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You can trust the name at Farm House Local

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Feel-good buzzwords abound in the food world. You know, terms like "local," "natural," "sustainable," "green," "seasonal." More often than not, these terms are more about marketing than reality. So when I heard about Larkspur's Farm House Local (a buzzword two-fer), I was skeptical. Would semantics trump substance? The answer is no. Farm House Local serves up more than trendy words.

The cafe and upscale general store, located off Larkspur's main drag, is just what I hoped to find: a small, welcoming breakfast and lunch cafe with a creative, seasonally focused menu drawn from local ingredients and purveyors. There are also a few shelves lined with wine, olive oil, pasta and other well-chosen pantry items.

The menu is the work of David Monson, a veteran chef who has cooked in France, Hong Kong, Australia and Santa Monica at Wolfgang Puck's Chinois on Main. In 2002, he became an instructor of European cuisine at San Francisco's California Culinary Academy.

Breakfasts range from the standard (pancakes, oatmeal and eggs) to the more creative—a roasted duck and cauliflower omelet with goat cheese and celery root, and potato pancakes and house-made gravlox. For lunch, I enjoyed the sweet heat of the moist shaved pork loin panini with apricot chutney, smoked cheddar and chorizo aioli. The cafe also does a take-out dinner and catering business too.

Farm House Local, 25 Ward St., Larkspur. 45.891.8577.

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