In the process of finding "Downtown" San Marcos, I came across the "Old California Restaurant Row." In many cities there are areas called "Restaurant Row" and these areas do have a few choices of restaurants clustered together to choose from, however, San Marcos' Old California Restaurant Row is quite impressive. On the corner of San Marcos Boulevard and Via Vera Cruz there are more restaurants than I have ever seen in one grouping.
The buildings housing the various restaurants (more than fifteen!) are done in the old Spanish Colonial style which means it looks like an old Mexican town. The only draw back is the parking lot, which spoils the effect of the architecture
Of course, I can't complain too much as this made it quite easy for me to park near the restaurant of my choice. This began as a produce stand along the road which is a common sight in the more rural areas of San Diego County. Sometimes the fruit/produce stand will grow into a cafe or restaurant, but this is a lot bigger and there are so many choices fro a delicious meal.
1245 Los Vallecitos Boulevard, San Marcos, California, 92069, United States
Good for: Solo
We stayed at this Inn in June 2008. Overall it was a nice place to stay. The staff was just not too...more
517 San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, California, 92069, United States
Good for: Couples
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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!!! This is a place where you can linger and talk with your...more
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. Guacamole was excellent and chunky. Enchiladas and Carnitas out of this world.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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. LJ had the Mushroom Stroganoff with Tofu (a savory sherry cream sauce, fresh mushroom and...more
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. The Turkey Dinner is comfort food at its best! Real roasted turky and mashed potatoes over thick...more
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...more
Week day lunches for $5.95, Sunday Champagne Brunch (All You Can Eat Buffet $18.95) Of course, the best deal is Happy Hour (Reduced Apetizer Menu and $1.00 off all drinks. Daily 3 pm - 7 pm)During the day The BLVD is great place to eat. At night there is always something going on, from concerts to parties, fashion shows, well take a look at their...more
They stay open later, but 11:30 pm on a weekend night is not late by my way of thinking. Well, this tip is mainly for the beer drinkers, because the on-premise micro-brewery ensures the freshest beer and many types. What makes this a great vacation stop is the fact that food is served and you can bring the kids along. The menu is typical America...more
A Caribbean carnival featured colorful dancers at 10 a.m. and the steel-drum band Natty Scat performed throughout the day, and ended at 2:30 p.m Then at night other activities like wet T-shirt, oil wrestling, oldie's dance contest, win, lose or draw Casino, body painting, amateur hour talent show, and sumo wrestling again!!! Oh yeah, how sexy that...more
There are little parks all over on the corners of cross streets and rarely have I seen anyone using them. They are not the most convenient spots and sometimes parking near one is difficult....
A couple of times I've taken my food "to-go" and stopped at one of these parks and had an impromtu picnic. It is an especially nice solution during the summer when it is so hot in San Marcos. Sitting below a tree in the park is quite refreshing.
excellent tracks. start for bikers to the Elfin Forest Receational Reserve quite difficult and technical, but once you're up there it's getting better
Equipment: sandwiches ;)
don't worry too much. the city is always close enough and you find picnic sites and water pits everywhere around the place. bikers just make sure you've got your equipment to change the tubes (not everyone is tubeless today))
Favorite thing: Had the opportunity to go to Cal State San Marcos' first annual SpringFest where they had a tons of interactive events to celebrate spring, including fun morning activities that started at 9 a.m. (wacky games like inflatable sumo wrestling and bungee racing, scavenger quest, midday madness, pool volleyball, pool olympics, and funkerobics.