In 1928 the Ekegren family opened a twenty seat diner along US Highway 101 and named it the "101 Cafe." It is the small dining room where the counters are now. The north dining room was added in the mid 1930's. The Greyhound bus made a stop in front until the 1940s when a station was built downtown. The 101 Highway was the main road to bring people from the Los Angeles area to San Diego. In 1942 the Navy Department purchased Rancho Santa margarita y Los Flores for use as a Marine Corps Base for out WWII effort. Things quickly changed as thousands of workmen moved into Oceanside to construct what would happen become the largest Marine Corps Base in the world. The was now called the 101 Cafe and Drive In and Trailer Park. The trailers use to house the employees and families. Sadly a bypass happened and this section was renamed the business route 101 in 1953. Yet, the drive throughs were popular then, but by the 1960s drive-in's were not as popular. The cafe found life as a coffee shop and called Jimmy's, Randy's, and now called 101 Cafe!
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Open 0630am till Midnight Everyday
Favorite Dish: The place is really small and the isle where the booths are narrow. Although, the food was good it took 45 minutes to get it and sadly their was only one waitress. She was doing the best she could to keep up, but she was really pleasant under pressure. We will not go back, but you have to try at least one time.
This little cafe not only has wonderfully brewed coffee, it has so much more. They have a wonderful bakery, fruit smoothies, Dryers Ice Cream, made to order specialty wraps, sandwiches, salads and a wonderful selection of beer and wines. They also sell clothes & more~
Happy Hour Daily 2:00-4:00PM
Where else in California can you go to sample Hawaiian cuisine, purchase island gifts, fresh leis and have a luau...this is the place. One has the feeling that they have left California and magically transported them selves to the Hawaiian Isles!!!
Favorite Dish: This is an awesome place, it's Hawaiian owned and operated...no fancy surroundings here, just good food. I would recommend one of the following: the Mt. Ka'ala Platter (mini or regular) which comes with 2 scoops of rice, 1 scoop of macaroni salad and your choice of 2 meats (definitely pick the Teriyaki Chicken and the Kalua Pig) or the Katsu Chicken which is tender breaded chicken served with 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad. While you are there, why not try a Hawaiian Sun soft drink (Pineapple - Orange or Mango - Orange).
This is a family owned Greek restaurant with all the trimmings.
Favorite Dish: You start off with hot grilled pita bread. My choice of entree was the Gyro Platter (Greek seasoned lamb and beef with rice, vegetables and roasted potatoes) with your choice of a greek salad or soup (lemon chicken with rice...yummy!!!) and garnished with Tzatziki sauce. You may also want to try the Souvlaki Beef Pita Sandwich with fries (or a greek salad) on the side.
We have been to Marieta's many times, but this is the first time I'm writing about the restaurant...shame on me!!! We've always had a great experience at this restaurant, the food is delicious, servers are friendly and the drinks (especially the Cadillac Margarita) can knock you on your ass. Marieta's has a loyal clientele and is busy every day of the week so that can make parking a tricky issue. But believe me, its well worth the visit.
Favorite Dish: When you are seated, the waiter brings you fresh tortilla chips and salsa. For dinner, LJ had the Pescado al Mojo de Ajo (succulent halibut sautéed in garlic & butter, served with rice, sweet corn & the house salad). To wash it down, she also ordered a Piña Colada. I had the special of the day, Fresh Breaded Calamari Tacos (served with rice, sweet corn and beans). To wash my meal down, I had a Margarona...lol...delicious!!!
A very popular local cafe with has some really good food, great service, and neat beachy decor. We opted to sit outside on the patio since it was such great weather. My family was really pleased with the food and the quantity. They were all full! A great place to eat, sit back, relax, and enjoy life.
Didn't have anything home to eat and we had to make a run to the pet store to pick up some dog food, so decided to finally stop in Fratelli's Italian Kitchen to see what it was all about. Busy and fun atmosphere with great service and delicious food.
Favorite Dish: Since LJ loves veggies and I love meat, we had large Pepperoni White Pie/Grilled Veggie Speciality Pizza (pepperoni, mozzarella, garlic, spinach, ricotta and parmesan, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, green bell pepper, roasted garlic, mozzarella and fresh burrata).
We have been to this establishment a couple of times and the food is soooooooooooooo good!!! Made from scratch daily, delicious and will definitely satisfy your southern bbq cravngs. Service is very good as well as attentive, a wide menu selection and inviting atmosphere will bring you back.
Favorite Dish: We started off with the Cornmeal Crusted Delta Catfish Strips...delicate, tasty and finger licking good. For dinner, LJ likes to try the sides so she ordered Cole Slaw, Smoked Beans and Mac N Cheese while I had the BBQ Beef Links Sandwich with a side of Mac N Cheese. To wash this wonderful meal down, LJ ordered a Riverboat Rum Cocktail (rumba mix - Creme de Cacao, dark Rum, Grenadine mixed with pineapple and lemonade juices) while I had an Abita Amber Lager. For dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Chip Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich...OMG!!!
Hmmm...where do I begin to describe this place. Let's see...out of this world, I'd take a spce ship to Mars to eat this pizza, War of the Worlds...all of these phrases describe how unique and delicious the pizza is at this restaurant.
We only did the "to go" menu but this is a full sized restaurant that caters to all ages. The prices may be a tad more expensive that your national chains, but believe me, it's worth the money.
Favorite Dish: We selected the medium Killer Pizza From Mars Pizza (pepperoni, sawsage, mushroomz, black olives, bell pepperz, bakin bitz, grownd beef, ham, unyunz & xtra cheese...whew!!!).
If you are looking for an alternative to the big fast food chains, then this is the place. True it's a fast food joint, but the prices are great, the employees friendly and the portions are huge.
Favorite Dish: We selected the 1/4 lb. Hamburger Combo (special sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickle) which came with a huge order of fries and a coke.
Mom and pop sports bar where their is no table service (says so on the sign), but that allows them to keep costs down. You go pickup your utensils and condiments then head back to the table and wait for your number to be called. You can get a basket full of peanuts and throw the shells on the floor. Overall, it's a nice setup.
Favorite Dish: Try one of the following: The Teriyaki burger or the 1/2 lb. Cheese Burger with tomato, lettuce, onion and pickle on a sesame seed bun . Throw in some fries and a cold Bass Ale and the tab came to $10.77.
Sports bar with good service, great food and many tv's to watch those sporting events.
Favorite Dish: Sunday brunch - although you have many choices, I would recommend pancakes, eggs and bacon. Also try the Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger (it's pretty good just very messy!) with fries and the awesome Hot Chicken Wings.
They offer the very best in chinese cuisine. All dishes cooked to order in an open kitchen with the freshest and finest ingredients (always low-fat oil and no MSG).
Favorite Dish: Try the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl - chicken, rice, broccoli and teriyaki sauce. You may not think that this meal will fill you up, but it will!!!
Let me paint the picture for you. My parents were born and raised in the Caribbean, and us young kids grew up eating that cuisine. Well when I decided to move to California, I thought for sure that they would have that type of food out here. Well to my surprise, I couldn't find any restaurants. I was heartbroken and thought that I would have to special order food from the east coast via FedEx. Low and behold I find this place. My heart was racing, I had to go visit this place that serves Caribbean food. I finally decided to try it and I was not disappointed! In the background you could hear the reggae sounds of Bob Marley, and my foot began to tap to the beat of the music. First came the Red Stripe beer (Jamaica's best brew), then a Jamaican Meat Pattie (OMG I hadn't had one of those in over 2 years), then the meal, oh so good and spicy, just like I like it! The only drawback to this place was that it was on a side street and not overlooking the ocean, that would have made my evening complete! They also feature great live music on weekends (Jazz, Reggae, Blues, R & B).
Favorite Dish: Oh yes, a true taste of the Caribbean. Start off with an appetizer like the Jamaican Meat Patty (chicken variety) then have a salad for your healthy dose of vegetables. The first time I visited this restaurant, I had Jambalaya (made with red beans and rice, shrimp, sausage, chicken, green peppers, tomatoes) for dinner. The subsequent times that I have visited this establishment, I've had Curry Chicken with rice as well as Grilled Mahi Mahi (they both come with fresh grilled veggies, sweet bread and fried plantains)...absolutely fabulous. Wash it down with a Red Stripe Beer.
Family run restaurant in a busy shopping area that serves quick, but delicious dishes to dine in or to go.
Favorite Dish: Pan Fried Noodles (BBQ Pork, Chicken and Shrimp) - wide rice noodles, stir-fried with green & yellow onions, bean sprouts and mushrooms.
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