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Monday, January 7,2013
North Fork

Vincent’s in Escondido is an outpost of French charm

Meditate on the perfection of onion soup

By Jenny Montgomery
Maybe the battle over the thermostat in our too-cold-for-me house has addled my brain, but I have been pondering the beauty of French onion soup lately. Is it the best soup ever? 
Wednesday, December 26,2012
North Fork

Leucadia’s Pandora’s Pizza veers ‘outside the box’

Duck confit, margherita pizzas are tasty, if far from perfect

By Jenny Montgomery
I’ve never been one of the cool kids. Maybe it’s the old lady trapped inside my sort-of-still-young body, but I like my hangouts mellow and friendly and far from “the scene,” whatever that is.
Friday, December 7,2012
North Fork

Bessie’s 1929 Café has easy, vintage charm

Oceanside restaurant’ serves up simple breakfasts and monster burgers

By Jenny Montgomery
I feel like I’m on a perpetual search for a non-gourmet breakfast place that churns out food that’s a bit more than mediocre. That’s not a high bar, and yet, somehow, my snooty standards are rarely met.
Tuesday, November 27,2012
North Fork

Carlsbad’s The Australian Grill is sweet and earnest

Kangaroo burgers have potential

By Jenny Montgomery
When you eat out semi-professionally, you start to see the same things pop up on menus. Food can be as trendy as fashion, with popular ingredients and dishes (truffle oil, bacon, mac ’n’ cheese) going from exciting one day to tired and overdone the next.
Friday, November 9,2012
North Fork

Cicciotti’s offers up carbs and coziness in Cardiff

Stick with the pastas, especially the mushroom gnocchi

By Jenny Montgomery
Sometimes I demand perfection from a restaurant. I want the whole experience: groundbreaking flavors, flawless service and a creative atmosphere.
Friday, October 26,2012
North Fork

Lockwood Table Café is beachy and healthful

Ham, pear and Brie sandwich is among many standouts

By Jenny Montgomery
Although I keep insisting that I should be appointed to the position of Naming Czar (for restaurants, other people’s children, hurricanes, etc.), no one has made it official.
Tuesday, October 16,2012
Best of 2012

From Krakatoa to Peru

The perfect day: Krakatoa Café, Spanish Village, the Coaster, Bull Taco, Farenheit 451, Beacons beach and Q’ero

By Jenny Montgomery
I’m going to need a boost of protein to kick off the big, beautiful day I have planned, and since this whole crazy dance will be ending shortly, damn the sugar content!
Friday, October 5,2012
North Fork

Counter Culture has sleepy vibe, yummy sandwiches

Sunny-day outpost also makes a mean tomato soup

By Jenny Montgomery
Just when I think I’ve hit every little nook and cranny worth trying on the Encinitas stretch of the Coast Highway, a really obvious “I’ve been waiting for you!” contender pops onto my radar.
Friday, September 21,2012
North Fork

Daisy’s Cajun Kitchen charms with New Orleans zest

Big flavors, warm staff—just don’t judge by its location

By Jenny Montgomery
Here’s the thing about North County: There’s a lot of driving involved. It’s spread out; suburban sprawl dominates the landscape east of Interstate 5, and when it comes to restaurants, it can take awhile to locate the charms.
Friday, September 7,2012
North Fork

The Craftsman focuses on accessible gourmet fare

Chicken-liver mousse and duck-fat fries are standouts

By Jenny Montgomery
With The Craftsman New American Tavern in Encinitas, Wade and Kristi Hageman have created a companion eatery to their popular Blue Ribbon Pizza.
 
 
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