Having grown up near Carlsbad, Shawn has his favorite spots around town.  Following is his guide to the area.


Potato Shack:

fun casual breakfast spot 2 blocks from Moonlight Beach.  120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024

Swami's Cafe:  

great healthy spot for breakfast and lunch, with a distinct socal vibe.  9 locations in San Diego area, original is the Encinitas 101 location.

Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar:

healthy vegetarian-focused menu, with breakfast served all day.  Becca loves their acai bowl!  765 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

101 Diner:

classic diner in the village of Encinitas.  552 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024


popular coffee shop and breakfast spot in the old train station.  often a line outside in the morning.   510 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Juanita's Taco Shop

classic southern California taco and burrito joint.  popular with surfers!   290 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Rico's Taco Shop

perfect for a cheap and delicious burrito.  get the Justin burrito.  165 S El Camino Real # L, Encinitas, CA 92024

La Especial Norte

casual sit-down Mexican restaurant.  everyone raves about their tortilla soup.  664 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Las Olas

another great spot for casual Mexican food.  Becca loves the fish tacos.  two locations, one in Carlsbad, one in Cardiff.

Pizza Port

lively pizza restaurant and brewery.  Shawn likes to go here with his grandma, Edna!  several locations, one in Carlsbad.

Leucadia Pizzeria

old-school pizzeria for sit-down or delivery.  Shawn worked here as a teenager!  315 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Ki's Restaurant

vegetarian-friendly restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  ocean views.  2591 S Hwy 101, Cardiff By the Sea, CA 92007


Captain Keno's

amazing dive bar, open 6 am - 12 am, with cheap drinks and plenty of characters.   158 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

  The Saloon

old dive, dating back to 1934, turned popular nightlife spot.  where Shawn used to hang out.  546 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Solterra Winery + Kitchen

wine on tap and tapas, with happy hour specials.  934 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024


there are countless craft breweries in the area worth checking out.  here is a helpful map:


Torrey Pines

hiking trails with a gorgeous ocean view

Balboa Park

1200 acre park in San Diego with gardens, walking paths, and museums

Moonlight + Stone Steps

two of Shawn's favorite beaches, both located in Encinitas