Monday, January 26, 2015

San Diego Eats: Solace

Egg Plate: 2 Eggs any style, Arugula, Sliced Tomatoes, Sour Dough Whole Wheat Toast, sub. Potatoes for Brown Sugar Slab Bacon.
Crispy Yukon Potato-Veggie Hash, Paoched Eggs, Smoked Ancho-Chili Hollandaise, Brown Sugar Slab Bacon
Full bar: Scott's favorite drink for brunch is the Hot Hot Mary
Solace is located right off the 101 Highway in Encinitas. Sometimes we like to go here for Sunday brunch after surfing or church. There's a line in a Zee Avi song I sing in a terrible tone that goes "Life's too short for 'what if's and plans', so let the day take you by the hand". Sundays seem to be the easiest day for me to take her advice. 

At church when I was a kid, I remember sometimes being offered a doughnut afterwards from the church concession stand in exchange for not saying things like "How much longer?" and "Can we leave after communion" or "Can I keep the host and take it home with me?" I don't really need to be bought off now, but it's still nice to do something fun and different after church. 

Yesterday we didn't have any set plans so we ate brunch at Solace and went thrift shopping for a few items on my list for the new member of our family arriving soon (as my friend Nell says "our future new roommate"). Scott ordered two 'Hot Hot Mary's' with his Veggie Hash for the shopping trip and I encouraged him seeing as I had plans to visit two thrift shops and two consignment stores that day. The cute thing was, he got even more into the shopping than I did. He said he likes thrifting better because no one is telling you what's cool to buy, you get to decide. We got two new bookshelves and a little coat rack for Sprout. I'll share some pictures soon. 

If you're in San Diego, I strongly recommend visiting the beachy, swami, surf town that is Encinitas and checking out Solace while you're there. Like almost all restaurants in Encinitas (home of the first veggie burger in the United States!), they have many vegetarian and allergy friendly items (like a whole Gluten Free menu). I also really love how they regularly feature a Farmer's Market Veggie Menu (listen to tonight's: Warm Frisee & Treviso Salad; Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Red Onion, Parmesan, Sherry Vinaigrette / Wild Mushroom Risotto; Hedgehogs, Mascarpone, Chives, Tempura Mushroom / Grilled Eggplant Parmesan; Tomato Sugo, Lemon Ricotta, Aioli, Balsamic, Breadcrumbs / $30 or $12.50 a la carte... I don't know what all of that is, but based on my experiences dining there I bet it's all good). Solace is great for date-nights and date-days. The atmosphere is fun, the patio is heated and you get to hear the train pass by while watching the town go through its daily shuffle. We love the unique menu, quality service and the good vibes. 

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge 

25 East E Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Mon - Thu: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm 
Fri: 11:30 am - 12:00 am 
Sat: 10:30 am - 12:00 am 
Sun: 9:30 am - 10:00 pm *Live music Sunday night


  1. The food looks delicious, just right for a post-church Sunday treat. It's been ages since I've eaten a hedgehog. Well done on your thrifted finds, it's a lovely way to shop, you never know what you're going to discover. And it's so nice to be preparing for your first baby, a really cosy nesty sort of feeling. CJ xx

  2. Thrift store shopping is fun! And this food definitely looks delicious!


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