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Bluewater Grill Opens Carlsbad Location

by The Editors on October 30, 2017

Chain seafood restaurant Bluewater Grill has finally opened their Carlsbad location, in the old Fish House Vera Cruz location at 417 Carlsbad Village Drive, according to story on NBC San Diego.

The menu offers sustainable seafood and shellfish – some of it caught off the California Coast by the restaurant’s harpoon fishing boat, Pilikia. . . Lunch and dinner menus created by Chef Art Garcia feature up to 40 varieties of fish. . . The restaurant also will offer a kids menu certified by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids Live Well program.

Bluewater operates their own swordfish harpoon boat, Pilikia, and serves “the finest quality locally harpooned swordfish in season,” according to their website. “Our fish is always the most pristine quality available, and we purchase directly from fisherman, in season, at the peak of quality and freshness.”

We’re looking forward to checking it out soon.

[Link: NBC San Diego]

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There A New Islands In Carlsbad

by The Editors on October 11, 2017

Carlsbad, California based surf burger and bar chain Islands is celebrating 35 years in business with the opening of their newest restaurant at The Shoppes At Carlsbad (formerly known as the Westfield Mall) at the corner of Highway 78 and El Camino Real.

“The Islands team is incredibly proud to be opening at The Shoppes at Carlsbad,” said Michael Smith, president of Islands Restaurants. “Carlsbad is our home base, and it means a lot to open our 10th San Diego location here, especially as we celebrate our 35th anniversary this year.”

Looks like Oceanside will finally get their chance at an almost local Islands Restaurant. The new location opens on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. For the official word from Islands, please follow the jump.

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Rubio’s National Taco Day Deals Today

by The Editors on October 3, 2017

To celebrate National Taco Day (officially on October 4) Carlsbad-based Rubio’s Coastal Grill is offering up deals all day on Tuesday, October 3, as part of their Taco Tuesday Celebration. In addition to $1.75 Original Fish Taco and $2 Original Fish Taco Especial, taco-lovers can get a special Original Fish Taco topped with citrusy Mango Salsa for $2.25, which will be available on October 3 only. Guests can cheers with $1 off all alcohol (including craft beer, sangria and wine selections) after 2 p.m. Rubio’s has two Carlsbad-area locations, in the Carlsbad Outlet Mall at 5620 Paseo Del Norte #128, and at 2604 El Camino Real. Good deals are good deals.

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OAK + elixir Enters A New Relm

by The Editors on May 9, 2017

If you’ve been by State St. in the heart of Carlsbad Village recently you may have noticed that Relm, the wine bar, has closed. Apparently, it was closed in order to reopen as OAK+elixir. Here’s what the owners are saying:

While we really enjoyed Relm during it’s time, we’re looking forward to a new season. But don’t worry, the wine bar is remaining! During the closure we’ve rejuvenated the space and reimagined the wine and food menus, and we can’t wait for you to experience the new O+E.

OAK + elixir will celebrate its grand opening on Friday June 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM. If you like wine, beer, and food (and from the looks of this town everyone does) then drop by and say hello. For the official word from OAK + elixir, please follow the jump.

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Say Aloha To Pineapples At Islands

by The Editors on March 22, 2017

It’s Pineapple season at our favorite locally owned burger chain Islands Restaurant (they’re based Carlsbad, right?) And to kick off the season they’re loading up on some special pineapple menu items.

Starting April 1 and running through May 31, pineapple lovers will find a limited time Pineapple Pairing Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. Favorites include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea; the Yaki Tacos, topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, paired with a refreshing Piña Colada; and the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken and paired with a signature Mai Tai. Each pairing is meant to complement and bring out the sweet and savory flavors of the fruit.

If you’re into pineapples, of watching surf videos while you eat, stop buy islands and go Hawaiian. For the official word from the restaurant that goes through over 180,000 pineapples a year, click the link.

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Cohn Brings Draft Republic To Carlsbad

by The Editors on February 27, 2017

We’ve never been fans of chain restaurants. In fact, we avoid them whenever possible. But when the chain is San Diego based, family owned, and produces amazingly consistent restaurants like Vintana, Island Prime, and The Prado, then, well, we find ourselves making an exception. That’s why we’re pretty excited about the Cohn Restaurant Group bringing Draft Republic to Carlsbad (in the old Claim Jumper spot on Avenida Encinas).

According to a story in the Seaside Courier it’s going to go a little like this:

Draft Republic Carlsbad will showcase an open warehouse environment with communal seating, as well as nostalgic table games such as ping-pong, foosball, billiards and retro arcade games. Exclusive to the new Carlsbad site, two massive video walls and over 40 televisions will cater to the sports TV crowd. . . . As the name suggests, the highlight of Draft Republic’s beverage program is an impressive lineup of more than 101 craft beers on tap. With a heavy emphasis on local San Diego breweries, the bar program will also feature a diverse wine list and a variety of craft cocktails including beer cocktails and sangria.

People certainly seem to love beer (and their TVs), so we’re guessing Draft Republic will be an instant hit in Carlsbad.

[Link: Seaside Courier]

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April 5, 2016 Is Ralph Rubio Day

by The Editors on April 1, 2016

Ralph_RubioThe City of San Diego has named April 5, 2015 Ralph Rubio Day in honor of Carlsbad businessman (and Rubio’s Coastal Grill Co-Founder) Ralph Rubio (right) for “his entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to the community and contributions to the food industry.”

A San Diego State University alumnus, Ralph brought his love of fish tacos to the United States after a college trip to Baja California, Mexico. 33 years after opening the first Rubio’s restaurant – a walk-up fish taco stand in Mission Bay – Rubio’s Coastal Grill has established a passionate fan base throughout the Southwestern United States and has largely been credited for starting the fish taco phenomenon in America. Cited by The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times as the country’s top fish taco expert, Rubio’s Coastal Grill has sold more than 200 million Original Fish Tacos®.

In honor of Ralph Rubio Day, Rubios is offering their original fish taco for $1.75 at all San Diego County Rubio’s Coastal Grill locations (including the location at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets) all day on April 5, 2016. If you’re hungry, you might want to stop by. For the official word from Rubio’s please follow the jump.

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Skye Walker Kicks Off 2016 Carlsbad Art Wall

by The Editors on January 8, 2016

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The Carlsbad Art Wall at Señor Grubby’s is getting a whole new look on the weekend of January 16, 2016 as Encinitas based artist Skye Walker takes over the east wall of the Carlsbad eatery.

The first 2016 CAW artist Skye Walker will bring his life-long love for illustration, design and mural painting to the CAW with his signature colorful composition of nature and environmentally conscious iconography. Walker found his love for art in his early youth while traveling the country with the family bluegrass band named EarthWalkers. They logged over 2,000 shows nationwide singing about preserving the environment. During this time, Walker’s father taught him the art of lettering and murals. His father was an accomplished sign painter and muralist in the 70’s and 80’s.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Noodles & Company Comes To Carlsbad

by The Editors on March 28, 2014

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The Colorado based chain of fast casual restaurants, Noodles & Company is celebrating their grand opening in Carlsbad on Monday, March 31, 2014. Their Carlsbad facility is located at 2521 Palomar Airport Road in the new Lowe’s shopping center.

“We are excited to bring our world of flavors to Carlsbad. From healthy to indulgent, spicy to comforting, we have something for everyone, from kids to adults,” said Erin Murphy, Senior Manager of Communications at Noodles & Company. “With a broad menu of noodles, salads, soups and sandwiches, you can get a different taste every day, in lots of different ways. It is flavors from around the world, right down the street. That’s why we’re called Your World Kitchen.”

With more than 380 restaurants already up and running they must be doing something right. We’re not the biggest fans of fast casual, nor chain restaurants, but we’ve always had a good meal at Noodles & Company. Stop buy when you’re feeing hungry. The restaurant will open at 10:30 AM. Follow the jump for the official word from Noodles & Company. [click to continue…]

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Hot Dog On A Stick Stuck In Chapter 11

by The Editors on February 5, 2014

hot_dog_stick_logoCarlsbad’s own Hot Dog On A Stick has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in US Bankruptcy court according to a release from the company. The restaurant chain has 93 locations and according to CEO Dan Smith, many of the leases on those locations were signed at the wrong time.

“Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s,” said Dan Smith, CEO. “In addition, declining mall foot traffic over the past several years has had a negative impact on sales at most company locations. We’ve been pursuing new leases in all locations and the Chapter 11 filing will allow us to do so in a more effective manner. The mall business is built around the relationships and partnerships between tenant and landlord. We want to be in malls where the relationship is positive and the partnership is mutually beneficial.”

The company says they will continue operations as usual during the restructuring so don’t worry about missing out on that dog or lemonade. For the official word from Hot Dog On A Stick, follow the jump.

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