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Feb 9, 2007 08:18 AM

Encinitas tonight - rec's please

We're going to Gaffney's tonight and looking for something nearby to grab a bite to eat after our wine flights. I'd like something not too pricey, and no sushi - we're sushi'd out right now. I'm really unfamiliar with that area, so thanks in advance for any suggestions! :)

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  1. there are a few choices right near gaffneys. in the same complex, is Meritage, which is owned by susan sbicca. writers on this board have slammed her restaurants as being very medicore but I have never had a bad meal there, except for her mac and cheese which I did not care for. they have a good selection of appetizers and I have always liked the fish dishes. Across the street from gaffneys is trattoria i truli. It is a very popular Italian restaurant but it can get crowded and noisey espically if it rains tonight and they have to close the patio.

    1. There's a Turkish place a few blocks North of Encinitas Blvd. on 101 call The Bird house. Their food isn't the most Turkish and it's not all that great except for one thing: The Iskender Kebab. Lamb over bread, drizzled with browned butter, then herbed tomato sauce and finally some fresh creamy yogurt. very unique and very tasty.

      1. Also... For sit down Mexican, like Mexico City restaurant Mexican and damn good margaritas try El Callejon. It's in the corner plaza on Encinitas Blvd. and 101 just South of Encinitas Blvd. in the same plaza as Leucadia Pizzeria. The cheese enchiladas in mole are killer. Slightly pricy for Mexican, but pretty well worth it.

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        1. re: Kebab Hunter

          I second El Celljon. Good Mexican but a little bit pricy. Large variety of Tequilas. Very popular so might have to wait 15-20 minutes on a Friday.


        2. Thanks for the recs. I will probably try the turkish place at some point, but I'm going out with a veggie tonight, so we'll hit up Meritage or El Callejon. I am always down for Mex and margs.

          Thanks again!

          1. Siamese Basil a couple of blocks south on the same side of 101 as Gaffney's has the most delicious Thai food.

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            1. re: Coopersmom

              I have to disagree w/ Siamese Basil. Went there for lunch and found their food bland and lacking the freshness and complexity that real Thai food is.