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“go for the chicken soup!”
Review of La Especial Norte

La Especial Norte
Ranked #31 of 302 Restaurants in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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San Diego, California
Reviewed July 27, 2008

go for the chicken soup!

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Reviewed July 21, 2008

This restaurant some wonderful Mexican soups. There are quite a soups on the menu. My favorite is the Tlalpeno soup (that's the correct spelling) with chicken, avacodo, chipoltle peppers, and more. Mmmm.

The rest of the food is OK. Not bad, and the price is certainly right, but nothing worth waiting for. Service can take a while but the staff is very pleasant. The interior of the restaurant is just like you might find at restaurant in Mexico.. it's colorful and interesting.

You can order the soups to go and you usually don't have to wait more than 5-10 minutes for your order.

Thank Randy1956
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San Diego, California
Reviewed July 20, 2008

Tourist trap, but a good local stop for a cold margie

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Reviewed June 22, 2008

in concordance with my somewhat "special" fellow raters, I totally agree and may surpass when saying that the soups here are excellently tasty and hearty and delicious and varied. I must say that I however think that the other dishes are also well prepared and better than "standard" Mexican fare found at some restaurants. I also liked the mixed drinks and the selection of beers is great. ok, back to the soups, I have had a few of them and my favorites are the tlapeno and the eggplant caldo. I have never had soups this good in any other Mexican restaurant. upon request, they also brought out a hotter salsa that was one of the best I've ever had. so eat here with confidence. to La Especial Norte for the soups and food and service, to the olympics for any dissent.

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Reviewed February 2, 2008

The Mexican soups are some of the best anywhere (i.e.Chicken, Tortilla). The rest of the food is typical Mexican.

Compared to El Callejon further South on Hwy #101 this is a "low cost option" where compared to this other restaurant noted, the food is about the same, the drinks are probably not as good, the atmosphere is not that great and the service is slow.

But if you like the best Mexican soup or you don't want to pay such a high price this is the option to consider.

A good option for lunch.

Thank erparadise
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