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*
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
Kings Fish Market
Serves: Lunch | Dinner
Serves: Lunch | Dinner
Cuisine: Continental cuisine
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!
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).
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.
Great Greek food served in a classy restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The first time I was there, I had the gyro and it was fantastic (huge with lots of lamb, cucumber sauce, onions tomatoes, and of course the pita). The second time I ate there, I had the souvlaki (same as a gyro but with beef instead of lamb) and again it was delicious.
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.
This is a truly fine establishment. To complement Master Brewer Karl Strauss' handcrafted beers and full service bar, the award winning restaurants offer a variety of innovative menu selections. Karl Strauss' extraordinary brewing expertise makes it possible for the brewery restaurants to serve the finest selection of freshly brewed handcrafted beers in America. There are 5 locations in the Southern California area (Downtown San Diego, Sorrento Mesa, La Jolla, Carlsbad and Universal City Walk (Holloywood).
Favorite Dish: Try any of the following and you will not be disappointed: Warm Tomato Bruschetta (tomatoes, garlic, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and melted buffalo mozzarella and served with toasted garlic croutons), Chicken Lettuce Wraps (diced boneless chicken, water chestnuts and celery stir fried in a delicious spicy red chili sauce and served with lettuce cups and cucumber relish to wrap your own), Slow-Roasted Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (a half rack of tender pork ribs marinated in the famous Karl Strauss handcrafted beer and served with homemade barbeque sauce, coleslaw and french fries), Argentinean Top Sirloin (U.S.D.A. choice top sirloin flame grilled to perfection and served with basmati rice, black beans, fresh tortillas and chimichurri sauce). Wash it down with an Apricot Amber Lager (a smooth, rich lager with a hint of apricot essence).
A chain restaurant that serves excellent food. You get so much food that I guarantee that you will not finish your meal. The desserts are to die for...my hat is off to you if you can finish your meal and then finish off dessert.
Favorite Dish: I've been here a number of times so I'll recommend the following: Chilled Cashew Chicken (oven roasted chilled white meat chicken tossed with cashews, celery, curry and mayonnaise, sliced tomato and crisp greens served on a hearth baked onion tomato bread), Hickory Beef Back Ribs (meaty beef back ribs basted with the Original Claim Jumper Sauce), Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuits (double southern-fried breast of chicken served over fresh mashed potatoes, smothered with country gravy, buttermilk biscuits and honey butter) or the Whiskey Chicken (roasted chicken breast stuffed with warm apple dressing and glazed apple whiskey sauce, fresh mashed potatoes & gravy).
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.
Family run restaurant serving good oriental food. The lunch price is $5.45 and the dinner price is $6.45 (tax and drink are extra). Attentive service but not intrusive.
Favorite Dish: The buffet of course...meals are served hot and are very tasty, from the soups, to the entrees, to the desserts.
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