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Jun 4, 2012 08:58 AM

Solana Beach Eats

We'll be heading to Solana Beach from Phoenix this week and would love recommendations on family friendly dining while we're there. Anything from beachside taco huts to fine dining is welcome. We'll eat anything that's good and our kids are adventurous eaters and well-behaved in nice restaurants.

We've already been to Blanca, so we can leave that out.

Any help that you all can provide will be greatly appreciated. All price points/cuisines considered.

Thanks again

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  1. Blanca is no more.

    My Faves..
    Red Tractons..lobster club..old school
    Claire's on Cedros...breakfast or lunch...fab
    Fish Market Oyster Bar...not the resto.
    Fidels...fab chile relleno and chicken breast chicken burrito
    Rudys..carne asada tacos and tortas
    Tony Jacals...margs!
    Brigantine..everyday happy hour with the great fish welcome
    Beach Grass Cafe
    Roberto's..chicken tacos with guac and quesadillas
    Jake's Del Mar...drinks and apps...oceanfront
    Poseiden for breakfast/lunch..oceanfront
    Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
    Board and Brew
    Flavor Del Mar
    Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar
    Del Mar Rendevous
    Bull Taco Cardiff
    VG's Donuts Cardiff
    Bully's Del Mar...bully burger

    Have a great time!

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      Just a note- very close friends who i trust quite a bit were just at Jake's and remarked that the food has gone seriously down hill. They were pretty emphatic in saying do not go.

      1. re: chetatkinsdiet

        It's always been meh...that is why I suggested drinks and apps.

      2. re: Beach Chick

        The Brig was supposed to close for some major renovations once Miguels in Carlsbad opened. With it being so close to summer, not sure if thats still happening. Zinc and Wildnote on Cedros are popular with the lunch crowd. Beachgrass on 101 is nice for breakfast. Woodys opened up in the Blanca space though its really more a bar. Crush opened up in the PCG space and its decent Italian, much better than Paroli.

        1. re: Beach Chick

          BC has a great list here...especially love the margs at Tony's and the lemon ricotta Clairecakes at Claires.

        2. Thanks. Not much of a Jake's fan anyway. Any good hole-in-the-wall type joints on the main drag in Solana? We're much more familiar with Del Mar but rented a place in Solana Beach this time and aren't as familiar with the options there. No surprise about Blacna - first time we went several years ago is was meh, and had declined notably on the next visit. Is Market, near Rancho Santa Fe, still up to snuff? Also, would love recs for a good beachside fish taco, if you have any.

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          1. re: ejs1492

            haven't been to Market lately, but Addison, just 5 min down the freeway, did an outstanding dinner for us a few weeks ago. uber fine dining.

            I personally would skip Rendevouz. Americanized Chinese food. There's better eats elsewhere.

            Pacifica Breeze Cafe in Del Mar is pretty good for breakfast and lunch.

          2. Beach Chick has you covered. A few more suggestions that aren't necessarily the world's greatest, but they are places of the place, if you get what I mean.

            Pizza Port - local chain, ok pizza, but great microbrewery beers of their own label, airy and open to the outside =
            Zinc Cafe - the food isn't brilliant but can be tasty. we love the outdoor dining and people watching on Cedros, AND they have their own parking lot. We drive out from San Diego often just to have breakfast at Zinc. Prefer it to the noise inside Claire's =
            Sub Palace, Leucadia (Hwy 101) - a surfer once took me on a date here. We ate our subs overlooking Swami's. (kinda a hole-in-the-wall and very local) =
            Juanita's Taco Shop (Hwy 101 between SB and Encinitas) convenient and good enough for tacos.

            Here's an old chowhound thread that may be helpful =

            1. Water's in Solana Beach is a good place to pick up dinner or grab lunch. Lots of fresh salads, sandwiches, pasta, etc.

              I also like Mozy's in Leucadia for breakfast/lunch. Healthy options, great burritos with plaintains, avocado, black beans, etc.

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              1. re: gator28

                I will second Zinc Cafe. They are not open for dinner.
                Tony's Jacal is an alternative to Fidel's and is next door.
                We go to Pizza Nova a lot, more for the salads than the pizza.

              2. Just a quick thanks to everyone for their responses. Looking forward to escaping the heat as we Arizonans invade San Diego for the summer. ;-)