In the beginning there was La Especial, and then through a divorce and partnership break up, there was La Especial, Jorge's and Raoul's, all claiming that the precious soup recipe was originally theirs. Jorge's, located on Santa Fe, offers their version in a slightly hotter Texcoco style. My spouse isn't exactly crazy about the place because you dine with paper and plastic. What to do? I kept driving.
We all have our spots for comfort food. Pizza Nova is great in Solana Beach but I didn't want a big production since I was by myself. Being able to read the newspaper in peace is a must for me. Lot of times I just need to hide in a corner.
Carlitos in Oceanside always fits the bill for the original pollo loco style grilled chicken but I eat there all the time and wanted something fresh and different.
Place ain't fancy. I stood in line and thought about the possibilities. You get an amazing meal at Tip Top for ten bucks, salad included. I considered the prime rib roast, the rouladen and the sauerbraten but settled on a gigantic stuffed pork chop festooned with mashed potatoes, red cabbage and sauerkraut. Very delicious and I was able to finish the sports page without anyone talking to me. It was a good decision and the food hit the spot and was beyond tasty.
Tip Top Meats
6118 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, CA 92011
For a guy who doesn't drink very much I am sure finding myself over at the Fallbrook Brewing Co. a lot, the microbrewery caddy corner from my shop. They have a nice assortment of beers that they make and sell in nice 4 oz. tester glasses as well as larger sizes. Flights for eight bucks. I favor the vanilla and coffee stouts with nitro but the russian imperial is really good too. They do a lot of seasonal brews and are currently serving a beer called Murica, an 8.2% beer brewed by armed service veterans.
Last week Corrie met us there and we ordered in a pizza from Vince's (they can't serve food at the brewery with their license.) The other night I stuck to pretzels with R & D. One of the cool things about Fallbrook Brewing is that is is all ages friendly and has a healthy mix of many factions of the community. Jim Helms' painted car hoods decorate the walls.
Occasionally they have really good music. Shoshana's husband Luke was playing his Gibson sg bass with a local rockabilly type band that had a really good singer, who I found out later was my next door neighbor's nephew. Not sure his name but it might be Alex Boren. Played some Johnny Cash, some Kinks, really good pipes, the whole thing was a lot of fun.
Brewery got really full as the night got older. Nice venue for our community. Owners are nice people too. Come by and let's have a beer. Couple tasters and you are good to go.