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Struggling for a good family meal in Carlsbad

skedhead2000 | Mar 1, 2009 01:33 PM

Boy - Carlsbad/North Cty area is a tough area to find good food that pleases the kids and the adults at the same time! We've been to Bety's Tacos a few times (I loved it - mother in-law hated it - too blue collar - food was too "weird"). Been to Kaito in Encinitas (really great - but not a family place). Eaten at some truly god-awful places near the water in Carlsbad (can't remember the names - but it was the typical touristy pretty view, pretty awful mexican food type places charging $18 for a plate of fajitas). Where can we get a nicely grilled piece of fish without paying $22.95 that can also provide some grub for our 6 yr old daughter? Where can we get really GOOD mexican food (tried Tony's Jacal in Del Mar - I hated it - worst chili relleno ever, terrible salsa, bad cheese enchiladas, awful flan etc. . . . though the ambience was neat.). Tried Especial Norte on Hwy 101 - the much-lauded soups were good - but nothing great and everything else (enchiladas etc were dreadful). We're new to the area - from Dallas - where we've been spoiled on local tex-mex spots like Mia's - and even the Mi Cocina family chain. We know the mexican food in CA is different than Tex-Mex, but we're struggling to find good mexican food - and a good seafood restaurant that won't break the bank in SD. We also tried Trattoria I trulli - it was OK . . . but given today's economy, we're looking for outstanding the few times we get to go out to eat. We don't mind driving for good food - even 30 miles south into the city . . . but it's be great to have a few places in North Cty for quality grub for a family meal. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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