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Sketched in across Pita King's chalkboard menu are a carefully chosen handful of quintessential Greek dishes, the succinct list providing an instantly accessible edible tour of Greece. Among the lucky few specialties culled from the whole of Greek cuisine are the vegetarian-friendly chickpea-based falafel meals and customer-favorite gyro sandwiches and plates, which both feature thin slices of beef and lamb tucked into warm pita bread. Lining the dining area's pale yellow and blue walls are prints of iconic Greek landmarks such as the Parthenon and Grecian hilltops, which punctuate the food's cultural roots more eloquently than a delivery service operated by Apollo's fiery chariot.

1061 W El Norte Pkwy
Escondido,
CA
US

Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detective San Diego’s cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.

340 North Escondido Boulevard
Escondido,
CA
US

Traditional carpets hang across the ceilings above diners at Ali Baba Family Restaurant. Seated beneath them, guests dig into plates heaping with kebabs, shawarma, and hummus paired with freshly baked bread. Specialty pizzas are also available, along with vegetarian options for those who prefer to pizzas that aren't carved whole out of a large chunk of meat.

201 West Mission Avenue
Escondido,
CA
US

Nestled inside Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort, the full-service spa relaxes weary bodies with the popular Swedish massage style. Gentle kneads and soothing strokes unravel muscle knots tied by stress and devious boy scouts practicing for their merit badges. Throughout the service, clients soak in relaxing vibes, which emanate from the interior’s many bamboo trunks and rich wooden accents. Once tension is relieved from active duty, clients emerge feeling limber and rejuvenated.

777 Harrah's Rincon Way
Valley Center,
CA
US

Imported spices and fluffy indian basmati rice complement Paradiso Mediterranean Cuisine’s menu of meats cooked on an open-flame charcoal grill. The gyro sandwich layers thinly sliced lamb and beef with tomato, lettuce, and onion inside a pita pocket ($5.99–$6.49), and skewers of cubed lamb ($16.95) marinate in a special house recipe before becoming a tasty practice round for sword swallowers. Platters pair lonely entrees, including lightly fried falafel patties ($9.49) or marinated and charbroiled chicken gyros, with basmati rice, greek salad, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce. Though Paradiso's chefs toss and slice their fresh ingredients with an eye toward healthy cooking techniques, diners can still end on an indulgent note with house-made cream puffs or baklava ($3.25 each).

340 W Valley Pkwy
Escondido,
CA
US

The hand-crafted meals at La Farfalla Café are inspired by the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean. Show spoons what they’ve been missing with pizza soup, a beefy broth of sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and peppers simmered in a tomato-based sauce with optional pasta and mozzarella ($2.95/small, $5.25/large). Garden-fresh flavor that doesn't involve sleeping face-down in a neighborhood vegetable patch comes in the form of organic quinoa tabbouleh salad, sprouting full vegan fervor with a mixture of fresh italian parsley, carrots, cucumbers, green onions, tomatoes, lemon, and olive oil ($8.95). Flatten hunger with a piadina, house bread dough rolled flat and warmed in a dry skillet, topped with options that include chicken, pesto, provolone, and tomato with a choice of green salad or potato salad ($8.95). Satisfy sweet and salad-y urges with the chocolate-zucchini cake, slathered with rich chocolate buttercream ($2.95) and manageable by dessert fork or pitchfork. La Farfalla Café uses organic ingredients in all of its dishes whenever possible, will make almost anything to special order, and offers eaters the option to make their meals gluten-free for $1 extra.

155 S Orange St
Escondido,
CA
US