Bistros add elegance to casual cuisine without going overboard, unlike burgers topped with $100 bills or chicken fried in unicorn tears. Find middle ground with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of West Coast food and drink at Savory Casual Fare in Encinitas.
Savory Casual Fare serves delectable lunch and dinner menus in a modern and relaxed bistro. Give up lackluster napkin sandwiches with a selection of eclectic lunch offerings, such as a cilantro shrimp salad served with candied jalapeños and homemade vinaigrette ($15.75) or a spanish ham, grilled pear, and melted brie sandwich served on ciabatta bread ($14.50). Dinner selections (served Tuesday–Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) offer a West Coast spin on European traditions, similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting method. Launch supper expeditions with a shareable plate of black forest ham-laced mac ‘n’ cheese ($8 small, $15.75 large) or baked escargot with red wine and shallot in a puff-pastry cap ($11.25). The harissa braised lamb chop entree pairs up for salivary undertakings with polenta cake and roasted poblano pepper ($27.50), while the buttermilk fried chicken breast rubs shoulders with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy ($21.25). Herbivores and vegans are accommodated with custom-made dinner selections and four-course meals ($18–$39).
Enjoy experienced chef Pascal Vignau's diverse menus alongside his abundant hand-picked selection of inexpensive, half-bottle, and coastal and cellar wines, with ideal pairings listed menu-side for stress-free selections. Following main courses, a baked-to-order apple tart or bread pudding from the bistro's dessert menu concludes culinary rendezvous with a sweet goodbye kiss for lovestruck palates ($7 each).
Zagat rates Savory Casual Fare's food “extraordinary to perfection.” OpenTable reviewers give it an average of four stars, 56 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes.
- The soups are outstanding, the beet salad is wonderful (add a little chicken for a great lunch meal) and the fish specials are always amazing. I have had a consistent experience here each and every visit. – Christine S., Yelp, 5/4/10
- Most of their staff has been there more than a few years, resulting in effortless and knowledgeable service. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 2/26/11