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.
Build out starts ~ October 2015
The end result ~ nice modern exterior.
You order at the counter and your meal is brought to your table.
The service was very friendly and knowledgeable.
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.
Spanish Pulpo ~ braised octopus, papas, evoo, smoked paprika
Perfectly cooked octopus and potatoes. Maybe a bit too much evoo but that is nit-picking.
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.
810 North Coast Highway, Encinitas