Tip Top Meats ~ Carlsbad

I love German food and cannot believe I have not posted about Tip Top Meats, it is a local institution. If you are unfamiliar with Tip Top, first I would be surprised, and then I would tell you you’re in for a treat.


Tip Top Meats ~ 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad.

Tip Top Meats opened in Carlsbad in 1967. It is a world-class butcher shop, old school butcher shop at that, no guys in their 20’s in plaid shirts, beards and waxed mustaches, just professional butchers in white aprons and lots of meat.


Let’s play a game. Can you match the names to the pictures? Hipster Butcher , German Butcher, and English Butcher. I mixed them up to make it harder 🙂

(I am not saying you can not be a good butcher and a hipster, I am saying you are trying to hard.)


Tip Tops Meat Department.


They also sell wild game. Venison and Boar among others, in a variety of cuts.

In addition to the butcher shop, Tip Top has a large deli, a market featuring many German products, and a beer and wine section. There is also a diner style restaurant featuring a great selection of German dishes.


Said market. I always leave with Red Cabbage and something new I have not tried.


Many German beers and wines to choose from.


The diner serves breakfast, deli sandwiches, dinners, and prime rib after 4pm Friday through Sunday. Where they shine though are their German specialties, like Sauerbraten, German sausages, and Rostbraetl.

When I used to travel the US with work, my boss Marc was German and we used to track down German restaurants across the country. On the west coast Tip Top, Chalet Edelweiss in L.A., and for fun and lots of drinking, Hofbrauhaus in Vegas were among our favorites.


Rostbraetl ~ Pork Butt  marinated in salt, pepper, spicy mustard, onions, and beer. Hot German potato salad, sauerkraut, and red cabbage.

Delicious, simple and filling.

If you have not had German food Tip Top is a great place to try some authentic German dishes and at a great price. My dish above was $8.89.

Also in Oceanside, Irina’s in the Valley is a German-owned bar that features a few German dishes, though I say Tip Top has the edge in selection and quality due to the butcher shop.

Post about bars that includes Irina’s Here.

Tip Top Meats

6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

6am till 8pm daily (dinner served all day long)

#Germanfood #food #foodporn




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