• Michael Wolfe

Top 5 hidden gems, North County Door Dash

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

Top 5 Hidden gems for Door Dash in North County

We are now living in the amazing age of food delivery. A time where some of the greatest culinary wonders can be at your doorstep in minutes, and embedded in your memory banks forever. That's why I thought to compile a list of the Top 5 Hidden Gems for Door Dash in North County. These top five are a diverse offering that really represents the wide spectrum of culture, that subsides here in our beautiful region. I scored these restaurants based off of user reviews and ratings from the Door Dash and Yelp Apps, learning deeply how their patrons truly feel about these eateries.

5.Boudin SF - San Marcos

Now this is a bigger chain restaurant, but the hand crafted perfection of their bread forward style, is a topic that needs to be discussed. Perfect for that occasional southern Californian rainy day is their savory, Rustic Tomato soup, or if you like it a little more hearty try their world famous New England style Clam Chowder, of course both served in a sourdough bread bowl. A favorite option is the half soup half sandwich combo where you have a selection of 4 soups and 22 different types of sandwiches, yes that’s right 22 different sandwich styles! Some of the main contenders from that list are the Thanksgiving favorite, Turkey Cranberry, the contemporary classics, Tuna Melt and Patty Melt (Extra sandwich hack, add pickles) , and the ever delicious, hot Sourdough French dip with a side of horseradish.

4.Tomoyama Sushi - Carlsbad

Following through exponentially on their promise to serve the freshest sushi, Tomoyama Sushi has been a Carlsbad staple since 2008. Creativity rings throughout this menu, especially in their rolls, like the Fantasy Roll boasting Spicy Tuna, crispy shrimp tempura, avocado, and salmon with torched eel sauce, or their Firecracker roll with Scallop, spicy crabmeat, avocado, spicy tuna, and masago served with eel sauce. Tomoyama takes it even a step further with their Baked baby lobster roll, langostino baked to perfection on a California roll with masago, eel sauce and spicy mayo. But one of Tomoyama’s features that draws local fandom is the Roll Combo box. Inside is one house roll, one special roll, with an asian salad, miso soup, and edamame, all for under 20$

3.Nucci’s - Vista

Family owned and operated, this Vista staple serves exquisite Italian fair that would make even Don Corleone smile. The Antipasti appetizer selection brings out old world flavor and farm fresh ingredients to combust in flavor displayed by the Bruschetta Alla Romano, Roma tomatoes atop tuscan bread, and the Carciofi Tostati, toasted artichoke hearts tossed with lemon juice and Romano cheese. The diverse pasta selection speaks volumes about the talent behind this menu, from simple yet classic spaghetti, lasagna, Fettucini options, to more intricate designs such as the Rigatoni Fra Diablo, which takes sautéed jumbo shrimp and calamari, and tosses them in a spicy marinara with Roma tomatoes garlic and basil. When those hot summer days roll around I like to dive into Nucci’s Cold Paninis. From the Cappacola and Cheese, the stacked Veggie Sub, to the double decker Super Sub, you cant go wrong with a traditional Italian Sando.

2.Bellows - San Marcos

Coming in at second is The Bellows, a upscale craft cocktail centric eatery that focuses on farm to table New American cuisine. A main feature of the establishment is a giant wood fired oven that lends its self nicely to their two specialties of flat bread pizza; Classic style with red tomato sauce featured on their Margherita, Fungi and pepperoni pies, and a Bianchi style which goes no sauce with extra virgin olive oil found on their Chicken and artichoke hearts, arugula, and meatball pizza’s. The Bellows possesses an adept aptitude for procuring the most delicate charcuterie, as demonstrated by their salami board, starring a Fra’ Mani Salame Rosa, a cooked salami hailing from the city of bologna. There are also some really refreshing vegetarian options that stand strong on their own, such as the vintage cheddar board that sports a 2 year aged cloth bound cheddar, or the middle eastern inspired Falafel entree, custom tailored with tabbouleh, rich hummus, specialty herbed cucumber-yogurt sauce, and toasted pita bread. Some other awesome executions include the 4 cheese Chicken Parmesan, the Faroe Islands salmon with coconut

1.Casero Taqueria - Carlsbad

Casero Taqueria represents a vibrant take on traditional Baja inspired Mexican cuisine. Their authentic house made tortilla’s, sauces and guacamole shine throughout the menu, especially atop the Baja wood fired fish tacos that are garnished with a tangy cilantro slaw and salsa fresca. Overall there are 8 different taco varieties to chose from, including carnitas, carne asada, pollo asado, and more. Another place where the menu really shines are their starters. The Mexican street corn on the Cobb glazed in Chile aioli and topped with rich cotija cheese is a delightful take on this traditional Tijuana favorite, while my personal go to, the Ceviche, sings with bright peppery citrus notes from the cilantro, and jalapeños while the cured shrimp, paired with cucumber, tomato and avocado to round out this hearty flavor profile. One of the main reasons the North County people have rated this this #1 Door Dash hidden gem is due to the popularity of their Take Home tequila kits. Delivered right to your door step is a bottle of Yeyo Tequila, 1 pint of Casero mix, fresh orange, a mini bottle of Grand Marnier and salt. Enough to make 8 margaritas for you, your friends, and who ever else wants to join your good time.

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