As one of the many working stiffs up in Carlsbad (and as one who absolutely refuses to eat at the awful food court on Faraday) I'm constantly on the lookout for new (good) places to get lunch. Sadly there are a lot of olive garden/ soupplantation type deals up here so this isn't as easy as, say, boston or culver city. (I don't miss the traffic or the weather, but man I miss the food) Looking for places in Lunch-break driving distance from faraday in carlsbad- so north encinitas/La Costa, Carlsbad, West Vista, South Oceanside. I'm pretty new to the area, so any help to keep me from soupplantation is appreciated!
Lunch places I've been to:
India Princess (the buffet is good, the tikka masala is better)
Random Hawaiian BBQ places (surf brothers etc, these are pretty much all the same)
Pho Lucky (good pho and bun bo)
Lotus Thai (not horrible lunch specials)
the French Bakery Cafe (great sandwiches)
Joey's BBq (only decent tri-tip I've found down here, sadly not Santa Maria style though) Las Olas (cute place with some good food)
Knockout Pizza (can't wait til the one in Vista opens!)
MiMi's Cafe (Tip: don't get the apple crisp, it's brown slop with a scoop of ice cream on it) Juanita's (good but kind of far for lunch break)
Argyle (really good, sadly too expensive to be other than a special occasion)
King's Fish House (love this place)
Bellefleur (thought it was overpriced)
Manhattan Bagel (mm bagels! not really manhattanstyle but whatever)
random mexican places (los primos, tacos del mar etc)
And of course the chains...panera bread, islands, souplantation, olive garden, togos, Chipotle, etc.