Escondido / San Marcos
Coming to the area (from Maine) for three days and I'm looking for the places I shouldn't miss. Anything Mexican, local drinking hangouts, (mexican drinking hangouts?), sushi, local farm to table, and anything else of note. Thanks for the help. I'll be sending free lobsters to the winning posts - full disclosure - just kidding, although I can hook you up.
I'll take those lobstah's and I love Maine!
Hacienda de Vega is one of my faves for lunch or dinner
Stone Brewery in Esco..
O'Sullivan's in downtown Esco for a pint of Guinness and great fish n' chips
Lourdes in Esco has great Mex and award winning chicken soup Mex style
Los Charros on Valley Pkwy is one of the best dive taco shops and my DH raves on the carne asada burrito.
Sushi...Kaito in Encinitas
Cocina de Maria in Esco
Brigantine in Esco for everyday happy hour of fab fish tacos and a Brig brew..some of the best for $3
Great Mex bakeries and grocery stores in Esco.
Cenote Grill in Escondido. +1 for Hacienda de Vega. Vinz on Grand for great selection of wine and food. Tango for sit down lunch and dinner with excellent wine list. IMHO, Stone is good for the beer but the food leaves a lot to be desired, your mileage may vary. Tacos Alex in San Marcos.
I too vote for Tango. I believe they have the best food in downtown Esco if not the whole city. I am not a big fan of Hacienda de Vega food but it is a great setting to hang out on a warm day and drink a Margarita or two. If you want good carnitas in a very casual setting, Pacific Taco on Centre City in the Major Market plaza is a great place. If you will be here on a Tuesday afternoon, head for the Farmers' Market on Grand--3-6--and get a squash blossom taco from the stand on the southeast side, maybe followed up by a tamale from the same spot.