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What’s Cooking: New Wine Bar, More Details about Chick-fil-A and Native Foods

If you’re looking for a few new dining options, Patch has you covered.

It’s summertime and the city’s bustling. Our local dining scene is no exception either. Here’s a rundown of what’s new in town, or about to open-up shop:

  • Encinitas Wine Merchants and Wine Bar recently opened its doors at 166 N. El Camino Real, in the The business used to operate as a wine retailer down the street, but the owners have expanded operations in the new space to include a wine bar—which offers appetizers and more than 20 wines by the glass. There’s also happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., with select wines for $5 to $6 per glass.
  • Just across the parking lot from Encinitas Wine Merchants and Wine Bar, is under construction. According to owner Glenn Murdock, it’s slated to open this fall. The $1 million project will be about 3,100-square-feet and include a double lane drive through, which you can preview via the video attached to this story. Murdock has also launched a website to give the community updates about the new Chick-fil-A, cfaencinitas.com.
  • Though the opening of Native Foods Café spokeswoman Andrea McGinty confirms that the vegan eatery is indeed coming to Encinitas. The restaurant should open this fall, McGinty said. It will be off El Camino Real in the , next door to Ralphs grocery store.
  • Also, in case you missed it, Patch recently reported that Leucadia will soon become home to two new bakeries on Coast Highway 101: , which prides itself on “old-fashioned” recipes free of preservatives—and , which caters to vegans and people with food allergies. Both of those should be open by the end of summer. Leucadia also has , though that won’t be open until the fall.
  • If you’re looking for a few new places to try, and all opened in Encinitas within the past month and Patch has scoped each one out for you (just click the link for more info). Or, if you’re in the mood for something off the beaten path, consider dining at . As explains, some of our city’s best food is hidden there in plain sight. Get the scoop

Do you have the scoop on another restaurant coming to Encinitas? Email editor Marlena Medford at marlena.medford@patch.com.

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catherine July 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Not exception = no exception. Witch = with.
Glenn Murdock July 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
If you liked seeing the drive thru, check out what the inside is going to be like at Chick-fil-A Encinitas! Just posted this today! http://youtu.be/42lP-emnjSk
Marlena Medford July 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Thanks for the update—I've added the new video to the story, too.
Mim Michelove July 10, 2012 at 04:12 AM
So happy that Native Foods is actually going to open in Encinitas. I assumed the deal had fallen through since it has been taking so long. I love their other locations and feel that we would be lucky to have this restaurant in New Encinitas!
rob September 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Keep in mind that Chick-fil-A actively supports homophobic hate groups via large monetary donations. If you support equality, don't support Chick-fil-A!

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