Best Pizza and Brew Coming into South O.

Looks like the old motorcycle place at 1636 South Coast Highway has finally found a tenant. Best Pizza and Brew Oceanside will be going in

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Picture by Robert Gladden, Seaside District.

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1636 South Coast Highway, Oceanside (corner of Coast Highway and Whaley)

I don’t think Privateer and Privateer Marketplace have any worries (they are catty corner to the location.) The pressure will be on Best Pizza and Brew to provide good beer and food, in order to fill the place.

I believe it is the same owners as these two locations…Here

It’s a big enough sandbox, everyone can play.

 

Chronic Tacos Coming to Downtown Oceanside.

Chronic Tacos will be moving in at 208 N. Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside. The spot is 2 doors north of Swami’s across from TBG BBQ.

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Chronic Tacos is a fresh, Mexican, fast casual concept that started in 2002 in Newport beach. They now have about 40 US locations and some in Canada.

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They are basically decent americanized Mexican food. While I would love a mom and pop place, it still fills a vacancy that has been that way for a while and exposes people to other local places in the area.

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Rumor is Grubby’s (Carlsbad) is looking to come to Oceanside as well.

Chronic Tacos

PizzaManiac ~ Vista

So, my friend Dinah recommended this place and since she has pretty good taste, I figured I would check it out. I am glad I did.

PizzaManiac is in a strip mall in Vista sandwiched between Taco Bar and a laundromat.

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PizzaManiac ~ 1461 North Santa Fe, Vista (corner of Santa Fe and Bobier)

The interior is simple and clean and houses a big ass pizza oven.

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The previously mentioned big ass pizza oven.

They have about 9 specialty pies or you can build your own. They also have a 2 slice and drink special for $7.00 which is a great deal especially for the quality of the pizza.

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My slice ~ Pesto, garlic, mozzarella, and feta.

Great toppings, real mozzarella, not greasy plastic cheese, and a delightfully light and crispy crust. The crust sold it for me.

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Buffalo Wings

Due to them not having a deep fryer, these are baked. Great wings, crispy on the outside and moist and tender chicken. It looks like they would need sauce (which they provide.) but I used very little. Because they are coated before baking the buffalo sauce seeps in, departing a lot of flavor.

They will start serving beer in the future.

 

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Ben Phillips ~ Proud owner and Vista native.

Ben is a great guy and a local business owner who is doing things right. Fresh ingredients, treated with care. the kind of business and individual this site is focused on supporting.

Trivia ~ he originally wanted to call his place “Passion Of The Crust”, which I love, he may still do T-shirts. If he does I will buy one:)

Next time you want pizza or wings give PizzaManiac a try, you will be glad you did.

Pizzamaniac.

1461 North Santa Fe, Vista

 

Caffeine Crawl 2017 ~ North County

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Caffeine Crawl is an event put on by “The Lab”. “The Lab” is a company that helps high-end, craft beverage companies promote their products through graphic design, media, and events.

One such event is the Caffeine Crawl. Exactly as the name implies caffeine Crawls are events that allow coffee lovers to experience craft coffee houses and roasters in their area. The first crawl was held in Kansas City in 2011 and multiple events have since been held nation wide.

This coming  January 20th to 22nd , caffeine crawl will hold it’s fourth San Diego based event with ten routes through out San Diego county. The best thing is that for the first time two of these routes will be held in North County.

The routes will highlight seven of Oceanside and Carlsbad’s best purveyors of craft coffee.

North Coast:
Baba Coffee
Banana Dang
The Loose Leaf
Revolution Roasters
Sleeping Tiger Coffees
Steady State Roasting

Succulent Cafe

The routes are bikeable or driveable and cover about 3 miles. In addition to great coffee, there are educational demonstrations at each stop. Wether its roasting styles and how choices as a roaster effect the end product or talking about what it is like to run an “At origin” coffee shop in Puerto Rico, there is a lot to learn about the craft and what  goes into producing a great cup of coffee.

Here are the outlines for the two North County routes…

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This is a 3.5 mile biking route that visits 5 different stops. It begins at Succulent Cafe (505 Oak Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008) at 1:00pm, sharp!

Other stops include Sleeping Tiger CoffeesSteady State RoastingRevolution Roasters, and concludes at Banana Dang. This route ends at 4:00pm. You provide your own transportation shop-to-shop. This is a suggested biking route, but driving as your form of transportation is also fine.

This is a 3 mile biking route that visits 5 different stops. It begins at Banana Dang (115 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054) at 2:00pm, sharp!

Other stops include The Loose Leaf Revolution RoastersSteady State Roasting and concludes at Baba Coffee. This route ends at 5:00pm. You provide your own transportation shop-to-shop. This is a suggested biking route, but driving as your form of transportation is also fine.

Below is ticket and event info…
Important details pertaining to your ticket :
– New to Caffeine Crawl? Here’s a fun FAQ for you to learn more.
– You will receive a confirmation email from one of us within 24 hours after your ticket purchase. Be sure to check the email you bought the tickets from.Your physical ticket(s) will be mailed to you (unless within 4 days of the event, in which case they will be held for you at will call at the start of the event).
– Tickets include an event bag with Crawl goodies and souvenirs, and admittance to all stops on your selected route (includes a drink sample, and short, educational presentation at each stop). You will receive the event bag at the start of your route. 
– You will receive an electronic route schedule the week of the event via email, as well as a program that is a printed route schedule, at the start of the event. Be sure to check the email you bought the tickets from.
– Children are welcome (must have a ticket), and there are sometimes caffeine-free options. There are occasionally alcohol-based coffee drinks. All drinks are at the discretion of participating shops. If wanting to bring a child under 7 years of age please contact us first. 
– Each stop along the route has a set start and end time that was confirmed with that business, and will be provided to you before the event. This is to keep the event organized, and give each ticket holder the best experience possible. Please be prepared to stay on schedule and follow cues from your tour guide, as there will be multiple routes in operation at once. 
– Tickets are non-refundable. Same situation as a concert, sporting event, or any other event.
– Biking and walking routes can drive if weather is bad to day of the event. Caffeine Crawl and The LAB will not be held responsible for any travel-related incidents while attending Caffeine Crawl. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to the Terms & Conditions, maintaining full responsibility for your personal and vehicular safety, and your own items, while traveling between shops by foot, car, bus, or bicycle.

 

So, embrace your chance to be part of the first North County based caffeine Crawl. Yay North County. Represent!

Caffeine Crawl Website

#northcounty #coffee

 

 

 

 

DOH! Gourmet Cookie Dough ~ North County (soon to be everywere)

So, DOH! Gourmet Cookie Dough is made by Chef Annalise Brolaski and Nick Hart, right here in North County. They have created an amazing vegan and gluten-free cookie dough.

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Annalise and Nick

Unlike the vast majority of gluten-free cookie products it has an incredible taste and texture. Unless you were told it was vegan and gluten free you would not know.

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Prepared DOH! cookies. It is also great straight out of the tub raw,baked, or baked and then chilled in the fridge. You can also get baked, bake, and then chill, it’s a fourth option. I have had it three of those four ways and raw and baked then chilled are my favorites.

A little about Chef Annalise. I met her while looking for a third chef for an all dessert dinner I was putting together. At that time she was a pastry cook at Cucina Enoteca. She was extremely talented and impressive. At the age of 20 this is what she produced for the dessert dinner.

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Annalise’s Dish for the dessert dinner~ Citrus Shortbread, Strawberry Grand Marnier Sauce, Honey Comb, Basil (red local basil which is incredible), Meyer Lemon Curd, Strawberry Honey Sorbet, Local Bee Pollen.

See what I mean?

Shortly after that she dropped out of the cooking scene for a while (which sucked because she had a lot to add to the culinary world and in my opinion was far from done.) She reemerged briefly doing some incredible deserts for Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub and starting her own company Deep Sea Desserts. Then as my friend Chef Beau put it when DOH! appeared “Yeah, those guys disappeared for a bit, went and had some kind of retreat / brainstorming in Hawaii and came back killing it.”. I do not know how accurate that is but it makes for a great story, and I like it so I’m sticking with that as to what caused the catalyst, because killing it is exactly what they have been doing.

They launched around October with the product and 2 months later can be found at Both Frazier Farms locations (Oceanside and Vista), Cream of The Crop in Oceanside, Carlsbad Ranch Market, Seaside Market (Cardiff), and soon, Specialty Produce. That is an insane amount of distribution for a start up. If they do not achieve national distribution in a year, I would be surprised. Their main hurdle is going to be production, the product and packaging are already there.

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The DOH! stand at the Leucadia Farmers Market. (You can also find then at the Encinitas farmers Market.) They tend to sell out so get there early. I believe you can email them in advance to have an order ready for you.

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Product ready for sale.

So, there you have it a local success story that is nowhere near done. Go, buy, support, eat, enjoy. Great gifts or for Holiday entertaining.

If you are a cafe or restaurant and want to add a great Vegan / Gluten free, easy to prepare option, trust me it is better than what you are currently buying and serving and it works out to about $.20 some odd cents per cookie at the wholesale price.

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Available at Frazier Farms, Seaside Market, Cream Of The Crop, Carlsbad Ranch Market, Leucadia and Encinitas Farmers Market, and coming soon to Specialty Produce.

#vegan #glutenfree #food #northcounty #cookies

 

 

 

 

Vamos A Texacoco ~ Vista

With my move into my new place closer to Vista, you will see more reports from that area. One place I have been meaning to go back and report on is Vamos A Texacoco. What sets them apart from other taco shops is their menu. It’s all about the BBQ Lamb here and that is what you should be ordering. They also serve goat as well as huitlacoche ( corn mushroom or fungus) and zucchini flower quesadillas.

Vamos A Texaco is a nondescript strip mall taco shop on the exterior.

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Vamos A Texacoco ~ 950 East Vista Way, Vista

I ordered the mixed lamb meal, a combination of lean meat and fattier cuts,

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Lamb Broth ~ Lamb broth, gabanzo beans, and tripe.

The order starts off with a lovely, rich cup of lamb broth. This has true depth of flavor.

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Full order of BBQ Lamb ~ 1/2 lb of mixed lamb meat, tortillas, and accompanyments.

The mixed plate is the way to go, you get the gamey, soft, and moist bits and the lean pieces that add structure.

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You can make little lamb tacos. ~ Lamb, cilantro, onion, and green salsa.

I made 4 hefty tacos with my order. The green salsa has a really fresh almost grassy flavor that goes great against the richness of the lamb and the cilantro and onions add texture. Tip ~ they are great dipped in the lamb broth.

At $10.75 this is an authentic, delicious, satisfying meal.

They also have whole lambs head if you are so inclined.

Vamos A Texacoco

950 East Vista Way,  Vista

608 Adding Weekly 7 Course Tasting Menu ~ Oceanside

Chef Willy Eick will be adding a 7 course tasting menu option stating in a few weeks. The menu will run $65 and feature 7 courses plus treats. It will vary slightly week to week based on seasonality and what becomes available that is exciting.

No one I know does a regular tasting menu option in North County. Omakase at Wrench and Rodent would be comparable. It is nice to see a non sushi restaurant bring this on board as it is pretty common in Sf and other culinary hub cities.

Here is a description from the Chef…

Tasting menu will be available Wednesday – Sunday nights, and require whole table participation, with no substitutes, no exceptions, etc. We will be charging $65/person for 7 courses

So far the tasting menu will look something like this:
Bread Service (house daily sourdough)
1. Local sashimi, sunflower/mushroom dashi, mustards in variations
2. Local Crab, Cactus, Sumac
3. ?????
4. Potato Nest, Norinade, Yolk Gel, Herbs, Beer foam
5. Chicken Roulade, Roast Chicken/Whey, puffed wild rice, wild herbs/nz spinach
6. Natal Plum Panna Cotta, Natal Plum Mousse, Honey in Variations
7. Petit Fours (daily selection)
Daily cookies/candy to take home

The tasting menu will change most likely weekly, but not in its entirety, mostly just one or two dishes changing at a time until we find what we are happiest serving. These will not be large plates.
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Work in progress ~ Crab and sumac dish. (egg yolk will probably not appear on end product)
608 Mission Ave. Oceanside
#food #northcounty #608 #oceanside

Moto Deli ~ Encinitas

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Moto Deli has finally opened their brick and mortar location in Encinitas at 810 North Coast Highway. The location formerly housed the Sub Palace. They must have run into some snags because I have been following the build out for a while.

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Build out starts ~ October 2015

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The end result ~ nice modern exterior.

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You order at the counter and your meal is brought to your table.

The service was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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In addition to a small interior seating area they have a patio with gas heating. The building is a historic building, all the beams you see are original. This may have led to the long build out as seismic retrofitting may have been required.

The menu consists of starters, salads, and open and close faced sandwiches. All their meats are roasted, cured, smoked, poked and prodded in-house. OK I don’t know if they poke or prod anything but if its required I’m sure they do:). They also make all their condiments, pickles and chips.

Their motto is “Our sandwiches are not engineered with over powering condiments, cheap chemical additives, or assembled to be anything more overtly garish than the sum of its parts. If singular ingredients don’t shine on their own, they have no chance of performing any better when layered together.”

It shows in their final product.

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Spanish Pulpo ~ braised octopus, papas, evoo, smoked paprika

Perfectly cooked octopus and potatoes. Maybe a bit too much evoo but that is nit-picking.

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Cubano ~ pork belly, turketta, aged cheddar, muenster, pickles, mustard, sourdough

Brilliantly elevated version of a classic cuban sandwich. All the ingredients were spot on and balanced perfectly. My plan was to take half home..that didn’t happen. served with house made pickle and chips.

So, was it worth waiting over a year for? Yes it was.

Moto Deli

810 North Coast Highway, Encinitas

Top Choice Fish Market and Eatery Coming Soon ~ Carlsbad

Tip Top Meats is opening a new Seafood Restaurant concept next door to their current location. Looks like it will be a restaurant and fish market.

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No time line yet but they are hiring at the moment if you are interested or know somebody who may be.

“Top Choice Fish – Market and Eatery needs cashiers, servers, food prep and experienced seafood chefs. Apply in person at Tip Top Meats 6118 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad.”

Tip Top is highly regarded as a butcher shop and diner, I would expect nothing less from them in this venture.

#food #carlsbad #northcounty

 

Fish District ~ Carlsbad

So, while I was out at Bressi Ranch in Carlsbad covering Cravory Cookies, I popped in for lunch at Fish District. I had heard good things, and while I would not make it a destination, it is a solid lunch option if you are in the area.

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Fish District ~ 2675 Gateway Road, Carlsbad

Fish District is a small Southern California Chain of about 5 locations specialising, funnily enough, in fish.

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Fish and Chips

I broke the fish so you could see that it was indeed moist and flakey on the inside. I liked the batter it was in between an English beer batter and a Japanese tempura. While not a huge fries guy, the fries were great especially with the addition of malt vinegar.

Because I always want to report on as much as possible I totally over ordered and added a Poke Bowl. I was asked if I wanted the “lunch” portion, I think I thought that meant smaller so I said yes..turns out the opposite is true.

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Poke Bowl ~ Tuna

The Poke bowl was good. The fish was fresh and all the accompaniments were tasty. I think I like the build your own bowl concept better because I like my stuff spicy.

Tip: Avoid prime time lunch hours, the place was packed, as was the parking lot. Service was still good and efficient, but all the little office worker bees were descending on the area for their break.

 

Fish District

2675 Gateway Rd, Carlsbad, CA