La Especial Norte has been around forever and has always had a reputation for featuring some traditional dishes not commonly found on most Mexican restaurant menus.
I learned the hard way that most of these dishes like the Molcajete, strips of beef or chicken, baby cactus a special sauce on sizzling hot stone bowl, are not on the lunch menu.
I still had a nice lunch.
Sometimes cheesy is fine.
The lunch menu again is paired down and features mainly combos.
Free chips and salsa
Shrimp Cocktail ~ Shrimp, avocado, hot sauce, cucumber, onion, cilantro
This is one of my favorite dished and I always order one if a restaurant offers it. Their version was good with a balance of all the ingredients.
Chicken Soup ~ Shredded chicken, avocado, tomato, rice, cilantro
Note ~ The stock had a lot of depth of flavor.
Chicken Mole ~ Shredded chicken, mole, rice, and beans.
Note ~ Good mole is hard to find, when done right it almost has a spicy earthiness to it. Their mole is very good.
I will have to go back for dinner to try the larger menu, still the lunch deals are very good ~ Entree w / rice and beans, Drink, Cup of chicken soup, and cabbage salad for $8.50
La Especial Norte
664 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
Website is down you can view menu here.