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Jul 5, 2009 06:25 AM

trip to No. County San Diego

Will be in Carlsbad for a week.. Any new recs? Have been many times and visited all old "standards"

Love ethnic as well as all cuisines...

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  1. Qero restaurant in encinitas is a favorite of mine peruvian cuisine

    1. If you are a fan of traditional sushi, or are curious to see what it's like, there's no better example of traditional sushi in San Diego than Kaito Sushi in Encinitas. Check out their reviews on Chowhound or on Yelp for the buzz and more info.

      Also Yumeya in Leucadia (northern Encinitas) is a cozy family-run Izakaya (Japanese pub) with a huge sake selection and small bites to compose your meal. Reservations highly recommended.

      A nice place to pick up a dessert (not eat in) is Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas. Desserts in an American Nostalgic style with upgraded ingredients and technique.

      Bety's Tacos is not your typical "SoCal Mexican" fare, but a small individually operated sit-down eatery (order at the counter then choose your seat) using traditional family recipes. A good place to discover something slightly different than what's usually offered-up as Mexican food in the 'burbs of SoCal.

      A great place for breakfast 2 towns south in Solana Beach is the Beach Grass Cafe. They have a second location in Encinitas that I haven't been to, but even on looks alone I'd drive the extra distance to Solana Beach.

      For an incredible Carne Asada (order the plate or Torta to get the Arranchera cut) go to Rudy's in the Eden Gardens section of Solana Beach. They have a second newer location in La Costa, but my vote still goes for the original one in SB, co-located inside their Mexican market.

      Located inland from Carlsbad is Pho San Marcos in, well, San Marcos. It's an incredibly tasty Pho, actually my favorite in all of San Diego, in an area and city that "shouldn't have" any good Pho!

      Kaito Sushi
      130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

      1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

      Elizabethan Desserts
      155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA

      Betty's Tacos Restaurant
      1464 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

      Beachgrass Cafe
      159 S Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075

      Rudy's Taco Shop
      524 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

      Pho San Marcos
      700 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

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      1. re: cgfan

        add to cgfan's list for breakfast/brunch/lunch in Solana Beach--The Naked Cafe.

        2nd the Kaito and Yumeya rec!

        1. re: daantaat

          I'll have to check this place out - never been, but lately I've been frustrated trying to find a new breakfast spot to call home...

          1. re: cgfan

            Their menu is very similar, virtually a knockoff of Coffee Cup Cafe's and Isabel's Cantina's menu. If you've been to either of those, you'll like The Naked Cafe.

        2. re: cgfan

          Agree with all of cgfan's recs

          I would choose the Solana Beach location for the Beach Grass over the Encinitas one as well.

          Bety's Tacos has TABLE SERVICE! Geeesh. How many time do I have to say it? lol I love Bety's and miss it bad now that I live somewhere else.

        3. Tip Top Meats. It's an experience. My son and I live elsewhere but we have legoland passes. I love going here for breakfast or lunch. It's off of Paseo Del Norte and Palomar Airport Road near the Outlet Mall in Carlsbad.

          1. I second the tip top meats req. Fidel's on the coast off Carlsbad village drive is kind of a classic as well, though I'm not blown away by the food. Pizza Port off carlsbad village drive is good, Azafran for Cuban in Oceanside, Mozy's in Leucadia off the 101 for healthy delicious burritos, La Especial Norte off the 101 in Leucadia for insane soup.. St Germain in south Encinitas off the 101 has the best bacon I've ever had, great for breakfast/lunch.

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            1. re: chrissym

              St. Germain's does have a very good BLT! They don't skimp either.

              1. re: chrissym

                Any kid would love eating at Pizza Port. Tons of video games. Homemade root beer. And they brew their own beer for the adults. The pizza is one of the best out of any place that has video games for kids.

              2. Beach Break Cafe in Oceanside is a historic (relative) surf diner breakfast/lunch place. Friendly and yum.