Near the end of the month I usually compile a list of dishes that did not appear in regular posts but deserve recognition. Sometimes it’s just a dish from a lunch I grabbed or maybe a restaurant that has already been covered quite a bit on the site. So, here are the ones from September that I think are worth trying if you happen to find yourself out and about and a bit peckish.
( No particular order )
The House Burger ~ O’side Sports Bar and Grill.
Always great. I would put it up there with the burger at Red Rooster. Served perfectly medium rare and comes with a side of crispy french fries for around $10.
Smoked Salmon Roll ~ Yoshino Japanese Deli, Carlsbad.
I can not say how great Yoshino is for a quick, no frills sushi fix. Fresh sushi, made every morning by the Japanese family who owns the restaurant. They do sell out by 1pm most days, so go early. A truly great, little gem in the Carlsbad Village.
Seasonal Vegetables ~ The Flying Pig, Vista.
This plate of farm fresh seasonal vegetables packed so much flavor. The vegetables that day were green beans with garlic, bacon, and micro greens topped with a brown butter sauce. The kind of food that leaves you wanting more.
Pork Loin Sandwich ~ Petite Madeline Bakery & Bistro.
One of Chef Marc’s weekly specials. Pork loin, cucumber, red onion, spinach, and stone ground mustard on a house made roll. Tender, flavorful pork and fresh bread are a hard combo to beat.
Summer Salad ~ The Privateer Coal Fired Pizza, Oceanside.
Dropped into the Privateer on a whim for lunch and had this amazing salad. Cyclops Farms cucumbers, mango, tomato, and greens with a spicy vinaigrette. It was a really clever play on a Thai green papaya salad as far as the flavor profile, with shaved and cut cucumber replacing the green papaya.
Yaki-Udon ~ Huku Sushi & Robata, San Marcos.
I love Udon but have never had it prepared this way, I always get Udon soup. Udon noodles stir fried with chicken and lots of vegetables. I really enjoyed this, the noodles were perfect and still had bite. Also, great and attentive service, even though there was a Birthday Party with 15 people going on.
Chicken Enchiladas & Carnitas Taco ~ Valerie’s Taco Shop, Vista.
A little Taco shop next to Starbucks on Emerald Dr. serving fresh, made to order, Mexican food and great salsas.
Hot Buffalo Chicken Strips ~ Wings-N-Things, Oceanside.
An admitted guilty pleasure of mine. Tender all white meat strips with a spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing. No bread sticks, no carrots or celery, just down to business. I really like the spiciness and flavor of their buffalo sauce, making them my go to for this dish.
Kimchi & Pulled Pork Monk’s Bowl ~ East Village Asian Diner, Encinitas.
I love Kimchi and I think East Village Diner makes some of the best in North County. The Monk’s Bowls, or Clay Pots, come in a variety of options from all vegetarian to beef. I went for the pulled pork with a fried egg with kale instead of rice, it made for a great, tasty and filling lunch.
Ceviche on Avocado with Chips ~ Primo Market, Oceanside.
Bought a small container of their fresh ceviche, two avocados, and a bag of tortilla chips as a take home dinner. I like their ceviche, it has a nice ratio of fish to the tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Also it is not too acidic. Paired with fresh avocado and chips it made for nice light dinner.
Fish Ham ~ Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub, Oceanside.
From the ever creative mind of Chef Davin Waite. Yellowtail, brined like ham and then smoked. The name is pretty spot on as to its taste. Think smoked fish crossed with ham.
Big Mouth Burger Combo ~ Angelo’s Burgers, Oceanside.
Guilty pleasure for the month. A tasty double patty bacon burger with all the toppings and fries.
Hope you had a great Month! Enjoy!
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