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About Creekside

THE CREEKSIDE EXPERIENCE 

“Quality ingredients, methodical preparation, attention to presentation are mission critical to our award-wining artisan pizzas. Marin’s best craft beer selection on tap, thoughtfully curated California wine cellar, personable, caring and invested staff  with “Wow-Factor” food; we are driven to ensure that every guest enjoys deliciously memorable meal; The Creekside Experience. We look forward to serving you, and thanks for encouraging our behavior.”

– Pat Townsley, Founder & Thirsty
– Janet Abrahamson, Chef & Co-owner

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Marin Independent Journal

Readers’ Choice Awards 
Winner: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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​Marin Magazine

Best of County Awards
Winner: 2019, 2020, 2021

2021 Best of County

Creekside in the News

Awards & Acknowledgments

2021 Marin Magazine – Best in County – Best Pizza

2021 Marin Independent Journal Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • WINNER:
    • Best Pizza in Marin
    • Best Craft Beer Taproom
    • Best Meal in Marin County
    • Best Chef in Marin – Janet Abrahamson
    • Best Businessperson in Marin – Pat Townsley
    • Best Restaurant in San Anselmo/Ross
  • Honor Awards:
    • Best Happy Hour in Marin
    • Best Sandwich in Marin
    • Most Community Minded Local Business

2021 Nextdoor.com – Neighborhood Favorite

2020 Marin Magazine – Best In County – Best Outdoor dining, Best Pizza in Marin

2020 Marin Independent Journal Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • WINNER:
    • Best Pizza in Marin
    • Best Craft Beer Taproom
    • Best Businessperson in Marin – Pat Townsley
    • Best Server in Marin – Laura Townsley
    • Best Restaurant in San Anselmo/Ross
  • Honor Awards:
    • Chef – Janet Abrahamson
    • Best Happy Hour in Marin
    • Best Sandwich in Marin
    • Most Community Minded Local Business

2020 Nextdoor.com– Neighborhood Favorite

2019

San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce: Business Citizen of the Year – Pat Townsley

Spirit of Marin – Honoree Pat Townsley Business Citizen of the Year

Marin Independent Journal Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • Best Pizza in Marin County
  • Best Craft Beer in Marin County

Marin Magazine – Best in County

  • Best Pizza in Marin

Pacific Sun – Best of Marin

  • Best Craft Beer selection

Nextdoor.com– Neighborhood Favorite

2018  Marin Independent Journal Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • Best New Restaurant in Marin County
  • Best Pizza in Marin
  • Best Craft Beer in Marin
Articles, Media & Press
Creekside In Our Community

Creekside is proud to partner with local, regional, national and global initiatives, from local fundraisers for education and art, health and awareness organizations, development programs, environmental issues, local law enforcement, first responders and emergency crisis relief funds. Our local school give-back nights support our leaders of tomorrow. We applaud our partners and programs including:

 

  • Archie Williams (formerly Sir Francis Drake) High School
  • St. Raphael’s Church
    St. Luke’s Church
  • Slice Out Hunger
  • Meals of Marin
  • Twin Cities Community Preschool
  • St. Anselm’s School
  • St. John’s of Ross
  • Mark Day School
  • YES! Foundation
  • Boy Scouts of America, Marin Council
  • Ross Valley School District
  • Little Mountain Preschool
  • The Mountain Play
  • The Ross Valley Players
  • Playhouse of San Anselmo
  • ExtraFood.org
  • Children For Change – Ross Valley
  • San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce
  • Movies in Creek Park (Executive Producers)
  • Oak Hill School
  • Cedars of Marin
  • Central Marin Police Authority
  • Ross Valley Fire Department
  • Vitalant / Blood Centers of the Pacific – Blood Drive
  • Big Skills, Tiny Homes
  • University of Redlands – Marin Campus
  • San Anselmo Beautification Committee
  • The Ross Preschool
  • Ross Valley Nursery School
  • Playwell Marin
  • Toys for Tots
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Marin
  • San Anselmo Community Fund (2020 COVID Emergency Fund)
  • San Anselmo Open Space Committee
  • San Anselmo Eats
  • The Town of San Anselmo

Creekside: Behind the Scenes

Creekside at Home

Reheat & Bake Your Own At Home Instructions

Creekside offers “lightly cooked” (par baked) take-home pizzas and complete “DIY” kits for your own start-to-finish home cooking experience. Here are some ideas to help your food perform at near-restaurant quality. 

DETAILS IN PROGRESS – Check Back Soon, but pretty much, depending on what you’re doing, get your oven up to 500 degrees. Creekside cooks at 650 degrees and pizzas take about 5 minutes to fully bake at that heat.

Of note, and we’ll get into this later, We don’t use rolling pins or beat on our dough… we “push them out” by hand, leaving about a 3/4 diameter outer crust edge. Avoid too much stretching of the center of the dough…in fact, stay away from the center…you’ll make it to thing and it will tear. We’ll post a video later. If you use a rolling pin, you’ll lose the delicious crust in favor of a more “cracker thin” pizza. Our dough balls are measured to make a 12″ pizza; that’s pretty manageable.   

Creekside offers single dough balls and full “DIY” pizza kits (available on our online ordering) complete with dough balls, sauce, cheese and your choice of toppings. Great family fun pizza night or home pizza mastery. 

Our upcoming cooking tips will include:

  • Reheating Your Pizza – Best results
  • Heating “Par Baked” Pizza
  • Cooking Pizza from DIY Raw Dough
  • Preparing Your Kitchen
  • Using Home (electric or gas) Oven
  • Using Outdoor Wood-fired Oven
  • Using “Green Egg” Oven
  • Reheating in a pan
  • Troubleshooting Your Pizza
  • Dough tearing
  • Dough not rising
  • Pushing-out vs Rolling Pin
  • Sheet Pan vs Pizza Stone
  • Crust types (general)
Frequently Asked Questions

YES Is Usually the Answer!

“You know what you should do?…”

“I know Happy Hour  is every day, but not on the weekends too?”

“Are you really open every day of the year?”

“…You’re not really open on Christmas too?”

“Is it true you didn’t close a single day through the entire pandemic?”

“You didn’t really build this space out yourselves did you?”

“So, you’re really a bridge Over the creek, not on the Side of the creek?”

“Has your building ever flooded?”

“Do you have gluten free crust?”

“Is your regular crust vegan?”

“Is Storm a husky?”

“What was your favorite progressive rock band of the 80’s?”

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Creekside & the Environment

Creekside was build with our environmental impact in mind: What can we do operationally, functionally, and sustainably with our equipment, processes and supplies for leading-edge best practices in environmental stewardship, recycle and composting as well as employee and public awareness. If you read all this, you’re a true Friend of Creekside!

Gear & Culture: We started with considering physical gear and ongoing operation fundamentals based on our two main components: Pizza & Taproom. For the pizza side, we decided to go electric over gas or wood-fired in a conscious move to completely eliminate off-gassing or airborne carcinogenic pollution in our community, with the hopes that electricity generation technology will continue to improve with advancements in solar power and grid management. Our two 240v, 3 phase 60A custom-build electric ovens are expensive to run (operating every day, 7 days a week from 8 AM until 9 PM) but the cost is justified for our mission, and we’ll go head-to-head with any wood-fired oven in a side-by-side bake-off. For the Taproom side, our kegs are actually 50 feet behind the copper bar wall…so we had to design a state-of-the-art “long draw” beer transmission system that keeps the beer cold, fresh and consistent with every pour. We partnered with Green-Air to install a Nitrogen Extractor which extracts nitrogen from the ambient air as one of our propellants, and NuCO2 to design a large-scale CO2 system using liquid CO2, which we then turn into vapor/gas CO2, then use a network of four “gas blenders” to combine the Nitrogen and CO2 specific for each type of beer we then push the beer. Keeping the beer cold in our 30 degree beer walk-in (which holds 60 half-barrels of beer, or over 12,000 pints on any given day), each beer travels through 3/8″ NSF food-grade tubes, grouped together with glycol-chilled (at 26 degrees)  insulated “trunk lines”…each individual run of 50 feet, plus our custom glycol “artery” looping return system using three Micromatic glycol refrigeration pumps. By “making” our own Nitrogen and using Liquid CO2 instead of gas, we reduce our the carbon footprint by cutting weekly air-gas cylinder deliveries from weekly to a single quarterly refill. Additionally, with our precision balance of pressure, gas blend and temperature control, Creekside Taproom has a near zero-waste of product as there is no excess foam to pour-off, giving our customers a perfect pint every time, with no foam waste (which we consider alcohol abuse and literal money going down the drain).

Waste & Recycling: Next, we contacted Marin Sanitary Service who sent over a business assessment team. We immediately joined and invested in their Food To Energy program for food scraps, plus we separate cardboard, glass and aluminum, minimizing our landfill waste. We invited Marin Sanitary representatives to come to Creekside and train our entire staff on our daily waste management operations and environmental impact in our community.

Disposable & Compostable: This is a tough one! To correctly understand what is compostable, truly recyclable, what’s available, what’s the cost and what is practical is a challenge. Creekside was the first to work with ReThink Disposable, leading the initiative and test programs in Marin (in advance of impending guidelines and laws requiring a confusing list of “green” products and resources that may or may not exist or actually don’t comply with local recycling accepted materials)…then the pandemic hit made everything 100% takeout. While the planet enjoyed less auto, transportation and industrial pollution in this period, the amount of global food and commercial packaging went off the scale. We work WorldCentric, Aardvark, and GreenWare to provide industry-leading eco-friendly products.

Power & Water: Creekside lighting is primarily LED based, replacing all fluorescent bulbs. We have dual-flush toilets to reduce water flow, and we are fastidious about debris and waste getting into our creek (and yes, there is a creek, but we’re actually Over the creek and it flows under our entire bridge building… it’s just kind of hard to see, and it does come out from the side of the building, so we’re more “CreekOver” …but that’s hard to market than “CreekSide.” We operate two semi-annual public downtown and Creek-Clean Up Days, with local volunteers gathering debris, trash and waterflow impeding obstacles in the creek from “Creekside to Cucina” every year. Our friends from Cub Scout Pack 50. the Ross Valley area Children For Change and the San Anselmo Beautification Committee often join us in our mission to keep our town and waterways clean, safe and enjoyable.

Well, that should cover the basics. If you have questions or comments, feel free to Contact Us, and thanks for encouraging our behavior.

Creekside History, Cast & Crew

Meet Creekside: Legends in our own minds

Creekside Mission Statement:

Creekside is a Marketing Company that makes great food, has a unique beverage program and serves our community with passion and personality. – Pat Townsley

Opening Creekside:

Technically stablished in 2016, we didn’t actually open until, officially, on Friday, October 13th, 2017. We also walked under a ladder, broke a mirror and were crossed by a black cat that day, opening in the face of regional adversity of the Sonoma County Fires. We’ve been on fire since.

MORE COMING SOON including…

Location History:

Who Are We:

Team Creekside:

The Food:

The Drinks:

The Environment:

The Pandemic:

The Commitment:

The Future:

 

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LOCAL & FRESH INGREDIENTS, EXCELLENT SERVICE

CREEKSIDE is San Anselmo’s true hometown local family-owned neighborhood restaurant and gathering destination featuring our award-winning artisan hand crafted pizza, salads, sandwiches and pastas for lunch, dinner and Creekside To Go. Ample gluten-free and Vegan options featuring the highest quality, freshest ingredients from locally sourced farms and craft purveyors.

In addition to the food, beer and wine, Creekside is a destination venue for televised sports, family and friends gatherings, happy hour and that “Cheers” kind of vibe where everybody know your name. Creekside’s 70″ plasma screen and surround sound keep the energy flowing and entertaining for all. We’re not a sports bar, but we occasional have that feel. Casual to upscale casual dining: Check you title and ego at the door, relax and have fun. 

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CREEKSIDE TAPROOM

Marin County’s Best Selection of Craft Beer On Tap features 40 tap handles with over 30 craft beers from more than 25 unique craft breweries, plus hard cider, kombucha, draft root beer, and seasonal rotating products on tap; a thoughtful selection of craft beers with character and depth to awe event the most hardened beer enthusiast, plus over 40 outstanding local, organic and estate California-only wines by the bottle from Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Monterey. Enjoy beer flights, happy hour and pints every day at Creekside. We have 16 oz, 32 ounce craft beers on tap to go, plus a selection of beer and wine in cans and bottles to go.

CREEKSIDE To Go & Delievered

Call 415-785-4450 from 11 AM, seven days a week for (usually) fast takeout, to go and curbside. For delivery, we offer GrubHub. Delivery partners vary in the hours of operation and coverage. Not all regular menu items are available on the delivery company sites and we usually turn GrubHub off on Friday nights due to delivery and production delays. 

SIGNATURE/POPULAR DISHES

Perfect Storm, Geronimo, Victory Garden, Sweet Heart Salad, Big Stout Beef and the Flood Zone Brownie

Creekside is a proud member of the Marin County Visitor & Convention Bureau, the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and Producers of Movies In Creek Park.

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

"Fabulous restaurant experience, curbside pick up, enjoy at the new outside area, the beer selection alone is worth the trip. Pizza is delicious. Smart, professional staff."

"I would definitely visit this place again. I had a taste of their pepperoni pizza it was really great and delicious. Staffs were friendly and the service was excellent."

"They offer a vast variety of fresh food. I love eating here. Staff members are always friendly, prices are reasonable and the spot is always well organized."

Call Us

(415) 785-4450​

ADDRESS

638 San Anselmo Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Hours

​​​​Open Every Day, 365 Das a Year
Sunday-Wednesday: 11AM - 8PM
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11AM - 9PM
Happy Hour: Every Day 4PM - 5PM

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