Food & Drink in San Marcos

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According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"—although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.

Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes—many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.

101 S Las Posas Rd
San Marcos,
CA
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A Japanese-owned-and-operated dining destination, Hyuga Sushi combines time-honored sushi techniques with the freshest seafood available to create both classic and creative Japanese fare. The sushi menu includes a full net of specialty rolls such as the Samurai ($9.50), a hunger-slaying combination of fresh crab, avocado, cucumber, and yamagobo topped with mackerel and ginger, or the Felix ($12.50), a fun-loving concoction of crab, avocado, and shrimp tempura, topped with smoked salmon and spicy mayo, kept in line by the more reclusive Oscar roll. A selection of skillfully sliced sushi-bar entrees ($12.95–$20.95) further sates unbaked yens, and the equally tempting lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of nonsushi dishes ($6.50–$14.50). Hyuga's intermingling of tradition and modernity is further exemplified in its décor, which marries traditional Japanese design with iconic American photographs, including a young Marlon Brando long before he developed his voracious appetite for tempura-battered furniture.

844 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos,
CA
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FroYo Love caters to sweet-teethed clientele with a rotating self-selection of 16 self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and 37 toppings. Chilly journeys begin with a mukluk fitting and flavor selection from among the many sweet, tart, low-cal, low-carb, nondairy, and no-sugar-added options. Yogurt-armed guards can then decorate their icy stomach ammunition with an array of toppings, including syrups, fresh fruits, and honey. After works of culinary art are complete, they’re weighed, priced accordingly ($0.34/oz), and lectured on the dangers of sunbathing.

300 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos,
CA
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Daisy's Cajun Kitchen owner Lloyd Marks-Steven whips up authentic Creole and Cajun dishes, passing on the traditional recipes handed down from grandmother Mama Daisy, who has French Creole roots. Reward a long day fashioning an above-ground pool into a functioning bayou with a host of homemade, traditional Big Easy table toppers. Hearty portions reside in the jambalaya, infused with jumbo shrimp, andouille sausage, and white rice in a tomato baste ($12). Diners looking for adventure beyond reptile-shaped fruit snacks can gnaw on the gator bites, each morsel furnishing plates with lightly seasoned, battered, and fried gator tail ($7.99).

1665 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos,
CA
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The team at Big Apple Bagels builds chewy, ring-shaped bread bites from scratch and wakes palates with steaming cups of Brewster's coffee. The menu teems with eats inspired by New York City deli food, such as bagel-based club sandwiches and nearly a dozen styles of cream cheese—including three whipped varieties and one milked directly from a somersaulting cow. Bagel flavors include plain and sesame, and gourmet muffins introduce mouths to fluffy, cake-like texture kept moist—yet low in cholesterol—with soybean oil.

727 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos,
CA
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California Climbing Company's staff of safety-oriented, First Aid- and CPR-certified instructors imparts sierra-scaling skills to eager climbers. The Intro to Outdoor Climbing class requires no prior experience, so newbies can take the challenge without having scaled plateaus, mesas, or oversize anthills. Classes take place in a number of outdoor locales; students can elect a preferred location, just as they specify their ideal lesson plan. Lasting four to six hours, classes give students thorough instruction, plenty of practice, and a perfect excuse for missing their mailman's piano recital. Though climbing equipment is provided, California Climbing Company asks that all students wear comfortable shoes and long shorts or pants and bring sun protection, snacks, and three or four bottles of water.

165 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos,
CA
US