Craft Burger & Vigiluccis’ ~Two to Check out in Carlsbad

So, usually I would not group two places in the same post but there are enough similarities between the two that warrants.

First is their use of great product and the second is how they treat them.

There are few truths in life …the first  is never start a two front war in Europe and the second is some times simplicity is better.

The first mention is Craft Burger.

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Craft Burger

A little history; in its former incarnation Craft Burger was Perfect Pairings and in my humble opinion one of the most promising and potentially great restaurants to come into North County in a long time. Were we ready for it …honestly? no….and look I am the biggest proponent of the North County Food Scene …sometimes it takes dragging and screaming to bring people into the fold. That being said they join a pretty highly regarded list of restaurants before their time that have regrouped and are back.

Just going to throw names that fit that description…Blanca, Fish Joint, Swoon Dessert Bar, all of them are still in the scene under new guises doing well and either succesful or poised to be.

OK, back to Craft Burger. I knew going in the quality was going to be top-notch and I was not disappointed.

craft burger burger

Chefs’ Burger ~ Camembert cheese, whole grain mustard, mushrooms, onion confit, and balsamic reduction

The meat blend they use is Rib eye and Loin I believe (I have this mind like a hamster wheel …I’m really good at talking… retention unless I write it down ..not so much)

craft burger burger closeup

Close Up.

Next on the hit list..

Vigiluccis’ Market in Downtown Carlsbad.

This is just my impression of the Vigiluccis’ Market not the restaurants…that impression is an A+

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On a day like this one sit outside.

So everything here is the real deal. Meaning imported and expensive but you are getting quality. The thing is if you get a sandwich or a lunch special you are getting that same product at a steal. The same meats that are in your sandwich that stand alone at $29.99 a LB are a fraction of that cost.

OK, the market

vig case




Mortedella for Ian and yes I had some and it was glorious.

pata negra

Pata Negra ~ Acorn fed Spanish ham.

OK break down ~ just like there are grades of Tuna there are grades of Spanish ham. This is the Japanese Fish market version of Ham. At $129 a LB it’s about right for that particular piece.

Now on to what I could afford to eat.

sandwich special

sandwich special close up

The Daily special sandwich and salad  $12

Focaccia, Italian ham, tomato, arugula, portobello, robiola cheese, pink sauce.

first off the bread was first class as was everything. This is the kind of stuff that makes me happy.

If you’re in Carlsbad these are two of the places i would go for lunch based on what you want.

Craft Burger

300 Carlsbad Village Dr #120
Carlsbad, CA

Vigiluccis’ Market

2943 State Street Suite 102
Carlsbad, California 92008

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