Econo Lodge Encinitas Moonlight Beach
410 N. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: (760) 436-4999
Fax: (760) 943-9321
While the Southern California coastline offers numerous restaurants, this particular establishment is well known for combining a festive atmosphere with elegant cuisine. The bright yellow and red building is difficult to miss as you drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. The patio dining area is accompanied by a yellow canopy, extensive greenery and a seascape mural. The inside is just as festive, featuring live music every night. Seafood entrees are popular, including Rainbow Trout and Seafood Linguini Priscilla, which combines mussels, shrimp and fresh fish.
This small restaurant is ideal after a day at the beach. Located just a short distance from the coast, it offers a casual atmosphere and efficient service. Place your order at the counter and then relax at a wooden table. The walls are hung with various pictures and plates, while green plants sit on the windowsill. The hot sandwiches are popular, especially the delicious Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. For a larger appetite, the Chicken Kebab Plate or the Gyro Plate is highly recommended, they are accompanied by Rice Pilaf, Pita Bread, and a salad.
This restaurant may not appear inviting from the outside, but it is a long-standing favorite among local customers seeking scrumptious Mexican cuisine. Located just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, the family-run establishment offers friendly service and an upbeat atmosphere. Of course, most customers return simply for one reason-the delicious, mouth-watering soups. A full bar accompanies a long list of homemade, Mexican soup specialties. Traditional Mexican entrees are offered as well.
Just a few blocks from the coastline, this independent restaurant is popular among both locals and tourists. Southwestern decor reigns supreme as cactus plants surround the stucco building. Inside, festive music plays and Southwestern paintings brighten the walls. From the a la carte menu, popular picks include the Chili Relleno and Tostada. A small specialties section of the menu features Puerco Oaxaqueno, a blackened Portabella mushroom, covered with medallions of pork, sauteed with salsa and served with beans, mexi-slaw and tortillas. Each Friday, fresh fish is served at market price.
Just a short distance from the coastline, this popular restaurant offers Chinese cuisine for your dining and take-out needs. While the restaurant is located in a shopping center, with a storefront entrance, do not let the outside deceive you. Once inside, guests are treated to first-class dining, surrounded by red, gold and black decor. Egg Rolls and Pork Stuffed Fried Wontons are popular appetizers. For your entree, consider Beef with Snow Peas Pods or Sesame Chicken. Vegetarians may enjoy the Stir Fry Vegetables with Tofu or Vegetable Chop Suey.
Among a plethora of Mexican restaurants in San Diego County, this festive spot specializes in Mexico City-style cuisine. Brightly painted murals cover the walls, both outside and inside, and Mexican music is played throughout the restaurant. From the menu, try one of the Quesadillas, with Rotisserie Rork or Carne Asada. Tacos de Pollo con Guacamole (chicken tacos, with lettuce, Cotija cheese and guacamole) are another popular specialty. And the drinks? The restaurant hosts a full bar with 55 different Tequilas, as well as a variety of Margaritas.
If you like old-fashioned breakfast in an informal atmosphere, be sure to visit this restaurant. A small section of patio dining is available, right along Pacific Coast Highway. Inside the tiny, rusk-colored building, the breakfast grill is in full view, where traditional, American breakfast is prepared throughout the day. Omelets are likely the top sellers here. Try an Avocado and Cheese or Chili and Cheese Omelette's. Pancakes and oatmeal are also popular entrees.
Part of the Encinitas community since the flower power days of the 1960s and 70s, this restaurant holds a long tradition of a relaxing atmosphere and healthy cuisine. While the retro decor is no longer prominent, the vegetarian menu remains. One tofu platter combines fresh vegetables, tofu and peanuts with a garlic sauce. The Baked Mushroom and Cheese Casserole combines fresh mushrooms and pita bread with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Top off your visit with one of the famous desserts made without dairy products.
This restaurant is located next to popular specialty shops along the Highway 101 Encinitas Mainstreet. The storefront establishment is appropriate for both informal business and leisure occasions. Statues of Buddha sit on shelves throughout the spacious dining area and various artifacts, such as bronze butterflies, cover the walls. Rice and noodle dishes are customer favorites. Of course, the House Specials are also popular including Roast Duck, Honey Spare Ribs and Princess Favorite Duckling. It opens daily from 11a.
As you enter Q'ero's cozy dining room, you are greeting by the tantalizing aroma of the wholesome, traditional food of Peru. Nestled in the heart of downtown Encinitas on the 101, Q'ero is best suited for intimate occasions. The food is slow cooked to perfection such as the lamb shank, Aji de Gallina (chicken with walnut sauce), Pork belly sandwich, Bistek a la Trujillana, sea bass ceviche, tres leches cake and more. They don't have a bar however they do serve beer and wine along with your meal.
Chef proprietor, Matt Gordon, of Urban Solace fame, brings his culinary expertise to Encinitas to delight his guests with delicious American cuisine. At Solace & the Moonlight Lounge artificial and processed foods are kept at bay, and only handcrafted and freshly sourced ingredients are used, assuring diners a healthy meal. Solace, the restaurant section, is a quiet space where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch, while the Moonlight Lounge, located below, is more lively with drinks going around and musicians filling it up with vibrant melodies. Keep an eye out for their weekly specials which include tasting menus, discounts on food and drinks, and other interesting offers.
It is common to find locals dining at this bistro in the morning, reading the newspaper and relaxing for hours. Breakfast is served all day. Consider the Three Cheese Omelette, combining Swiss, Cheddar and Mozzarella. The Smoked Salmon Scrambler offers eggs, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, tomatoes, red onions and Capers. From the sandwich menu, the Veggie Wrap includes cream cheese, carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado and bell pepper, wrapped in a soft flour tortilla, then cut into pieces and served with soup or salad.