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Annual trip to Carlsbad................

bigredd Aug 13, 2009 07:01 PM

Every year we seem to go to Market, Trattoria i Trulli, Pamplemousse, Bistro West and Sammy's. Anything new this year? Still looking for a good "gringo" mexican retaurant where the margaritas are strong and the food decent. I am always amazed how difficult it seems to be to get good enchillada's and fajitas in southern cal. No sushi please.


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    daantaat Aug 13, 2009 07:02 PM

    Your good "gringo" Mexican w/ good margaritas may be in Del Mar, at En Fuego. It's on Camino del Mar, the main drag through Del Mar.

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    1. re: daantaat
      goodhealthgourmet Aug 13, 2009 07:19 PM

      i didn't love the food at En Fuego (in fact, IIRC it was mediocre at best) and the service is beyond awful...but i have heard their magaritas are excellent.

    2. goodhealthgourmet Aug 13, 2009 07:20 PM

      have you been to Blanca in Solana Beach? it's not "new" but you didn't mention it. here's a recent CH review:

      other newer additions to the North County dining scene:
      - Kitchen 1540
      - Addison at the Grand Del Mar
      - Cavaillon

      plenty of feedback on them if you search the board.

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        Beach Chick Aug 13, 2009 07:32 PM

        Haven't been yet but a huge fan of Diane Powers..Casa de Bandini opened in Carlsbad recently...classic gringo mex and fishbowl marg's!


        1. honkman Aug 14, 2009 09:44 AM

          For gringo mexican you should look at El Callejon in Encinitas.

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          1. re: honkman
            Sampaguita Aug 14, 2009 01:42 PM

            That's for sure. (...and stiff margarrritas too. Rrrrrrr.)

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            wanker Aug 14, 2009 02:26 PM

            Solid Mexican American food can be had in Solana Beach at Fidel's, Tony's Jacal and Don Chuy. They're right next to each other off Stevens Ave and Genevieve. Tony's Jacal has the best enchilada's of the three, and their drinks are also the stiffest.

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              bigredd Aug 25, 2009 11:42 AM

              Back from another great week in North County. No earth shattering new discoveries but solid meals at Trattoria i Trulli, When in Rome, and Pamplemouse Grill. Less satisfying was Bistro West and The Beach House although sitting on the patio is pretty nice.
              Tried Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad and it was ok with good cocktails.

              I do have to say the service at all restaurants was excellent. Maybe it is the down economy but it sure was nice to be treated so well.

              Thanks for all the help.

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              1. re: bigredd
                JRSD Aug 25, 2009 11:54 AM

                It never gets favorable mentions on the board, but we have had good meals at When in Rome. They have excellent gnocchi and salads and a special of brasciole that was outstanding.

                Haven't been there in a while as we moved right near Trattoria Antica which we love.

                1. re: JRSD
                  bigredd Aug 25, 2009 02:15 PM

                  It was really good. Fresh salads, excellent pastas, with again exceptional service. I thought the prices were very reasonable. We went about 5 years ago and I think it is much improved.

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                SeanT Aug 27, 2009 05:04 PM

                Carlsbad village, go to Garcia"s it is good. Las Olas has a spot in the village now also. Decent Margaritas and the food is good but Garcia's is better. Might want to try Senor grubbys while in the village also. They make a formidable al pastor.

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                  littlestevie Aug 28, 2009 10:44 AM

                  After watching the senor grubby's ad on channel 4 SD and surviving the grubbys pizza debacle, I will pass. The ad makes the customers and the staff look so hammered, I am not sure what I would get if I actually ordered someting. I guess they were going for the beach crowd vibe, but it looks like they captured the homeless dude vibe. Garcia's may not be great but at least I will get something decent.

                  1. re: littlestevie
                    SDGourmand Aug 28, 2009 11:36 AM

                    That really is the dumbest commercial ever. IMO restaurants shouldn't have TV commercials. They never turn out well (I.E. Grubbys, West steakhouse and bistro)

                    1. re: littlestevie
                      SeanT Aug 28, 2009 12:32 PM

                      I have not seen the ad but the Grubbys pizza had nothing to do with the Grubby's/ Los Tacos owners. The guy who owned the pizza place used their name without permission.

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