Food

  • San Diego Restaurant Week begins Sunday, Sept. 24

    San Diego Restaurant Week begins Sunday, Sept. 24

    The 13th annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 1

  • Brothers’ love of cheesesteaks inspires Encinitas sandwich shop

    Brothers’ love of cheesesteaks inspires Encinitas sandwich shop

    There’s an East Coast-style sandwich shop in town that has a bit of a West Coast twist. The Gaglione Bros. — Joe, Andy and Tony — brought their eatery to Encinitas earlier this year, after having established locations in Point Loma and in the Friars Village Shopping Center in San Diego. The restaurant’s...

  • Nonprofit brings farm-to-table fare to Encinitas seniors

    Nonprofit brings farm-to-table fare to Encinitas seniors

    It was almost noon and the kitchen was busy serving up a packed house. On the menu? Meatloaf with wild rice pilaf, blue lake beans and salad. Others dined on roasted vegetable soup and roast beef sandwiches with caramelized onions and horsey sauce. This scene may sound like it was from a popular...

  • Native Foods Cafe puts the focus on tasty vegetarian fare

    Native Foods Cafe puts the focus on tasty vegetarian fare

    Restaurant chain Native Foods Cafe is rooted in the “green” philosophy. The eatery serves 100 percent plant-based fare, which means no meat or dairy — a unique concept among fast-casual establishments. But it seems to resonate with customers: Since the first one opened in Palm Springs in 1994,...

  • Better Buzz coffee/juice bar keeps it fresh in Encinitas

    Better Buzz coffee/juice bar keeps it fresh in Encinitas

    A new coffee and juice bar in Encinitas has been causing plenty of buzz. The local community seems to have embraced Better Buzz, as the establishment has been catering to a steady stream of customers since opening in August. It’s the sixth site for the locally based chain, which also has locations...

  • Whimsical Gordy’s bakery in Encinitas consistently hits the sweet spot

    Whimsical Gordy’s bakery in Encinitas consistently hits the sweet spot

    Gordy’s is not your cookie-cutter bakery and coffeehouse. Its whimsical décor and confections have been well-received by locals and travelers alike since the location opened in 2010, and it consistently draws praise on review sites such as Yelp. The Encinitas establishment was even named one of...

  • Special brews, burgers keep Bier Garden of Encinitas buzzing

    Special brews, burgers keep Bier Garden of Encinitas buzzing

    In the two years since it has opened, Bier Garden of Encinitas has blossomed into one of the most popular gastropubs in town. The T-bone-shaped eatery — which was Tyler’s Steak House, back in the day — is often hoppin’, as patrons gather around the bar taps, nosh on beer-friendly foods, and embrace...

  • Comfortable 3rd Corner offers unique approach with wines

    Comfortable 3rd Corner offers unique approach with wines

    There’s a corner in The Lumberyard where locals wine, dine and unwind. That would be The 3rd Corner, a wine shop and bistro owned by Ed Moore, open in Encinitas since 2008. (The flagship location in Ocean Beach opened two years earlier.) Rather than perusing a lengthy list, patrons can walk around...

  • Seven new restaurants join lineup for Taste of MainStreet

    Seven new restaurants will be participating in the 27th annual Taste of MainStreet, held Aug. 18 and sponsored by the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association. This year’s event will be held from 5:30 8:30 p.m., along Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas. For a $35 ticket, participants can enjoy...

  • Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon makes the rounds from sweet to savory

    Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon makes the rounds from sweet to savory

    For the past 1 1/2 years, Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon has been offering up a slice of Americana to Encinitas locals. The bakery is owned by Betty Hunt (née Elizabeth Harris), who describes herself as a “pie-wrangling, karaoke-singing Southern lady.” It’s the “naughty” sister of another popular Encinitas...

  • URBN brings East Coast flavors to Encinitas with newest restaurant

    URBN brings East Coast flavors to Encinitas with newest restaurant

    The newest URBN is suburban. In March, the San Diego-based URBN Restaurants opened URBN Coal Fired Pizza in Encinitas, its fifth brick-and-mortar pizzeria concept. “I’ve always had a soft spot for Encinitas,” said founder Jon Mangini, a Connecticut native who lives in North County with his family....

  • Fiesta del Sol coming up May 30-31 in Solana Beach

    Don’t miss the 36th annual Celebration of Fiesta del Sol — Solana Beach’s official kick-off to summer! The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts this free two-day music and crafts event from May 30-31. Once again, the Belly Up Tavern has lined up a great list of musicians to perform over the two-day...

  • Upscale, sustainable cuisine stars at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

    Upscale, sustainable cuisine stars at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

    When it comes to restaurants offering creature comforts, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge is among the local stars. Just a few steps off the Coast Highway, at 25 E. E St. in Encinitas, this cozy and often lively establishment serves “home-style” American food and beverages crafted in-house. It’s a...

  • Urban farmer gives nod to the past, with an eye to future

    Urban farmer gives nod to the past, with an eye to future

    Chickens cluck, bees buzz and a variety of crops line a 1.5-acre plot in Encinitas called Farmer Leo’s. With development swallowing up the area, the farm is in many ways a throwback to the city’s agricultural roots. But the farm is also on point with present trends. The produce and flowers are...

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