Orfila Rose Garden: Picnic
Though technically not a restaurant, Orfila Winery is a wonderful place to choose to have a meal. They do have a few picnic items for sale and on Fridays that have about five Gourmet Food Trucks on the grounds where you can buy loads of tasty things. Except on the weekends, they do allow you to bring in your own food, but of course, no alcohol except their own Ofila brand of wine is allowed.
There are three basic areas to have a picnic at Orfila's, the tables and chairs on the patio just outside the Wine Tasting room, at a table under the pergola or out on the lawn or picnic benches in the Rose Garden. At each place the views are wonderful, even during winter when the vines are all cut back.
Favorite Dish: To Be Continued....
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150 Grand Cafe: Upscale Charm in Downtown Escondido
New American cuisine with classical French, California, Latino and some Asian influences.
I had heard so many wonderful descriptions of 150 Grand Cafe from the ambience, to the food, to the service and I finally had an opportunity to try it myself.
It may be a bit over-rated because there are not many upscale restaurants in Escondido, besides Vincent's Sirino's, that is. But the food was very good! The interior was very clean and even fancy with its white table linens and napkins, almost a little sterile. I was there for lunch, and would bet it's more romantic in the evening with low light and soft music.
Owned by couple Stephanie and Carlton Greenawalt. She is the general manager and he is the chef. The menu includes selections of appetizers like pate, soups like a thai hot and sour lobster soup, salads such as a crab cobb salad, entrees like orzo with rock shrimp, and of course a full list of delicious sounding desserts. Next time my friend and I will go back just for dessert and coffee.
While the service was a bit slow, it was comfortable and gave our large party a nice chance to catch up and enjoy each others' company. Not a place to go if you're trying to clock back into work within an hour.
Favorite Dish: The Carmel and Spice roasted chicken breasts with wild brown rice and baby carrots was amazing. The sweet and spicy flavor of the sauce was excellent with the nutty, chewy rice. The chicken was cooked to perfection, crisp outside and moist inside. Definitely a good choice.
Open Hours: Lunch: 11:30am-3pm Mon-Fri; 11:30am-2pm Sat; Dinner: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thu; 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat; closed Sun
The Orfila Winery is not...
The Orfila Winery is not exactly a restaurant. It was the only place I ate at in Escondido and I liked it. I had a small loaf of bread with herbs and cheeses baked in to it and sampled some of their wine. Had heard of California wines before so I thought this is a place I should visit. The Orfila Winery is located on San Pasqual Road near the Wild Animal Park.
Filippis Pizza Grotto: Downtown Escondido
This is one of fourteen Fiippis and it is located in Escondido. Though it offers an "Old School atmosphere and style of food, it is still a popular place to eat. It has been described many ways but I mostly thing of it a comfortable, come as you are type of place. Nothing pretentious here. The food is old style family meals which means that many of the dishes are bigger and more generously lavished than at more modern type restaurants. You could say that it's more fatting food in general, but no one has to eat the whole thing at one sitting. Doggie bags and pizza boxes are the norm at the end of a meal at Filippis.
Favorite Dish: I've had almost everything on the menu at one time or another and I think it's all good. I wouldn't say gourmet good, but home cooking good.
I like the Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza, the Antipasto with Anchovies and instead of their Italian dressing I like lemon and olive oil on the side. Spaghetti & Lasagna with Salad is good, the Ham & Cheese Torpedo or the Pepper Steak Torpedo are good too, I guess the only thing I don't care about is the Meat Ravioli.
Keep in mind when ordering that there will be an excessive amount of cheese and all the ingredients are placed under the cheese on the pizza. It's much more flavorful that way too.
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Filipi´s: Italian charm and huge portions
Filipi´s is a casual Italian eatery located in oldtown Escondido. They have everything from pizza, pasta, salads, etc. No reservations necessary but you could wait up to 25 minutes on busy nights especially Friday. Pizza is also available for takeout.
Favorite Dish: I like the pizza here because it has generous amounts of cheese!!
The Original Sand Crab Tavern: The Coolest Little Seafood Joint in North County
Received an invite from our friends to join them for dinner at The Original San Crab Tavern. The location is off the map (so to speak) but once you find it, it’s really a very cool place to hang out, drink beer and eat seafood. They have a pretty extensive menu, but since there were four of us and we all like seafood, decided to do the San Crab Combo (original seafood boil served family style).
Favorite Dish: Started off with Calamari Strips (hand dipped in their special batter & perfectly fried). As previously mentioned, we decided to have the King Crab/Big Easy Mud Bug Combo (Alaskan King Crab legs peel & eat shrimp, Louisiana Crawfish, Louisiana sausage, red skin potatoes and corn-on-the-cob dumped on your table). Finished off the meal with a slice of Key Lime Pie with Whipped Cream (authentic key lime pie in a buttery graham cracker crust).
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EscoGelato: Made fresh daily
Took the motorcycle out for a ride with a friend of mine and we decided to head inland...so went on Yelp and looked up coffeehouses in Escondido. EscoGelato received some nice reviews, so set the GPS destination and headed there. They have everything from coffee and homemade gelato to panini's and desserts. Located in the heart of Escondido on a nice quiet side street, it's a great place to sit outside and relax or sit inside and chat with the owners as well as other customers. Overall, a very nice place serving delicious food and drinks.
Favorite Dish: I ended had the Deedo Panini (sliced chicken, provolone, roasted red peppers, avocado, mayo and pesto) and a cup of coffee....ummm, ummm, good!!! (NOTE: while getting a second cup of coffee, started talking to a regular who said that I should also add caramelized onions to my panini...maybe next time).
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