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Lunch in Escondido or San Marcos area

hi everyone

looking for a lunch spot in Escondido or San Marcos. we are visiting some breweries in that area and need a nice spot for lunch.
any type food okay
price range up to $20 per person (for food )

im thinking seafood or taco/mexican is the best bet in this area?


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  1. Others could probably help you on Mexican in that area, particularly kare_raisu, but I can confidently suggest Pho Saigon in Escondido.

    They have a broad menu similar to Pho Hoa Cali, (Pho, Com Tam, Bun, etc.), though I have only tried their Pho and it is both consistent and one of the best I've had in the county. For sure they do have the best noodles - the texture they achieve is exquisite, and I have been told on at least 2 separate occasions by their owner that they are actually made on the premises.

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    1. re: cgfan

      thanks! didnt realize great pho was to be had outside LA county. haha thanks for the tip. great hot pho might be a good option after all that beer tasting!

    2. Hacienda de Vega is one of the best places for lunch in Escondido..
      Outside patio with the huge waterfall and lots of flowers is lovely.
      It's behind the North County Fair shopping center off the I-15.


      1. It will be at the edge of your budget but you could eat at Stone World Bistro (I assume you are visiting there and Lost Abbey?). I had the prime rib melt recently and was very pleasantly surprised.

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        1. re: JRSD

          yup we are visting Stone and Lost Abby/Port Brewery.

          1. re: JRSD

            I have to disagree about Stone, I found the food there very disappointing; it seems like they are selling it on the sourcing of the ingredients alone without any attention to cooking technique. The prices are quite high too. Probably the worst lamb shank I've ever had.

            Go for beers and you still get to enjoy the beautiful setting, but pass on the food IMHO.

          2. Cenote Grill has great nuevo Mexican. http://www.cenotegrill.com/
            Also Canapes, San Marcos http://www.canapesgrill.com/ Behind the San Marcos Brewery, San Marcos Blvd.

            Cenote Grill
            1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026

            1. Cocina De Maria!


              Awesome home-style Mexican cooking. The salsa is incredible.

              1. I second the suggestion of Stone, and we eat there about once a month or so. It is, however, a little bold. Check the menu if you are interested. Hacienda de Vega can have spotty service, but hard to beat the surroundings. Cenote Grill has little ambience, but great food and attentive service - it leans toward the healthy side of Mexican. One of my favorites is the tiny spot across from Holiday Wine Cellar: Sid's Place/ Chicken Plus. Don't think fancy! It's just fresh, simple Greek (actually, he's from Cyprus) with great salads, gyros, and roasted chicken. R O'Sullivan's on Grand has good fish and chips too, and some fun pub food. If it was winter, I would suggest Lourdes for chicken soup...so when you tour again in January, you know where to go! Enjoy your visit!

                And Josh, I will try Cocina de Maria, based on your recommendation!

                Chicken Plus
                309 W Mission Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

                Cenote Grill
                1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026

                1. I haven't been to Tango (in Escondido) for lunch, but have been there many a time for dinner and the lounge specials, and would recommend it for lunch or dinner.

                  1. Hungry Bear Sub Shop at 302 W El Norte Pkwy! (East of the Dairy Queen) This is not your average dry sub! Friendly Son & Mom team from NJ opened a year ago at this location. If you haven't been in a year, go try this new biz out. Warm, cold, salad or even omletized - your fancy is met. Current fam favs are both hot variety: the roast beef w/grilled onions & grn peppers, & the Greek Chicken with feta & onions. They use trianglular cut dill pickles & tomatoes as a relish that is so good. I enjoy hearing the positive reactions of others as I eat. Smallish dining area but there are 2 outside tables too. Gets lots of foot traffic for to go orders from hungry work folk. A fav of public safety workers too. I've yet to hear anything but good comments about it. Must keep the good Mom & Pop's (or Mom & Sons) in biz so I share with you. We go at least once a week. Enjoy!

                    1. BRUNOS in San MArcos has stood the test of time. They have a great lunch buffet, they have pizza, salads and plenty of other items to choose from. It is always good, and not fancy.