Local Favorites in Carlsbad “Eat Like a Local”
Carlsbad is known as “The Village by the Sea,” it offers the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a large city including Award-winning restaurants. It is a small coastal city in northern San Diego County that happens to have some of the best food in San Diego.
The Village is where you will find Carlsbad’s best local cuisine. This list is in no particular order just some local favorites:
Jeune et Jolie
As a 2021 MICHELIN Guide Restaurant Jeune et Jolie reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape. Enjoy a tasty culinary experience made for celebrating. Focus on the taste and texture of each bite, to truly savor the flavor of the dish.
Four course meal with wine. Un, Deux, Tros, Quatre
Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana and Seafood
Chef Gaetano Cicciotti serves delicious wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood dishes, and other traditional dishes from his family original recipes. Chef Cicciotti has also created his own cookbook with all of his recipes, so you can make them at home too.
Pennette Alla Vodka
short tube pasta in a creamy tomato vodka sauce (add chicken, sausage, or shrimp
flat noodles in a fresh meat sauce (ground veal, pork and beef meats)
Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola
potato dumplings served with a creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce and walnuts
The Strawberry Shack
The Strawberry Shack specializes in products that are made with fresh California Strawberries. Strawberry Shakes & Shortcakes to Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberry Marshmallows, Homemade Strawberry Pudding, Strawberry Cannoli’s, Strawberry Pina Colada Dole Whip along with other Strawberry delights.
Strawberry Pina Colada
Italian homemade gelato ice cream that comes in many delicious flavors.
Stracciatella – Chocolate Chip
Double Chocolate Gelato (GF) –
Bacio – chocolate hazelnut (GF)
Sea Salted Caramel (GF) – 1 Pint
Froglanders is a family-owned creperie serving authentic sweet and savory crepes, frozen yogurt, fresh smoothies and baba
Nutella, Banana, Fresh Strawberries
Brie, Bacon, mozzarella, Spinach, Tomato (Buckwheat GF batter)
Chicken, Jalapeno, Gouda, Mozzarella, Arugula (Buckwheat GF batter)
Be The Chef! Select as many topping as you like.
Señor Grubby’s serves Southern California street style award winning Mexican food.
Al Pastor Burrito with cilantro, onions, guacamole and fresh piña
Grubby’s Famous Street Tacos
Lola’s Mexican Deli
Family owned business since 1943, Lola’s serves fresh and delicious traditional Mexican food.
Bean & Cheese Burrito
Chile Relleno Plate
Artisan Doughnuts crafted with the finest Locally sourced ingredients.
Park 101 has something for everyone. The Garden Pub is a large downstairs area for families and kids while being dog friendly. Originally Park 101 started by being meat centric.
Queso Rib Tacos
smoked ribs, taco sauce, melted mozzarella cheese
dirty rice, house black beans, avocado, chimichurri, pickled red onion, cherry tomatoes, queso fresco, and corn tortillas
Mac & Cheese
Carlsbad Food Tours
Another option if you are looking to try some of Carlsbad’s great restaurants is Carlsbad Food Tours. It is a 3-hour guided walking tour with food and wine tastings from 6 unique eateries. You would also learn about Carlsbad’s history, culture, and architecture, while eating your way through the town. Schedule your tour today at Carlsbad Food Tours
Owner & Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours
Cheri has a strong connection to Carlsbad. One of her daughter’s was Miss Carlsbad 2005. So, she voted herself to be Mrs. Carlsbad. Now the Chief Foodie & Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours! She loves Carlsbad & is happy to share her knowledge of local history and great eateries. When she is not horseback riding, she is hanging out in Carlsbad doing food tours.
We offer a 3 hour guided walking tour of the village featuring tastings from local eateries, and insights into Carlsbad’s art, history and architecture.
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