I'd like recommendations for Carlsbad restaurants, especially downtown. Has anyone tried any of the following?:
Armenian Cafe, Fresco Trattoria, Le Passage, Vigilucci's, Caldo Pomodoro, Gregorio's, Jay's Gourmet Seafood & Pizza, Tom Giblin's.
For my part, I've been to several and will give my 'grades' and short notes instead of writing too long a post:
Lotus Thai: (B) excellent fresh rolls and fabulous satay; all else is kind of hit or miss.
Mikko: (C+) decent plate lunches (dinners), CA rolls and sushi seem OK.
Knockout Pizza (B) good NY-style thin, thin crust
Pizza Port (A+) for beer, (D) for pizza
Japanese Deli on State Street (C+) simple and good.
Coyote Bar & Grill (C+) haven't really eat here more than a couple of times.
Harbor Fish (F) runny clam (were there any) chowder, if you like fried fish maybe bump it up a grade.
Fish House Vera Cruz (B+) excellent fresh fish served with airplane food vegetables.
We go to Tom Giblins. Friendly service,cheap pints and a great selection. Some say their food has changed for the worse lately as they have expanded their menu. I think it's still great stuff (corned beef boxty) even tho they don't offer Colemans mustard anymore.
I work in Carlsbad near Legoland and don't get downtown too often, but here are some places near where I work that I frequent.
BellFleur- Nice upscale place, good wine selection.
Kings (a chain but great seafood) Stick to Carlsbad here, Mission Valley is not as good for food or service)
West- New place right off 5 at Cannon, I have eaten here serval times and the food is always fabulous.
Tip Top meats-old world comfort food. (also a excellent meat market and grocery. (I get my veal bones here for demi glace).
Fidels, wonderful Mexican.
Greek Village-sit down resturant and a step above any Greek food I have had anywhere in San Diego.
Pelly's Cafe & Fish Market-Very casual fish market-good sandwiches
Snort- I have to agree on Pizza Port, they have the most nauseating pizzas I have ever had. The beer is great but yeeech.
Great replies! Thanks for your posts. Kings Fish House is indeed very good. I've got to try Greek Village one of these days. I looked at the menu once and it seemed pretty high so decided to pass on it. I'll get there eventually.
I'll be giving Tom Giblins a try very soon too.
In the last month I've had the opportunity to try five restaurants in Carlsbad, with quite happy experiences at each. Just tried Vigilucci's on Carlsbad Blvd. and had the linguini with rock shrimp and crab (delicious), along with a pear salad. Food, service, and ambience all above average. Armenian Cafe - Very good, but pricey. Jay's - Very reasonably priced, casual atmosphere, delicious Clam with Red Sauce Pasta, loaded with clams. Garcias on State Street - Very good beef tostadas and tacos, fairly priced, crowded. Would recommend any of these restaurants. Tom Giblin's - Not so great appetizer combo plate, but nice service, friendly pub.
We (my NY expartiate husband and I) used to love Knockout, but have converted to Capozzoli's. Drive a bit north to Oceanside (right off 76 at Douglas in the Albertson's shopping mall) and you will be rewarded. Their pizza is top notch thin, even blistered, crust with a little chew and perfect topings ratio. It blows Knockout away and you don't have to deal with the annoying surfer dude/stoner service there. (I can't tell you how many times I have called Knockout or showed up to be told they were "sold out". And they always seem slightly dazed and vaguely surpised by the fact that we want to buy a pie!) Capozzoli's is the warmest, most authentic Mom and Pop Italian red sauce joint you could even hope for. Also great shrimp scampi, garlic bread served with zesty sauce for dipping, good antipasto (although they need to upgrade the olives), good ravioli and pastas.