Robbies V

April 10th, 2007

530 North Highway 101, Encinitas, CA

760-634-2365

www.vigiluccis.com

Robbie’s, now owned in conjunction with Vigiluccis, a dominating Italian-dare to call them a chain-series of restaurants in the Encinitas/Carlsbad region, is my husband’s favorite place to dine while on vacation in Encinitas. Probably not only due to the classic bar food with choices of steaks, seafood,  burgers, pizza’a and wings, etc. along with great atmosphere (live music), but the large flat screened T.V.s where he has watched the Tour de France and Basketball play-offs. You can choose to order off of a Robbie’s menu or a Vigilucci’s menu whose seating is connected and contrasted with white table cloths and candlelight. It’s the best of both worlds, but give yourself plenty of time to make up your mind on what to order. Between the two, you have plenty to choose from and won’t be disappointed. Save room for dessert though, as their chocolate mousse cake is to die for.

E Street Cafe

April 10th, 2007

128 West E Street, Encinitas, CA

760-230-2038

www.estreetcafe.com

Apparently this organic, fair trade coffee/tea house, serving locally produced delectables has been here since 2004. So for the past three years, due to my being a creature of habit, I have missed out on this wonderful local joint, right off the beaten path on E Street, where they not only offer good drink and food, but live music and wi-fi access and desktop computers to rent. One of the few places open til 11pm, where you can hang out and relax with the locals, being entertained while catching up on emails! So glad my adventure in dining spirit kicks in now and then.

Swami’s Cafe

April 10th, 2007

1163 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA

760-944-0612

Open 7am-8pm, Seven days a Week

Fresh Whole foods, Fresh juices, Vegetarian specials are boasted at this casual indoor/outdoor cafe on the highway.  We stopped for a hot bowl of homemade soup, which was the best lental soup I have had in a while. Though I can’t vouch for the rest of the menu, I would go back hoping that soup was on special again!

Le Papagayo

April 10th, 2007

1002 N. Hwy. 101, Leucadia CA

760-944-8582

Monday-Friday 7:30-2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:30-3:30pm

Happy Hour Everyday 5:30-6:30pm, Happy Tuesday All Night Long!

Dinner Everyday after 5:30pm, Reservations recommended

WWW.LEPAPAGAYOLEUCADIA.COM

With live music to accompany dinner (they serve breakfast and lunch as well) in this unique and colorful roadside restaurant, you will be sure to enjoy your evening out. This is for certain a dining experience, some of the best Sangria I’ve enjoyed, the only place I’ve liked calamari-marinated in coconut milk and served with a sweet and sour chile dipping sauce. Great Salads and Seafood and a variety of other specialties.

Kealani’s

April 10th, 2007

137 West D Street, Encinitas, CA

760-94-ALOHA

Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Wednesday 11am-6pm

Closed Sunday

A little island of Hawaii nestled on D Street, a well known surfing destination. Eat in or take it back to the beach to picnic on the sand, a plateful of deliciously marinated beef, pork or chicken, and a couple of scoops of sticky rice and macaroni salad. There are many flavors to choose from, sandwiches and sides, but we often opt for the tried and true teriyaki. On a hot summer day, go back for a shaved ice, if you have room!

Giovanni’s Sandwich Shop

April 10th, 2007

764-768 S. Coast Hwy., Encinitas, CA

760-943-8620

I love trying new places, and in Encinitas it takes a lot to tear me away from my old favorites. Silly me. There are more and more undiscovered pearls of the sea just waiting for me! And so, while looking for a great cup of coffee, I decided to give Giovanni’s, a humble Italian restaurant, a try. I love Italian coffee, and sitting outdoors with a cup of their capuccino was delightful. I noticed that the Italians in town were eating there, always a good sign, we decided to order some deli sandwiches to take them to the beach. I wish they would do something different for their bread, but the combinations of Italian meats and cheeses were delicious. While waiting, I perused their wine selection and decided I would have to come back for dinner sometime! Well, I did, and it was yummy!

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