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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*

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    The Ocean House Restaurant: Good Food!

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    We sat in the bar area to have dinner since they had a wedding reception in work. We were comfortable and it the place was clean. Our first waitress was lousy, but management took things in hand and made sure we were served right away. It sure saved their ratings with me. So I think it is worth a try if your visiting this area.

    Favorite Dish: We had typical American food. Hamburger, chicken nuggets, and fries, which were all good.

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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

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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!

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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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    Karl Strauss: A good brewpub

    by jagheter Written Aug 24, 2012

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    If you like beer, this is a good pub to check out. I think there were around 20 different beers on tap. The bartender was great about letting me taste a couple before I ordered. The wait staff will even offer pairing suggestions for the menu. I think the Pintail Pale Ale was my favorite.

    The food is almost gastro-pub quality. Definitely better than typical bar fare, but also a little pricier.

    It's attached to the Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel, and seems to be the official restaurant of the resort. Each night I brought a growler back to our room and my wife and I would hang out on our balcony after our 4 year old went to sleep.

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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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    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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    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

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    Joey's Smokin B-B-Q: The ribs are "Smokin"

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Joey's serves Southern-size portions with California flair. The meat is marinated in a dry rub for 48 hours before going into electric smokers (brisket and pork are hickory-wood smoked for 14 hours; chicken and ribs, three to four hours). Customers may choose a sweet or mild-spicy sauce for their meat, which is then grilled to order. The owner plans to enclose the patio to increase indoor seating, which is limited to a handful of booths and high-top tables, so until then, grab a seat outside, kick back and enjoy.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered a 1/2 Slab of Sweet Ribs (slowly cooked over hickory wood and glazed with the family secret B.B.Q. sauce & grilled to perfection) and the Texas Smoked Brisket (slow smoked to perfection and hand carved). Both meals came with Mama's downright addictive B.B.Q. beans, creamy cole slaw & corn bread.

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    Karl Strauss Brewing Company: Handcrafted beers and delicious food

    by BLewJay Updated Mar 22, 2011

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    Located on the hill overlooking the Carlsbad Flower Fields and next to Legoland, this refreshing restaurant is hip, fun and full of life.

    Favorite Dish: We met friends who were in from Phoenix and started the night off with Brewery Fries (large quantity of fresh cut fries with a garlic/parmesan coating). For dinner, LJ had the Drunken Shrimp Entrée (shrimp sauteed with Woodie Gold pilsener, garlic, spices, a touch of cream, diced tomatoes, and fresh herbs served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach) and a cold pint of Woodie Gold while I had the Dirty Rice Entrée (grilled andouille sausage, mesquite marinated chicken breast, Cajun cream sauce, and broccoli served over seasoned rice) and a cold pint of Red Trolley Ale.

    As part of our date night, we recently had the opportunity to return to Karl Strauss for dinner. We started off with Ahi Poke (Sashimi grade chopped Ahi, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and cilantro tossed in spicy firecracker sauce with wonton chips). For dinner, LJ had the Beer Battered Fish & Chips (caper remoulade & house-made slaw) while I had the Sesame Ahi Steak Sandwich (Seared rear Ahi on top of crunchy endamame slaw in a peanut soy ginger dressing, ale mayo and house-made potato chips). Our drinks included a Scotch Ale and Woodie Gold.

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    Casa de Bandini: Great food...lots of people

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This has been a San Diego restaurant institution for over 20 years. Located in Old Town, Casa de Bandini (a restored 1829 adobe hacienda) offers it's customers live mariachi music, giant margaritas and an awesome dining experience (as you can tell from the number of VT'ers who've eaten here).

    You can choose from many Mexican specialities and seafood entrees while dining in your choice of three elegant dining rooms or on the patio (surrounded by lush trees, flowers and fountains.

    It was in this location where we got together and had dinner for visiting VT'er from Belgium...pbyuse2 (Peter), his son and friend. What a fabulout time we all had!!!

    Note: This restaurant has now moved to Carlsbad

    Favorite Dish: While LJ had Shrimp Ole' Salad (tender shrimp and avocado slices surround fresh garden greens, garnished with cucumber, tomatoes, olives and a house dressing with spicy sauce on the side, I had Camarones Mojo de Ajo (broiled shrimp, Mexican rice and corn salsa).

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    Casa De Bandini: Relocated from Old Town SD State Historic Park

    by lmkluque Updated May 31, 2012

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    Casa de Bandini has relocated from the original Juan Bandini home in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to the Forum in Carlsbad this summer, 2009. I haven't actually been there yet, but Diane Powers, the owner of Casa De Bandini and of Baazar del Mundo in Old Town told me, "We have tried to create a new, second-generation Casa de Bandini reminiscent of Mexico's beautiful and festive haciendas with overtones of our original restaurant." Gone is the historical Casa de Juan Bandini but the fountained patio, old world Mexico spirit and great food is still offered.

    You'll find more info about the progress and history of this restaurant on my Old Town San Diego State Historic Park page, House of Bandini

    Favorite Dish: Diane Powers, assures me that the food choice and flavors have suffered nothing in this big move northward. Unique seafood items as well as the favored Mexican dishes are still on offer.

    So, while in Carlsbad visit Casa de Bandini and enjoy the relaxed colorful spirit of Mexico.

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