North County Restaurants Restaurants

Restaurant Reviews Aug/Sept



In a world where inactivity and bad food choices are way too much the norm, everbowl is a place that reminds us to “unevolve” and serves natural food and ingredients that have been around forever. Founded on the idea that the convenience-driven, modern world has an over-evolving effect on humans, everbowl makes eating delicious, healthy, and easy.

Serving superfood bowls, smoothies, salads, shots, and sometimes soups, everbowl also has its own oats called Everoats. Bowls are available in 4 different bases: Acai, Acerola, Pitaya and Graviola. All are equally delicious, and have a host of healthy, anti-aging benefits. Everything is non-dairy and no sugar is ever added.

Bowls can be ordered as a create-your-own in the form of a WhatEver Bowl, or you can order one from the Local Favorites, where the bowls are a predesigned concoction of healthy deliciousness. The exotic toppings are too many to list; but they are all there for you to either add to your Local Favorite, or mix-and-match into your own perfect Whatever. Proteins can be added for a little extra bulk, although everbowls are already bulky. Touted as a great meal replacement, everbowls are a full 24-ounces of ingredients, all of which have been around forever. And, no matter what you add to customize your bowl, they are always just $8, a very good value.

Salads are $8 and a great dining option. Try a Quinoa-Kale Blast Salad with kale, quinoa, roasted almonds, golden raisins, and pomegranate seeds with a lemon vinaigrette dressing. Absolutely delicious and so healthy! They also serve shots and fruit and vegetable smoothies. Try their 16 oz Vacation Smoothie with acai, blueberry, pineapple, bananas and coconut milk.

CLIP THEIR $2 OFF ANY BOWL COUPON from our coupon pages or download it from Phone-in your order, or walk in 7/days a week. San Marcos location is at 710 S. Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos 92078 (760 659-6992 or Poway location is at 13538 Poway Rd, Poway 92064 (858) 668-7442 or visit



If you’re searching for the best restaurant experience in Del Mar during horse racing season, this is it. Tasty fare and superb service from a friendly and professional staff led by Managing Partner, Amanda Smith, make SBICCA a “must-visit.” There isn’t a nicer place to dine. This multi-award winning, quaint American bistro, nestled in the village of Del Mar, is a neighborhood favorite and sets the standard for an established local hang-out for their 19th year in business. Their beautiful outdoor patio and upstairs loft heighten your senses with sweeping Pacific Ocean views.

Congratulations on winning the 2016 and 2017 Open Table “Diners’ Choice” award! SBICCA is also the recipient of the 2014 California Restaurant Association Gold Medallion for “Best Neighborhood Restaurant.” Located just steps from the beach, SBICCA is known for quality cuisine and lavishly delicious libations at very reasonable prices. The food, service and atmosphere are all first-rate.

Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, SBICCA’s lunch menu offers tasty cocktails, wonderful appetizers, salads, and one of the best Burgers anywhere. For dinner, their signature favorites, “Flintstone cut” pork prime rib, Seared Diver Scallops, Filet Mignon, or Lobster and Shrimp Bisque, are not to be missed. Their Scottish Salmon and Braised Short Ribs are big hits with the local crowd.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, get half-off bottles of wine all day! Happy Hour is 7 days a week from 4-6PM. During Happy Hour get discounted bar bites, $2 off specialty cocktails, and glass wine and beer, on the front patio and at the bar. SBICCA is located at 215 15th Street, Del Mar 92014. Call (858) 481-1001 or visit

Bushfire Kitchen


Looking for a special place for happy hour or grabbing a bite before the races? Bushfire is Del Mar’s latest eatery sensation. If you’re a fan of Urban Plates, then you’ll absolutely love Bushfire Kitchen, where you go up to their long display counter and select your plates. Now open in Del Mar, in the Beach Side Shopping Center, locals have quickly discovered that this place is a real winner. With 4-5 star ratings on Yelp and Trip Advisor, they specialize in farm fresh food made the old-fashioned way. Everything is made from scratch, using the finest ingredients and cooked with bold flavors. The Zagat review states “Organic, grass-fed BBQ is the name of the game at these popular ‘cue specialists in La Costa and now Del Mar, serving grass-fed hamburgers, antibiotic-free chicken and locally sourced vegetables, alongside scratch-made breads and dressings.” We give Bushfire high ratings for quality, healthy, organic, humanely raised food with bold flavors and affordable prices.

Bushfire serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. If you’re a coffee fan, start your morning with a cup of gourmet coffee with beans from Zumbar Coffee of Sorrento Valley, ground fresh daily. Try a frothy steamed espresso latte for only $3.75, with an order of Eggs Benedict or French Toast. For lunch and dinner awaken your taste buds with their tender, slow-braised Angus Beef Brisket or their Chipotle Short Ribs. Their slow-braise oven cooks meats overnight and ensures the meat falls off the bone. Their 1/2 lb. succulent burgers are made from fresh, never frozen, organic grass-fed beef or lamb. We recommend The Californian that comes with sharp cheddar, local avocado, wild baby arugula, tomato, house-pickled red onions and basil pesto aioli sauce. Dine inside or on their comfortable and exquisitely lit outdoor patio complete with outdoor bar. They have 12 craft beers on tap and a nice wine selection. They recently installed the first Stubborn natural soda taps in San Diego.

Everything on the menu is made from scratch and their bread, rolls and buns are baked fresh in-house daily. Side dishes include baked sweet potato, organic brown rice, Himalayan Basmati rice, garlic mashed potatoes, bacon and baked beans and cooked-to- order fries. Try their premium hot sides and cold salads. One of our favorites is their Quinoa, Beet and Wild Arugula Salad. Keeping the earth’s ecology in mind, to-go boxes are made from recycled paper. Del Mar Bushfire Kitchen is located at 2602 Del Mar Heights Rd, Del Mar 92014. Call (858) 461-0946 or visit for their other locations.

En Fuego Cantina & Grill

En Fiego

En Fuego was established 21 years ago in the Village of Del Mar and continues to thrive because of its outstanding reputation. Located near Del Mar Beach, this beautiful Mexican-inspired restaurant is a lively and fun destination for any occasion. With vast patio seating, the property is adorned with foliage and features a rustic wine bar, several intimate dining areas, and a downstairs patio bar where award-winning margaritas are served seven days a week during Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30pm. With plenty of room for events and parties, it’s a very popular venue to host any affair.

En Fuego is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30am to 11pm (hours may vary). The restaurant and bar feature different specials through the week, such as: Taco Tuesday, which has become one of the most popular in San Diego from 4:30 to close; Wine Wednesdays has live music by Michael Tiernan from 7:30pm; Summer Music Series is Sundays on the patio, where live music vibrates throughout the day and evening, creating a fiesta atmosphere.

Morning to night, whether it’s brunch, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, En Fuego is ready to welcome you! En Fuego Cantina and Grill is located at 1342 Camino del Mar, Del Mar 92014. Call (858) 792-6551 or visit

Casa de Bandini

Casa de Bandini

Located in The Forum Carlsbad, Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini is a top North County destination for regionally inspired Mexican fare. The award-winning restaurant is decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, fine Mexican folk art and colorful hand-painted murals, transporting you to romantic Old Mexico as soon as you enter. Guests can enjoy frosty birdbath-size margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine inside beautifully decorated dining rooms or outside on Casa de Bandini’s spectacular outdoor patio.

Only the freshest ingredients are used in Casa de Bandini’s 14 salsas and sauces that are made daily, along with fresh, handmade tortillas prepared throughout the day. Chef Ignacio presents a number of authentic specialties including Enchiladas del Mar, Carne Asada Tampiqueña and San Germán, an award-winning recipe of seasoned shrimp sautéed with butter, brandy and pineapple, combined with a creamy wine sauce over a bed of arroz amarillo and served in a pineapple half. Popular dishes include the flavorful Carnitas a la Michoacán, succulent morsels of pork served with hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa and beans. In addition, Casa de Bandini prepares gluten-free, vegetarian and other healthy dining selections.

Looking to take your fiesta to the next level? Casa de Bandini’s lively Cantina is home to more than 95 varieties of premium and specialty tequilas. Visit the Cantina for Happy Hour every Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. for $4.95 well drinks and margaritas, plus specials on appetizers, beer and wine. Diners are also serenaded by Casa de Bandini’s famous mariachi group, Cielito Lindo, Wednesday to Sunday evenings.

Casa de Bandini is open seven days a week and is located at 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 92009. Call (760) 634-3443 or visit

Pelly’s Fish Market and Grill

Pelly’s Fish Market and Grill

Pelly’s is one of the original fresh fish markets in Coastal North County located just steps from Carlsbad State Beach. Sit under an umbrella on their patio on a summer morning or afternoon. It’s the perfect place for a late breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and the local choice for the freshest fish and people watching. Located in the Poinsettia Village Shopping Center, you’ll enjoy some of the freshest and tastiest char-grilled fish sandwiches, plates, or salads in San Diego. The food is simply amazing and their Fresh Fish Market is always stocked with your favorites, including the local catch.

Pelly’s is the number one place to order custom-made seafood platters to suit any size party or family get-together. Select any combination of fish or crustacean from their fresh seafood display including ahi or salmon sashimi, jumbo shrimp, ceviche, stone crab, bay shrimp salad, and more. If you prefer, they will make a “cooked” seafood platter for you, too.

Depending on the season, Pelly’s Fish Market offers lobster, large fillets of fresh ahi, yellowtail, albacore, mahi-mahi, halibut, Atlantic salmon, swordfish, sea bass (perfect for the barbecue), and a wide assortment of local shellfish including oysters, clams and mussels.

Pelly’s has an excellent reputation for serving their signature char-grilled entrees. We recommend the mahi-mahi, halibut, and grilled fish tacos. If you’re in the mood for a salad, try their fresh Ono salad, Pelly’s special salad, or their stone crab salad. They have the best chowder, too; so indulge in 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, and the 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

Solterra Winery & Kitchen


The big news is that the barrel room is now open! Happy Hour is every day and the Tasting Room is open daily: M-Thurs 3-5pm; and F-Sun 12-5pm. Get 4 glass flights of wine by the glass for $10, or $5 glasses of Sonoma County Wines. Lunch is Sat-Sun 12-5pm. Happy Hour is M-W 3-6pm and Th – Sun 12-6pm, and all day and night on Mondays! Dinner is served 7 days a week 5-10pm. Sunday Brunch is served from 10am and features bottomless mimosas! Tuesdays are Wine and Cheese Nights with artisanal pizzas and wine blending. Wednesdays are Ladies Nights with extended Happy Hour from 3-7:30pm. The winery is a wood barrel room with fermentation tanks, a crusher and press. Hang out in the barrel room, at their long concrete outdoor fire pit bar located just inches from the sidewalk, on their exquisite real grape vine-draped back patio, at the bar or in dining room.

If you enjoy wine tasting, or are interested in joining a wine club, there’s nothing better than sipping award-winning wine and enjoying the finest cuisine at Solterra in Leucadia, prepared by San Diego’s cherished Executive Chef, Chris Powell.

Solterra was the biggest winner at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the most prestigious and largest competition of American wines in the world. They won Best of Class for their Costa Azul-2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Gold for their Christopher Cameron Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Gold for their Solterra Winery Mestizo “GSM”, Silver for their 2013 Pinot Noir, and Silver for their 2009 Petit Sirah.

The Van Alyea family, a married couple with two young daughters and a lovely golden retriever, are answering the dreams of North County residents and visitors who love fine wine, craft beers, great food, and the SoCal beach lifestyle. Clip their BUY 1 BRUNCH ENTRÉE GET 1 FREE coupon from their ad, our Coupon Pages, or download it from Some conditions apply. Please call or check website for day and time changes. Solterra is at 934 N. Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia. Call (760) 230-2970 or visit

Steakhouse at Jalapeno Grill and Cantina

Steakhouse at Jalapeno Grill and Cantina

Steakhouse at Jalapeno Grill is the best place to go for lunch or dinner during Cruisin’ Grand on Friday nights, on Grand Avenue, in Escondido. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, owner and chef Ray Alto, from the famed Fireside Restaurant, offers his guests some of the finest steaks grilled over a mesquite flame and the best Certified Angus Prime Rib anywhere. Steak dinners come with baked bread, soup or salad, garden vegetables, and your choice of either lemon rice, fries, baked potato or their famous Jalapeno Cheddar Mashed Redskin Potatoes, which are fabulous!

There are many steakhouses in San Diego, but Jalapeno’s Certified Angus Prime Rib offers the very best value for the price. If the Prime Rib doesn’t get you, try the Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Porterhouse, Top Sirloin or New York Strip. Appetizers include scrumptious servings of Fried Macaroni and Jalapeno Cheese, Jalapeno Mozzarella Sticks, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Coconut Shrimp and Three Cheese Nachos. Soups and salads are perfect with any dish.

Steakhouse at Jalapeno has a bustling Happy Hour every Monday – Friday from 3-7pm with drink and food specials. Clip their coupon from our coupon pages or download from GET 50% OFF ENTRÉE with the purchase of an equal or greater value entrée plus two drinks. Not valid for To Go orders, holidays, Happy Hour, Filet Mignon, or with any other offer. Must present coupon. Steakhouse at Jalapeno Grill & Cantina is located at 503 W. Grand, Escondido, 92025. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, and Fri and Sat 11am-10pm. Call (760) 233-1104. Visit

Bruegger’s Bagels


Bruegger’s Bagels on El Camino Real in La Costa and Scripps Poway Parkway in Poway, offers delicious, piping hot, oven-baked fresh bagels every day of the year. Pick up a dozen bagels with cream cheese and surprise your coworkers or have some neighbors over on the weekends. Try a fresh hot raisin or blueberry bagel or onion bagel with cream cheese, or 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. Our all-time favorite is their classic smoked salmon and cream cheese, stacked high on a fresh onion bagel with sliced tomato, red onions, and capers.

In addition to their famous bagels, breakfast sandwiches and bagel sandwiches, Bruegger’s offers a healthier “Under 500 Calorie” menu. If you are a calorie counter, try one of their Skinny Bagels. Guests can now order any of Bruegger’s 15-plus varieties “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. Try their Skinny Zesty Egg White Sandwich. This comes with an egg white patty on a skinny sesame bagel, with turkey sausage, Swiss cheese and sun dried tomato spread.

Clip their coupon from our Coupon Pages or download from and GET A BAGEL W/CREAM CHEESE AND SMALL COFFEE FOR $2.49. Must present coupon. Bruegger’s operates 300 bakeries in North America with 7 bakeries in San Diego. You can find a Bruegger’s Bagels in North County at 7680 El Camino Real, Carlsbad 92009, or at 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway in Poway. Call (760) 632-1432 or (858) 577-0300 or visit to find a location near you.

Pollos Maria

Pollos Maria

Located in Carlsbad Village and in Oceanside at the Old Grove Market Place, Pollo’s Maria has been serving the most delicious, freshest, and healthiest, Mexican food to satisfied customers for 32 years! The reason for their longevity is that they have arguably the best tasting char-broiled chicken in North County and throughout San Diego. The service is excellent and efficient; the menu is extensive, and the prices are reasonable. If you are looking for great tasting Mexican food, we just cannot say enough about this place. The Oceanside restaurant interior is spacious, beautifully decorated and perfect for parties. Their Carlsbad Village location has a wonderful outdoor patio with umbrellas and fire pits and is the perfect place to hang out with family and friends.

Pollos Maria is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu includes Maria’s House Specialties, featuring a whole broiled chicken for $15.99, or half chicken for only $7.99. Their Combo Plates, such as Chile Rellano, Enchilladas, and Tacos, are fantastic. The chicken tacos (soft or hard shell) are as good as, if not better than, any chicken tacos in all of San Diego. You can order burritos, tacos, tostadas, or their famous chicken soup, salads, tortas, chips and salsa, quesadillas, nachos, and a selection of wonderful desserts. Come early for a breakfast burrito, menudo (served Saturday and Sunday), or their huevos rancheros or chorizo, eggs and cheese plates. They stock domestic and imported beers and wine, and catering is available.

We love Pollos Maria! They have two locations. Carlsbad: 3055 Harding Street in Carlsbad Village (760) 729-4858. Oceanside: 125 Old Grove Road #8, Oceanside (760) 435-9071 or visit

Mr. Peabody’s


Mr. Peabody’s has quality local bands and has recently expanded their dining room space. One of North County’s most popular local hangouts for quality food, excellent drinks, and live music, this neighborhood pub, grill, and live music venue in Encinitas has been attracting loyal guests since 2003. Always with a lively and full crowd from breakfast time to nighttime, their Country Thursdays attract the best country musicians around. Their Open Mike Mondays are always fun and their YouTube Open Mike Contest offers cash prizes! Performers must perform on their stage with their Mr. Peabody’s sign appearing in the video. Entries need to be submitted before their Sept. 4 deadline.

Mr. Peabody’s has never been more popular. Their popularity begins with great detail going into their made-from-scratch menu items, serving large portions using the finest ingredients available, and offering great food at very affordable prices. Their Prime Rib is locally acclaimed and is a steal at $12.99. Linguine Special is a ½ lb of Linguine Alfredo and a side salad for only $6.99. They also have a Macadamia Mahi Mahi that’s also a local favorite for $12.99. Other menu items such as their fish and chips, turkey burgers, turkey tacos, salads, and mud pies are also very popular. The best breakfast in Encinitas begins at 7am ad includes $1.50 mimosas, $1.50 breakfast tacos, and $2.75 build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar.

Happy hour is daily from 3-6pm Sunday-Friday with $2.75 well cocktails, $1.50 turkey and fish tacos, .75 cent baby back ribs, chicken wings, and chips and salsa.

Check out their live music nightly with some of the finest local musical guests. Open Mic Nights are on Mondays; Karaoke is on Tuesday nights; and Thursdays are Country Music Nights. Live shows are 21 + with no cover. Mr. Peabody’s is located at 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas 92024. Call (760) 753-7192 or visit

Ahi Sushi and Grill

Ahi Sushi and Grill

Looking for a great place to eat fresh sushi? Extremely popular and well known in San Marcos and throughout San Diego, Ahi Sushi and Grill is open every day and serves some of the most delicious and best-valued sushi around. Located near California State University San Marcos, it is very popular with college students and faculty, residents, local business people, and everyone who loves great sushi at reasonable prices. Their sushi is high quality, and the service is absolutely outstanding. We’ve never been in a sushi restaurant where you get your order so quickly. Every day, Ahi Sushi offers 50% off cut rolls, special rolls, and sushi, and 50% off items are highlighted on their sushi menu. They also have lunch and dinner specials, sake bombs and beers for Happy Hour. “You say sake, we say bomb!” Sake Bombs during Happy Hour are only $7.95!

Try Ahi Sushi’s very tasty 16- piece cut roll combo. It includes 4 pieces of Philly roll + 4 pieces of spicy tuna roll + 4 pieces of California roll + 4 pieces of smoked salmon roll. We highly recommend the 8 piece Caterpillar Roll, their famous 8 piece Albacore Special Roll, and their Ahi Special Roll (our all-time favorite!). Their menu is extensive and includes 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, soups, salads, beer, wine, sake and desserts.

GET A FREE 8-PIECE CRUNCHY ROLL ($12 value) with any purchase of $12 or more! Must present coupon. Either clip from our ad, coupon pages, or download from 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.

Tower 13

Tower 13

When we think of the beach, great food, music, and ice-cold drinks, Tower 13 always comes to mind. This fun, and very beachy, bar and restaurant is the place to go if you’re in the mood for some fine local music, perfect drinks, and excellent food. Tower 13, located directly across Coast Highway 101 from Cardiff Beach, near Lifeguard Station Tower 13, is one of the most popular local hangouts for meeting people, eating, drinking, watching sports on 27 TVs, and enjoying live entertainment. They have two outdoor patios and one is dog friendly. Meet your friends any day or night for a great lunch or dinner and drinks.

Happy Hour is Monday to Friday 3:30- 6:30pm, and late night 9:30pm to close. Monday is Happy Hour All Day until Close and All You Can Eat Chicken Wings from 5:30-10pm! They have a stellar lineup of great drinks, food, and entertainment every day of the week while you watch UFC or NFL games on one of the TVs. Tuesday features Tacos, Tequila, and Beer Specials from 3:30-6:30pm, and Trivia starts at 7pm. Wednesday is Country in Cardiff with $8 Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Live Country Bands, dance lessons and dancing! Thursday offers Prime Rib Dinners with mash and veggies for $14.99, Oyster Shooters, and Martini Madness from 6:30pm-close. Friday is Fried Fish and Fries from 5-9pm for $7.99, and Martini Madness 6:30pm-close, with Live Rock or Pop Music. Saturday is Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas 9:00am-noon, Martini Madness, and Live Rock or Pop Music. Sunday is Brunch w/Bottomless Mimosas, and Live Beach Vibe Reggae Music.

Stop in for their Daily Lunch Special that includes either a signature Sandwich or Burger with a Draft Beer or Glass of Wine for $14. Tower 13 is located at 2633 S. Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff by the Sea. Call (760) 635-1200 or visit

Ikura Sushi & Ramen

Ikura Sushi & Ramen

We’ve known Eric, the sushi chef and owner of Ikura Sushi & Ramen in Poway, for many years. He is a perfectionist when it comes to quality and taste. Located in the Scripps Trident Plaza next to Starbucks, Ikura Sushi & Ramen offers an extensive menu of sashimi, nigiri sushi, cut rolls, specialty rolls, spicy baked rolls, fresh hot ramen noodle bowls, udon, and yakisoba (fried noodles). Their Tonkotsu Ramen, reasonably priced at $8.95, is especially delicious. It has grilled pork, mushrooms, with Japanese green onion (negi) and bamboo shoots and is sure to satisfy your discriminating palate.

We highly recommend their Fire of Love roll. Inside you’ll find imitation crab, cucumber and avocado; the outside is baked salmon topped with their dynamite sauce. The tangy and creamy flavors will be a festival in your mouth. They have a huge assortment of specialty and baked rolls. Look at their sushi list and you’ll find all cut rolls are highlighted; you’ll get 50% off. Their daily lunch specials, served from 11am to 3pm, include salad, miso soup, rice, and an appetizer. They don’t have their own delivery service, but you can get delivery from

Clip their coupon or download it from and Buy 1 Large Bottle of Beer and Get 1 Small bottle of Beer for $1.99. They are open every day from 11am to 9:30pm. They are located at 12205 Scripps Poway Parkway, #106, Poway 92064. Call (858) 549-1818 or visit

Seafire Restaurant + Bar

Seafire Restaurant + Bar

Everything on the menu is delicious at Seafire and their happy hour is always lively. Remember the old Rain Tree restaurant and lounge that used to be on Paseo del Norte and Poinsettia? Well, it seems that all of those customers are now at Seafire, including the bartender. Stop in and have a drink! Located near the beach in South Carlsbad near the corner of Palomar Airport Rd. and Paseo del Norte, family owned and operated Seafire Restaurant and Bar is definitely worth a try. The indoor décor is filled with natural light and the outdoor patio is welcoming, with a large open window and attached bar. It’s the perfect place for sipping wine, one of their 14 local craft beers, or a signature cocktail. Got the late night munchies? Seafire’s kitchen is open late every night! Live music happens on the patio Wednesday through Saturday.

A husband and wife team work together in the kitchen preparing memorable delights, such as wood-fired pizza from their signature Napoleon-style brick oven. The Italian made, custom designed, domed brick oven produces authentic, delicious pizza with perfectly browned thin crust. Like harmonious violinist and cellist, the two of them create delicious dining delights. Using the freshest vegetables, seasonings and ingredients, they accent their masterpiece Lamb Chops, Steamed Mussels, Shrimp Scampi, Seared Scallops, Kabobs, Rack of Lamb, or Crispy Skin Salmon served with whipped garlic potatoes, and sautéed Brussels sprouts. Their salads and soups are delicious. Try the Ahi Sliders, Roasted Beet Salad, the Greek Salad, or Fish Chowder. You will be impressed.

They are open every day. Happy Hour is ALL DAY on Sunday, daily from 3:30-6:30pm, and 10pm until close Sun-Thurs. Clip or download their coupon from their ad or on our Coupon Pages or download from and get 20% OFF your entire check. Some restrictions apply. Seafire is located at 6030 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad 92011. Call (760) 603-9672 or visit

Tip Top Meats

Tip Top Meats

Tip Top Meats is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Owner and master butcher, John Haedrich, recently turned 88 years old and is still producing his signature sausage and carving meat behind the butcher counter. Since 1967, Tip Top Meats has been the place to find the highest quality meat and poultry at the most reasonable prices. It’s truly one of the most famous German butcher shops and European markets in the U.S.A. Every day, Tip Top Meats serves their famous Big John Breakfast and Big John Burger combos. They make, serve, and sell the finest and largest variety of sausages anywhere. You’ve got to taste it to believe it!

Tip Top Meats is the place to stock up this summer on Certified Angus, USDA Choice, and Prime Cuts of beef, the finest handmade sausages, Lamb Chops, Kabobs, Pork Roasts, Corned Beef, Tri-Tip, and New York Steaks. Tip Top is a one-of-a-kind butcher shop, a gourmet European-style delicatessen, and a full-service European marketplace. Nobody in San Diego County comes close to the service and value. Multi-award-winning Tip Top Meats continues to provide the highest quality meat and poultry for North County residents, visitors and tourists. They serve Certified Angus Beef, which is the best quality there is. The Big John Breakfast and the Big John Burger are two of the heartiest and best value meals and deals in town.

Big John has a big heart and has given back 100-fold to residents, places of worship, schools, marine families, and community organizations. Andy Lee, Publisher of the North County Sun, says, “John is one of those amazing people who cross our path once in a lifetime. I look up to him, and admire him and all his achievements. He is a hard working, kind, and generous man with a big heart; and people who know him, love and respect him.” We congratulate John and Tip Top Meats on their 50th anniversary!

Tip Top Meats is located at 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad 92011. Call (760) 438-2620 or visit

Top Choice Fish

Top Choice Fish

Top Choice Fish “Fish in Motion” is Carlsbad’s and North County’s newest fish market and restaurant. It’s located next door to world famous Tip Top Meats butcher shop, delicatessen and European Market, and near the Carlsbad Flower Fields and Carlsbad Beach. Check out their live fish tank, fresh fish display case, and beautiful interior décor. You’ll soon be hooked on this fully stocked fresh fish market and coastal eatery.

The fish market sells the finest quality and freshest seasonal fish and local catch at the best prices. Depending on the season, you’ll discover a wide selection of fresh fish, either whole or filet, along with shrimp, crab, oysters, muscles, Ahi poke, shrimp cocktail, crab salad, clams, squid, octopus, a variety of caviar, and lobster. The eatery offers eat-in or take-out options for grilled, fried, sautéed, steamed, or smoked fish, made the way you like it! They prepare plates, salads, sandwiches, fish & chips and chowder, along with a selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. We highly recommend their grilled halibut plate and their beer-battered fish and chips!

Top Choice Fish is open daily for lunch and dinner and is located at 6118 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Dine-in or take-out. Available for catering parties and events of any size. Call (760) 517-8682 or visit their Facebook page or website at

It’s Tabu Sushi

It's Tabu Sushi

Tabu is always an excellent choice. This innovative sushi restaurant boasts a varied menu that includes specialties you may never have heard of, and may even be a bit tabu to some. Tabu specializes in fresh, spicy, tangy, made-to-order sushi and Japanese fusion with a twist, and refers to their fusion flavors as the Tabu Touch. Their Lemon Cilantro Roll is crazy delicious with a very fresh and zesty cool taste. This one has crab meat inside with salmon, avocado, cucumber, slices of lemon, and Sriracha sauce. The Garlic Teriyaki Edamame is very tasty. Another winner is the Ceviche Roll, a delicious mix of fresh raw fish and shrimp without rice. Their cream cheese stuffed Jalapeno poppers are great; and don’t forget to order the delicious Habibi Roll. It combines shrimp tempura, spicy crab, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, tuna, spicy mayo, eel sauce and tempura crumbs. Very nice! Don’t see what you’re looking for on the menu? Feel free to ask Armando or one of the other sushi chefs to create it for you.

It’s Tabu has a bustling Happy Hour from 3-7pm; Sake Hour is Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to close; and they offer Late Night Specials including 1/2 OFF house sake shots or $1 sake shots. It’s Tabu Sushi offers great lunch specials, too. Located in San Marcos, across the street from California State University San Marcos, It’s Tabu is very popular for lunches, dinners, and late nights. They have a spacious floor plan with a long “L’ shaped sushi bar, a beer/wine/sake bar, plenty of tables and booths, flat screen TVs for sports, and a comfortable outdoor patio.

CLIP THEIR 15% OFF ANY PURCHASE COUPON from our coupon pages or download it from It’s Tabu Sushi is located at 344 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos 92078 (in the Ralph’s shopping center). Call (760) 591-0811 or visit

The Broken Yolk Café

Broken Yolk

The Broken Yolk Café is open every day for breakfast and lunch. They serve great food, with sizable portions, and provide professional service with reasonable prices. Consistency in their food and service is what makes this place a winner and is what everyone has come to expect time after time.

The Broken Yolk serves $6.95 breakfast specials everyday from 6-8am, e.g.: two eggs any style with bacon or sausage, home fries and toast; two eggs, two pancakes and two pieces of bacon or sausage; and other great specials! Broken Yolk is famous for their very large tasty omelets. Offering many delicious favorites that will satisfy your appetite, you can build your own omelet with a selection of cheeses and as many ingredients as you like. We also enjoy their blueberry pancakes, crepes, French toast, and Belgian waffles. Lunch at the Broken Yolk includes a wide selection of burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. For something really special, try their 1/2 pound Angus Burgers or their amazing Club Sandwich. The Club is a triple-decker filled with oven-roasted turkey breast, bacon strips, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a Brioche bun. It comes with your choice of onion rings, fries, potato salad or slaw. It’s a meal and a half. You can’t beat it!

For the really hungry, try their Iron Man and Iron Woman Challenge. It’s a 12-egg omelet filled with mushrooms, onions and American cheese, smothered with their house-made chili and more cheese. It’s served in 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. It’s $24.95, but if you can eat it within one hour, the omelet is free.

The Broken Yolk Café is one of the most popular breakfast and lunch restaurants in North County and throughout San Diego. There are six locations in North County: La Costa at 7670 El Camino Real 92009; San Marcos at 101 S. Las Posas Rd. San Marcos 92078; Carmel Mountain at 11630 Carmel Mtn Rd.; Del Mar at 2642 Del Mar Heights Rd; Oceanside at 2434 Vista Way. Call (760) 943-8182 or visit

Tony’s Jacal

Tony’s Jacal

Tony’s Jacal is a favorite local Mexican restaurant and cantina, especially during Del Mar horse racing season. According to the Zagat Survey, it’s “one of the most authentic north of the border (Mexican restaurants).” Bring your friends, family, and favorite clients to impress them with truly delicious Mexican food, tasty margaritas, and cocktails. Taste the flavors of old Mexico and enjoy the history of one of the first Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Tony’s Jacal (pronounced hakal) is one of San Diego’s oldest and most treasured Mexican restaurants. Located in Solana Beach, Tony’s Jacal is an historic San Diego landmark which 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 absolutely delicious and the atmosphere and service are outstanding. For three generations, Tony’s Jacal has been serving family specialties, like their famous chile relleno, turkey tacos, turkey enchiladas, flautas and shrimp burritos. We recommend their very special turkey tamales with a wonderful mole sauce made with black Pasilla Chiles, which you can order off the menu all-year-round.

Tony’s Jacal has a beautiful floral outdoor garden patio, perfect in the summer, and live Mariachi music in the evenings. Their classic cantina has been recently remodeled with new lighting, a new granite bar top, and comfortable bar stools. Their cantina and lounge offer a wide selection of tequila and Margaritas, and a variety of mezcal. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 5-7pm. Ask for a delicious Margarita or a tasty Mezcal Paloma with grapefruit soda on the rocks. Lunch is served Mon-Sat 11am-2pm: Dinner is served Weekdays 5-9:30pm; Fri and Sat 5-10pm; Sun 3-9:30pm. They are closed on Tuesdays (except during racing season). If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant experience, with wonderful food, drinks and the finest service, Tony’s Jacal is the place!

Tony’s Jacal is located 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

Daily News Café

Daily News Café

Celebrate the Daily News Café’s 27th anniversary in downtown Carlsbad Village with an ice cold craft beer and delicious sandwich and salad. This historic Carlsbad restaurant is truly a North County dining destination. Many of their staff and cooks have been working there for years and have become local celebrities. Waitress Deena Vongxay has been serving happy customers for 26 years; Tera Stroup has been brightening everyone’s day for 12 years; and James West has been Carlsbad’s favorite bus person for 16 years. The longevity of the staff , as well as the great food and service, is the basis for the popularity of this downtown village bistro.

Customers enjoy homemade comfort breakfasts and lunches, inside or out on their beautiful patio, while people watching and taking in the sunshine and fresh ocean air. Just steps from Carlsbad Beach, with a picturesque view of the Carlsbad sign on highway 101, breakfast is served all day every day, and lunch is served from 11am to 4pm. Their extensive and very popular menu includes a wide assortment of omelets ranging in price from $8.95 to $10.95. All omelets are three eggs and served with hash browns, sautéed red potatoes, fresh fruit or refried beans and your choice of toast, biscuit, or blueberry muffin. Other breakfast favorites include Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, and a Breakfast Burrito. Locals love their Belgian Waffles, Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, and wide assortment of Crepes. Try their famous Bloody Marys and Mimosas!

Lunch includes craft beer pairings with their 1/3 lb Belly Bomber Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches and many other sandwiches and salad options. We love their Half Sandwich and Soup combo and recommend their delicious Chicken Salad Sandwich served with any of their delicious seasonal soups. We also love their Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Salad Sandwiches. Daily News Café is located at 3001 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad 92008. They are open daily from 6:30am to 4pm. Call (760) 729-1023 or visit



When you think of summertime and Italian food, you’ve got to think of Gregorios in Carlsbad Village. Gregorio’s Restaurant is open daily and is a wonderful place to have a quiet, authentic Italian lunch or dinner. They’re located upstairs at the Village Fair Shopping Center in Carlsbad Village and serve happy guests authentic, fresh, and savory Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices. Gregorio’s is the perfect place to impress whoever is special in your life. We recommend their Shrimp Fra Diavlo, a shrimp and spicy marinara tossed with linguini, or their Angel Hair Pasta with Meat Sauce. They offer a wide selection for lunch and dinner with signature dishes such as linguini, lasagne, fettuccini Alfredo, eggplant parmesan, steaks, Sicilian chicken, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, appetizers and desserts, including homemade cannoli.

Their full bar has sports on TV and serves Happy Hour Monday – Friday with $5 appetizers and daily drink specials. Martini Mondays are great with $2 off martinis; Tuesdays have Two-for Tuesday specials; Wednesday features 1/2 off all bottles of wine, all night; Thursdays you 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 3-6pm Monday through Friday. Gregorio’s offers a wide variety of light and healthy options, and is a great place to pop in and out for a quick lunch 11am-3pm. They will treat you as if it’s your home away from home.

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. From 2010 to 2012, he donated 100% of his profits from Gregorio’s Restaurant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. What a great and generous person! Gregorio’s is located in Carlsbad Village at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 208, Carlsbad 92008. Call (760) 720-1132 or visit

Patron – Tortilleria and Carniceria

Patron - Tortilleria and Carniceria

We want everyone in San Marcos and nearby communities to know where to find the best authentic Mexican tacos (.99 cents); hot, fresh, handmade daily tortillas (10 for $2.99); made-fresh-daily tamales ($1.89); and Carne Asada combo plates for $6.39.

Locals and Mexican-Americans already know how amazing this place is. Try their food and you will be back often. Why go to a supermarket and buy mass-produced tortillas, when you can go to Patron and get freshly made, piping hot tortillas? The best time for hot tortillas is around 4-5pm. Why pay more for tacos when you can get authentic tacos for under a dollar?

If you’re staying at the new Marriott Fairfield Inn on San Marcos Blvd; if you are a student at Palomar College or Cal State San Marcos; if you live nearby in San Elijo Hills, or anywhere near San Marcos Blvd. and Twin Oaks Valley Rd. (near the San Marcos Post Office or San Marcos Civic Center); if you just love authentic, fresh Mexican food, you’ll love Patron. If you are craving real Mexican food, why not eat and shop where Mexican people go! They have an assortment of Agua Frescas, which are fresh fruit-infused water drinks, including horchata (a cinnamon and rice drink); guacamole and salsa made fresh daily; Mexican cheeses and canned goods; fresh fruits and vegetables, including locally-grown tomatoes, avocados, lemons and papayas; and a great butcher shop with chicken, steak, goat, pork, and beef. Buy your carne asada here!

Every morning, Patron customers pick up delicious, hot tamales, and hot, hand-made tortillas. They have different kinds of tamales, including: cheese and pepper (a little spicy); shredded beef; shredded pork; and chicken. For your taco meat, we recommend Birria, a flavorful beef or goat stewed meat. Top off your taco with red or green salsa, Mexican avocado sauce, cheese, onions, and fresh sliced lime. They sell out of tamales and tortillas every day; so get there early! Clip their .99 cent Taco Coupon (good every day!) from our coupon pages or download from Patron is located at 204 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos 92078. Call (760) 736-0086.

La Tapatia Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

La Tapatia Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

This is the place to be in Escondido on Friday nights for Cruisin’ Grand car cruise nights, and Saturday nights for the best Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue dancing! One of San Diego’s oldest and most treasured family Mexican restaurants, La Tapatia dates back to 1937 when it was founded and operated by Ernesto and Salome Acosta. What began as a small diner from within their home on Grand Avenue, is now a landmark in North County where guests enjoy the finest authentic Mexican cuisine.

La Tapatia is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are famous for their signature homemade pork tamales, which are on the menu every day of the week; and they offer lunch specials from 11am-3pm. Their full bar comes to life during Happy Hour and late nights. Happy Hour is seven days a week from 3-7pm and has food specials such as $1.99 tacos, $2.25 fish tacos, chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, shrimp quesadilla, shrimp ceviche, and an assortment of Happy Hour drink specials.

Other La Tapatia favorites include Chile Con Carne, Flautas Guacamole, and their famous Chicken Mole. Prices are very reasonable. You can make your own combo plate with a choice of tacos, enchilada, tamale, chile relleno, and tostada. You can also order almost anything a la carte, and they serve wonderful desserts including flan.

Clip their coupon from our coupon pages or download it from GET 50% OFF ANY ENTRÉE when you purchase an entrée of equal or greater value. Not valid Fridays, holidays, happy hour, breakfast, To Go orders, or any other discounts or offers. Must present coupon. La Tapatia is located at 340 W. Grand Ave, Escondido 92025. Call (760) 747-8282.

Casa Sol y Mar

Casa Sol y Mar, located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, offers local favorites like Carnitas a la Michoacan, Tequila Lime Shrimp and Carne Asada Tampiqueña. The authentic Mexican menu features innovative twists on classic dishes, like inside-out tamales that are handmade with corn masa and cheese, butterflied open, and filled with a choice of chile Colorado, chile verde, shredded beef or chicken, or sautéed vegetables, and covered with a special sauce and melted cheese. Guests can also try the new “Cazuelas” – tortilla-less, lighter versions of Casa Sol y Mar’s most favored flavors.

The menu emphasizes flavor and freshness with ten different homemade salsas, mole, and original dressings and sauces that are prepared daily with all-natural ingredients. Try the fresh-off-the-grill handmade tortillas, prepared daily in Casa Sol y Mar’s Tortilleria at the center of the restaurant. Enjoy frothy birdbath-size margaritas, delicious Cantina specials, plus live performances from world-class mariachis and Ballet Folklórico dancers.

Amidst an ambiance vibrantly painted in gold, crimson and orange jewel tones, decorated with authentic Mexican folk art and hand-painted Mexican tile, Casa Sol y Mar is the perfect location for any festive gatherings or weekend celebrations. Dining with family? Treat the little ones to a free Kid’s Meal all day Wednesdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Happy Hour in the beautifully illuminated Cantina is every Monday through Friday, 3 to 7pm, with 17oz. house margaritas in refreshing flavors like mango, peach, strawberry, raspberry and lemon-lime for $6.95. Enjoy flavorful appetizers like Jalisco BBQ Wings, Ceviche Tostada, and Camarones El Jefe (shrimp sautéed in a spicy honey habañero sauce). Casa Sol y Mar is located at 12865 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130. Call (858) 792-4100 or visit

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