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Feb 13, 2012 12:29 PM

DC chowhounders looking for current recs CARLSBAD

I did a search, adn found some older threads but am looking for current ideas.

We will be staying in carlsbad for a few nights. We will have a car, but unless we're going to be blown away by the food after a 30-40 min drive, we'd prefer something in the immediate area- as far as ambiance, we prefer holes in the wall to neighborhood joints - nothing dressy. a nice view is a bonus, but not necessary.

We are specifically looking for mexican and fresh seafood. Good tortillas and salsas are appreciated.


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  1. Norte in Carlsbad has one of the best chile rellenos and chicken burritos but don't know much about anything else.
    It' sits on the PCH in the village.
    Pelly's for seafood is a casual place.
    Kings Fish House has some decent fish.

    If you go down the coast on PCH, there are some great dives like El Norte Especial, Juanitas and Bety's.
    Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar or Oyster Bar at the Fish Market Del Mar.

    1. If you like craft beer, Pizza Port Carlsbad is a must stop. Must.

      1. Do you like ahi? Go to Yoshino Japanese deli on State Street...delicious and cash only. Perfect for lunch.

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        1. re: gator28

          Great ideas
          Are there any more mexican places? It's something I really miss here.

          1. re: MoCoMe

            There are tons of Mex places..
            Vamos a texcoco in Vista is very popular...I get the potato taquitos but their known for the lamb..
            Hacienda de Vega in Escondido is one of my fave's.
            Bull Taco in Cardiff on the beach
            Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad
            Kaito for sushi in Encinitas..

            Love for you to find an awesome Mariscos place (Seafood Mex) in North County like Marsicos German in SD.


            1. re: MoCoMe

              Norte - http://nortemexicanrestaurant.menutoe... Las Olas - Casa de Bandini - El Callejon - La Especial Norte - Bety's - Bull taco - Rudy's in Encinitas - no web page that I could find Tony's Jacal - Hacienda de Vega (in Escondido) -

              Most taco shops will end in 'berto

              Burritos here do not contain rice or beans, unless requested, and the California burrito contains french fries. The most ubitquitous local taco shop dishes in the San Diego area north of downtown are the CAB otherwise known as a carne asada burrito and the 5 rolled tacos with guacu lunch special.

              Should you choose to venture out and south of downtown your Mexican options amp up considerably in number of choices, autheticity (term used loosely here) and quality of product.
              And, of course, should you choose to cross the border you'll have hit the mother load of good food and hole in the wall Mexican places. The North County location in which you'll be is not exactly a hot bed of Mexican dining.

          2. These are all more holes in the wall and a little further south, but should still be within 10 mins or so
            Sushi - Kaito Sushi in encinitas
            Fish Sandwiches for Lunch - Fish 101
            Japanese Tapas - Yu Me Ya
            Peruvian - Qero

            If you're really into beer, the craft beer really sets San Diego apart and you could drive yourself on a "craft beer tour" (make sure you have a DD). The route could be something like Iron Fist, Aztec, Lost Abbey, Stone

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            1. re: karaethon

              I will definitely be bringing this list! Thanks so much.

              Alas, I had to choose between prescription meds and booze, :-( Rx won. my friend might try some, but that won't be a major factor.

            2. Yu Me Ya in Encinitas for izakaya
              Kaito for sushi
              Blue Ribbon Artisanal Pizzeria in Encinitas
              Solace at the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas--casual but not too dressy
              have heard Savory in Encinitas is good but I've not been there