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Apr 15, 2008 10:44 PM

Good eats in San Diego county north of the 56?

So I've been living in SD for almost 5 years now and 2 of those being in the Carmel Valley/Del Mar area. I look dismally around me at the overwhelming number of chain restaurants or pricey places like Market. All these years my rotation has mainly consisted of places south of the 56. The only places I frequent in the North Coastal area are El Nopalito, Pizza Port and Elizabethan Desserts. I recently got a job in Carlsbad so I'll definitely be hanging around the North County area more often now. Anyone know of reasonably priced good eats for lunch and dinner along the 5 north of 56?

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  1. In Carlsbad, go to Tip Top Meats...great sandwiches. Great dinners. Great breakfasts. Very inexpensive.

    Looks like a small grocery store, but walk in back.

    ALso next door, the vegetable market place has soups and sandwiches.

    ( N on 5 to Palomar Airport Road, turn east, then south at first light. It's on your left.)

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    1. re: Cathy

      I really like Tip Top too...they have a great deli so you can pick whatever meat you want for a nice sandwich.

      I also like Bird House Grill in Leucadia next to Juanita's (another great place).. Bird House is a Turkish restaurant, very good!!

    2. La Especiasl Norte on 101 in Leucadia
      Kaito for sushi (when it reopens) on El Camino Real in Encinitas
      Beach Grass Cafe in Solana Beach on 101 and in Encinitas on Encinitas Blvd.
      Encinitas Cafe - total step back in time diner - cash only - hwy 101
      Yumeya - Japanese - Leucadia
      VG Donuts - old school bakery - Cardiff by the Sea
      Pelly's Fish Market - Carlsbad

      1. Pizzicato in Encinitas has good pizzas.
        Pizza Nova has an outpost in Solana Beach, east of the 5 on Lomas Santa Fe Rd.
        Americana and Pacifica Breeze Cafe in Del Mar on Camino del Mar (a ways in from the 5).
        Costco off Palomar Airport Road for cheap, good pizza and hot dogs (seriously...)
        If you're in Sorrento Valley, Sitar in the Staples plaza has good, cheap Indian and they're open for lunch and dinner.
        Ki's in Cardiff is pretty decent for lunch and dinner.

        Enorah on the board started this massive thread for places to eat in/around Encinitas. Do a search and you'll find the mother lode.

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