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Potato Shack Cafe

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120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024-4436
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Potato Shack is a great restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Their service is always great and their food even better. You can get toppings of your choice on their home style potatoes and their pancakes are huge. Lunch is also great, with great burgers and salads. Food is always fresh and definitely not like eating in a chain restaurant.... More 

Thank TravelingMan2012
Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good, service good as well but I thought it was a bit pricey for breakfast. It was $30 (with tip) for my son & I. We had 2 dishes, no drinks & nothing extra. Also, I was annoyed that they only accept cash....who doesn't at least have a square card these days? They do have an atm... More 

Thank trishp68
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is average and the prices sort of high. They only accept cash, so forget the credit card. I found the food a bit too greasy, but tolerable. It's location adds to the ambiance - it is offset from the main drag just a bit.

Thank Stargazer747
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fun atmosphere with amazing food! The pancakes were huge for my two kids to share. The service was fast and friendly. It was very reasonably priced and delicious! We will go back if we are in the area again!

Thank luvtotravle
San Diego, California
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167 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Just happened upon this place...great breakfast all day type place... family owned has a great history given by owners, father & son, Jim & Scott, as they greeted people table to table. Reminds me of something I'd see in Nashville... down home cooking ... small, cozy, fun place. Oh almost forgot, they don't take credit cards...but they have an ATM... More 

Thank Claudia M
Owensboro, Kentucky
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334 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

We came here due to reviews on trip advisor. The breakfast was very good. The manhole size pancake is not far off from the size of a manhole cover. My husband couldn't eat it all. I got eggs and bacon and sausage and the best sour dough toast I've ever eaten. The portions are huge! The server was efficient and... More 

Thank BudNLily
Joshua Tree
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

Amazing "Eggs Benedict" The best I have had!!! Cute, quaint cafe with dog friendly outdoor tables. Coffee is very good as well. Cannot wait to visit again soon. Friendly & great customer service.

Thank ckahla
San Diego, California
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I opted for Breakfast option A which consists of: Top Sirloin Steak, Chicken breast or Two Pork Chops & Two Eggs, Served with a Plain Manhole Cover Pancake* or Toast &. American Fries for $13.50. This is what it says on their website but I think it included chicken fried steak as an option. Option A is a better deal... More 

Thank FayesFork
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

Coming back from dog beach we were looking for food and a dog friendly atmosphere. Found the Potato Shack. Waiter brought a dog bowl full of water when he came out to ask us if we wanted something to drink while we looked at the menu. My brother had the A Special: 2 pork chops, 2 eggs, and manhole size... More 

Thank Thomas L
Glendale, Arizona
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We eat breakfast at Potato Shack once a week, and the reason is the array of food choices and the quality. Be sure to try Breakfast B on the menu which comes with two eggs, toast, potatoes, bacon and a sausage patty. Now, this sounds like an ordinary breakfast you can get anywhere.....NO WAY. First off, you can put almost... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024-4436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: 760-436-1282

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?