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“La Especial Norte is the real deal”
Review of La Especial Norte

La Especial Norte
Ranked #39 of 304 Restaurants in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

Had a wonderful meal there last week. Very tasty, not overdone. The triple seafood entree of fish, shrimp and octopus sauteed in brown butter and garlic was excellent! Good margaritas, too.

Thank cyndo68
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Reviewed May 27, 2005

This is probably our favorite Mexican restaurant in Encinitas, and I know it is a favorite of the locals as it has been open since 1975. We love their house appetizer platters filled with mini-tacos, rolled tacos, mini-tostadas, gaucamole, quesadillas, and some chewy items which I think are called sopapillas. But La Especial Norte is probably best loved for it's extensive soup menu from different regions of Mexico. The decor is a lot of fun! At the entrance is a narrow room of about six booths and some carved wooden monks, and that opens onto a large colorful casual dining room of tables ringed with booths. There are lots of painted scenes, silk plants and flowers, objects of art from Mexico, and even a fountain in the corner that kids love to investigate.

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