Welcome to Side Street Kitchen
Ask Sheryl Cahill why she opened Side Street Kitchen and the seasoned restaurateur says, “I saw an opportunity to start from scratch; not just in cooking, but with the whole concept, from renovation to design to culture and, of course, cuisine.” Inspired by her favorite dishes from growing up in Northern California and a formative trip she took to Paris, Sheryl and Chef Aaron have developed a menu that recreates these memories.
In an homage to the past, Sheryl has retained the restaurant’s iconic 1950’s-era counter and stools. But otherwise the space — evolving from Mike’s Truck Stop to Joe’s Diner and The Pine Cone Diner — has been extensively remodeled to suit the needs of patrons. The cuisine is centered around a modern rotisserie and smoker, featuring slow-cooked meats and organic vegetables, including slow-roasted chicken, smoked tri-tip and cold-smoked seafood.
“The community of Point Reyes Station is very dear to me and creating a new space for locals and visitors to connect, relax, and enjoy themselves is at the foundation of my mission,” she says. “Hospitality is a way of life and a wholesome pursuit, delicious food a key to the heart.
“We’ll start right there with Side Street Kitchen.”
OPEN: Wednesday – Sunday
CLOSED: Monday & Tuesday
LIMITED CAPACITY INDOOR DINING, PATIO DINING & TAKE-OUT
Outdoor dining available when the weather permits
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve Open 11AM-3pm
Closed Christmas Day
All other holidays- Open regular hours
Our sunny patio is dog friendly, for friendly dogs on leash. Please bring your own water bowl.
Please know that in light of COVID-19, we are strictly following state and county guidelines.
To offset the increased cost of labor & continue to provide benefits & living wages to our valued employees, a 4% surcharge will be added to all guest checks. This is not a tip.
Since 1990, Cahill has worked off and on in the restaurant industry in Point Reyes Station, developing deep roots in the community. After a stint as general manager of the Station House Café, she earned a BA in Anthropology at UC Berkeley (garnering accolades for research related to children and school lunch). In 2005, she purchased the Station House Café, revamping that venerable restaurant and drawing rave reviews on KQED-TV’s Bay Area Check Please. She has studied wine education at the California Culinary Institute of America. Also, she has been active in the Slow Food USA movement and was a supporter of the now-defunct Marin Organic.
When the nearby Pine Cone Diner closed its doors in 2015, Sheryl set out to create a local fast-casual eatery that provides a relaxing dining experience and reflects her commitment to fresh, local and sustainably-produced cuisine.
Chef Aaron Wright has compiled an impressive resume. His first head-chef job was at Canlis restaurant, hailed as Seattle’s most exclusive eatery.
More recently, he won accolades for his dishes at the Tavern at Lark Creek.
Aaron’s passion for food started early, tending to family gardens in preparation of evening meals. That practice helped craft both his love of fresh, home-cooked food and the industry that surrounds it.
With over 25 years in the kitchen, Chef Aaron’s success can be attributed, not only to his extensive knowledge about seasonal and sustainable foods, but also to his leadership. Motivated by his desire to learn, teach and grow, Aaron challenges his culinary staff by designing innovative dishes while stressing the importance of sourcing local food and pairing with great wines.
Agricultural Heritage of West Marin
The agricultural roots of Point Reyes run deep. The first dairy farm was established here in 1857. The ethos of conservation is an important part of our community and at Side Street Kitchen we strive to honor the heritage by sourcing from local farmers and producers using sustainable farming methods.
Our local purveyors
Marin Sun Farms, Petaluma
Today, Marin Sun Farms has grown to be fully vertically integrated from pasture to processing to plate. We employ and empower local folks in Petaluma, Point Reyes Station and Oakland with good jobs including ranch hands, livestock handlers, butchers, packers, drivers, sales people, administrators and dreamers.
Alchemy Farms, Forest Knolls
Specializes in growing micro greens.
Table Top Farm, Point Reyes Station
Table Top Farm comprises a patchwork of small, organically grown vegetable farm plots, located on the Point Reyes Mesa and at Black Mountain Ranch.
Star Route Farms, Bolinas
Star Route Farms is the oldest continuously certified organic grower in California. The farm is presently certified by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA).
Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Marshall
Farm to Table, Sustainable Seafood, Oysters, Clams and Mussels listed as Best Choices by The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
Shao Shan Farm, Bolinas
Local Sustainable, organic farm located in Bolinas.
Feast For The Eyes
Art nourishes the soul as food nourishes the body
Local artist Isis Hockenos created and painted the mural for the walls of Side Street Kitchen. Its bright colors and imagery of local life in West Marin embodies the warm atmosphere and commitment to local food and agriculture we strive for at Side Street Kitchen. To learn more about Isis, below is an excerpt from her artist statement which can be found on her website. Visit her website to read more about her work and influences.
“Isis is influenced by the wind and the salt and the craggy shores of her native Northern California coast, while being inspired too by the urban angles of the cities in which she has lived. Isis studied visual arts and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NY and printmaking at Fondazione Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. Isis is an Artist Member at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA and a Resident Artist at The Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Isis has exhibited locally and internationally including at Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, Sagan Piechota Architecture, San Francisco, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, and at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, DK. In 2016 she was awarded the Gallery Route One Young Artist Fellowship. Rhizosphere was Isis’ first curatorial project in San Francisco.”
Most of the beautiful photography featured on our website was created by Debbie Wilson Photography.