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Vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the Carlsbad area?

Nikki NYC Jan 21, 2007 07:27 PM

Are there any decent vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the Carlsbad area? I'll be there for a few days next week and I have never been before. I'll have a car and I don't mind driving to a restaurant that's worth the travel. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Josh RE: Nikki NYC Jan 21, 2007 09:03 PM

    Pizza Port in Carlsbad Village has vegetarian options. Doubtful on the vegan front, however.

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      srk RE: Nikki NYC Jan 22, 2007 01:03 PM

      You should try the Hill Street Coffee House on the Coast Hwy in Oceanside:

      524 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA
      (760) 966-0985

      They've got plenty of options for vegans and meat-eaters, too.

      1. soulshine RE: Nikki NYC Jan 22, 2007 02:08 PM

        I've never been to either myself, but my veggie friends patronize both Ki's in Cardiff: http://www.kisrestaurant.com/

        and Roxy in Encinitas: http://www.yelp.com/biz/-ojfm08PgZmfI....

        They also love the Hill Street Coffee House mentioned above.

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          daantaat RE: soulshine Jan 22, 2007 07:09 PM

          Ki's is pretty good. Casual, decent food. They have ocean views from the 2nd story. Food is better for the money than The Beach House across the street.

        2. Josh RE: Nikki NYC Jan 22, 2007 04:18 PM

          If you drive inland to Escondido, there is also the Stone Brewing Bistro. They serve vegetarian and vegan items. Also, in San Marcos (between Escondido and Carlsbad) there's an Indian place called India Princess. It's pretty good, and also has veggie/vegan options.

          1. Nikki NYC RE: Nikki NYC Jan 23, 2007 02:18 PM

            Thanks for your input, everyone! I am so excited to try your suggestions. I leave on Sunday, so please let me know if you think of anything else in the meantime. N

            1. snort RE: Nikki NYC Jan 23, 2007 08:59 PM

              There's a completely vegan restaurant in Carlsbad Village called Cilantro's. They don't even heat their food past a certain temperature so as not to ruin the nutrients.
              A better bet would be to try Lotus Thai on Carlsbad Village Drive just east of the 5 (go through the underpass and it's the first right. It now shares place with a Japanese/California fusion restaurant I haven't had the chance to try yet. The Thai place makes excellent "Fresh Rolls" and like most Thai places has some vegetarian meals.
              If you eat pizza, Knockout Pizza is probably the best choice in Carlsbad (too bad you can't bring their slices into Pizza Port for the latter's beer and ales. There's also a Japanese deli next to Caldo Pomodoro (corner of Grand and State) that serves seaweed salads and tofu items. That's all I can think of for the moment.

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                LAWoman RE: Nikki NYC Jan 24, 2007 07:05 AM

                If Pacific Beach isn't too far, try Cantina Panaderia. Very veg-friendly.

                Also had good options at Roponggi in La Jolla.

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                  daantaat RE: LAWoman Jan 24, 2007 08:32 PM

                  Pacific Beach is a good 30-40 min south drive from Carlsbad, not including traffic.

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                  maestra RE: Nikki NYC Jan 24, 2007 09:08 AM

                  I've seen a raw foods restaurant in Encintas, facing the 101 somewhere around D street. Is it still there?

                  1. Nikki NYC RE: Nikki NYC Jan 29, 2007 10:31 PM

                    Hi, everyone! I can't thank you enough for the suggestions, which have prevented me from any bad culinary selections thus far. I have been to Cilantro and Lotus Thai. At Cilantro I had the spring rolls (delicious, huge portion), avocado soup (not my taste, weird flavor and texture), and the lemon dream bar (I have no idea what it was made out of but it was amazing). Lotus Thai was great because for most of the dishes you can substitue tofu, and I loved the penang curry and cashew entrees I shared with a friend (veggie tempura was great, too). I almost forgot, I had a huge "chef" salad at the Roxy for lunch and it was exactly what I wanted. It was loaded with yummies like avocado, artichoke, broccoli, and sunflower seeds, and the tahini dressing was light and tasty. I'll continue to keep you posted, CHers!

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