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    O'Sullivan's Irish Pub: A little taste of Ireland in California

    by spartan Written Jul 18, 2008

    Tucked away from the eyes of the public and a few blocks from the ocean, O'Sullivan's is one of the finest stops for drinks and vittles in North County. Offering a dozen draft beers and several Irish and Scottish whiskeys, O'Sullivan's offers a family-friendly atmosphere without losing its more grown-up charm.

    Favorite Dish: For dinner, I had the Chicken Boxty (potato-pancake filled with sautéed chicken, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and mushrooms topped with a creamy sauce).

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    Knockout Pizzeria: Get Knocked out by this Pizza

    by marinarena Written Mar 18, 2008

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    Knockout Pizza, locataed a few minutes from the shore and a few streets from the heart of Carlsbad Village. I came here on a whim and was satisfied. The gourmet slices are available anytime here which means I love this place!

    Knockout has been voted as "Best New York Style Pizza in San Diego (according to The Reader) Rule says a pizza isn't NY style if you can't fold it in half. Knockout's slices are thin and flat, perfect for the foldie-over.

    Great deal - Two Pizzas (slices) and drink for $6

    Favorite Dish: artichoke pizza...with well seasoned tomato sauce on top

    Carlsbad, CA
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    The Greek Village Restaurant and Taverna: Dine, drink and dance in the Greek fashion

    by BLewJay Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    We visited The Greek Village Restaurant and Taverna because we wanted to celebrate LJ becoming a U.S. citizen. Great place to eat, drink and enjoy the Grecian atmosphere.

    Favorite Dish: While looking in the paper, we noticed a dinner special (surf and turf...lol) so we decided to give it a try. WOW!!! Our meal started off with a basket of warm Pita Bread, a Greek Salad (fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onion, feta cheese, bell peppers and carrots) and Vegetable Soup (pork, sausage, tomatoes, potato, celery, carrots & onions). For dinner, we had the Lobster & Lamb Entrée (Atlantic lobster, charbroiled rack of lamb, vegetables, rice and potatoes). For dessert, we shared Galatoburiko (Greek style custard and apples baked in fillo with spiced honey syrup) & Greek Coffee.

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    Super Donuts: Has a drive through even!

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    Even though I like to watch what I eat now days, it is always nice to treat yourself to something sweet. I wanted a Donut that morning, so me and my sister wondered into this very little establishment. It was bustling with people in and out that morning and there drive thru was doing some serious business. We opted for the Donuts only, which were very good, so check out the place when your in Carlsbad.

    Favorite Dish: "Donuts!"

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    The Grand Deli: Great Coffee

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    This little corner Deli is a basic no frills shop. Yet, it seemed to be very popular with the locals since the inside tables were all occupied, except for the tables they did have outside on the sidewalk. Yet, even thought it was no frills, you could tell it was clean and that everyone was enjoying there food immensely. I just got a simple Latte and my sister got herself an ice tea. We sat outside at the tables and enjoyed the morning air. Quite of few customers that came and went. The food smelt great and they have a very extensive menu.c*

    My sis, doing her parade wave:-)

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    Lotus Thai Bistro: The finest taste of Thai cuisine

    by BLewJay Updated Sep 22, 2005

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    If you are looking for excellent Thai food in North Country, then this place can't be beat. Located in the building, which used to house Sevilla, this family run establishment serves awesome food at a great price. The service is first-rate, and customer satisfaction is what they strive for.

    Favorite Dish: We've been here a few times for lunch and the meals were perfect...LJ has had the Yellow Curry Plate (served with Thai specialty soup, tossed salad, vegetarian spring rolls, vegetarian fried won ton, steamed rice potato, carrots, onion and tofu) as well as the Panang Curry Plate (served with Thai specialty soup, tossed salad, vegetarian spring rolls, vegetarian fried won ton, steamed rice light, sweet and spicy sauce with fresh basil and tofu). I have had the Cashew Nuts Plate (served with Thai specialty soup, tossed salad, vegetarian spring rolls, vegetarian fried won ton, steamed rice and roasted duck) and the Phad Thai Noodles Plate (served with Thai specialty soup, tossed salad, vegetarian spring rolls, vegetarian fried won ton, pan fried rice noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, crushed nuts and roasted duck).

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    Pizza Port: Incredible pizza and beer

    by BLewJay Written Aug 8, 2005

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    When you walk in, it reminds me of my days in college...picnic tables, crowded, noisy but full of energy. This place is not where you want to go is you are looking for a romantic dinner. But if pizza, beer and fun are what you want, then you'll get it at the Pizza Port.

    Favorite Dish: We went with friends of ours and we shared a Garden Salad (crisp romaine garnished with tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, and bell pepper topped with Italian dressing), Pizza Laguna (veggie combo with olives, mushrooms, onions & artichoke hearts) and a BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza (bbq sauce, bacon, meatballs) along with a pitcher of California Honey Ale (light in color and body with a taste of honey).

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    Cafe Elysa: Great place for breakfast and lunch

    by BLewJay Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    Located on the main north/south street in Carlsbad, Cafe Elysa is a great place to meet for breakfast, read, people watch and hang out with your dog(s).

    Favorite Dish: I had a Roast Beef Panini Sandwich (toasted panini bread with roast beef, Swiss cheese, tomatoes and mayo) while LJ had a Brie Panini Sandwich (toasted panini bread with brie, red peppers, tomatoes, mustard and mayo).

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    Jay's Gourmet Restaurant: Italian with a family touch

    by BLewJay Written May 8, 2005

    If you blink, you'll miss this restaurant...but the smell of the food and the lines waiting to get in to eat will bring you back. This is a family run business which has many loyal followers, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is cozy.

    Favorite Dish: We started off with a homemade bowl of Clam Chowder (clams, pototoes, onions, corn, bacon) which was simply delicious. For the entrée, LJ selected the Breaded Shrimp Parmigiana (breaded jumbo shrimp pan fried then sautéed in marinara sauce & served over linguini with mozzarella cheese) while I had Linguini Imperial (diced jumbo shrimp & and baby clams sautéed in a red cream sauce and served over linguini).

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    A Few Places Within Walking Distance: Staying At The Holiday Inn?

    by lmkluque Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    While driving aroud the Holiday Inn hotel on Palomar Airport Road looking for more information about Pea Soup Andersen's I found that Pea Soup is now closed and next to the hotel a few other restaurants popped up.

    They looked busy and interesting.

    King's Seafood
    Casual cool

    Kings Fish Market
    Serves: Lunch | Dinner
    Cuisine: Seafood

    Belle Fleur
    Serves: Lunch | Dinner
    Cuisine: Continental cuisine

    A Cluster To Choose From

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    Harbor Fish South: Beach Shack Chic

    by lmkluque Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Lobster for $15.99 is a great deal anywhere in California! This come-as-you-are restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lobster after a morning of sunbathing! It is located on the beach and it is reminiscent of the Beach Blanket Bingo days where prices were lower and the beach culture ruled supreme.

    Favorite Dish: $15.99 Local Lobster!

    Local Lobster

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    Fidel's Norte Mexican Food & Cantina: A proud San Diego tradition for over 40 years

    by BLewJay Updated May 5, 2003

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    LJ wanted to celebrate her first Cinco de Mayo in the U.S., so we took the advice of one of her piano students and went to Fidel's for Happy Hour. As you can guess, it was very crowded, but we were able to find a "secluded" table on the back patio protected from the wind.

    Favorite Dish: Your waiter brings you a basket of fresh, hot and very tasty tortillas (with salsa). We orderd the house margaritas and they did have a nice kick to them. For our appetizers (dinner) we ordered the Nachitos (a smaller version of the big plate which came with beans, guacamole,sour cream, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions chips and cheese) and the La Pachanga/Plato Grande (which is a combo platter of flautas, chimichangas, mini-tacos, quesadillas, beans, guacamole and salsa fresca).

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    Barrio Carlsbad authentic Mexican Food

    by Richmond Written Apr 14, 2003

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    Lola's Market and Deli is practically Barrio Carlsbad royalty. The market was established in 1943 (Lola was the founding matriarch and the business is still kept in the family) and continues on to this day as a community landmark and point of pride. Run by sisters Connie Trejo and Ofelia Escobedo, Lola's has changed with the times to be not just a neighborhood market, not just an authentic Mexican mercado, but a "deli" that turns out the best (really) tamales and carne asada burritos in North County. There's no Taco Bell kitsch here -- Lola's is the real deal. Recipes are based on recipes from the sisters' grandmother, who learned how to craft simple but wonderful food growing up in Jalisco.

    Lola's has just a few tables to accommodate diners -- this is part of the charm of the place. Breakfast (served all day long, bless these folks!) hosts a steady stream of ravenous early birds lining up for their daily huevos rancheros fix. At lunchtime (after 11am), it's not unusual to see engineers from the Carlsbad Business Park curbside, leaned up against their shiny Lexuses with ties tossed over their shoulders, chowing down on tacos or shoveling chile rellenos while enjoying the sunshine. Dinner offers more of the same great food.
    Lola's serves as a neighborhood gathering place for the Barrio Carlsbad community as well as the Carlsbad Village in general. This is the perfect place to check the pulse of local politics, cultural happenings and Latino resources … and, of course, eat.

    Favorite Dish: On Saturdays, carnitas and menudo are featured -- both can be had for under $5, which is some kind of urban dining miracle, making Saturdays a special day indeed.

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    Souplantation: A truly healthy alternative

    by spartan Updated Mar 17, 2003

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    One of the classiest buffets and settings is offered at Souplantation where parents can guide children through the extensive salad bar. The salad bar features won ton chicken salad, caesar salad, cobb salad, fixings for build your own salads, and a slew of prepared salads made with everything from pasta to couscous. Tarragon-accented tuna/pasta salad is an adult favorite along the salad bar line.

    Favorite Dish: The ability to create your own salad is what makes this restaurant lots of fun. You can have as much (or as little) as you want, add soups, pasta and dessert (along with a drink) and get out of there without spending a fortune.

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    Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar: Tapas y Sangria

    by spartan Updated Jan 13, 2003

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    A duplicate of the Gaslamp Quarter's lively Cafe Sevilla in terms of menu offerings, Carlsbad's first and only Spanish restaurant specializes in tapas, paella and sangria. The atmosphere is pleasant, with lots of wood, leaded glass and Iberian-themed murals. Live flamenco guitar is performed most nights in the upstairs tapas bar.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Bistec a la Parrilla (grilled new york steak) served with a red wine Spanish onion-sauce with roasted Manchego mashed potatoes, and a Catalan tomato.

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