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Looking for a great pastrami sandwich and burger places no chains! If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks

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  1. I have not tried it, so I'm going on what I've heard and read, and mostly on the fine food I've had at their mother restaurant, Savory, but you might want to try the ecr grille:

    http://www.ecrgrille.com/index.htm.

    They have a burger on the lunch menu for just under $10, and pastrami is offered as an option on both breakfast and lunch items, so I guess they have that too. It is located in the La Costa center, on El Camino Real just a major intersection or two south of Aviara Parkway. For pastrami, I've never found a topnotch Jewish-style deli in the entire North County area, but there is a Togo's in the rear section of the Von's shopping center on the N/W corner of El Camino Real and Aviara, back where the movie theatres are. Togo's is a small chain, but their hot pastrami is quite good and an excellent value -- much better than your normal sandwich shop.

    1. Tip Top Meats

      Palomar AIrport Road, East to the light, South about 1/2 mile-on the East side of the street.

      German grocer/meat store with small restaurant inside. Order, pay, sit down, wait for your number to be called. Meats and breads are fresh and plentiful.

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      1. re: Cathy

        Totally second this recco.
        Tip Top Meats place has rocked since I first experienced it in 1967 in Glendale, CA (on Central Ave.). Mom would would purchase our meat there (it was across the street from Crawfords' market) and the scents in the air were always so delightful. And, they had boxes of chocolates named "ice cubes" that mom would buy for us. Man, if I could find those "ice cubes" today, I'd like that. The creamiest milk chocolate that actually feels cool to the tongue. The freshness and spices and variety of meats have always been good. And, they even taught her how to cook a few dishes.

        The Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad is thankfully close to friends/family in Encinitas. One doesn't need to even get on the freeway to get to Carlsbad from their place.

        1. re: Cathy

          Are you recommending the great Tip Top for their Hamburger? It's not top on my list. As for good pastrami--there is none in San Diego.

          1. re: The Old Man

            I guess I got a little off topic from OP request for either hamburgers or pastrami sandwiches in Carlsbad.

            Carlsbad is a small town and not a lot of non-chain hamburger options.
            Tip Top has great meats. I wholeheartedly agree with Cathy that would be the place for OP to go in teh area (though I didn't ask if another city enroute would be okay)

            My favorite hamburger is at a place just down the street from my house; 100 % angus beef served on a roll like brioche. Unfortunately, it is not in Carlsbad, it is in Lake Elsinore.

            So, Tip Top Meats is recommended.

            1. re: kc girl

              I think Tip Top meats has a very good butcher and sells some interesting German and Dutch stuff (but some of the stuff is very overpriced (Spaetzle, Knoedel, some of the beer, swiss joghurt, sweets etc). and you can find it at other places cheaper, e.g. Major Market, World Market, Bristol Farms, there's also a shop in Del Mar which sells some German stuff (e.g. red cabbage) but forgot the name etc.). But some of the stuff Tip Top sells in their restaurant is unfortunately not really good, especially the sauerkraut and red cabbage is horrible. For much better sauerkraut (and Kassler) you could go to Contintental Deli in Escondido. It is very small shop/restaurant with only a few things on the menu (and not much to sell in their shop) but the few German items they have on their menu are much better than what you get at Tip Top.

            2. re: The Old Man

              It isn't a chain. It is in Carlsbad.

              The beef is fresh ground and if cooked medium rare, along with the toasted bun...is good..

              The sandwiches are plentiful with fresh bread and the pastrami is not bad; I have had worse.

              (I do usually get polish sausage sandwiches here, which I can't get anywhere else.)