The Crack Shack Encinitas, located at 407 Encinitas Blvd., is the second incarnation of the fast casual chicken restaurant by Michael Rosen and Richard Blais. Richard Blais is probably best known for his appearances on Top Chef as well as owning San Diego’s Juniper an Ivy.
The Encinitas location used to be Coco’s. With extensive remodeling I believe nothing remains of the former structure other than support beams and foundation.
Hard to miss a giant chicken.
The interior is one large open room with a large wrap around bar. They serve beer, wine, and liquor.
It is a fast casual order system. You order at a window outside near the entrance and food is then brought to your table.
They serve a number of sandwiches, fried chicken, salads, and a few odd ball items like Mexican poutine, deviled eggs, and matzo ball pasole.
When I first tried the Crack Shack at their little Italy location I declared it to be the best chicken sandwich I had ever had. While this time it was not that much of a life changing moment, it was still damn good.
G-Bird and Firebird
The G-Bird ~ Chicken breast, shishito pepper relish, swiss, romaine, tomato, whole wheat brioche.
This was my favorite of the two. Really fresh tasting. I think the shishito pepper relish added a lot of flavor. Chicken was moist and beautiful
Firebird ~ Spicy fried thigh, cool ranch, pickles, crispy onions, potato roll.
Not very spicy and the crispy fried onions became wet limp onions. Still tasty chicken and the pickles are a smart addition.
The sandwiches are not pretty ( don’t be sandwich hating) but are tasty.
So, the plan was to have a friend come with me so I could show you guys two sandwiches. She could not make it so I ordered two and figured I’d take half of each home. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Lots of walkies tomorrow.
If you have not been I would check them out. They get busy so best to go off hours. I went at 1:30 ish on a Thursday and it was slow. They open at 9am but serve full menu.
They are expanding, to Costa Mesa I believe. This is a money-maker, best of luck to them.
407 Encinitas Blvd. Encinitas
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