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Any intel on Baker & Olive? (Encinitas)

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Any intel on Baker & Olive? (Encinitas)

cgfan | Oct 16, 2010 01:10 AM

I accidentally came across this shop, so strangely named like an intersection, (no, its not at Baker & Olive but just south of Encinitas Blvd. on El Camino Real...). ...and as you'll see, it's not so strange a name if you take it literally...

Although the shop was closed, after glancing through the windows and looking at the signs I quickly became aware that we could have a very unique concept store here that is probably a first for the County. From what I could tell we have a store that specializes in imported French olive oils and vinegars, each presented in large and spigotted stainless steel containers not behind a counter but perched up above the main shop floor.

Might we be talking about the bulk dispensing of special olive oils and vinegars here? And might the customer be able to dispense their own? And might this be the ever-elusive place to conduct a broad olive oil tasting? Oooh, sounds like it could be fun!

And it doesn't end there... The signs talk of fresh baked bread and a selection of fine cheeses! I later called them up one day to inquire about their hours, and unfortunately they close at 6 pm, too late for me to catch them after work. However during this call they also mentioned that they stock various "gourmet" provisions as well.

I can't wait to check out this store! Seems like it should be great fun for any CH'er, and dare I say could be bit out of place in our County? Perhaps I'm jumping the gun a bit, but if this store is everything that I'm imagining my only fear would be that we may not have the critical mass to support such a specialty store, at least in a bedroom community such as Encinitas. (Perhaps somewhere on the East Village side of the Gaslamp could support it better, where it'll likely attract both tourist business as well as foot traffic from our new downtown urbanites, or perhaps even the 30th Street corridor?) Not that I'm complaining, BTW...

So just wondering out loud if any CH'ers have already scouted this place out. Seems like it could be quite the buzz if they really deliver good product at a not-too-dear of a price. I'll catch them eventually, perhaps sooner rather than later if they're open on weekends.

(FYI they're located in the same mini-mall as Miyabi Steakhouse, Flippin' Pizza and Rico's Taco Shop on the east side of ECR south of Encinitas Blvd., and just south of the car wash...)

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