they’re known for their whole-animal butchery, start with the Puerco Misto of bacon, ears and skin with pig aioli, then go in for the Whole Chicken with Jameson Gelée.
Apparently these chickens are partial to Irish whiskey.