150 Grand Cafe: "Upscale Charm in Downtown Escondido" Escondido Restaurant Tip by Verde77
Escondido Restaurants: 8 reviews and 19 photos
New American cuisine with classical French, California, Latino and some Asian influences.
I had heard so many wonderful descriptions of 150 Grand Cafe from the ambience, to the food, to the service and I finally had an opportunity to try it myself.
It may be a bit over-rated because there are not many upscale restaurants in Escondido, besides Vincent's Sirino's, that is. But the food was very good! The interior was very clean and even fancy with its white table linens and napkins, almost a little sterile. I was there for lunch, and would bet it's more romantic in the evening with low light and soft music.
Owned by couple Stephanie and Carlton Greenawalt. She is the general manager and he is the chef. The menu includes selections of appetizers like pate, soups like a thai hot and sour lobster soup, salads such as a crab cobb salad, entrees like orzo with rock shrimp, and of course a full list of delicious sounding desserts. Next time my friend and I will go back just for dessert and coffee.
While the service was a bit slow, it was comfortable and gave our large party a nice chance to catch up and enjoy each others' company. Not a place to go if you're trying to clock back into work within an hour.
Favorite Dish: The Carmel and Spice roasted chicken breasts with wild brown rice and baby carrots was amazing. The sweet and spicy flavor of the sauce was excellent with the nutty, chewy rice. The chicken was cooked to perfection, crisp outside and moist inside. Definitely a good choice.
Open Hours: Lunch: 11:30am-3pm Mon-Fri; 11:30am-2pm Sat; Dinner: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thu; 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat; closed Sun
Address: 150 Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Downtown Escondido, east of California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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