El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria
El Agave is opening their latest El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria upstairs at Del Mar Plaza. With sweeping Pacific Ocean views, it is the perfect setting to experience the true flavors of Mexico with their trademark Mexican Nouvelle Cuisine. Since 1966, they remain an award winning and must visit destination in San Diego.
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.
Open for lunch, happy hour, and dinner, enjoy a wide assortment of authentic hand-made Mexican tapas while sipping on one of their rare or premium 2,000 different tequilas from their tequila museum. Their tequila museum is extraordinary. El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria has received numerous awards including Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Mole by the Union Tribune, New York Times, and Estilo Gourmet, and their tequila has been 100% Certified with the highest award of 5-Agaves by the Tequila Regulation Board. This is truly a tequila aficionado’s paradise.
Breath in the fresh salt air of the Pacific while dining with a loved one or a friend at the new El Agave in Del Mar Plaza, located at 1555 Camino Del Mar across from Pacifica Del Mar. For information or reservations visit www.elagave.com.
The buzz around break rooms at work and Bressi Ranch kitchen tables is all about the new Fish District fish and alehouse that recently opened in Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad, just off Palomar Airport Road in the Stater Bros/Trader Joe’s shopping center. There are two reasons why the Fish District is a real winner and will be here for a long time: fast service and quality fish. They understand the need to take and fill orders really fast because they get a big clientele from all the nearby local businesses, and working people are generally in a hurry for lunch. On the flip side, quality and taste are key, and this place hits the mark. Off the grill, their recipe is easily broken down: 1) Select type of dish - sandwich, taco, wrap, or plate; 2) Select type of fish. That’s it! We tried the Mahi Mahi plate (shown in photo) and it was served to us within minutes. The taste was absolutely delicious and the texture was perfect.
We also tried the Lemongrass Shrimp Soup and their Simple Green Salad. Both were excellent! The salad dressing was a delicious miso-ginger vinaigrette. Depending on the season you can order grilled snapper, salmon, mahi mahi, halibut, wahoo, ahi tuna, shrimp, and sea bass. Other menu items include Ahi or Salmon Poke, Shrimp Ceviche, Fish and Chips, Skirt Steak Sandwiches, Steamed Clams, an assortment of starters, soups and salads, sides of coleslaw, rice, quinoa, fries, roasted cauliflower, ratatouille and desserts. Check their daily board for beers on tap, wine, and specials of the day. A kid’s menu is also available.
The Fish District is located at 2675 Gateway Rd #102, Carlsbad 92010. Call (442) 244-0221 or visit www.fishdistrict.com.
Solterra Winery and Kitchen
Solterra Winery and Kitchen’s newly crowned TV cooking show award winning chef, Susie Williams, turned down working as a chef in a famous Beverly Hills restaurant to cook to her heart’s desire at Solterra. And that is just what she intends to do for all the fortunate guests who will be dining at Solterra for a very special Valentine’s Day pre fixe dinner with wine pairings. Other days and nights of the year she will be busy preparing and serving a seasonal menu that changes throughout the year.
With multiple award-winning wines and an award-winning chef, The Van Alyea family, a young married couple with a baby and a lovely Golden Retriever, are answering the dreams of North County residents and visitors who love fine wine, great food, and the SoCal beach lifestyle. Solterra Winery and Kitchen is a full service winery, tasting bar and kitchen located on Highway 101 in Leucadia and 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. 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 purchased or 15% OFF 6 bottles or more.
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.
Pacifica Del Mar and Pacifica Breeze Café
This spring enjoy sunshine, great food, fine wine, and cocktails with breathtaking Del Mar panoramic ocean views from Pacifica Del Mar, one of the finest restaurants in Coastal North County. Downstairs, also with shimmering ocean views, enjoy Pacifica Breeze Café’s lovely breakfast and lunches with their newest edition of hash specialties including braised short rib hash, corned beef hash (perfect for St. Patty’s Day), vegetable hash, turkey sausage hash, and sugar-spiced salmon hash!
Make your reservations now at Pacifica Del Mar and impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with special entrée selections that come with soup and salad. Don’t forget to leave room for one of their amazing desserts such as their Crème Brule, Housemade Bon-Bon, or their famous Mocha Semifreddo (shown in photo). The Semifreddo consists of layers of chocolate custard, white chocolate espresso mousse and homemade toffee.
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. With a selection of more than 200 premium vodkas, 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 4-6:30pm and all night long on Mondays and Tuesdays and features $1 OFF all drinks and a discounted bar menu.
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.
We love Gregorio’s! From the wait staff’s big smiles to the great Italian cuisine, the story of Gregorio’s Restaurant is so uplifting it’s hard to put into words. Gregorio’s owner, Greg Nelson, has done more for families and children of the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Clubs than anyone can imagine. As a young boy, Greg grew up and spent his days going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. That experience had a profound effect on him and who he is today. For three years, from 2010 to 2012, he donated 100% of his profits from Gregorio’s Restaurant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.
Make your reservations now for a very special Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner. Gregorio’s Restaurant in Carlsbad Village has wonderful Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices. We recommend their Angel Hair Pasta with Meat Sauce. But they offer a wide selection for lunch and dinner with signature dishes such as Linguini, Lasagne, Fettuccini Bolognaise, eggplant parmesan, steaks, Sicilian Chicken, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, appetizers and desserts, including homemade cannoli.
Gregorio’s also has a wide variety of light and healthy options, and is a great place to pop in and out for a quick lunch from 11am to 3pm. They are open daily for lunch and dinner and will treat you as if it’s your home away from home. They have recently remodeled their full-bar and offer Happy Hour Monday - Friday with $5 appetizers and daily drink specials. Martini Mondays is great with $2 off martinis; Tuesdays is Two for Tuesday specials; Wednesday is 1/2 off all bottles of wine, all night; Thursdays get $2 off all bottled beer; and Friday is TGIF with $2 off - you call it! Gregorio’s is open 11am - 9pm weekdays, 11am - 10pm Fridays and Saturdays, and Happy Hour is 3pm - 6pm Monday through Friday. Gregorio’s is located “upstairs” at the Village Faire in Carlsbad Village at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 208, Carlsbad 92008. Call (760) 720-1132 or visit www.gregoriosrestaurant.com.
Pizzaiolo translated means “pizza chef” and Anthony Deluca, nephew to Papa Joe Vitale of Papa Tony’s fame and history, really knows how to make some memorable and absolutely delicious pizza pie! Anthony tore down the complete interior except for the big oven and has upgraded the restaurant completely with new floors, tables, displays, and has expanded and upgraded the menu. Uncle Joe has handed over the big pizza paddle to his nephew Anthony who, as you will find out, is a young master pizza chef with big pizza pies in his eyes and proudly serves up hand tossed stone-baked pizza with the finest cheeses and imported ingredients.
Anthony is still offering amazing daily deals such as large slices of pizza for $2 or specialty slices for only $2.75! Try Pizzaiolo’s Pasta Lunch Special and get your choice of pasta, garlic bread and a 16oz. soda for only $5.95! You can also order amazing Italian Subs, Torpedos, Capicolla and Cheese and Pastrami and Cheese.
In addition to custom gourmet pizzas, such as Anthony’s Margherita, Bianca, Pesto and Shrimp, and Barbeque Chicken, the menu offers some amazing new dishes, for example Lasagna with Italian Sausage, Baked Ziti, and Eggplant Parmigiana. They also have pan baked Sicilian-style pizza, Calzone and Stromboli!
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.” declares Anthony. Pizzaiolo is now open for business, so stop in or call ahead and see what Pizzaiolo is all about... you will be glad you did!
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
Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine amidst beautifully decorated dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio that USA Today Travel has named one of San Diego’s top 10 Best Outdoor Dining Options. Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini, located at The Forum in Carlsbad, is a top North County destination for regionally inspired Mexican fare.
Decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, fine Mexican folk art and colorfully hand-painted murals, guests feel the warmth and romance of Mexico as soon as they walk through the door. Diners are charmed nightly by strolling mariachis playing popular Mexican ballads and enjoy the cultural experience while sipping Bird Bath Margaritas.
Bandini caters to the diner’s dietary needs with gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy eating menus. For those fighting to be fit in the New Year, Chef Ignacio has prepared a number of authentic and lower-calorie Mexican entrees bursting with flavor, that won’t ruin resolutions. The Chicken and Black Bean Tostada features a crisp homemade corn tortilla topped with shredded chicken, black beans, tomato, shredded lettuce, olives and spiced with salsa ranchera on the side – and has only 441 calories.
Casa de Bandini uses 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. Other popular dishes include the flavorful Carnitas a la Michoacan, succulent morsels of pork served with hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa and beans. Seafood lovers will delight in Enchiladas Del Mar, 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, 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.
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. 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 opened their first franchise here in Carlsbad. The business is named after the firefighter’s wife. Rita’s Italian Ice is made fresh daily with chunks of fresh fruit added. Their Italian Ices are fat free, cholesterol free, and trans-fat free and offer more than 65 flavors. 10 flavors of sugar free Italian Ice sweetened with Splenda are also available.
Some new flavors to look for are Sugar free Dragonfruit, two new Starburst Flavors, and Jelly Belly. Cherry and Mango flavors are always on the menu due to popular demand. Other flavors are switched depending on the season and availability. 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, 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 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.
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.
We are so stoked that we live so close to Stoked! in San Elijo Hills. With the addition of their new beer and wine license Stoked! is the perfect place to meet a friend, conduct a business meeting, just hang out, or have a romantic rendezvous on Valentine’s Day, dining and sipping while sitting on sofas in front of their gorgeous rock fireplace on their beautiful garden patio. Enjoy a cold Stone IPA or Pale Ale, or perhaps a bold red Carodorum Issos Toro 2007, or an energetic, crisp white Pampano Inspiracion Verdejo 2012.
Nothing brings in a steady flow of happy repeat customers than great food, libations, and wonderful service, and I can attest that Stoked! provides the perfect recipe. New owner and proud San Elijo resident, Chris Vulovic, has a history of success as a corporate CEO, a consultant, a caterer, and the author of “I Love Food” (available on Amazon). She has put together a business plan for a restaurant with a personal touch and a warm welcoming feel that is perfect for locals, families with kids going to and from school, North County foodies, and wedding and party planners. The indoor ambiance is comfortable and very attractive. The front has outdoor umbrella seating, and the back has a beautiful intimate patio built around a rock fireplace - hence the name Stoked!. There’s plenty of space available for indoor and outdoor meetings, parties and weddings.
Their master chef 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 11:30am 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.
“One of the most authentic north of the border...” Zagat Survey 1999. This Valentine’s Day bring your best friend or sweetheart and 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 Mexican food and great drinks. 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. Don’t forget to leave a little room for one of their amazing desserts such as their Chocolate Banana Dessert Chimichanga made with banana, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, rolled inside four mini flour tortillas, fried and covered with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. It’s only $5.50 and enough for 2-4 people! Other desserts include flan, deep fried ice cream, and sopaipillas.
Their classic cantina lounge offers a wide selection of tequila and margaritas. 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 at 621 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075. Call (858) 755-2274 or visit www.tonysjacal.com
Celebrate the San Diego Chargers outstanding season and enjoy Mr.Taco’s famous 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. It’s absolutely delicious!
Mr. Taco now offers $1Tacos 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.
Everyday, Mr. Taco is packed with Mexican food lovers, Cal State San Marcos students and faculty, local residents and business people who 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.
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 is cold, have their chicken soup. It’s gigantic, delicious and is filled with a ton of chicken 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 for dessert!
San Marcos: 342 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road (across from CSUSM) (760) 410-1396. San Marcos: 304 W. Mission Road (760) 744-4024. Vista: Mrs. Taco 2215 S. Melrose Dr., (760) 727-7311 www.mrtaco.net
Get a free 8-piece crunch 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 best sushi restaurants in North County.
Ahi Sushi wants you to invite you to their restaurant with 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, for $6.95 you can have a 16-piece cut roll special and get a free 8-piece crunchy roll! This is the best sushi offer in all of San Diego. You must present their free crunchy roll coupon. (See coupon page)
Ahi Sushi provides great service. It’s the fastest and friendliest sushi service we’ve ever experienced. Their sushi is absolutely delicious and their prices are even better! Everyday they offer 50% OFF Cut Rolls and Sushi items that are highlighted on their sushi menu. They also have lunch specials for $5.95, 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 clip from our coupon pages or 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. Their menu also includes Teriyaki Chicken, Orange Chicken, Katsu chicken, Yakisoba, 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 four locations: San Marcos, Fletcher Hills, La Jolla, and Alpine Creek. The nearest North County location is in San Marcos on Twin Oaks Valley Road near Cal State University San Marcos and San Marcos Civic Center. This location is always busy 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.
Tip Top Meats
The best has just gotten better! Tip Top Meats has recently renovated the restaurant and deli counter and proudly serves CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF! This is their 47th Anniversary since 1976. In February and March celebrate Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day at Tip Top.
Bring your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day and get a Valentine’s Top Sirloin Steak Dinner for Two for only $19.98. The dinner includes two Top Sirloin Steaks with sides and a bottle of House Wine. Dinner is served on Valentine’s Day from 2 to 8pm.
Get lucky all week long during St. Patrick’s Day week from March 10-15, from 11am to 8pm. Enjoy a wonderful St. Patrick’s Irish Boston-Style Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with cooked carrots and red potatoes, all for only $10.98. Add a glass of green beer for only $2.90 plus tax.
Order your U.S.D.A. Choice Cuts from their butcher shop. Here are some prices: Corned Beef Round $3.79/lb; Corned Beef Brisket 3.79/lb; Leg of Lamb $8.98/lb; Lamb Stew Meat $6.98/lb. (prices subject to change). Tip Top is a one-of-a-kind butcher shop, a gourmet European-style delicatessen and a full service European marketplace. It’s truly a dining destination and one of the last real butcher shops around. Nobody in San Diego County comes close to the quality, service and value that Tip Top provides. 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.
Tip Top Meats is located at 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad 92011. Call (760) 438-2620 www.tiptopmeats.com.
Broken Yolk Café’
Looking for a nice Valentine’s Day lunch or brunch? The Broken Yolk Café’ can accommodate a booth for two or just about any size group. Eat inside or enjoy their covered outdoor patio (La Costa location) on a warm spring day.
The Broken Yolk Café is open 365 days a year including all holidays from 6am to 3pm. It’s one of the most popular breakfast and lunch restaurants in San Diego. They provide great food, great service, and great prices. Consistency in their food and service is what makes this place a true winner. It’s what everyone has come to expect time after time.
All of their omelets are super large size meals. Between $9.49 and $9.99 you can build your own 4-egg omelet with a selection of cheeses and as many ingredients as you like. They are famous for their omelets. The No Name Omelet is one of our favorites. It’s a huge four-egg omelet stuffed with bacon, avocado, and mushrooms. You can top this with sour cream and salsa (shown in photo). For something truly healthy, try their fresh fruit bowls. We’ve never seen such gigantic fruit bowls anywhere else!
They have a great early bird breakfast menu for only $4.99 served every day of the week from 6am to 8am. Their Iron Man and Iron Woman Special is 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 also get a t-shirt and you will go down in Broken Yolk history with your name engraved on their Hall of Fame plaque. Cost is $24.99.
Lunchtime at the Broken Yolk includes a wide selection of burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and paninis. All items are large portions. We love their mile high club sandwich. It comes with French fries, potato salad or coleslaw and a Kosher dill pickle.
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. 92078. Call (760) 943-8182 www.thebrokenyolkcafe.com.
Pelly’s Restaurant and Fish Market
Over the years many families have been turning to a healthier lifestyle and eating more fish. Pelly’s fresh fish market and seafood restaurant offers locals and visitors the freshest fish in town. It’s fresh, fast, and delicious! Pelly’s is one of the original fish markets in Coastal North County. On any given day, depending on the season, Pelly’s offers large fillets of ahi, yellowtail, albacore, mahi-mahi, halibut, Atlantic salmon, swordfish, sea bass, and a wide assortment of local shellfish including local oysters, clams, and mussels and lobster when in season. Buy fresh fish from their market and take it home or order grilled fish and eat it there.
The Poinsettia Village Shopping Center, home of Pelly’s Fish Market, just completed renovating Pelly’s outdoor patio. It’s now more spacious and more beautiful than ever before. Enjoy a warm spring day or evening and a great seafood meal under an umbrella while watching people walk by.
Pelly’s offers Seafood Platters that will suit any Superbowl, NCAA Final Four game or Easter Sunday family brunch. 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 fish sandwiches are to die for! If you’re in the mood for a salad, have their fresh ono salad, ceviche, bay shrimp salad or their stone crab salad. We highly recommend their famous Manhattan red or Boston white clam chowder. Pelly’s is not a fancy, sit down restaurant, but the quality of their freshly prepared seafood more than makes up for it. Their prices are very reasonable. Check the board for their 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.
We can’t wait! Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group is expanding, remodeling and relocating its popular Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana. “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,” says 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.”
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 February. This Valentine’s Day the executive chef team at Vigilucci’s will offer a selection of special prix fixe menus and a la carte choices to create the perfect lunch or dinner. They also have a special wine and dine date night every Tuesday at Vigilucci’s Cantina and every Wednesday at Vigilucci’s Ristorante in Coronado from 4-9pm. On date night couples get a choice of two entree’s and 2 glasses of wine for $39. This is not offered on holidays and does not include tax and gratuity Menu.
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 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. Vigilucci’s is open for lunch, dinner and offers Happy Hour specials daily. A memorable Sunday Brunch is offered at Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado and the Steakhouse.
Visit www.vigiluccis.com for menus, happy hour, specials, events, and a location near you.
Bruegger’s will be open Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Easter Sunday Try a Bruegger’s Breakfast Sandwich for the perfect way to start your day. Their classic breakfast sandwiches combine eggs with your choice of peppered bacon, ham, sausage or turkey sausage on a hot fresh bagel. We recommend trying their Better Cheddar Sandwich. This delicious sandwich comes with an egg patty with cheddar cheese, peppered bacon, and light garlic herb cream cheese on a fresh baked bagel, toasted if you wish. Of course, our all-time favorite is their classic smoked salmon and cream cheese on a fresh bagel with tomato, red onions and capers. Yum!
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. 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, and cheddar cheese on a plain bagel. The Chimichurri sauce really makes this sandwich special. The zesty sauce contains a mixture of 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.
Guests that watch their calories can now order any of Bruegger’s 15-plus varieties of “skinny,” due to Bruegger’s unique slicing process. Instead of changing the recipe of its time-tested, New York-style bagel, Bruegger’s slices the 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. Another healthy choice is their Skinny Zesty Egg White Sandwich. This comes with an egg white patty on a skinny sesame bagel, with turkey sausage, Swiss cheese and sundried tomato spread.
Bruegger’s operates 300 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. Visit www.brueggers.com.
Carlsbad Ranch Market
This Valentine’s Day and throughout spring, you’ll fall in love at Carlsbad Ranch Market because it’s fresh, locally grown strawberry season! Carlsbad has cases, flats, and baskets of large, sweet, ripe and delicious locally grown strawberries. Another wonderful seasonal fruit that you may not know about is their very sweet Ugly Tangerines. They don’t look pretty on the outside (kind of ugly) but inside you’ll find deliciously sweet tangerine fruit full of vitamin C!
March means it’s time for NCAA March Madness basketball. We highly recommend Carlsbad Ranch Market’s daily homemade Mexican Tortilla Dip, Guacamole Dip, and Fresh Salsas along with their huge assortment of locally made Tortilla Chips.
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 so hard to hold back when you see their amazing selection. Carlsbad Ranch Market sells Julian Pies for a dollar less than the pies right from the Julian Pie Company Store. Julian Pie Company pies are fresh-baked and without preservatives, so you know when you buy one, it will be fresh.
Pick up a few cans of San Marzano tomatoes for only $3.79. While you’re at it, check out their great selection of hard to find Lithuanian food products.
Carlsbad Ranch Market is located at 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011. (next door to Tip Top Meats) Call (760) 438-3202. You can also find them on Facebook.
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