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I am wondering if anyone has tried out the little Japanese Deli Yoshino in the Village or Pollos Maria. Are there any real stand outs in Carlsbad?

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  1. kare raisu, where is this Japanese Deli? I tried to look it up, but can only find a restaurant by the same name in SD.

    1. I forgot the name of the street but its close to the farmers market and the train tracks. THe main strip with a lot of restaurants. Two older japanese ladys in the back making sushi and dressed salads- potato, carrot, macoroni

      1. I guess you're referring to the place next to Caldo Pomodoro on State Street. I'll have to give it a try and report back.
        Sorry that I don't think much of Pollos Maria. The best restaurant in the village might be Fish House Vera Cruz. They cook a nice piece of fresh fish, but it's not out of this world exciting. I've never tried Fresco or the Armenian Cafe, but they might be worth a shot. Lotus Thai off Carlsbad Village Drive just east of I-5 makes a couple of good dishes (Fresh Rolls and Satay), but the rest of the menu is pretty mediocre. Vigilucci's is liked by some here, but haven't tried it myself.
        Had a very good meal at King's Fish House, which is on Paseo Del Norte off Cannon Rd.
        My main spot is Thai Garden in Oceanside. I like their curries.
        I know I'm sending you outside Carlsbad, but a slightly higher end place I really like is Beach Grass Cafe in Solana Beach.
        Another Japanese place in Carlsbad is Mikko's (across from the Motel 6 on Carlsbad Village Dr). It's an OK place, but again, not a place you're going to think is really fantastic or innovative. Basically a lunch-type place.

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        1. re: snort

          The Armenian cafe has the best breakfast in carlsbad - awesome waffles and egg dishes.

          1. re: snort

            King's is very good, but the service at Fish House Vera Cruz puts it way over the top. Try a lunch there and save $$$

          2. Pollos Maria is a slightly glamorized Pollo Locco.

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            1. re: ml22

              I think the comment summarizes it pretty good but similar to Pollo Loco which has pretty good chicken for a chain Pollos Maria makes also some decent chicken dishes. It is nothing to get excited but for a simple lunch or dinner it is ok.

              http://www.menushark.com/%5Crestauran...

            2. I finally did try Yoshino's a couple of weeks back. It's deli-style and the food is good. They do seaweed salad, teriyaki chicken and several other things. You take your pick from the shelf and get it heated in the microwave.
              I wouldn't make a long trip for it, but if you're in Carlsbad Village and want a quick and cheap meal, it's a good choice.

              1. Tried Pollo Maria in Carlsbad tonight. Even at 9 PM, the roasted chicken was juicy and tasty. The corn tortillas were perfectly cooked, but commercial tasting. Not impressed with the rice, beans (pinto), or red salsa. Good chicken, though.

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                1. re: rweller

                  cool - thanks for reporting!