Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen ~ Carlsbad

After a morning at the Oceanside Social Security office, which went surprisingly fast, I decided to grab lunch at a place that had been on my visit list for a long time.

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen has been around for a couple of years located in the Plaza Paseo Real at the corner of Aviara and El Camino real. The concept is similar to Tender Greens, providing fresh, mostly regionally sourced food, in an upscale, fast casual environment.

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Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen ~ 6985 El Camino Real #108, Carlsbad.

Tin Leaf has done well enough serving lunch and dinner that they opened a sister restaurant “Beach Plum Kitchen”, which serves breakfast and early lunch, in the upper level of the same plaza.

The service at Tin Leaf is counter order, with the food brought to your seat. They also serve wine and beer.

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Counter Service ~ not my photo. Photo by Jana M.

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Mixed Field Green Salad ~ Greens, tomato, cucumber, balsamic vinaigrette.

Nice, fresh salad with a good dressing. I had wanted to order an add-on salad instead of the full but there was some miss communication. I decided to roll with it because I like my greens.

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Santa Maria tri-tip, spicy Asian green beans, and curried couscous salad.

This was a great meal. the Tri-tip was tender and a perfect medium rare and while my protein is usually the first thing to disappear off the plate, this time, it was the sides. I loved both the beans and the couscous, fresh and full of flavor.

Usually, my friend and I hit up Notorious Burgers before seeing a movie at the nearby Cinopolis theater. We will probably alter back and forth now with Tin Leaf.

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

6985 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.

11am – 9pm

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