1290 West Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: (760) 489-1010
Fax: (760) 489-7847
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature bread sticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu such as their cakes, custards and ice creams are sure to win you over.
Perched high on a hill in the industrial outskirts of Escondido, Stone World Bistro is quite literally a desert oasis. The cavernous dining room is adorned with slabs of granite, beams of steel and a 30-foot bamboo tree. The bar sits in one corner, in the shadow of the brewery's series of two-story brew kettles (which you can see up close and personal on the free daily brewery tour). Across the way, airplane-hangar-like doors open onto the facility's centerpiece, a beautifully manicured patio and garden about the size of a city block. Pathways snake past lawns, fountains, a creek, and a fire pit. Pick a spot and down a pint or two of the award-winning homemade beer including rarities. The food menu is a cut above your average pub grub, focusing on locally raised seasonal ingredients and exotic preparations. The on-site gift shop features everything from Arrogant Bastard hoodies to freshly jugged beer to go. See website for full menu, beer info, event calendar, online shopping, tour schedule and more.
Serving traditional Mexican cuisine for decades, this dining venue has earned a reputation as a landmark in the Escondido community. Since 1937, this local establishment has offered premium Mexican specialties, accompanied by friendly service and a family atmosphere. House specialties are the hot ticket here. Chile Con Carne features sirloin or pork, with spicy salsa, Mexican rice, beans, and flour or corn tortillas. Try one of the enchilada specialties, such as Enchiladas Rancheras (corn tortillas with cheese, mild sauce and sour cream, served with rice and beans).
Also known around town by the name Sirino's Restaurant, this dining venue consistently draws large crowds with an innovative menu of French specialties served at unbelievably low prices. The duck entrees are all highly recommended, as well as Eggplant Ravioli and Filet Mignon. The food is upscale, yet the atmosphere is relaxed. Enjoy your meal in the inside dining room or on the cozy, outdoor patio. A full bar is available. Vincent's has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for both 2004 and 2005. See their website for further information.
If you do not mind the thought of a pile of crabs dumped on the table right in front of you, then visit Sand Crab Cafe. That is exactly how this crab-happy venue presents its shellfish. Meanwhile, sea-related decor and a live lobster tank enhance the jolly atmosphere. The establishment definitely has a loyal clientèle who appreciate the next-to-nothing prices and the generous portions. Try the fish and chips. A children's menu is also available.
Outside, Hayashi Sushi does not look like much. Inside, behind the sushi bar, a sushi chef slices and prepares each guest's choice of raw fish or cooked entrees. A perfect blend of mahogany paneling, mahogany stained wooden chairs and tables, and the right mixture of light and dark gives Hayashi sushi the perfect Fung Shui ambience. Among Hayashi's rolls, they serve the Philadelphia Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheese, and avocado), Louisiana Roll (fried craw fish, crab meat, avocado, and cucumber), and Caribbean Roll (spring mix, avocado, cucumber, tuna, salmon, snapper, wrapped with rice paper). Hayashi also serves various entrees like teriyaki, katsu, and several combinations. - Erick Pettersen
Chito's Taco Shop is a tiny, highly informal location that is wildly popular among the locals. It is an ideal stop during your workday or leisure day, for an authentic Mexican lunch. The front of the shop holds an order counter, with the menu posted overhead. Several two-person tables are located inside, with bright blankets and sombreros showcased above each table. Choose from a vast selection of tacos, burritos, tortas and enchiladas. Try the ever-popular Carne Asada or a Guacamole Taco.
A low-key, casual atmosphere and attentive service makes Olive House Restaurant a favorite among North County locals. The restaurant is particularly ideal for lunchtime, between business or leisure ventures. A patio dining area offers small wooden tables, which are located along the sidewalk of the shopping center. From the Persian section of the menu, try the Kabob Barg, which includes a marinated steak served with rice. Meanwhile, the Gyros Plate tops the Greek menu.
This restaurant is a favorite spot for San Diego locals. A full-service bar is centrally located with several populated rooms surrounding it. The dining rooms are decorated with paper flowers and bright colors. With quesadillas and chile rellenos, the restaurant serves a Southwestern style of Mexican favorites in huge helpings. Popular dishes include the Carnitas Platter and the richly delicious Sour Cream Enchiladas.
A traditional, half-timbered Tudor-style building houses this eatery, drawing expatriate Englishmen and Anglophiles of all descriptions for the food, music and fun. Churchill's Pub & Grille is divided into a regular dining area on the right side with the pub on the left. Menu specialties include the Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Irish Corned Beef Dinner, Sausage Butty, and House Made Bread and Butter Pudding. Churchill's also offers free wireless internet access to all customers.
Tony Roma's chain has been a meat-lovers venue of choice for a number of years due to its famous Baby-Back Ribs that offer consistent tender flavor. The Onion Loaves are still as greasy and tasty as ever and the cole slaw and the baked beans are classics here. If pork is not your preference, the menu offers beef and chicken selections as well. There is also a full bar. Expect good, tasty meals at reasonable prices.
The ever-popular Restaurant Row of San Marcos hosts this steakhouse, Old California Mining Company where guests enjoy a mining theme and huge portions of choice-cut meat. Rustic mining ambience characterizes this thematic restaurant. Dine among wagon wheels, mining lanterns and fresh flowers. Gaslight patio dining is available, located next to a large waterwheel and a giant tin can, plastered with the logo, "Old California!" For your meal, consider Rib Eye Steak, Center Cut Pork Chops or Bourbon Apple Chicken. Try the Boysenberry Cobbler for dessert.