Great quesadillas on home-made oblong corn tortillas.
I had hongos and epazote with cotija cheese and a cheese and epazote one. Epazote was fresh and the tortilla really made the difference! I can't wait to get this again! Guests had milanese torta and fish tacos. I think the Baja style fish tacos here are the best so far, sorry Juanita's. Torta was decent, only complaint was the bread - too gringo style.
1464 Encinitas Boulevard
Encinitas, CA 92024
Karina's - Thanks to chowhound PommeDeGuerre for this great rec. I believe I have located the best ceviche in North County so far. My SO and I had shrimp ceviche, D.F. guest had Campechana style (shrimp, octopus, and white fish), al pastor taco and chile relleno. Both ceviches were topped with diced avocado and served with several limes and the ubiquitous saltines. The shrimp ceviche was marinated raw, the Capechana the shrimp were precooked. Not sure why the Capechana was not raw, but our shrimp were delicious! Beware the portion is large, ample enough for lunch. I did not try the relleno, but it looked good, very similar to Juanita's (not deep fried). Al pastor was passable, he was expecting the meat to be coming off of a vertical spit like in they do in Mexico City, oh well. The shrimp ceviche is a winner here!
916 N Highway 101
Hours: Tues-Sunday: 8 am - 10 pm; Monday closed.
Crazy Burro in Carlsbad - D.F. guest saw this place and wanted to try. Unfortunately, the Crazy Burro is horrendous. I would say Fidel's is better than this place and that isn't saying much since I put Fidel's on par with Taco Bell. Chips and salsa were ok. Fish tacos were pathetic, Rubio's beats the Burro hands down. I won’t even comment on the rest, it's just not worth it.
Las Olas - Few comments as i have commented before on this place, the margarita's are good, the lobster plates looked great, but the grilled fish taco was less than stellar this time. A miniature piece of fish was nestled in a cabbage stuffed tortilla, hardly worth the 3.95 per taco. Roasted chile rellenos are decent.
2655 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
We also hit Yu Me Ya Sake House, love this place. They had a specials list this last weekend: fabulous ika sansai (so good I ordered two to go) and whitefish with shiso. I didn't get to try the crab special, maybe next weekend. Yuka said on Tuesday, not sure if the last or next they will be serving their Winter menu including shabu shabu.
1246 N Highway 101
One last note, I hear the former Matsuoka space is going to open as Sushi Bar Blue Fin. It's going to be tough to beat Kaito. If anyone goes please post.
Campechana Ceviche at Karina's:
Karina's chile relleno and al pastor taco: