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Review of La Especial Norte

La Especial Norte
Ranked #38 of 314 Restaurants in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Someone recommended this place and it was absolutely the worst! Brown and beige food with no flavor. We ordered the Mexican Parillada to share ($26 for two). What came out was a tray of chopped up meat, warm and NOT sizzling as they told us it would be. The tray had pork, beef, chicken and one deep fried green chili and 1/4 cup of pico de gallo. The best part was the fried chili.

The dish came with rice and beans, but no flavor.

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Reviewed July 15, 2012

friendly staff, good selection and reasonable prices. kids liked their meals and we enjoyed ours also. only down side was that the mole sauce didn't agree with hubby's digestive system or we would have rated it 4 stars.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

You can always tell a good restruant when people coming out are smiling and talkative. 100% of them. This was our first clue. When we ordered, the menu had a variety to choose from, and the food was excellent in quality and presentation. The drinks were also excellent. Will go back there again.

1  Thank Mcoops160
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Mexican food that is slightly out of the ordinary fare. Although I have never been there, I have the feeling that this the sort of place that you might find along some remote coast of Mexico. I really enjoy eating here and bringing guests. Their eyes always pop out when they see the variety of things offered on the menu and the generous portions that are served. And the quality of the food is excellent. We have never been disappointed.

1  Thank melmoy
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

This is truely the best authenic mexican restaurant in the area. Prices are very resonable and the portions are huge. Two meals, drinks and dessert for less that $25 dollars. Don't let the outside of the place discourage you. Once inside, you will be impressed with the service and the quality of the food

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