Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Legoland
3666 Pio Pico Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 729-4941
Fax: (760) 729-0253
Located just one-half mile from the Pacific Ocean, this restaurant is tucked away in a series of Carlsbad specialty shops. As you peruse the menu, do not miss the boat! The Geisha Boat includes Chicken Teriyaki, Tempura California Rolls and salad. Looking for a bit smaller portions? Try some of the a la carte items, such as the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl.
Al's In-the-Village Cafe is an ultra-popular diner in Carlsbad Village. Inside, one long counter, with vinyl-covered stools, bears the resemblance of a traditional American diner. Guests also have the option to sit outside, with a few umbrella-topped tables set along the street corner. Yet, be forewarned that traffic is busy and the noise level is significant. For breakfast, try one of Al's Omelets. Or choose from Strawberry, Macadamia Nut and Banana-Pecan Waffles. Traditional lunch specials include Pulled Prok Bun, Chunky Chicken Salad and more
Downtown Carlsbad combines three attractions at Pizza Port Carlsbad— original pizza preparations, handcrafted brews, and a clambake atmosphere. Surfboards are suspended overhead throughout the restaurant. Surfing pictures plaster the walls while televisions show surfing footage. Seating is available at long, wooden picnic-style tables or at the bar. Try the hometown Pizza Carlsbad, which offers toppings of pesto, chicken, artichoke hearts, feta and sun dried tomatoes. Top off your meal with one of Port Brewing's award-winning, world-famous handcrafted brews. Two popular choices are the California Honey and Sharkbite Red. Opt for the Wipeout IPA if you're feeling up to it.
Just seconds away from the Pacific Ocean, Fish House Vera Cruz is a wildly popular Carlsbad restaurant serves fresh catch to both locals and tourists. A fish market counter dominates the lobby, where customers may order fresh catch to cook at home. Of course, most patrons opt for the full dining experience. Inside the dining room, bright tablecloths are plastered with fish prints. On the menu, Krab Salad is a customer favorite. Fresh catch may include salmons, Atlantic cods or rainbow trouts, served with your choice of sides, such as Green Salad and Romano Potatoes.
Visit Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse if you want to indulge yourselves. From magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, to the sublime prime steaks and seafood with the heartiness of Italian cooking, will just make you want for more. Their full bar features an impressive wine list. The Seafood & Steakhouse is a great place for parties and special events with an awe inspiring ocean backdrop or just dine in their grand private dining room for an atmosphere of the classic Italian charm. Godere!
Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana offers delicious cuisine in a cozy environment. It upholds an elite ambiance with white linen table cloths, dark wood furniture and a hardwood floor. The outside eating area features wooden tables and old-fashioned street lamps. Pasta dominates the entree menu. Fettuccine Primavera is a tasty blend of fresh garden vegetables with extra virgin olive oil. Traditional lasagne and manicotti are also popular. Pollo al Marsala is another favorite entree, including a sauteed chicken breast with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce. Top off the evening with canoli or gelato.
The Grand Deli spot is a top-pick among locals. The order counter features a long glass case filled with cheese, meat, and fruit. Guests may sit inside or outside, although the outdoor tables are located on an often-busy street corner. Try the Breakfast Special, which includes two eggs, sausage or bacon, home fries and toast. Lunchtime brings sandwich selections to the forefront, with 'Deli Regulars' topping the menu. Pick your choice of meat, as well as your choice of cheese and bread. Your sandwich is made to order.
Cafe Dolce, is a mini-cafe which offers an odd combination of ice cream treats and health-conscious entrees. Ice cream delights include sundaes, made with Dreyers ice cream, and fountain specialties. Try an oreo milkshake or a root beer float. On the healthy side, this spot has a short list of salads and sandwiches. Consider the veggie burrito (organic beans and rice, cheese, avocado and salsa, served in a warm tortilla). Most guests eat outside, where patio tables are placed near a stone fountain, with a ceiling fan overhead.
Don's Country Kitchen is a American breakfast joint that is popular among Carlsbad locals, so be prepared for extremely large crowds, particularly on weekends. An outdoor area offers patio seating, with white, plastic tables. Meanwhile, the inside restaurant includes a counter with bar stools, several tables and a busy service staff. Traditional breakfast favorites are served. Try biscuits and gravy, Chicken-Fried Steak or the Pecan Waffles. While breakfast is served all day, there are lunch specials offered after 11a. Try the club sandwich, served with your choice of salad.
Managed by a brother and sister team, this dining venue is best known as the home of an incredible tomato sauce. Whether you order seafood, veal or pasta, be sure to request this notable sauce, which is thick and chunky, loaded with garlic and jalapenos. For those who choose not to partake of the infamous sauce, there are other entree options available, including the Sicilian Chicken Salad or Eggplant Parmigiana.
The Armenian Cafe serves Middle Eastern cuisine on an outdoor patio. Most guests opt to dine on the porch, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live belly dancing entertainment. Belgian Waffles top the breakfast menu. For an elaborate breakfast, top your waffle with fruit, ice cream, whipped cream and syrup. Later in the day, consider the Spinach Bereg Platter. Phyllo dough is stuffed with spinach and cheese, then baked and served with rice pilaf and cucumber and yogurt dip.
Not many people are aware about Yoshino Japanese Deli but those in the know queue outside for its delightful seafood dishes. It is best known for sushi rolls and poke bowls in varieties like yellowfin tuna, salmon and crab. Try the Spicy Salmon Roll and the Ahi or Tuna Poke Bowls with visually-appealing garnishes such as wasabi, avocados and green salad. This restaurant offers good value for money with reasonable prices on flavorful Japanese food. It is open for only three hours for lunch and has few seats, hence it is wise to head here early if you wish to dine-in. Be sure to carry sufficient cash as this eatery does not accept credit cards.