Category Archives: Dining

Sonic Burgers Opens in San Marcos

Sonic Burgers, in a return to the 1950’s, offers dine-in-your-car service, ordered through a loud-speaker, with your food delivered on roller skates, with a coin changer on their belt. Known throughout the South, but relatively rare in Southern California, this chain is known for its milk shakes, tater tots, limeades and burgers. This new San Marcos location (only a block away from 5 Guys Burgers) at the Hwy 78 Las Posas exit has been causing traffic jams for the last two days.


Local Flavor- Happy Chang’s Review by P-Dish


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Happy Chang’s Review By P-Dish

We were the first ones there. Pulling into a non-descript, neglected strip mall, I did not have high hopes for Happy Chang, the Thai restaurant my mother had been raving about to me..Since she appreciates my affinity for Thai cuisine, and knowing that I had yet to find one I loved in North county, I was a willing yet cautious participant.

Stepping in, we were greeted by Randy the owner (aka Mr. Miyagi, I’ll explain later), and Daniel our server. My reticent mood quickly changed. They were welcoming and attentive and seemed happy to have us..I looked around the restaurant and couldn’t help but be pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was very cute and extremely clean. Such an interesting contrast from the outside! I could sense that there was thought and devotion by the owners Randy and Supawdee (Sue) Permpoon for Happy Chang.

After being seated, Daniel brought us a bowl of mushroom soup. It was wonderful and had the perfect balance of flavors that Thai food is known for; salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. I decided to order the Panang Curry, with seafood and my mom ordered Pad Thai with pork. I’ll start by saying the the servings are copious, especially for lunch. Both entrees were beautifully prepared. I was impressed by the freshness of the seafood which included shrimp, calamari, and mussels. The Panang Curry itself was so good that I could imagine myself drinking it from a cup. However, for all of you heat freaks like me, I ordered mine spicy level 8 which seemed mild to me. Daniel said that next time I could order my spice level beyond 10 if I wanted to. In fact, he has customers come in wanting to basically be in tears and he is happy to oblige. My mom enjoyed her Pad Thai even though she was only able to finish a third of it.

Randy came out and started telling us about his restaurant and his life. He arrived in the U.S. with little money and unable to speak English. His wife Sue is the chef and he sings her praises. He said that they opened Happy Chang in 2004, and although they have wanted to change locations (neglected strip mall), his loyal customers won’t let him leave. He also said that his son has no real interest in the restaurant and would rather be an engineer but Randy seems perfectly content with this. His nickname Mr. Miyagi comes from his interest in hiring college age kids and molding them into better human beings. I watched him interacting with two employees, and I could see that he lives up to his nickname.

I left Happy Chang knowing that I had found my favorite Thai restaurant in North County and happy that my mother had introduced me to this diamond in the rough.

Happy Chang’s
1450 West Mission Rd.
San Marcos, Ca 92069


P-Dish opening in San Elijo Hills Early 2012

Relm wine beer & bistro is opening early 2012 in the corner space of Marketwalk in San Elijo Hills. Relm will serve artisan wines, local microbrews and ample small plate pairings. Indoor outdoor seating is anticipated. The anticipated grand opining is February 2012. Rene Fleming currently operates Relm at 2917 State Street in Carlsbad.

1231 San Elijo Road
Unit 110
San Marcos, CA 92078

Yelp Reviews for Carlsbad location

The San Elijo Hills Foodie Fest & Tree Lighting Dec. 3 Showcases 20 Gourmet Food Trucks and Fabulous Street Fare

To kick off the holiday season, on December 3rd, 20 of Southern California’s hottest gourmet food trucks will surround the Town Square for the San Elijo Hills Foodie Fest & Tree Lighting. Choose from a wide variety of around-the-world delicacies ranging from sushi to sweet potato fries and Mexican-Korean barbecue fusions to Indian curries as well as an assortment of desserts and treats. Entrée prices range from $3 – $10. Most food trucks do not accept cards, so please be sure to bring cash.

The event will start with a happy hour at 4 p.m. at surrounding eateries. The culinary feast on wheels will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m and the annual tree lighting will start at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening there will be holiday entertainment and festive crafts for kids.

Please dress warmly! San Elijo Hills residents are encouraged to walk to the event due to the high amount of traffic anticipated in the Town Square. For more information, please contact (760) 798-1765. For a complete list of participating food trucks, please click HERE.

New Restraunt added to “Best Of San Elijo Life”

The Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

If you are looking for the best in local outdoor dinning, we highly recommend The Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Located at 1999 Citracado Parkway in Escondido/Harmony Grove an easy spring drive through Elfin Forest.

Click here to see the rest of “Best of San Elijo Life” dinning and always send us your feedback.

The Daily Dalia for 6.6

Being opinionated seems to get a bad rap. Obviously I enjoy giving my opinion, sometimes I wait until asked because that can be appropriate but other times I just speak up because at that time (I believe) it is appropriate. Last week at The Crazy Burro I mentioned to the manager that the chicken burrito (which I always order) was getting chintzy, I even admitted to him that I am an opinionated person. His response was “but you are nice about it”.

If your intentions are good then by all means, speak up (be nice), you could make a big difference!


The Daily Dalia for 6.4

I recently visited San Sai Grill in Carlsbad and had 3 gripes-

1. Why do I have to pay .50 cents more for brown rice? Lunch for 2 came to $19.00, don’t nickel and dime me for brown rice since your prices are already a little on the high side.

2. If I’m eating in your restaurant can I please have silverware? They had the cheapest forks and knives which I had a very hard time cutting my salad.

3. Please, do not yell out the order numbers every 15 seconds for customer pick up. At Daphne’s they give you a number to put at your table and they deliver the food to you. I was honestly getting anxiety from all the noise.

After lunch I got back to the office and immediately went on their website to voice my concerns. That was a week ago and I have yet to hear back from them…great customer service!!

I must say though, the food was good.


Mr. Taco in San Elijo Town Center

San Elijo Life has recived another tip from a reader:

Mr. Taco is advertising on their menus that a location is coming soon to SEH Town Center. They have a location across from CSU San Marcos and it’s great. In fact, I picked up dinner for our household there on Friday. It’s yummy and cheap!

Blendz Signes a Lease for Space in San Elijo Hills Town Center

Blendz, a smoothie, panini, soup and salad shop, signed a five-year lease for $216,010 for 1,130 square feet of space in the San Elijo Hills Town Center at San Elijo and Elfin Forest roads.

Blendz is also opening a location on Palomar Airport Road in the Starbucks and B of A plaza.

UPDATE: Knockout Pizza and Burger signed a 10-year lease for $742,824 for 1,800 square feet of space at San Elijo and Elfin Forest roads.


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