There’s a wonderful new bistro that just opened its doors in the town of San Elijo Hills called Stoked! The local community has seen a couple of café’s make a pretty good try to bring in customers, but nothing brings in a steady flow of happy repeat customers than great food, good value, and wonderful service, and I can attest that Stoked is offering the perfect recipe for success. New owner and proud San Elijo resident, Chris Vulovic, has a history of success of being a corporate CEO, a consultant, a caterer, and the author of “I Love Food” (available on Amazon). She has driven by the restaurant’s location, which is visible on San Elijo Road, and finally made a decision to put together a business plan and restaurant that is perfect for locals, kid’s going to and from the two schools that are within walking distance, North County foodies and wedding and party planners. The indoor ambiance is comfortable and very attractive, but not over stated, and she has outdoor umbrella seating in the front, a beautiful back patio built around a rock fireplace (hence the name stoked!), and soon-to-be outdoor lawn seating, all of which is perfect for intimate dining or very nice in size for indoor and outdoor parties!
Stoked will soon have a beer and wine license, or maybe by the time you read this they already have. The Chef is a master chef and will wow your taste buds as well as your visual and textural senses with fresh and healthy food. Stop in for a wonderful hot latte or a bowl of soup on a cold day. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 3:00 PM. They always have a daily soup and their sandwiches are some of the best in North County! If they still have it, you must try their roasted and caramelized vegetable sandwich on rustic bread with layers of roasted vegetables, melted mozzarella, and drizzled with pesto. Absolutely delicious! Give this place a try and I guarantee you will be back for more!
Stoked is located at 1215 San Elijo Road in San Marcos (San Elijo Hills) 92078. Call 760-798-1322 or visit www.cafestoked.com.
Sabor de Vida
Originally from Porto Alegre Brazil, and with deep family roots in the restaurant business, Sabor de Vida’s husband and wife team Ana and Rafael love watching eyes light up when their guests enjoy their Southern Brazil barbeque and cuisine. They have created a unique dining experience in Encinitas with unforgettable tastes of Brazilian culture with authentic cuisine and exemplary service. As owner/operators they deeply care about giving you a wonderful Brazilian culinary experience. Rafael is considered one of the top Brazilian chefs in Southern California. This dynamic team started in the catering business catering large parties and events with their Brazilian barbeque, which they still do, but their Encinitas restaurant has much more menu options.
Sabor de Vida means “flavor of life.” Their premium meats are slowly grilled over open flames. If you are new to the Brazilian experience and aren’t sure what to order, try their Combo Plate. The Combo Plate comes with large portions of grilled chicken breast, all- beef sausage, and Tri-Tip with servings of rice and beans, grilled onions and red bell peppers, served with Farofa ,which is a Yucca grain, and a vinaigrette dipping sauce. If that seems like too much, then try their Salmon Plate, Grilled Tri-Tip, Stroganoff, their Veggie Plate, Burgers, Sandwiches, or one of their many Salads, Desserts, Shakes and Smoothies!
Impress your holiday guests or have a fabulous new catering experience!
Sabor de Vida is located at 215 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas 92024. Call (760) 230-0464, or visit www.sabordevida.com.
El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria
The new El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria will be bringing traditional Mexican cuisine, award-winning tequilas, and indigenous flavors to Del Mar Plaza. Since 1996, El Agave has been serving San Diegans their trademark Mexican Nouvelle Cuisine from its original location in Old Town. The new Del Mar location, El Agave’s third in San Diego, will feature a comprehensive tequila museum stocked with over 2,000 premium tequilas. Scheduled to open in December, El Agave will be open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and will feature a special Happy Hour menu and tequila tastings.
Known for its bold, authentic flavors, El Agave’s menu is inspired by the cooking styles of ancient Aztec and Mestizo cultures. Popular menu items include a variety of mole sauces blended from flavors native to Mexico with ingredients of Spanish and Arabic orgin, crispy chalupas, tamales, enchiladas and their infamous filet mignon with a tequila and red wine reduction sauce. Carlos Aceves, director of operations, says, “Del Mar Plaza couldn’t be a more perfect location in which to blend our unique menu offerings with a beautiful ocean view location.”
In addition to serving authentic Hispanic-Mexican food, El Agave is equally well known for their selection of rare and premium tequilas and amazing Happy Hour. Housed inside the restaurant, the Tequila Museum features a collection of over 2,000 tequilas from all over the world including the restaurant’s own award-winning Tequila Agave Artesenal. For tastings in the tequila museum, guests are seated amongst a variety of agave tequilas and served tastings from the featured tequila flight.
The new El Agave in Del Mar Plaza is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar across from Pacifica Del Mar. For information or reservations visit www.elagave.com.
Lucky’s Pizza and Ale
Are you feeling Lucky? Well you should, because an exciting new pizza and ale restaurant has come to the San Marcos/La Costa border on Melrose and Rancho Santa Fe Road. Three things you will notice immediately 1) the hand-tossed, thin crust pizza is out of this world and made with fresh local ingredients, 2) they serve local craft beers, Boylan’s pure cane fountain sodas and fresh lemonade, and 3) the service is friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is just what you expect from a local classic pizza and ale restaurant.
Lucky’s is unpretentious, classy, and attractively priced! You can zip in on a quick lunch break and pick up a slice and a salad, or enjoy a beer during their 3 – 6pm Happy Hour. Sit inside or relax outside on their patio, watch some sports on one of their 4 flat screens and just hang out. Great pizza, craft beer, and sports…it’s the perfect trifecta. All the sauces, dressings and dough are made in-house and they even offer a homemade frozen custard! Try any one of their awesome salads including the House, Caesar, Chopped, or Caprese or a side of meatballs, also made on-site, from scratch.
The owners, Shawn and Dan, friends for nearly 30 years are proud of their creation, strive to provide the best, and invite you to come in to try their simple, traditional, approach to New York pizza. Rumor has it, that it has something to do with the water…hint, hint.
Clip their coupon and get 20% OFF your entire order! Dine-in, Carry-out, or Delivery! Not valid with daily lunch specials or any other coupon offer. Must present coupon.
Lucky’s is open 7-days a week from 11am to 9pm and is located at 1691 (the new extension) of Melrose Drive, Suite 195, San Marcos, CA 92078. They deliver! Call in, take out or eat in. Call (760) 471-1234 or visit www.luckyspizza.net.
Just steps from the Pacific Ocean, Fresco Trattoria, in Carlsbad Village, has been serving some of the most wonderful Italian cuisine since 1999 and is truly a local favorite. Originally from Sperlonga Italy, Chef Leone D’Arcangelo has been sharing his love of cooking and his family recipes for everyone to enjoy. From the moment you walk through the front door to the last spoonful of spumoni, the flavors and the service come together like a boat trip on a Venice canal. Beautifully set tables with painted murals and fresh flowers adorn the main dining room. The atmosphere and the distinct Italian aromas will take you away.
Every dish served comes with a basket of fresh baked bread with a side boat of Italian marinara. For a special treat over the holidays, try their full rack of lamb with a port wine reduction, paired with a nice Cabernet. Other local favorites include their Shrimp Scampi, Margherita Pizza, Penne al fomo con gamberi, Linguine Mare Mosso, Fettuccine Alfredo con Pollo, Manicotti Riplenu, their famous Lasagna and antipasto standout- Melanzane Parmigiana. From their New York Strip to the fresh Atlantic Salmon, you really can’t go wrong.
Fresco is open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Book your corporate holiday lunch or dinner or bring the whole family and out-of-town guests. They offer complete party catering. Happy Hour is served from 4:30 to 6:30 and gift cards are available. Enjoy music Saturday nights.
Fresco Trattoria is located at 264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad 92008. Call (760) 720-3737 or visit www.frescorestaurants.com
Papa Tony’s Pizza has undergone a complete facelift, remodel, name change to Pizziaolo (which means pizza chef) and new ownership. Still related to the famous and iconic pizzeria that Encinitas and North County residents have embraced since 1984, uncle Joe Vitale has finally handed over the pizza paddle to his nephew Anthony Deluca, who in his own right, is a young master pizza chef with big pizza pies in his eyes.
Anthony, born and raised in San Diego is a first generation born in the U.S. from Sicilian parents. He began working in his family’s pizzeria when he was twelve and later graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, which is now the Cordon Bleu. “I’m very excited to be part of this great Encinitas community and can’t wait to introduce my Italian culinary recipes. I really want to do whatever I can to give back to the community, our local schools, and local businesses.” said Anthony.
Pizziaolo will be serving an extensive menu consisting of large delicious pizza slices to full-size pizza pies, lunch and dinner combo specials, lasagna, calzone, Stromboli, pasta and salads. The pizza varieties will be perfectly toasted thin crust pie baked right on the oven’s stone shelf.
Anthony has some big plans in the future of expanding the seating and including an outdoor patio. The new Pizzaiolo will be open for business the beginning of December so stop in or call ahead and see what Pizzaiolo is all about.
Pizziaolo is located at 554 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas 92024 in the same shopping center as El Nopalito and 7-Eleven just east of I-5 freeway.
Casa de Bandini
Located at the Forum in Carlsbad, Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini is a North County destination for regionally inspired Mexican fare. Its sights, sounds and flavors of Mexico greet you as soon as you walk through the door. It’s like a museum inside, decorated down to the tiniest detail with hand-crafted furnishings, fine Mexican folk art and colorfully hand-painted murals. Intricately designed lanterns and stars of tin, brass and glass illuminate the Cantina, where guests enjoy their famous Bird Bath Margaritas. Guests can dine under color-drenched umbrellas in the outdoor patio, reminiscent of the vibrant haciendas found throughout the Mexican countryside, complete with lush landscaping of succulents, cacti, palms and flowering vines. Diners are charmed nightly by strolling mariachis playing popular Mexican ballads.
Bandini uses only the freshest ingredients and offers 14 salsas and sauces made fresh daily, delicious selections of homemade salad dressings, and hot corn and flour tortillas prepared throughout the day between the Cantina and dining room at the Tortilla Kitchen. Popular dishes include the seasonal Turkey Mole Tamales – a tasty Mexican holiday tradition featuring two freshly steamed, hand-made tamales stuffed with turkey, raisins, apples and nuts – and flavorful Carnitas a la Michoacan, offering golden brown succulent morsels of pork served with hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa and beans. Seafood lovers will delight in Enchiladas Del Mar, chock full of crab, shrimp and pescado blanco and smothered in a creamy, spicy jalapeño sauce. Carne Asada Tampiqueña pleases steak-lovers with deliciously seasoned carne asada, grilled and topped with mild green California chile and onion, served with a cheese enchilada, beans and guacamole.
Diane Powers’ other fine Mexican restaurants include Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands, Casa Guadalajara in Old Town and Casa de Pico in La Mesa. Casa de Bandini is open seven days a week and located at 1901 Calle Barcelona Carlsbad, 92009. Call (760) 634-3443 or visit www.casadebandini.com.
Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group is dedicated to serving unparalleled Italian cuisine, much like that found in the kitchens of Northern Italy. They have multiple locations in San Diego, from Carlsbad to Coronado, and their menu highlights homemade pasta dishes, savory veal, chicken, prime steak and seafood, paired with award-winning wine. Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group offers full service holiday catering and has sophisticated semi-private and private rooms for any size party. Their award winning food, superb hospitality, and attention to detail are sure to please the most discerning diner or event planner. Their catering manager and event coordinator can customize a menu for you to suit any occasion or group size.Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steakhouse, Cucina and Ristorante Coronado are open for Lunch, Dinner and offer Happy Hour specials daily. A memorable Sunday Brunch is offered at Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado and the Steakhouse.
Be sure to attend the Chef Demo Holiday Luncheon on December 14 at 1pm with Executive Chef Dana Sills. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch, holiday fare demonstrations, wine and a gift. Seating is limited. Reservations are also being accepted for Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Ring in the New Year in style and reserve your table for the festivities.
This winter Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group is excited to announce the expansion, remodeling and relocation of its popular Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana. Moving to 530 N. Coast Hwy 101 on the corner of Athena St. in Leucadia, the new location will provide the space needed to better accommodate the growing number of private party requests while enhancing its charming, intimate ambiance. A major transformation to the property, formerly operating as Robbie’s, is underway, with the Trattoria debuting its new look in January 2014.
“It was almost 20 years ago that we opened the Trattoria and introduced North County San Diego to the food and culture of my hometown,” recalls restaurant owner, Roberto Vigilucci. “It pleases me that, after all these years, the public’s appetite for the authentic Italian cuisine we serve continues to grow and thus our need to expand.” To book your next party contact Events@Vigiluccis.com or visit www.vigiluccis.com for menus and locations.
Solterra Winery & Kitchen
Solterra Winery and Kitchen, now with live music and their newly crowned TV award- winning chef, is the place to be throughout the holidays. Join their Wine Club and get 20% OFF all wine purchases and invitations to all their events. Dining guests get 10% OFF any bottle of wine purchase or 15% OFF 6 bottles or more.
The Van Alyea family, a young married couple with a baby and a sweet Golden Retriever, have opened the first ever full-service winery, tasting bar and kitchen in Encinitas located on Highway 101 in Leucadia. Master Wine Maker, Chris Alyea, says, “We have 60 tons of grapes coming in within the next 6 weeks.” This amounts to 150 barrels, which equates to 300 bottles per barrel. And, this is just another day in the life of the Alyea family and Solterra winery. They are truly answering the dreams of North County residents and visitors who love fine wine and the SoCal beach lifestyle. Solterra is beyond a shadow of a doubt, a destination winery on the map of Encinitas and San Diego County.
Their 5,000 sq.ft. facility features stunning architecture with high ceilings and large open windows gazing out onto Hwy 101. The winery is a wood barrel room with fermentation tanks, crusher and press. Adjacent to the winery is a full kitchen, bar and dining room. Perhaps the most interesting piece is the long concrete outdoor fire pit bar that seats up to 20, located just inches from the sidewalk and passers by. We’ve all seen large open windows, gas lit heating lamps and outdoor tables in front of bars and restaurants along historic Hwy 101, but Solterra has outdone them all with their long outdoor fire pit beach bar!
The buzz on the street is loud and clear by sommelier, wine lovers, experts, and guests that their wine is absolutely wonderful; and we couldn’t agree more. We highly recommend the Beacons Blend, named after our famous local surf spot. Owner and master winemaker Christopher Van Alyea is pouring more than twenty in-house wine varietals made from premium grapes he’s collected throughout California and Mexico. The Van Alyea Ranch is their vineyard in Sonoma County.
Solterra is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Monday to Thursday and until Midnight Friday and Saturday nights. You can also enjoy an ice cold local beer and play bocce ball in the back.
Solterra is located at 934 North Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia 92024. Open Tue–Sun; closed Mon. (760) 230-2970 www.solterrawinery.com.
Superb service with tasty fare and a casual but elegant atmosphere make this bistro a must-visit when you’re anywhere near the area and there isn’t a nicer place to be over the holidays than SBICCA in Del Mar. Ring in the New Year on New Year’s Eve with dinner and drinks filled with memories of a lifetime. This flavorful, multi-award winning quaint Americana bistro, nestled in the village of Del Mar, is a local favorite and sets the standard for an established local’s hang-out for their 16th year in business. Their beautiful outdoor patio and upstairs loft heightens your senses with sweeping Pacific Ocean views.
SBICCA is known for quality cuisine and lavishly delicious libations at very reasonable prices. The food, service and atmosphere are all first-rate. Located just steps from the beach, SBICCA has won numerous awards such as the coveted 2012 Gold Medallion for best Casual American Cuisine presented by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association, and the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Open for lunch and dinner, SBICCA’s lunch menu offers tasty cocktails along with wonderful burgers, salads, and one of the best Sea Bass sandwiches anywhere. For dinner, their signature favorites such as “Flintstone cut” pork prime rib, or their famous Maple Jalapeno Glazed Grilled Scottish Salmon or Lobster and Crab Bisque, are not to be missed. Their seared scallops or ratatouille quinoa are big hits with the local crowd.
With superb service, and amazing ocean views, bring your loved ones or out of town guests to this quaint Americana bistro. Tuesday night’s half-off bottles of wine is a popular weekly event. Happy Hour is 7 days a week from 4-6:30pm; and all night on Wednesdays get 1/2 off all bar menu items and $2 off all specialty cocktails, wines by the glass and beer.
SBICCA is located at 215 15th Street, Del Mar 92014. Call (858) 481-1001 or visit www.sbiccabistro.com.
Pacifica Del Mar and Breeze Café
New Year’s Eve will be delicious and lively at Pacifica Del Mar with two dinner seatings; one from 5 to 7:30 and the other from 8 to 12, with a special prix fixe menu. The New Years Eve Party has no cover and includes a midnight toast and complimentary midnight hors d’oeuvres! This is a fun and lively party complete with a DJ that you won’t want to miss!
Pacifica Del Mar features great food, fine wine, cocktails, and breathtaking panoramic ocean views. This is one of the finest restaurants in Del Mar and one of the best places to hold your business holiday party, family celebration, or private affair. Pacifica Del Mar offers five distinct event venues: Private Reserve – is a state-or-the-art private dining and presentation space great for corporate parties from 54 to 75 guests. Breeze Café – is a heated outdoor covered patio with stunning ocean view sunsets. Accommodates 72 to 85 guests. Wine Room – is an intimate room displaying hundreds of fine vintage wines and will comfortably accommodate 12 guests. Pacifica’s Patio – is perfect for casual fine dining parties up to 120 guests. The patio overlooks Old Del Mar with spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The Gallery – is an interior portion at the end of the Ocean Bar. It has lively special effects lighting with a Pacific Ocean backdrop. It’s perfect for up to 60 guests.
Open everyday, including Christmas, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve with a special prix fixe menu or order off their regular menu.The Ocean Bar and restaurant is one of North County’s gems and a local gathering place, where high style and Del Mar culture come together for lovely libations and exquisite cuisine. They are recipients of the Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Dining in San Diego,” and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” Happy Hour is nightly from 4-6:30 and all night long on Mondays and Tuesdays and features $1 OFF all drinks and a discounted bar menu. Holiday Gift Cards are now available.
The Breeze Café, attached to Pacifica Del Mar, was once hailed by critics as one of San Diego’s best kept secrets, also overlooks the shimmering Pacific. It is a celebrated coastal gathering spot for casual, outdoor dining.
Pacifica Del Mar and Breeze Café are located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 92014. Call (858) 792-0476 or visit www.pacificadelmar.com.
Tuscany Italian Restaurant in La Costa has been going through a very exciting transformation. Already known for great Italian cuisine and with deep roots in the community the new Tuscany team of experienced restaurateurs now feature the finest cuisine, piano lounge, full length bar, banquet room, new outdoor patio, and an intimate concert showroom.
The newest showroom in North County is their beautiful and intimate backroom with indoor and outdoor patio seating that is being branded as Copa West. This intimate showroom with white linen tables provides some of the biggest names in the music and comedy industry. Call to find out details about their upcoming Christmas music show and their New Years Eve bash. Special dinner and show packages are available with special dinner menus. Complete with a full bar, drinks are always flowing. The showroom features live quality entertainment that incorporates jazz, rhythm ‘n blues, musical artist’s tributes, dancing, multi-media music productions, and comedy.
Pino, the maitre d’ is one of the most personable personalities in the industry. Multi- award winning bartender, Howie, has been entertaining guests at Tuscany with flamboyant acrobatics for 23 years. Danny is big in the music industry and brings his own musical talents and L.A. connections to Tuscany’s new backroom showroom. Joey the GM greets and hangs out with everyone. He is a wonderful personality and everyone’s friend. Executive Chef, Robert Gaffney, from multiple five-star resorts, including the Blue Fire Grill at La Costa Resort, presents his menu items that are simply out of this world. Every dish of amazing modern Italian cuisine is prepared with the freshest local ingredients and his personal touch and meticulous attention to detail.
For show tickets dinner reservations call (760) 929-8111 or visit www.tuscanylacosta.com. Tuscany is located at 6981 El Camino Real, La Costa, 92009.
“One of the most authentic north of the border...” Zagat Survey 1999. This holiday season, bring your best friend, family members, or out of town guests to experience the most delicious Mexican cuisine anywhere in San Diego. Taste the flavors of Mexico and enjoy the history of one of the first Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Tony’s is a local favorite and a famous tourist destination.
The historic Tony’s Jacal (pronounced hakal) is one of San Diego’s oldest and most treasured Mexican restaurants. Located in the seaside town of Solana Beach, Tony’s Jacal offers the most authentic Mexican food and drinks this side of the border. This San Diego landmark opened its doors in 1946 as a small neighborhood house where neighbors would stop by for a delicious meal. Its reputation built over the years because the cuisine is delicious and the atmosphere and service are outstanding. This is the place to go for authentic Christmas tamales! For three generations, Tony’s Jacal has been serving family specialties like their famous chile relleno, turkey tacos, turkey enchiladas, shrimp burritos, tamales, and amazing flautas.
Their classic cantina lounge offers a wide selection of tequila and margaritas and is now serving their full menu at the bar during Monday Night Football! Tony’s Jacal has a beautiful floral outdoor garden patio and live Mariachi music in the evenings. This classic Mexican restaurant accommodates some of the happiest and most satisfied customers anywhere. Lunch is served Mon – Sat 11am to 2pm: Dinner is served Weekdays 5-9:30pm, Fri and Sat 5-10pm, Sun 3-9:30pm: Closed on Tuesday. If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant experience, with wonderful food, drinks and service, Tony’s Jacal is the place!
Tony’s Jacal is located just west of the I-5 Fry and just south of Lomas Santa Fe on 621 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075. Call (858) 755-2274 or visit www.tonysjacal.com
Off the Hook
Celebrating their 3rd year anniversary in Encinitas, Off the Hook is the talk of the town and a really great place to impress family, friends and guests over the holidays. Now serving beer and wine with beer and wine pairings, this family owned and operated seafood grill really knows how to grill fresh fish and their lobster burritos are to die for. Their motto, “Reel Fish. Done Right. Done Fast” pretty much says it all!
Try their huge 1 1/2 pound live Maine Lobster dinners for an unbelievable price of $26.95! These dinners come with cole slaw, corn on the cob, French fries and lemon butter. You will most likely pay over $40 for a dinner like this anywhere else! They also offer Maryland Crab Cakes dinner for $17.95, and Sweet Snow Crab 1-pound Crab Leg dinners for $18.95.
Off the Hook is as easy as 1,2,3! First you select your favorite fish; then you choose your favorite flavoring; and then you tell them how you want it - either 1) as a sandwich; 2) as a salad; 3) in a bowl; or 4) on a plate. Off the Hook fresh fish selections include favorites such as ahi, halibut, swordfish, mahi mahi, ono, salmon, trout, snapper, shark, etc. Flavor selections include lemon butter, garlic butter, Cajun, blackened, lemon olive oil, garlic olive oil, or teriyaki.
They serve great appetizers such as Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Deep Fried Calamari, Coconut Shrimp, as well as Grilled Fish Tacos, Fish and Chips, Halibut and Chips, Salmon and Chips, Grilled Fish Wraps, delicious Red or White Clam Chowder, Cole Slaw, Fresh Veggies, Green Salad, Brown Rice and Garlic Bread. They have a kid’s menu, cater for any occasion, and sell fresh fish by the pound. If you like fish and chips, you’ll love this place!
Off the Hook is open daily from 11:30am -8pm and located at 1042 N. El Camino Real, # E, Encinitas 92024. Call (760) 632-8553 or visit www.offthehookseafoodgrill.com.
Tip Top Meats
Open Christmas and New Years, Tip Top Meats is a local favorite and an international destination. The best just got better because Tip Top now serves Certified Angus Beef! They are proud to serve U.S.D.A. Prime and Choice, and is one of the last real butcher shops in Southern California. They have a European style deli restaurant and a wide selection of European groceries and specialties in their market. Behind the meat counter they serve nothing but the best Dietz and Watson deli meats and behind the butcher case you’ll find cuts of U.S.D.A. Prime and Choice cuts of beef, veal, lamb, and pork that you can’t get anywhere in San Diego. No one else comes close to their quality and prices. Their many varieties of fresh hand-made sausage is incomparable.
If you want a great tasting hormone-free fresh or oven baked turkey for Christmas you won’t find a better tasting bird than their Diestel all natural turkeys. You can order these either fresh, frozen, or traditionally cooked or smoked at Tip Top Meats. If you want Tip Top to cook your turkey, then please don’t hesitate and order yours well ahead.
Are you looking for something really special? Try Tip Top’s famous fancy Cajun Turkduckn. It’s 15-18 lbs of boneless turkey stuffed with veal patte, croutons, wild rice, 1/2 boneless duck, boneless chicken breast and thighs with select spices. It’s absolutely delicious!
Tip Top is open on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Pick up some fresh cut meat for your holiday party including Tri-Tip, Prime Rib, Short Ribs, Fillet Mignon, Leg of Lamb, Rack of Lamb, Lamb Chops, Veal, Bone-in and Boneless Hams, and European Style Pork Round Roast!
Tip Top Meats, European-style delicatessen and butcher shop in Carlsbad has been providing the very best meats and poultry for North County residents since 1967. Tip Top Meats is by far the best value, best service, butcher shop, German-style delicatessen, and European Market in North County. Stock up for your holiday family gatherings, corporate events, or just for everyday shopping. For 46 years Tip Top has been serving North County the freshest and tastiest meats and specializing in the most extensive variety of hand-made sausage in San Diego County.
Try the Big John Breakfast, the Big John Burger, and, of course, their famous Steak and Stein dinner consisting of a huge steak served with vegetables, potato, kraut, bread, salad and a stein of beer from $10.98. When family and visitors come into town, impress them by treating them to Tip Top Meats!
Tip Top Meats is located at 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad 92011. Call (760) 438-2620 www.tiptopmeats.com.
GET ONE FREE 8-PIECE CRUNCHY ROLL with any purchase of $5 or more. Clip and present their coupon at time of purchase. This is one of the best restaurant offers at one of the most amazing sushi restaurants in North County!
Ahi Sushi wants you to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary by enjoying a delicious (FREE) 8-piece Crunchy Roll! If you are craving great tasting authentic sushi but are on a budget, then you’ve got to try their daily special offer. It’s 4-pieces of salmon roll, plus 4-pieces of spicy tuna roll, plus 4-pieces of California roll. plus 4-pieces of smoked salmon roll (16 pieces total) for only $6.95. So, if you think about it, for only $6.95 you can have a 16-piece cut roll and a free 8-piece crunchy roll. This is probably the best sushi offer in all of San Diego. Don’t forget to present our crunchy roll coupon!
Ahi Sushi is one of the best sushi restaurants in North County. How many times have you been to a sushi restaurant and waited forever for your order? This will never happen at Ahi! They have the most professional and fastest sushi service we’ve ever experienced! Not only is service great, but their sushi absolutely delicious and their prices are even better! Everyday they offer 50% OFF Cut Rolls and Sushi. 50% OFF items are highlighted on their sushi menu. They also have lunch specials for $5.95 and Dinner specials for $7.50 and Sake Bombs for $6.95! Order take out and don’t forget to bring your FREE crunchy roll coupon that you can download from our website.
We highly recommend these selections: 2-piece Seared Tuna sushi for $3.25; 8- piece Crunchy Roll for $5.50; 8-piece Caterpillar Roll for $7; and their famous 8-piece Albacore Special Roll for $8. By the way, their menu is extensive and includes dishes such as Teriyaki Chicken, Orange Chicken, Katsu chicken, Yakisoba (stir fried noodles), Tempura Udon, Seafood Udon, Egg Rolls, Gyoza, a wide assortment of specialty rolls, appetizers, party platters, beer, wine, sake and desserts.
Ahi Sushi and Grill has three locations: San Marcos, Fletcher Hills, and Alpine Creek. The nearest North County location is in San Marcos on Twin Oaks Valley Road near Cal State University San Marcos and near the San Marcos Civic Center. This location is thriving and attracts nearby business people, local residents, college students and faculty and anyone that loves great sushi at great prices.
Ahi Sushi and Grill is located at 157 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, #136, San Marcos, CA 92069 (next to L.A. Fitness). Please call (760) 761-0238 or visit www.iloveahi.com.
Mr. Taco now offers $1 Dollar Tacos on Taco Tuesdays! Get either a ground beef, shredded beef, chicken or fish taco for only one dollar! See store for details. Also, clip their coupon, and any other day of the week, Buy 2 Tacos and Get one FREE! Or, get 20% OFF your complete bill (excluding tax). Must present coupon at time of purchase.
Mr. Taco is not your usual fast food taco shop. Everyday Mr. Taco is packed with Mexican food lovers, Cal State San Marcos students and faculty, local residents and business people that crave perfect burritos, tasty tacos, tostadas, and delicious Mexican sauces. They know that Mr.Taco’s Fresh Mexican Grill is the best place to go for casual, quality, absolutely delicious, authentic, and best priced Mexican food.
Due to their popularity over the past eleven years, there are now two Mr. Taco locations and one Mrs. Taco. All three family-owned and operated restaurants offer very extensive menus with the finest and freshest ingredients available, in a casual sit-down atmosphere. They also offer take-out and catering.
It’s Chargers Football Season and we highly recommend the Charger Supreme Del Mar Burrito, which is a giant size wet burrito filled with shrimp and crab, topped with tomatillo sauce and cheese for $7.75. Hope you have a big appetite! Try a side order of their Jalapenos Chiles Toreados (3) for 95 cents or (6) for $1.50. Or try any of their delicious Mexican Combo Plates that come with rice and beans. When the weather gets cold, try their chicken soup. It’s gigantic, delicious and is filled with a ton of chicken. It’s fresh, hot and delicious for only $6.95 and is enough for two! Their daily menu is huge, with appetizers, tacos, fajitas, combination plates, burritos, salads, tostadas, and of course, their famous pineapple tamales!
San Marcos: 342 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos (across from CSUSM) (760) 410-1396. San Marcos: 304 W. Mission Road, San Marcos (760) 744-4024. Vista: Mrs. Taco 2215 S. Melrose Dr., Vista (760) 727-7311 www.mrtaco.net
The Broken Yolk Café
The Broken Yolk Café provides great food and great service with reasonable prices. Consistency in their food and service is what makes this family-style restaurant a true winner. It’s what everyone has come to expect time after time and is why they are one of the most popular breakfast and lunch restaurants in San Diego.
Their Early Bird Breakfast Menu is served every day of the week from 6am to 8am and is only $4.99. It’s the best breakfast deal around!
The Broken Yolk is famous for their Iron Man and Iron Woman Special. It’s a 12-egg omelet filled with mushrooms, onions and American cheese, smothered with their own house-made chili and more cheese. It’s served on a 15-inch pizza pan with a generous pile of home fries and two biscuits. This is for one person only and you get a one-hour time limit to gobble it down. If you can eat it within one hour the omelet is free, you get a t-shirt and you will go down in Broken Yolk history and get your name engraved on their Hall of Fame plaque. Cost is $24.99. Go for it!
If you’re not quite up for the Iron Man Omelet, their other omelets are still super large size meals. Between $9.49 and $9.99 you can build your own 4-egg omelet with a selection of cheese and as many ingredients as you like. They are famous for their omelets.
Lunchtime at the Broken Yolk includes a wide selection of burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and paninis. Their turkey sandwich is absolutely delicious All of their menu items are large portions. For something really special, try their Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Panini. It’s grilled eggplant, zucchini, red onions, roasted red peppers, alfalfa sprouts and goat cheese, served on crispy focaccia bread with pesto mayo for $8.99. You can’t beat it!
There are nine Broken Yolk Café locations throughout San Diego with four in North County: La Costa location is 7670 El Camino Real 92009, and San Marcos location is 101 S. Las Posas Rd. San Marcos 92078. Call (760) 943-8182 www.thebrokenyolkcafe.com.
Pelly’s Fish Market
Over the holidays families are turning to a healthier alternative than turkey or beef, and Pelly’s Fish Market offers locals and visitors the freshest fish selections in town! Pelly’s is one of the original fresh fish retail markets in Coastal North County. On any given day, depending on the season Pelly’s offers large fillets of fresh ahi, yellowtail, albacore, mahi-mahi, halibut, Atlantic salmon, swordfish, sea bass, and a wide assortment of local shellfish including oysters, clams, crab, and shrimp. Buy it fresh from their retail fish counter and take it home, or have them throw it on the grill and serve it to you as a grilled fillet, grilled fish sandwich, or as a salad. Any one of these choices are absolutely fabulous.
Pelly’s offers a catering service that will suit any family get-together, bowl game, or corporate holiday party. Ask them about special orders for the holidays or their amazing holiday seafood platters! Think about a fresh seafood platter for the Superbowl! Big sellers are their cevice, stone crab, or bay shrimp salads, as well as their popular fresh local lobster, when in season.
Pelly’s has a reputation as the best place for delicious fresh fish lunches and dinners, especially their char-grilled mahi-mahi, char-grilled halibut, and of course their unbelievable crab cakes and grilled fish tacos. Their coconut shrimp appetizer comes with a spicy plum sauce. If you’re in the mood for a salad, try their fresh ono salad, or bay shrimp and stone crab salad. All of their fish sandwiches are amazing. We highly recommend their famous Manhattan red or Boston white clam chowder. A cup is only $3.25 and a large bowl is only $4.50.
Pelly’s isn’t a fancy sit down restaurant, but the quality of their freshly prepared seafood more than makes up for it. On a sunny day enjoy their great food on their newely renovated outdoor patio. Their prices are very reasonable. Check their board for the Catch of the Day.
Pelly’s Fish Market is open 7-days a week. They are located in the Poinsettia Village Shopping Center at 7110 Avenida Encinas #101, Carlsbad CA 92011. Call (760) 431-8454 or visit www.pellysfish.com.
Carlsbad Ranch Market
The holidays are here, and the big grocery stores are getting packed with impatient shoppers. Why not stock up on some quality, local fruit and vegetables and daily groceries at your local neighborhood market? Impress everyone at your family meal and at your company’s holiday party with produce and party supplies from Carlsbad Ranch Market. This time of the season, Carlsbad Ranch Market has a wide assortment of apples, persimmons, figs, end-of-season sweet California corn, locally grown heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, and fresh baked Julian pies. One of their very popular items is their San Marzano canned tomatoes for only $3.79. They also have a really great selection of hard to find Lithuanian food products.
Carlsbad Ranch Market is the place to get your fresh Julian Pies. These famous pies are always fresh baked without preservatives, and so you can’t buy them anywhere. Carlsbad Ranch market usually offers their Julian Pies $1-2 less than most grocery stores. We highly recommend their daily homemade Mexican Tortilla Dip, their fresh Guacamole Dip, and excellent fresh Salsas along with their huge assortment of locally made Tortilla Chips and Tortillas.
Carlsbad Ranch Market is an indoor fruit and vegetable stand and much more. There isn’t a salad bar around that compares to the price and selection of their hot and cold salad bar. Daily made delicious soups, tortilla pie, lasagna, pastas, rice dishes, hot vegetable dishes and cold salad bar items are sold by weight. Buy a little or pile it on; either way, it’s hard to hold back when you see their amazing selection.
Carlsbad Ranch Market (located next door to Tip Top Meats) is located at 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Call (760) 438-3202. You can also find them on Facebook.
Clip their coupon from our coupon page or from their ad on page 3 and get any bagel and cream cheese and small cup of coffee for only $2.49. Just in time for the holiday season, Bruegger’s now has a delicious new breakfast egg sandwich called Chimi Cheddar. It’s a really delicious sandwich with egg, peppered bacon, green peppers, cand heddar cheese on a plain bagel. The Chimichurri sauce really makes this sandwich special. The zesty sauce contains a mixture Jalapenos, lime juice, olive oil, onions, thyme, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and red wine vinegar. The flavor is subtle at first, but the more you eat, the better it gets.
If you are a calorie counter, Bruegger’s offers a healthier “Under 500 Calorie” menu. Try any one of their sandwiches on one of their Skinny Bagels and don’t lose a bit of flavor. Bruegger’s slices their skinny bagels thinner using a process that removes approximately one-third of the bagel’s center but preserves its unique eggshell crust and delicious toppings. The result is a lower calorie bagel without sacrificing variety or taste.
Founded in 1983, Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc. operates 300 Bruegger’s bakeries in North America. Renowned for its award winning bagels, Bruegger’s offers a wide variety of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch options made with high quality ingredients served with its unique brand of hospitality.
Bruegger’s Bagels is a recent winner of Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain Award. Visit www.brueggers.com for a bakery location near you.
Rita’s Italian Ice
GET A FREE RITA’S ITALIAN ICE! Clip their coupon from our coupon page and buy one, and get the second one free! Must present coupon at time of purchase.
Rita’s in Carlsbad is the first in San Diego, but many are slated to open soon, including a new location in Encinitas. Finally! Rita’s, the nation’s largest Italian Ice concept with roots in Philadelphia dating back to 1984 when a Philly firefighter opened a small Italian ice business to augment his income, has now opened their first Italian ice franchise here in Carlsbad, California. The business is named after the firefighter’s wife, Rita. Rita’s Italian Ice is made fresh daily with chunks of fresh fruit added. Their Italian Ices are fat-free, cholestrol-free, and trans-fat free and offer more than 65 flavors. 10 flavors of sugar-free Italian Ice sweetened with Splenda are also available.
Cherry and Mango flavors are always on the menu due to popular demand. Other flavors are switched depending on the season and availability. Pumpkin flavor was a big hit. The traditional Gelati with Mango Ice mixed with Vanilla Custard is our overall favorite. It’s absolutely addicting! They now offer new milkshake flavors such as Caramel and Peppermint. Their Cream Ice is a richer a creamier version of the Italian Ice and is 98% fat-free. Custard is a signature treat that is creamy and is offered in Vanilla, Chocolate, Orange Cream, Coffee, and Strawberry. Served in a cup, toppings like caramel and hot fudge can be added. Misto is a combination of flavored Italian Ice and Custard blended together as a drink. The Gelati is their number one selling treat. It’s a layering of Custard, then Italian Ice and again topped with Custard. A Blendini is a personalized crunchy blend of Italian Ice, crunchy additions like Snickers, Oreo and Custard all blended together! Other frozen treats include Cookie Sandwiches and Custard Cakes. All are made fresh daily and never refrozen so the taste is fresh and delicious. 20% discount is offered to Military and Firefighters. Rita’s is also partnered with Carlsbad Educational Foundation, and the San Diego Sockers team.
Rita’s is located at 3263 Camino de Los Coches, Suite #103, Carlsbad, 92009 (in the Sprouts/Petco Shopping Center) Call (760) 753-5700 or visit www.ritascarlsbad.com.
Coffee and Breakfast
1030 N. Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia, CA 92024 (760) 753-8228
795 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA (760) 729-5448
7680 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 632-1432
2805 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 729-6186
3076 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 434-4100
2805 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 729-6186
1005 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. CA 92009 (760) 729-2241
407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024 (760)436-6023
2508 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 720-1381
1935 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 634-3268
128/130 W. E Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-1107
1550 Leucadia Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 632-0919
5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 804-1800
191 N. El Camino, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 942-2435
218 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 943-6272
2591 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 436-5236
2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 434-3233
6965 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 438-8160
1604 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 942-8981
5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760)434-3929
696 N. Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia, CA 92024 (760) 695-9082
5671 Palmer Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 804-9966
944 Melrose Dr. Vista, CA (760) 758-3441
510 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 436-0033
121 Liverpool Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 632-0056
120 W. I Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760)436-1282
2812 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 434-2644
445 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 436-0646
1010 S.Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 753-5411
1905 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 436-9623
2924 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 434-0866
5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 804-9355
7680 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 943-8004
2560 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 729-2771
6951 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 431-0157
947 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 318-1575
1163 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-0612
1163 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-0612
552 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 753-2123
2540 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 729-4647
6955 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 930-0227
300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 720-7890
106 Aberdeen Drive Cardiff, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 753-2400
American and Deli
5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760)434-3929
121 Liverpool Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 632-0056
120 W. I Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760)436-1282
2812 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 434-2644
330 W Felicita Av Escondido, CA (760) 746-4131
755 Raintree Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 929-8311
2415 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA (760) 439-3283
12245 Poway Rd., Poway, CA (858) 391-3080
12205 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Poway, CA (858) 549-1818
996 N. Coast Hwy, Leucadia, CA (760) 635-9312
214 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 633-1088
1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 436-6261
2249 El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA (760) 722-8399
Surf and Turf
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA (760) 929-6306
360 Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos, CA (760) 744-8000
897 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 634-3350
267 El Camino Real, Encinitas, Ca 92024 (760) 634-5556
550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, CA (858) 755-6600
2685 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA (760) 433-5623
7670 El Camino Real, Carlsbad CA (760) 943-8182
2526 S. Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92024 (760) 942-1300
2588 S. Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92024 (760) 436-4044
4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 930-9100
at 333 N. Pacific St., Oceanside 92054 (760) 208-1938 www.333pacific.com.
7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad 92011(760) 603-6908 or visit www.argylesteakhouse.com.
162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas 92024 (760) 632-9333 or visit www.bentleyssteak.com.
1921 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad 92009 (760) 479-2533 or visit www.bucadibeppo.com.
is 1032 W. San Marcos Blvd #196 San Marcos 92078 (760) 510-2088 or visit www.canapesgrill.com.
6955 El Camino Real #107, Carlsbad 92009 (760) 929-1396 or visit www.joeyssmokinbbq.com.
6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (858) 756-3085 or visit www.millefleurs.com.
(760) 942-7332 or visit www.vigiluccis.com.
7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, 92011 (760) 603-6800 www.parkaviara.hyatt.com.
4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad 92008 (760) 930-9100 or visit www.weststeakandseafood.com
264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 720-3737
3263 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 479-1525
764 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 943-8620
1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA (858) 755-8876
218 N. El Camino, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 634-5297
315 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 942-2222
967 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 632-1901
1910 Shadow Ridge Dr., Vista, CA (760) 598-9821
3878 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 434-2580
1108 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-1771
1020 San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078 (760) 471-2150
1920 Oceanside Blvd, CA (760) 439-9556
13095 Poway Rd., Poway, CA (858) 486-1766
2952 Harding, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 434-3908
7680 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 479-0444
2611 Vista Way Oceanside, CA (760) 721-6904
7120 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 431-0770
1068 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 479-0003
2693 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA (760) 439-5407
16375 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA (858) 485-1905
1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA (858) 792-6551
1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA (858) 259-9966
3003 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 729-0903
664 N. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA, 92024 (760) 942-1040
1020 West San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078 (760) 744-7550
2939 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 434-5850
5620 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92008 (760) 804-9404