Bruno's Authentic Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria seems to be one of the most popular dining choices for lunch during the week. It could be that the food is good and the prices are right. I will mention that the pizza prices are pretty high. They offer an Early Bird dinner special daily, priced at $10.00 or $11.00. On Sundays it's Champagne Brunch, "all-you-can-eat" for $20.00.
Unfortuanately, Bruno's has closed it's doors permanently. Nothing has taken this spot yet and when it does I'll let you know when it opens again.
Favorite Dish: I'd suggest the best deal is the Early Bird Dinner Special for the budget minded. Also the Buffet Lunch for the hungry. Your choices can be Veal Parmigiana, Pizza, Pasta, Seafood, Vegetables, Chicken, Calamari, Meatballs, Sausage, a full Salad Bar and Dessert Bar for $12.00
China Wokery seemed almost as popular as Bruno's and they stand next door to each other. I haven't tried this one out yet but traditionally, Chinese food is not too expensive. I believe that they cook the food in front of you, but am not 100% sure about that yet and will let you know after I've tried it. There seemed not to be any patio dining, so the food will have to be exceptional.
The food is fresh and flavorful! The service was very good and I would return, even though there is no outside dining! The prices are reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Something hot and spicy!
At the moment I'm guessing at the price level so, if you go there before I've ammended this page, "Sorry, if I've misled you!"
The Egg Flower soup was hot and very tastey and the Kung-Pao Chicken was spicy enough for me. I will go again next time I'm in San Marcos!
In the mood for Thai food? This is the place to stop. The entrance may give the feeling that the place is small, but not so. The first room was the expected size, about four booths along the side windows and across the entrance path, a deep-blue wall and colorful cloths on the tables gave character.
There was a raised room behind the first dining room, a few steps up, that would be perfect for a VT meeting, then down a narrow section with the cash register and foodserver station, beyond those, two more dining areas, one inside and one out in an interesting looking patio surrounded by small bolders and tropical plants.
They are open seven days of the week for lunch and dinnner and the food server said they close between the two meal times. However on their website that is not mentioned. It could have been a "language" mistake.
Between 5 pm and 7 pm Monday Through Friday the offer "Early Bird Special" which is the restaurant version of "Happy Hour" in a bar, meaning reduced price meals. That must be a great savings as the regular prices were very reasonable already.
Favorite Dish: On the lunch menu, eight items were offered and each came with a delicious soup, salad with a delicate, nutty dressing and of course steamed basmati rice. I chose the Sate/Satay and the flavor was as good as the aroma. The Pad Thai noodles were better than average too.
If you are looking for outstanding, authentic Italian food and wine as well as pizza's baked in traditional Italian wood fire ovens, then this place is for you. The service is first class and the food is outstanding and you can't beat the price for all of the food that you get!!!
Favorite Dish: This is a place where you can linger and talk with your friends...just as you would do in any restaurant in Italy. We decided to make this an even, so we made a 3 course dinner. We started off with Antipasto (assorted cheese, cold cuts of imported meats and roasted vegetables) and warm bread (with olive oil and vinegar for dipping).
For dinner, LJ selected Cannelloni (stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese and served with býchamel and marinara sauce) while I had the Linguini al Pesto (topped with grilled chicken and toasted pine nuts)...simply delicious!!!
To finish the meal, we shared a 2-layer Cheesecake (New York Cheesecake on the top, Chocolate pudding with coconut on the bottow with a cookie crust).
Excellent Mexican. Great food, service, atmosphere. Can be crowded evenings. The restaurant is in Old California Restaurant Row, sort of a restaurant shopping center with other themed restaurants cheek by jowl nearby.
Favorite Dish: Guacamole was excellent and chunky. Enchiladas and Carnitas out of this world.
Great food, service, and atmosphere. Can be crowded evenings. Sunday Brunch Buffet available.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Korma -- mild, sweet and spicy. Pappadum and curries appetizer -- sneaks up on you. Naan bread -- Excellent. Vindaloo Lamb -- not for the faint of heart.
Favorite Dish: Started out with a drink called Hillbilly Punch (Peachtree® Schnapps, Amaretto, Bacardi® Rum, Cranberry Juice, Sweet & Sour & Sprite). For dinner, I had the Mesquite Grilled Steak Sandwich (cooked medium with lettuce, tomato and onions and served on a french roll with a side of Chipotle mayonnaise...comes with fries but I has grilled veggies and wild rice instead).
Favorite Dish: I've had the Penne Rosa (spicy tomato cream sauce sautéed with penne pasta, mushrooms, tomato and spinach and topped with parmesan, Italian parsley and parmesan crusted chicken) and Pad Thai (Thai rice noodle stir-fry with scrambled egg, carrots, cabbage and sweet chile and citrus and topped with lime, peanuts, Asian sprouts, cilantro and chicken breast).
San Marcos Brewery & Grill is a restaurant specializing in "American Grill" classics... from steaks, pasta & seafood to burgers, sandwiches and salads. They produce only the finest "handcrafted ales" from their on-premise micro-brewery and serve each glass fresh from the tap. Some of the ales brewed on-premise include: California Pale, German Amber, Golden Premium, Honey Ale and Unfiltered Wheat.
The goal of the company is to provide good, flavorful and wholesome food. You'll find something for almost every taste...noodle dishes, salads, soups as well as noodle-less dishes featuring thin-cut grilled beef, grilled chicken breast or sautéed shrimp.
Favorite Dish: LJ had the Mushroom Stroganoff with Tofu (a savory sherry cream sauce, fresh mushroom and parmesan with egg noodles with grilled tofu) while I had the Japanese Pan Noodles (ginger-soy glazed fresh udon noodles with broccoli, carrot and shiitake and Asian sprout garnish). We also shared an appetizer...Potstickers (pan-seared dumplings filled with chicken and vegetables served with a traditional soy-ginger dipping sauce).
Family ownwd and operated, the San Marcos Family Restaurant is a good alternative to cooking at home. Cozy, friendly atmosphere. Owners always present to be sure customers a happy and well taken care of. A great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Favorite Dish: The Turkey Dinner is comfort food at its best! Real roasted turky and mashed potatoes over thick white bread covered with turkey gravy. The cranberry sauce tops it off. Thankgiving Dinner any day of the year.
Located in San Marcos (just east of restaurant row), Churchill's Pub & Grille has become the stopping point for both ex-patriots, and locals alike. Based on the pub concept in merry old England, people love sitting in the classic wooden booths to enjoy Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, a large selection of European imports, a specialty martini list and throwing darts.
Favorite Dish: I selected the special of the day...Saturday Burger & Brew (1/2 lb. burger, topped with wine cheese, lettuce and tomato on a sesame seed bun served with fresh cut chips and a 20 oz. Boddington's to quench my thirst). LJ selected Fish & Chips (a fillet of long line cod bound in traditional beer batter served with fresh cut chips and coleslaw).