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North County San Diego Top Eats

Seeking great restaurants and menu reccomendations in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and La Jolla. Casual to gourmet, I don't care, as long as it makes me go "yum".

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  1. Encinitas/Leucadia: Yu Me Ya (izakaya style Japanese; arguably the best in the county); La Jolla: a lot of good choices, but my favorite is Nine-Ten. Also, A.R. Valentien at The Lodge on Torrey Pines is spoken about very well although I've not been myself. Cavaillon is one of the best restaurants in North County, but it's more inland and it appears you're looking for coastal suggestions. Have fun, that's a great route!

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    Yumeya
    1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

    Cavaillon Restaurant
    14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127

    Nine Ten
    910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

    A R Valentien
    11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

    1. 1) Kaito Sushi, Encinitas - Omakase Sushi
      2) Las Brisas Tacqueria, Fallbrook - Menudo
      3) Elizabethan Deserts, Encinitas - cherry mini-lattice pie
      4) Beach Grass Cafe, Solana Beach - brunch
      5) Rudy's, Eden Gardens, Solana Beach - Carne Asada plate or Torta

      1. Forgot to link to these businesses...

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

        Elizabethan Desserts
        155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA

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

        Las Brisas Taqueria
        1005 S Main Ave Ste A, Fallbrook, CA 92028

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

        1. In no particular order:
          Kaito
          Yu Me Ya
          Market
          Blanca
          Elizabethan Desserts
          The Naked Cafe
          Cavaillon
          AR Valentien
          George's on the Cove (downstairs only)
          Coffee Cup Cafe
          Tapenade
          Kabul West (mega casual--it's in a food court)
          Nine-Ten
          Roppongi's (best happy hour deal)
          Pizza Nova
          Z Pizza

          5 Replies
          1. re: daantaat

            ...and may I add to Daantaat's exceptional list: Via Italia in Encinitas...and solely for the pizza, if nothing else. That thin, crispy crust and the savory, tangy tomato sauce on the salsiccia pizza is molto bene.

            1. re: Sampaguita

              For thin piza in Encinitas go to Pizzicato

            2. re: daantaat

              Chef Hageman just left Blanca. I would wait a little bit before going there.

              1. re: honkman

                How did you find out that Chef Hageman left?

                1. re: SDGourmand

                  I heard it from a few people some time ago that he is planning to leave. In addition, I read it somewhere (forgot on which page) more recently.

            3. Great experience: Artisan table (single menu, communal dining on the terrace) Thursdays at A R Valentien, the Lodge at Torrey Pines. View of Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific.

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              A R Valentien
              11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037