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Encinitas - One Year Later

Enorah | May 27, 200801:11 PM

So, it has been a year (almost) since we moved to Encinitas and began our search for Chow-worthy (in my humble opinion) eats. Felt like it was time to start another thread about the area, revisiting our likes and loves, seeing what still makes us say "Yum" and what has fallen by the wayside. I intend on posting a hodge podge of dining experiences in the Encinitas area, trying to categorize as well as I can, in no particular order.

I will start with Mexican Food, always a favorite topic here in the SD area.

Again these are not in any particular order.

La Especial Norte - This is the restaurant we eat at the most often overall (not just talking Mexican). We love everything about it from the delicious soups to the mole to the camerones rancheros, to the reasonable prices, to the comfy booths. The lunch deal (Mon - Fri until 4pm) here is killer. For something like $7 one may consume a soft drink of choice, a cup of their awesome chicken soup, an entree (chicken mole, bisteck racheros, camerones racheros, etc, etc), rice, beans, and chips and salsa. Dinner is excellent as well. We have learned that they have had the same head chef there for the 30 some odd years they have been in existence.

Bety's - Wonderful, down home, and affordable as well. A family operation - Mom and Dad in the kitchen, kids out front. Love the mole, fish tacos, everything. Actually, we have not been there in a few months and need to get back.

Karina's - for the ceviche and shrimp cocktail.

El Torrito Market - for the carnitas (to go) and the guacamole and salsa fresca. They offer much more as well, just have not tried any of it.

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