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Other Encinitas Inquries and comments

Stanley Stephan | Nov 5, 200301:51 PM

Here's a few more non places that interest me, what's your opinion?

Big Jims Old South Barbque - any good? They don't seem to be doing turn away business, but the boiled peanuts and sweet teas signs have me intrigued.

HACKERS SEAFOOD CAFE It must be lousy because it's always empty, however it just seem to be calling out to me. Will I die of bad old fish here? I am SO disappointed in Fish House Vera Cruz that I'm searching for a seafood joint.

TOMIKO JAPANESE CUISINE - It LOOKS so pretty up on the hill. Must be a great view.

NOOSHINS PERSION AND GREEK - The word Persion gets to me

Gaffney's Wine Bar - Any good? BTW, the liquor store next to the laudermat in Cardiff has a really decent selection of wine.

Breakfastl these seem to be the places available.
St. Germain's Cafe
PIPES - OK, it's in Cardiff, but close enough and I've heard good things

Ice Cream

Thanks to Chowhound I'm a regular at El Especial Norte. Love those soups. The Pozole is the best I've had so far in California. Having gone through the margarita menu I would say the Hornitas Margarita is my favorite.

On my own I've found Juanitas Taco Shop by seeing the lines. I'm finally a fan of crispy shell tacos. The beef has an orgy of textures ... just fried, crispy shell loaded with tender beef that has a crispy exterior. Complemented by finely shredded, cool lettuce and overflowing with yellow and white cheese.

Warning, only the beef and chicken (so, so) tacos have crispy shells. The fish taco, IMO, wasn't wonderful. They use lettuce instead of cabbage. The carnitas is some of the best I've had, crispy and juicy all at once. There each bite releases juices mmmm ... pork.

Nice burritos as well and that lovely fresh carrot/jalepeno mixture that you can load into baggies and take with you (I forget the name).

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