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Diane Sep 14, 2005 10:39 AM

Will be staying in Encinitas this weekend attending a wedding. We would like to go local for breakfast and dinner. We have been to Amici's and enjoyed it. Any other suggestions?

  1. w
    WLA Sep 14, 2005 01:09 PM

    If you like Japanese this prior thread looks like something you will want to read.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: WLA
      MV Sep 14, 2005 02:50 PM

      I posted a review if you scroll down a little for Matsuoka. I highly reccomend it if you like sushi

    2. t
      The Ranger Sep 14, 2005 01:17 PM

      Last time I was in Sandy Eggo, we ate at "When in Rome." AAA gives it a double-diamond rating and that's deserved. It's consistent in quality and service. I also like Tratoria i Trulli enough that no matter where we're staying, we will make a special dinner trip to this place. Both are on PCH.

      There are other restaurants on PCH in Encinitas but I haven't had the chance to try them. Next trip.

      Breakfast: Message-ID: UFYF8.6856$db7.532051@news2.west.cox.net
      lists some good choices in Encinitas, too.

      1. k
        komatik Sep 14, 2005 02:42 PM


        Tratoria i Trulli - Can't go wrong!

        Calypso Cafe - great food and drinks, plus low-key live music in the evening. Check it out at least for a drink-happy hour has half-price apps Sun-Thu.

        Amici again wouldn't be so bad!

        El Callejon for way above-average Mexican and 647 Tequila choices. Very lively.

        Siamese Basil - Thai, the place doesn't look like much but the food is excellent and very reasonable.


        Honey's Bistro

        Swamis-take a walk through the SRF's tropical gardens before you eat, or check out the ocean view from nearby Swami's park. My favorite for breakfast and lunch.

        1. l
          littlestevie Sep 14, 2005 04:16 PM

          There a few other options for breakfast. Hershel's deli on Encinitas Blvd. is not fancy, but good deli style breakfasts. It has better food without the attitude of Milton's over in the flower hill mall. I am not a big pancake fan, but the Pancake House on Encinitas blvd packs 'em in. Over in Solana Beach is the Beach Grass Cafe on South Coast highway and it is very popular espeially their hash. Two newer places for dinner are Savory on El Camino Real and Blue fire grill in the La Costa resort. They are both California fusion style restaurants and are very good. Over in the Lumberyard is Meritage a Cal-French restaurant run by Susan Sbicca. another place that I would give a lukewarm ok to is Yellow Coyote Grill in the Carlsbad forum. The food is good and tasty and the restaurant is a beautiful space but the service oy! Nothing in Encinitas is really cutting edge and you may not have the greatest meal but you should find good meals and have a fun time.

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            Like-Go-Eat? Sep 15, 2005 02:18 AM

            If I could stay any place for two days and nights it would be Encinitas for the reasons listed below.

            Pannikin Coffee & Tea – Coffee, tea, Mexican Hot Chocolate, take home the Pannikan blend (probably the best coffee in S.D. -- on second thought -- Calif.). Breakfast served also but I have only had the coffee and Hot Chocolate thus unable to comment. But I can say the coffee and Hot Chocolate is a Must.
            Pannikin Coffee & Tea
            510 N Coast Hwy 101
            Encinitas, CA 92024-2035
            760) 436-5824

            Juanita's Taco Shop – In my opinion, the best taco shop anyplace, A MUST DO. Tacos, burritos, taquitos and combo plates – Cash only. Just a little corner taco stand that probably sells more food than any other place in town. $4 to $7, Asda, carnitas, machaca & egg, pico de gallo or my favorite brakfast anyplace, the simple potato, egg & cheese burrito, ask to add ham fried crispy (about $4.25). I like the green salsa but try the red also. I buy my coffee at Pannikin and drive two blocks to Juanita’s for the best breakfast in town. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night snack. The line sometimes goes out onto the sidewalk but moves very fast and well worth the wait.
            Juanita's Taco Shop
            290 North Coast Highway 101,
            Encinitas, CA 92024
            Phone: 760.943.9612
            Hours: Daily 7am-3am

            La Especial Norte – Great Mexican food in a traditional south of the border restaurant (not a taco stand but more formal), $15. Note: I like the food better at Juanita's Taco Shop but this is a nicer place to sit and enjoy food. On-the-other-hand, the diverse line of people that go to Juanita's is more fun to be with (Surfers in swim suits, professionals, construction workers, City employees, students, Moms-Dads&kids). To me Juanita's is a nice place to eat -- people living life.
            La Especial Norte
            664 North Highway 101
            Encinitas, California 92024
            (760) 942-1040

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            1. re: Like-Go-Eat?
              Diane Sep 19, 2005 04:26 PM

              Thank you for your suggestions. We went to Pannikans for coffee several mornings. They make passable pastries and great coffee drinks. I had one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had. I have my own machine and I am picky! Juanitas was very good too. Love to go to those "hole in the wall" places. Thank you, Diane

              1. re: Like-Go-Eat?
                Diane Sep 19, 2005 04:28 PM

                Thank you for your suggestions. We went to Pannikans for coffee several mornings. They make passable pastries and great coffee drinks. I had one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had. I have my own machine and I am picky! Juanitas was very good too. Love to go to those "hole in the wall" places. Thank you, Diane

                1. re: Diane
                  Like-Go-Eat? Sep 20, 2005 01:17 AM

                  Oh, glad you like. My wife & I happen to drive down form L.A. this weekend (she was looking in Encinitas for a dress to buy) and we made those stops also. They do serve a good cup. Once I had a cup of Blue Mountain there that was out-of-this-world. I bought a pound to take home and that broke the bank. This time I bought a large cup for the drive back and two pounds of Pannikin Coffee for home. I forgot to mention. They will keep a card in the file with your name on it and check it off each time you buy a pound. After 10 pounds (I think) you get one free. On my next trip I will pay for two and bring home three. And I blew my diet at Juanita's Taco Shop. Also, there is a second location in Vista.

                  Juanita's Taco Shop
                  248 Main St
                  Vista, CA 92084-6008
                  (760) 758-4531
                  (Off the 78 between Carlsbad & San Marcos)

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