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Where to Eat and Drink in Leucadia

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The coastal community of Leucadia has small town charm in spades, and now, thanks to a flourishing downtown area, the chilled-out beach enclave also offers a slew of great dining options. From favorite, low-key dive bars and a namesake donut shop, to hip new hangouts serving gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and coffee, visitors and Leucadian locals alike can enjoy a number of top-notch eateries and watering holes scattered along this storied stretch of Highway 101.

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1. Leucadia Donut Shoppe

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1604 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-8981
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Locals, post-session surfers and visitors-in-the-know head to this long-time Leucadia institution for the best donut and coffee fix in town. Owned and operated by Tom and Emily Cheu, top-sellers include the colorful vanilla sprinkle glazed and chocolate glazed varieties. Open at 5 a.m. daily (closed on Mondays) be sure to get here early for the best selection.

2. Moto Deli

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810 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 943-6686
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North County's new spot for artisanal eats features an all-day menu of gourmet sandwiches built with ingredients made in-house ranging from smoked meat to poached seafood (think beet-cured salmon and rabbit confit), bread, pickles and condiments. Cold brew coffee and kombucha are pouring on tap, with beer and wine coming soon.

3. Solterra Winery & Kitchen

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934 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-2970
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Wines made using locally sourced grapes can be sipped and savored by the half glass, glass or carafe at this fully functioning winemaking facility. Flights cover the Rhone region, Iberia and Bordeaux, while food-wise there’s a strong Mediterranean focus with share plates and tapas.

4. Mozy Cafe

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698 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-9168
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With many vegan and vegetarian options, there’s heart and soul in every dish at this tropical vibe café. Just a short shuffle from Beacons the chilled out spot is well loved for its Caribbean-Cuban influenced fare ranging from açaí bowls, and plantain-filled burritos to killer smoothies.

5. Fish 101

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1468 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 943-6221
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A staunch supporter of local fishermen, this casual neighborhood seafood house is well-loved for its menu of crudo, grilled fish plates, fish tacos and sandwiches. You’ll find rotating specials too, plus a daily selection of West Coast oysters.

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6. Captain Keno's Restaurant

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158 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-4555
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A bastion of old Leucadia/Encinitas, this much loved, cash-only roadside (somewhat) hipster hangout boasts 1960s style decor, a lively bar scene and perhaps one of the best priced breakfasts around - scrambled eggs, toast, potatoes and a cup of coffee for only $3.99. Saturday night specials include a $12 prime rib dinner and crab legs for $22.

7. Umi Restaurant

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1246 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 442-1900
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Japanese comfort food and endless sake pours await at Umi. Dish highlights range from pork bone broth ramen to tapas like and fried yams with ume mayonnaise. Ochazuke bowls (hot tea over rice with toppings) include soy-marinated hamachi and salmon flakes with wild vegetables.

8. Le Papagayo

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1002 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-8252
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Latin American flair, live music and a gorgeous outdoor patio bedecked with twinkling market lights make this a great anytime restaurant. Famed for its tasty sangria pitchers and small tapas plates (the spicy macadamia calamari strips are a crowd favorite) there’s an all-night happy hour every Tuesday, live music most evenings, and solid breakfast options.

9. Coffee Coffee

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970 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-2233
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One of Lecuadia’s first coffee joints specializes in caffeinated beverages made with beans from local Revolution Roasters, there are French pastries from Isabelle Brien café, plus bagels and donuts from Cardiff’s VG donuts. Live music on the cherry tree-lined patio, adjacent to artsy boutique Surfy Surfy, is a semi-regular weekend feature, there’s free wi-fi and puppy parking too.

10. EVE Encinitas

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575 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-2560
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Load up on creative vegan cuisine, superfood smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and local kombucha by Oceanside's Living Tea for breakfast, lunch or dinner in EVE’s relaxed and friendly community gathering space.

11. The Regal Seagull

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996 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 479-2337
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Sausages, tater tots and a wide selection of craft beers are the order of the day at this solid spot nestled between Solterra Winery and Le Papagayo. The perfect place to grab a cold one and wind down, let the friendly and knowledgeable bartenders guide you through the rotating tap list of local breweries and out of town pours.

12. La Especial Norte

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664 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1040
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Whether you’re craving comfort food or a recovery meal, many say the tortilla and chicken soups are to die for at this colorful Mexican stalwart. Filled with a la carte favorites from tacos and enchilada combos to quesadillas, the menu also features house specials like the bistek ranchero, strong margaritas, plus generous chips and salsa refills.

13. Haggo's Organic Taco

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1302 N Coast Hwy 101 #101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-6000
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Loosely themed on all things Jacques Cousteau, this locally owned and operated eatery was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Plates, burritos, tacos and quesadillas come stuffed or piled with beef, chicken and fish, plus some vegan and vegetarian friendly options . While prices are a little steep (expect to pay around $12 for two tacos) ingredients are always fresh and organic.

14. Birdseye Kitchen

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540 N. Coast Hwy
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 479-0488
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Nestled along a prime stretch of the Encinitas/Leucadia border, the menu here features several varieties of pho (all made with organic bone broth), classics like drunken noodles and Pad Thai, plus house specialty massaman curry. Duck Foot's gluten-reduced California Blonde and Pizzaport's Swami's IPA are on tap with other local brews available by the bottle.

15. The Lanai

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1114 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 613-4564
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Somewhat of a hidden gem, this stationary bamboo-covered food truck serves up generous helpings of authentic and tasty Hawaiian style eats at the end of West Glaucus St. Standouts include the plate lunch with pulled Kalua pork and teriyaki chicken, and creative poke bowls like poisson cru (coconut milk, lime juice) and tako tsunomono with cucumber, and kimchee.

1. Leucadia Donut Shoppe

1604 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Locals, post-session surfers and visitors-in-the-know head to this long-time Leucadia institution for the best donut and coffee fix in town. Owned and operated by Tom and Emily Cheu, top-sellers include the colorful vanilla sprinkle glazed and chocolate glazed varieties. Open at 5 a.m. daily (closed on Mondays) be sure to get here early for the best selection.

1604 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

2. Moto Deli

810 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

North County's new spot for artisanal eats features an all-day menu of gourmet sandwiches built with ingredients made in-house ranging from smoked meat to poached seafood (think beet-cured salmon and rabbit confit), bread, pickles and condiments. Cold brew coffee and kombucha are pouring on tap, with beer and wine coming soon.

810 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

3. Solterra Winery & Kitchen

934 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Wines made using locally sourced grapes can be sipped and savored by the half glass, glass or carafe at this fully functioning winemaking facility. Flights cover the Rhone region, Iberia and Bordeaux, while food-wise there’s a strong Mediterranean focus with share plates and tapas.

934 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

4. Mozy Cafe

698 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

With many vegan and vegetarian options, there’s heart and soul in every dish at this tropical vibe café. Just a short shuffle from Beacons the chilled out spot is well loved for its Caribbean-Cuban influenced fare ranging from açaí bowls, and plantain-filled burritos to killer smoothies.

698 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

5. Fish 101

1468 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Fish 101

A staunch supporter of local fishermen, this casual neighborhood seafood house is well-loved for its menu of crudo, grilled fish plates, fish tacos and sandwiches. You’ll find rotating specials too, plus a daily selection of West Coast oysters.

1468 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

6. Captain Keno's Restaurant

158 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

A bastion of old Leucadia/Encinitas, this much loved, cash-only roadside (somewhat) hipster hangout boasts 1960s style decor, a lively bar scene and perhaps one of the best priced breakfasts around - scrambled eggs, toast, potatoes and a cup of coffee for only $3.99. Saturday night specials include a $12 prime rib dinner and crab legs for $22.

158 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

7. Umi Restaurant

1246 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Japanese comfort food and endless sake pours await at Umi. Dish highlights range from pork bone broth ramen to tapas like and fried yams with ume mayonnaise. Ochazuke bowls (hot tea over rice with toppings) include soy-marinated hamachi and salmon flakes with wild vegetables.

1246 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

8. Le Papagayo

1002 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Latin American flair, live music and a gorgeous outdoor patio bedecked with twinkling market lights make this a great anytime restaurant. Famed for its tasty sangria pitchers and small tapas plates (the spicy macadamia calamari strips are a crowd favorite) there’s an all-night happy hour every Tuesday, live music most evenings, and solid breakfast options.

1002 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

9. Coffee Coffee

970 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

One of Lecuadia’s first coffee joints specializes in caffeinated beverages made with beans from local Revolution Roasters, there are French pastries from Isabelle Brien café, plus bagels and donuts from Cardiff’s VG donuts. Live music on the cherry tree-lined patio, adjacent to artsy boutique Surfy Surfy, is a semi-regular weekend feature, there’s free wi-fi and puppy parking too.

970 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

10. EVE Encinitas

575 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Load up on creative vegan cuisine, superfood smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and local kombucha by Oceanside's Living Tea for breakfast, lunch or dinner in EVE’s relaxed and friendly community gathering space.

575 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

11. The Regal Seagull

996 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Sausages, tater tots and a wide selection of craft beers are the order of the day at this solid spot nestled between Solterra Winery and Le Papagayo. The perfect place to grab a cold one and wind down, let the friendly and knowledgeable bartenders guide you through the rotating tap list of local breweries and out of town pours.

996 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

12. La Especial Norte

664 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Whether you’re craving comfort food or a recovery meal, many say the tortilla and chicken soups are to die for at this colorful Mexican stalwart. Filled with a la carte favorites from tacos and enchilada combos to quesadillas, the menu also features house specials like the bistek ranchero, strong margaritas, plus generous chips and salsa refills.

664 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

13. Haggo's Organic Taco

1302 N Coast Hwy 101 #101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Loosely themed on all things Jacques Cousteau, this locally owned and operated eatery was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Plates, burritos, tacos and quesadillas come stuffed or piled with beef, chicken and fish, plus some vegan and vegetarian friendly options . While prices are a little steep (expect to pay around $12 for two tacos) ingredients are always fresh and organic.

1302 N Coast Hwy 101 #101
Encinitas, CA 92024

14. Birdseye Kitchen

540 N. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024

Nestled along a prime stretch of the Encinitas/Leucadia border, the menu here features several varieties of pho (all made with organic bone broth), classics like drunken noodles and Pad Thai, plus house specialty massaman curry. Duck Foot's gluten-reduced California Blonde and Pizzaport's Swami's IPA are on tap with other local brews available by the bottle.

540 N. Coast Hwy
Encinitas, CA 92024

15. The Lanai

1114 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Somewhat of a hidden gem, this stationary bamboo-covered food truck serves up generous helpings of authentic and tasty Hawaiian style eats at the end of West Glaucus St. Standouts include the plate lunch with pulled Kalua pork and teriyaki chicken, and creative poke bowls like poisson cru (coconut milk, lime juice) and tako tsunomono with cucumber, and kimchee.

1114 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

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