If you're a local foodie, here are a few new places and revamped menus to keep on your radar this month:
After a month delay, Nosh Delicatessen is finally opening its doors in New Encinitas this Thursday, bright and early at 8 a.m.
There will be fresh bagels for the morning crowd—plus traditional sandwiches such as corned beef, pastrami, turkey pastrami and chopped liver, as well as homemade Matzo ball soup, deli salads, and Nova Lox.
The menu is inspired by classic New York delis, including Katz, Carnegie, and 2nd Avenue Deli—and most items here will range about will range from $4 to $10.
Nosh Delicatessen is located at 337 N. El Camino Real, near the Michaels craft store. For more information, you can call 760.943.NOSH.
Savory Spice Shop
Also, keep an eye out for Savory Spice Shop in downtown Encinitas, which is opening its doors on Monday at 10 a.m.
The small store in the Lumberyard Shopping Center carry about 400 herbs and 140 seasoning blends, which are made-fresh weekly in small batches and have no fillers.
You’re welcome to sample as much as you can stomach and staff is happy to give you free recipes if you need some ideas. There will also be free classes and in-store events down the road.
Craftsman New American Tavern
Craftsman New American Tavern recently added brunch and lunch to its service.
Lunch is offered Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the offerings include a roasted leg of lamb French dip, a house-cured corned beef sandwich and a free-range chicken paillard salad.
Brunch is offered on Sunday only from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. During that time you’ll find a made-to-order omelet station with potatoes, bacon and sausage; banana foster fritters, open-faced hanger steak sandwich; apple cinnamon beignets; and a ‘hangover burger’ served with white cheddar and sunny side egg on top, and duck fat fries on the side.
Lunch or brunch here will run you about $8 to $15.
Craftsman New American Tavern is at 267 El Camino Real, next to Wells Fargo bank. For more information, call 760.452.2000 or visit craftsmantavern.com.
The business is also known for its extensive selection of gluten-free baked goods and groceries—and now you’ll also find all sorts of wraps, paninis, and entrees, including a house-made veggie burger. There’s also cold-pressed veggie juices; raw, organic kombucha that’s brewed locally and served on-tap; smoothies, and acai bowls served with gluten-free granola, which is also made in-house.
Most menu items range $5 to $12. And if you’re interested in the premade meals, the menu changes monthly. This month’s offerings include baked shrimp scampi, Peruvian beef kabobs, and apricot-glazed chicken stuffed with goat cheese. You can view the full menu online.
Healthy Creations is located at 376 N. El Camino Real. For more information, call (760) 943-0653 or visit healthycreations.com.
And in case you missed it last week, Lourdes is now open in Cardiff. The small Mexican food joint serves burritos, tortas, quesadillas, enchiladas, chilaquiles, chile rellenos, tostadas, and tacos—but the star of the menu is the chicken soup, according to the restaurant’s slogan, which claims its “the best in town.”
Breakfast items here are about $5, and lunch dishes are closer to $9.
Lourdes is at 2113 San Elijo Ave., next to Subway. For more information, call (760) 230-2610.
Do you have the scoop on another restaurant that's coming to Encinitas, or know of one that has recently expanded its operation? Email editor Marlena Medford at firstname.lastname@example.org.