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Hole In The Wall Report ~ Lola’s 7 Up Mexican Market And Deli ~ Carlsbad

I love a hole in the wall. Places that you would never expect to find great food. They are not about “starred Chefs” …they are about local, people, family, and food. When I heard about this place “A taco shop inside a Mexican market, off the beaten path in Carlsbad”. I was sold. Lola’s Mexican deli is the real deal.
It is hard to compare these kind of places to high-end ones , because they are in two different worlds.
What I will say is when I talk to Chefs from high-end restaurants and ask for recommendations is always a hole in the wall place like Lola’s.
Ask a 3 star Chef what he loves to cook at home when he is off; he will say something like ” Grilled cheese sandwiches for my kids on a Saturday morning or my mother’s spaghetti and meatballs for my wife”
That is why I love these places.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLola’s was opened 70 years ago…so 1944…I’m going to let that sink in. While you are doing that, it is still in the same family.
The place is a market and restaurant ( although a very small market). The lady in the blue ordered food to go, then bought a half-gallon of milk and TP. I can not explain why that makes me happy but it does.
OK, so I know the gentleman at the left looks cross in this picture but he is the nicest man and a kick ass manager. I thought he was the owner and talked to him but he was “no the family just helps out”.
My order ~ Fish taco and a carne asada burrito and a Mexican coke.
Fish Taco.
So honestly the fish taco was OK. The salsa Fresca was a 10. The one that stole the show was the carne asada burrito. They use meat from Tip Top Market. It was fresh and full of flavor. Probably one of the best I’ve had in North County in a while. They load it…so make sure you get it the way you like. Mine was carne, salsa fresca, guac, cheese, and lettuce. They also offer rice and beans inside if you want.
This is just a note ~  Do not go against me about lettuce in a burrito because that will be a  losing battle for you. By chance if you like rice or beans in your burrito go for it. I do like rice in my chicken burritos…so to each their own.
If your in Carlsbad and want Mexican food give them a shot rather than someplace that ends in “..bertos”.
Lola’s 7 Up Market and Deli

3292 Roosevelt St
Carlsbad, CA 92008


That is correct! Come and check out some traditional mexican food at Lola’s Mexican Deli, the oldest consectutive business in Carlsbad, open since 1943.
Wade Bowen's photo.