San Diego CityBeat - North Fork http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-107-1-north-fork.html <![CDATA[Hungry Bear banishes bland sandwiches - Steak subs should lure you to this Escondido shop]]> Then along comes the plentiful menu at Escondido’s Hungry Bear Sub Shop (302 W. El Norte Pkwy.) to smack me upside the head and tell me that I do love a good grinder, especially one that’s done as brilliantly as this North County star does them.]]> <![CDATA[Beach Plum Kitchen: quality, charm and ice cream - Carlsbad outpost offers sweet and savory starts to your day]]> My taste buds, if not the rest of my body, are pretty pumped about working their way through the menu at Beach Plum Kitchen, a polished new locale in Carlsbad (6971 El Camino Real, Suite 201).]]> <![CDATA[The Curious Fork has passion, a few glitches - Solana Beach café and shop offers classes and Blue Bottle Coffee]]> The Curious Fork (512 Via de la Valle, Suite 102) is a café, shop and cooking school all rolled into one. ]]> <![CDATA[Expansive menu at KC’s Tandoor worthy of exploration - Small Encinitas outpost is tops at the exotic and the more familiar ]]> For such a sprawling swath of real estate that encompasses what’s called “North County,” there’s a surprising dearth of decent Indian restaurants.]]> <![CDATA[Café Cantata hits the sweet spot with good coffee - Caffeine is star at Del Mar café, while food is an afterthought]]> Coffee is clearly where Café Cantata shines and where its passion lies. I loved the deliciously creamy cappuccino, topped with a thick head of glorious foam.]]> <![CDATA[Company Pub & Kitchen is uneven but earnest - Poway’s answer to the gastropub is better than suburban chain restos]]> Company Pub & Kitchen is trying to bring the humble-yet-sophisticated feel that defines a gastropub to this corner of the county, and it gets points for coming close.]]> <![CDATA[French Corner wows with classic pastries and humble classics - Authenticity is the key in this small Leucadia outpost]]> French Corner Café & Bakery in Leucadia (1200 N. Coast Hwy. 101), helmed by chef / owner Alexandra Long, is trying to bring a little bit of that authentic French eating experience to our everyday lives.]]> <![CDATA[Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is solid and unexciting - New Carlsbad outpost of food and colonial history makes for an odd mix]]> Have you seen the confusingly massive colonial-style building looming over Interstate 5 in Carlsbad? That’s the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, a new outpost of dining and Revolutionary War curiosities in a town better known for suntans and Legoland.]]> <![CDATA[Solterra Winery brings Napa vibe to Leucadia - Relaxed atmosphere and tasty but unmemorable tapas ]]> Using grapes from the owner’s father’s vineyard in Sonoma, as well as ones from around Southern California and Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, Solterra (934 N. Coast Hwy. 101) makes its own tasty blends of wine right there in the vast, trendy space.]]> <![CDATA[Gordy’s should be your go-to North County bakery - Meat pastries in Encinitas will satisfy your hungry morning belly]]> In a world oversaturated with cupcakeries and artisanal donut shops, it’s nice to have a bakery that’s both bursting with substance and lacking in gimmickry.]]> <![CDATA[6 places to get fine sausages for your weenie roast - Frankly, it’s time to eat]]> Hey campers, it’s time for a weenie roast! Put down your tie-dye kits and stop looking for coyote scat on the hiking trails, because I’ve got your guide to the best wiener slingers in town.]]> <![CDATA[El Tejate has the mole you’ve been looking for - Oaxacan outpost in Escondido makes a mean torta, too]]> Have you ever been to a business where you walk in, and it’s empty, and you suddenly feel like you’re interrupting their day? My first reaction is to feel apologetic. I want to say, "Sorry to bothe]]> <![CDATA[Notorious Burgers underwhelms with more flash than focus - Salt and vinegar fries are excellent at this Carlsbad joint; everything else is a who-cares]]> The Prohibition-themed burger joint (6955 El Camino Real) has quirky, mafia-adjacent names, servers in old-timey suspenders and overloaded menu items that are intended to be "notorious," I suppose.]]> <![CDATA[Wagon Wheel serves up cowboy kitsch - Solid diner food and a comforting, nostalgic vibe in Escondido ]]> Wife-and-husband team Nancy and Sumner Rollings have been running Wagon Wheel since 2001, and one or both of them will probably greet you when you walk inside.]]> <![CDATA[Café Topes is hip and happy - Grilled cheese with apple and fig is a standout in Carlsbad]]> Café Topes occupies a busy corner one block off the main drag, with plenty of outdoor seating for watching the beach-bound go by and a great menu to fill your belly.]]> <![CDATA[Café Stoked brings originality to San Elijo Hills - Spanish-influenced menu and community vibe overshadow small kinks]]> Café Stoked (1215 San Elijo Road) has a great selection of coffee, pastries and smoothies, including cold-brewed "Kyoto" style coffee that slowly drips, for 14 hours, through a twisty glass tube into the coffee pot below.]]> <![CDATA[That Boy Good excels at fried chicken, bluesy charm - Southern-flavored Oceanside barbecue joint welcomes hungry hordes]]> Even if you’re not a homesick Marine, That Boy Good delivers on making you feel like you’ve found your secret Southern hangout. Just save me some chicken skin. ]]> <![CDATA[Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn: accessible yet refined - El Bizcocho re-launch is less fussy, more forward, and the roast chicken is exceptional]]> Avant feels much more like how San Diego does fancy: no dress code, but still classy and casually elegant. I was looking for a date night away from our 2-year-old, and Avant gave me a great excuse to put on earrings.]]> <![CDATA[ZigZag Pizza Pie has terrible crust - Decent chopped salads, freezer full of ice cream in Oceanside will please most]]> I’ve never been a crust snob. I take pleasure in gooey cheese and greasy toppings. But after experiencing the bizarre yuck of ZigZag’s crust, I’m now a convert to the church of crust.]]> <![CDATA[Vista’s Chili Coast Burgers is greasy and friendly - Let’s embrace brown, canned chili as its own unique thing]]> Chili Coast Burgers is in a rundown block of businesses in east Vista (1330 E. Vista Way), a hole-in-the-wall next to a battered Jazzercise building.]]>