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dwatkins79 Apr 22, 2012 06:15 PM

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.

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  1. Beach Chick RE: dwatkins79 Apr 22, 2012 07:32 PM

    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.


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      dwatkins79 RE: Beach Chick Apr 23, 2012 03:21 AM

      Way to set the high bar! I guess I should expect that from someone named Beach Chick!!
      I bet some of the bakeries also sell menudo?

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        Beach Chick RE: dwatkins79 Apr 23, 2012 06:45 AM

        ; )

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          cstr RE: dwatkins79 Apr 23, 2012 08:48 AM

          Try Vamos Es Texcoco on E.Vista Way in Vista, excellent sloooo roasted barbacoa.

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            Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 23, 2012 09:00 AM

            Thanks sledge...I couldn't remember the name of this place..awesome!
            The flautas de papa ( potato rolled tacos) are some of the best.


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              dwatkins79 RE: cstr Apr 23, 2012 05:27 PM

              This place looks awesome. Thanks!

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                dwatkins79 RE: cstr Apr 23, 2012 05:29 PM

                I love their website. "vamos a comer..." I'll be singing this all the way there.

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              daantaat RE: Beach Chick Apr 23, 2012 12:25 PM

              +1 on Kaito.
              Solace at the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas
              Yu Me Ya in Encinitas
              Blue Ribbon Artisanal Pizzeria in Encinitas
              Elizabeth Desserts in Encinitas for take out. American style baked goodies.

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                maestra RE: Beach Chick Apr 30, 2012 06:29 PM

                La Cocina de Maria closed.

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                araknd RE: dwatkins79 Apr 23, 2012 08:33 AM

                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.


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                  escondido123 RE: dwatkins79 Apr 23, 2012 12:51 PM

                  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.

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                    dwatkins79 RE: escondido123 Apr 23, 2012 05:51 PM

                    I'm psyched because I'll be there on tuesday. The Farmers' Market will be one of my many stops!!!

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                      escondido123 RE: dwatkins79 Apr 23, 2012 09:31 PM

                      The Indian vendor does great samosas on North side toward Juniper.

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                    Katherine H RE: dwatkins79 Apr 28, 2012 09:12 AM

                    Drinking hangouts:
                    Churchill's Pub in San Marcos
                    Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos
                    Iron Fist Brewery in Vista

                    Eats not already mentioned:
                    URBN pizza in Vista
                    Curry & More in San Marcos

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                      dwatkins79 RE: Katherine H Apr 29, 2012 04:40 AM

                      Lots of thanks again. I'm so excited to get out of this cold spring for a good time.

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                        Beach Chick RE: dwatkins79 Apr 30, 2012 07:10 AM

                        When you send out my lobstah's, can you send out some rolls too..
                        ; - )

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                        Beach Chick RE: Katherine H Apr 30, 2012 07:08 AM

                        I hear that Churchill's Pub has some pretty decent fish n' chips too.

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                          cstr RE: Beach Chick Apr 30, 2012 08:12 AM

                          Last item on the sandwich list, it was delicious this past week-end !


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                            Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 30, 2012 08:24 AM

                            Shut up!!!
                            You were in one of my fave places in BOS!
                            Craving me a lobstah roll with mayo and a drizzle of butter on top..some chowder and a dozen oysters..
                            So so jealous..did you have drinks at my other fave, Locke-Ober too...JFK stew to really rub it in..

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                              cstr RE: Beach Chick Apr 30, 2012 11:37 AM

                              No Locke-Ober, gone through many changes, IMO, not what it used to be although their bar is magnif!

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