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897 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Ste. 104 (H St.) Send to Phone
Meritage is a neighborhood meeting spot, attracting those in North County who want to see-and-be-seen.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Meritage Restaurant Review

: Meritage, Dan and Susan Sbicca's second North County restaurant, serves contemporary American fare in the Encinitas Lumberyard. Much like their first spot, Sbicca, Meritage is a neighborhood meeting spot; their weekly wine tastings and happy hours attract those who want to see-and-be-seen. The menu is not terribly adventurous, but the food is prepared well---something we welcome in this age of fusion gone amok. Start with a plate of artisan cheeses. Artfully displayed, the selection is well-balanced and satisfying with sliced grapes, toasted almonds and aged balsamic vinegar. We recommend the seasonal soups---the cream of mushroom is earthy and pungent. The lobster-shrimp strudel (with mango, papaya and Brazil nuts) is a most unusual dish. We enjoyed the seafood-fruit-phyllo combo but the accompanying curry rémoulade was a bit heavy-handed. The rosemary-horseradish-crusted filet mignon (served with mashed potatoes and delicate green beans) fully satisfies the craving for a tender steak. The chocolate-banana split delighted us with the apt combination of creamy banana gelato, rich chocolate brownie and salty peanuts. And the warm almond financier with melted chocolate chips and mascarpone mousse is a touch of class.


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