Never fear! Carlsbad boasts an In-N-Out. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about all the amazing options this seaside city has to offer. From no-nonsense breakfast joints to fine dining French cuisine, Carlsbad brings something to the table for any occasion.
The Broken Yolk Café – La Costa
In search of your new go-to Sunday brunch spot? Look no further than the Broken Yolk at the junction of La Costa and El Camino Real. Expect huge portions of eggs Benedict, steak, sweet potato pancakes, and Hawaiian-style toast that are well worth the likely wait.
The first things you’ll notice about Campfire are the teepee and the – yep, you guessed it – campfire pit out front. But the restaurant lives up to its name in more ways than one. Campfire was created around the idea of returning to the origins of cooking and hospitality, and when you eat here, you’ll get the same warm and fuzzy feeling as when you’re sitting around the fire, telling stories with friends. The vibe is cozy and hip, and the rotating menu is always superb. Don’t miss the signature campfire cocktail – a smoky, delicious, and oh-so-grown-up s’mores.
When you live by the ocean, fresh fish abounds. But how to decide if you want it fried with chips, nestled in a taco, or stirred into chowder? Fish District in Bressi Ranch is your answer to this conundrum. Perfect for a quick lunch, this joint doles out killer calamari, healthy kale salads, and some of the best poke bowls in town.
The Land & Water Co.
The restaurant may be housed in a century-old Queen Anne building in Old Carlsbad, but the menu at Land & Water Co. is fresh, modern, and original. The menu iscenteredon sushi, but also features small tapas plates and French-inspired dishes. Oh, and we should probably mention it’s one of the best happy hour deals in town (hello, five-dollar craft cocktails!).
Meet your new favorite place to celebratea special occasion. With its beautiful stone patio, romantic ambiance, and best-of-its-kind French cuisine, Paon is the perfect place to bring someone for an impressive and memorable evening. Though the whole menu is excellent, the escargot and pheasant are not to be missed.
A Carlsbad staple, Pollos Maria has been dishing out fresh, colorful Mexican food for over thirty years. Though the name starts with “pollo” – and don’t get us wrong, their broiled chicken is heavenly – vegetarians rave about Maria, too. Complete with dog bowls, an awesome patio, and a full salsa bar, this place checks all our boxes.
What else does Carlsbad have going for it? Quite a lot. Have a look at our Carlsbad community guide and let us know if you’re thinking about making the move to this gorgeous seaside city. We’re just an email or phone call away!