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Jul 1, 2012 08:41 PM

Leucadia-Encinitas Bound - CH recs?

I love this time of year when my family can escape the desert and hit the beach. We are migrating down from Carlsbad after a couple of years, just a little south to Leucadia- Encinitas area and are looking for some great recs. I've read and heard great things about Kaito and Yu Me Ya, so I think we have Japanese/Sushi covered. We are looking for the lowdown on the best recs for the area for other foods (pizza, Italian, burgers, taco stands, and anything else totally chow worthy. We have a lot of meals to cover and a budget that goes from taco stands in between surfing to a couple of nice meals out.

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  1. Aloha doppelganger on Chowhound!

    My fave's:
    Juanita's taco shop
    Blue Ribbon pizza
    VG's donuts
    Bull taco Cardiff
    Roberto's taco shop in Solana Beach
    Claire's on Cedros
    Pizza Port
    Paon Carlsbad
    Brigantine..everyday happy hour fish tacos
    Fish Market Del Mar Oyster Bar only
    Red Tracton's
    Flavor Del Mar happy hour
    Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar
    Board and Brew for fab deli sandwiches
    Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
    Delicias in RSF
    Betys taco shop in Encinitas
    Pellys seafood in Carlsbad
    Tony Jacal's/Rudys/Fidels (best chile relleno and all white chicken burrito) in Solana Beach
    Solace in Encinitas
    George's at the Cove in LJ ocean terrace for lunch or sunset

    Too bad the best dive bar Leucadian just got shut down.. : (
    Hit up the Kraken for a cold beer ..across from the Chart House
    Stone steps in Leucadia is a great body surfing spot.
    Sundays at Swami's for surfing and oceanfront temple gardens

    Have a great time in back!

    1. Go to Raul's Shack. Get a variety of tacos, with drinks. Stroll a few blocks West down the street to the benches over looking the beach. You're welcome.

      I'm not a surfer, but I usually see them there.

      1. KC's Tandoor for casual and takeout Indian
        Seaside Market for sandwiches
        Rosanna's Pasta Shop for pasta and paninis
        Jersey Mike's (yes it's a chain) for italian subs

        2 Replies
        1. re: Encinitan

          Forgot to add the Kebab Shop for chicken and falafel doners/schwarmas, and shish kebabs. Avoid the lamb though.

          1. re: Encinitan

            Avoid everything at Kebab Shop - horrible

        2. My favorites echo a lot of Beach Chick's, but here we go:

          Claires - great brunch spot
          Blue Ribbon - best "gourmet" pizza around
          East Coast Pizza - good slices
          Mozy's Cafe - delicious healthy(ier) vegetarian burritos
          Peace Pies - awesome vegan food...surprisingly filling
          Rudy's - best carne asada, I personally love their street tacos, huevos rancheros, and tortas
          Swami's - good acai bowls
          Rosanna's - can't beat her paninis
          Jorge's - best Mexican spicy chicken soup
          Seaside market - great sandwiches and deli treats

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          1. re: gator28

            Thanks everyone...I will try and report back!

          2. Market
            Blue Ribbon
            El Q'ero
            Kitchen 1540
            3rd Corner