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The Craftsman New American Tavern

267 N. El Camino Real (Encinitas Blvd.) Send to Phone
Comfort food with clever culinary twists in a rustic tavern setting.
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Lunch Wed.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.
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The Craftsman New American Tavern Restaurant Review

: The North County embraced chef Wade Hageman and his wife-gm Kristi’s Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, so this second eatery was highly anticipated. Hageman shed his fine dining cloak after Blanca, turned his attention to thin-crust pizza at Blue Ribbon, and now he's taking on comfort food at Craftsman. Reclaimed wood from an old Amish barn sets the nostalgic tavern tone, while modern twists on traditional fare entice, like deviled eggs and Serrano ham, lobster corn dogs, deep-fried Brussels sprouts and duck fat fries with black garlic aïoli. The menu proves imaginative, with chicken-fried sweetbreads with white cheddar grits, a grass-fed-beef burger with bacon-onion marmalade, and Berkshire pork porchetta with a peach-bourbon mostarda. Sunday brunch calls for bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys and apple-cinnamon beignets with a salted caramel Tahitian vanilla anglaise, as well as corned beef hash and made-to-order omelets. Fresh fruit-infused moonshine cocktails come in Mason jars, and there are plenty of beers on tap, unless you prefer tall boy PBRs, a signature beer at all of Hageman's haunts. Communal tables and attentive servers further enliven this fun gastropub.

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