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Oct 11, 2006 09:16 PM

Chow in Escondido?

The hubby and I will be staying at a resort in Escondido for seven days. Although we will venture into San Diego on occasion it would be nice to have some dining options close to where we're staying.

Any recommendations for breakfast, lunch & dinner most appreciated.
A nice wine selection is a major plus. Will consider all price ranges.

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    Eaten there twice, great meals both times.


    1. Escondidio has been my local project of sorts, so I am kind of excited you have asked.

      Escondido is probably the best suburb of SD, if you want to eat good Mexican food.

      My favorite restaurant is La Cocina de Maria on Mission. It is a new, pretty, family run operation in its own little building. There are lovely paintings on the wall as well as Univision, of course. Everything I have had there has been lovingly prepared. My favorite dish is their homemade(!) pollo en mole, which they were originally offering only on the weekends but I believe its popularity may have made it an everyday item.

      They also have huaraches, and gorditas which are incredible. I believe the gorditas are made from red corn masa even. Try it with whatever you fancy from picadillo to al pastor but I recc. the carnitas.

      Behind CdM is a torta and licuados, aguas frescas restaurant, if you are feeling parched.

      And across the street is Sabor a Mexico, which may be the only authentically Pueblan restaurant in SD. Their specialities are Mole Poblano and Cemitas. I havent aten here yet but I am dying to....stopped in to talk to the son, who explained a lot about pueblan cuisine and how his mom makes the mole in house.

      There is a Persian restaurant across from North County fair called International fast can see the sign from the 15...was written up in reader, have yet to try it. Only peeked in.

      These place would probably be best for lunch.

      Further West down Mission is a Greek chicken place that was mentioned on these boards a while back...try a search. No personal data.

      You might look into Hacienda de Vega for Dinner...haven't ate there...but check out their website.

      A great simple breakfast would be to pick up the best Pan Dulce , outside Oaxaca from Panaderia Ortiz off Grand on Juniper. I;ve tried many panaderias and the bakers there are gods of their trade. Atole, champurrado, cafe and tamales on the weekend too. They are open till 9pm, except sun 7pm. So you could get dessert there too.

      On a side note --there is a great mexican folk art exhibition currently at the Mingei Museum on grand.

      Rworange, the chow-pioneer of this area, highly reccomends the paleteria next to El Tigre Market for ice cream. El Tigre is worthwhile to check out as well.

      Blue Mug cafe seems to be the hip independent coffee house in town on Kalmia I belive, off Grand.

      Nearby is a German and dutch Continetal deli, think they are having oktoberfest this weekend.

      I would reccomend Hunan in Rancho Bernardo for Chinese. They do a fantastic job, and have some authentic gems on the menu. But I havent eaten here in a long time.

      1. The greek place mentioned by kare raisu is called Chicken plus Greek. Small restaurant with good lamb dishes (lamb shanks, lamb souvlaki)

        1. For a great breakfast try Champions on Grand Ave in Escondido. Some of the breakfast plates are a "heart attack on a plate" especially the homemade corned beef hash(not out of a can) and the cinnamon rolls are huge and to die for.

          1. Wow, its good to hear there is anything chow-worthy in Escondido now. I grew up there in the 80's and have basically considered it a culinary wasteland. The only restaurant in 'dido that I have fond memories of is Fillippi's Pizza Grotto, it was my first job and I still go there when I am down south (I live in Sacramento now). I recently learned there is a Fillippis, owned by the same family, in Napa. We went a couple of weeks ago after wine tasting and it was fabulous, the same exact old-school American-Italian food with the house made sausage (bursting with fennel) and a ginormous meatball on the raviolis. Wicker chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling and a little attitude from the waitresses, and it was 1985 all over again.