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For my fellow North County, San Diego residents based in San Marcos, I’ve compiled a list of restaurants and specialty food/beverage shops in the area that are offering some type of take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup as of 3/19/2020.

This is by no means a complete list, and if you are a San Marcos-based restaurant and would like to be added to this list, or if you have an update you’d like me to share, please reach out to me directly at thecuriouspassport (at) gmail (dot) com; or send me a DM/tag me on Instagram: thecuriouspassport.

By way of quick introduction, my name is Ligaya Malones and I am a San Marcos-based travel and food writer who typically covers destinations and food for magazines and websites. During this rapidly evolving time when coronavirus has halted travel and shuttered restaurants and bars, as well as the media that writes about them, I hope this post will contribute as a gesture of support for an industry that makes my job as a food writer possible. 

San Marcos, California


Update 3/20/2020, Friday: Yesterday, California governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay home except for essential needs. That means we can still leave our homes for medical care, exercise, and food. The full executive order is available here:

An excerpt: “The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain
or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized
necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing.”

Banh Mi San Marcos

Call for pick-up: (760) 599-0177

Better Buzz

Drive-thru coffee orders only.

Churchill’s Pub and Grille

Limited menu for to-go and delivery orders. Check their Instagram for updates.

Cocina del Charro

Please call for potential take-out/delivery options. Call: (760) 471-6644


Curbside pick-up available. Call: 760-653-3230.

D’liteful Chocolat

Call for special orders, or order online.

Dos Desperados Brewing

Crowlers to-go, and delivery options. Call Steve: 760-566-6209.

Fish House Vera Cruz

Open for to-go, curbside service when you call ahead. Fish market remains open 11:00am – 7:00pm. Call: (760) 744-8000

Fresh Cafe

Available for take out or delivery. Call: 760-4106111

Landon’s East Meets West

Free delivery. Order before 11:00am for Lunch; order before 5pm for Dinner. Call: 760-798-0877

Lebanese Grill Mediterranean

Call for pick-up: (760) 566-3969.


Available via UberEats, Postmates, GrubHub.

Mama Kat’s

To-go orders from 7:00am – 2:00pm. Check their Instagram for to-go dinner announcements, like fried chicken, and turkey and stuffing with side options.

Meadiocrity Mead

Available for to-go sales only, including growlers, bottles, and honey. FREE growler glass while supplies last.

Hours Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 – 8:00pm.

My Yard Live

Drive through, drive in; open 4:00pm – 7:00pm. FREE meals for displaced hospitality workers.

North County Wine Company

Retail shop is still open; bar is closed. 

Hours will be 11-7, Tues-Sat; 12-7 Sunday.

In addition to walk-ins, order by phone or online for curbside pick up.

Delivery to most of North County for $5-$10 delivery fee.

*The last time I visited, they were also carrying Spanish vermut (vermouth).

Panda Garden

Call for pick-up: (760) 727-2322

*May I recommend the orange chicken with orange peel for extra zest!

Phil’s BBQ

Available for take-out and delivery.

Pita Guys

Order online for pick-up.

Pizza Nova

Open for pick-up and delivery during regular hours. Pizza Nova recommends pre-ordering by phone, online, or with their app. Call: (760) 736-8300

Primos Mexican Food & Cantina

Call: (760) 471-8226

Rip Current Brewing

Open for to-go sales.

San Elijo Vine & Tap

Online pick up and curbside orders only. To-go wine bottles 40% off.

Sayulita’s Mexican Food

Call: (760) 480-8361

Sorrento’s Pizza

Available on GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates.

Taco Bar

Take-out available.

*Adobada tacos on fresh corn tortillas… yes please.

The Bellows

Take-out only. Email

Tina’s Deli

Call: (760) 471-4808

TOM’S Famous Family Restaurant 22

Call: (760) 752-7774

Umami Japanese

Open for to-go and DoorDash delivery. Call: 760-566-3671.

Up In Smoke BBQ

Delivery available on GrubHub and DoorDash.

Urban Tadka

Call for take-out: (760) 891-8338

Wild Barrel Brewing

To-go sales only.

Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm. Check Instagram for daily deals, including 20% off crowlers, and 10% of merch.

A more comprehensive list is available on the San Marcos city website, which includes a list of open grocery stores and their modified hours to accommodate seniors, a population that is especially vulnerable to coronavirus.

Across San Diego County, Edible San Diego offers a roundup of more ways to support local food providers and establishments; Eater San Diego‘s got a map of more restaurants offering take-out or delivery; and San Diego magazine offers an explainer on why restaurant workers get hit hardest during times like these.

The state of California launched a dedicated website to COVID-19 updates, which includes information on the latest ‘safer at home’ orders, as well as information on testing, how to file for unemployment, disability benefits, and paid family leave.

Photo credit: Alexandra Heston Photography

Before the power went out in Café La Haye, I was savoring a tomato and burrata appetizer drizzled in a vinaigrette that exploded with sweet, creamy flavor. You could have served it to me as dessert and I’d have been satisfied. The brief blackout was scheduled, and a typical occurrence in Sonoma at this time. Earlier that afternoon, I was holed up in a wine cave made from blasting into solid volcanic rock at Repris Winery, where I partook in a crash course in all things California cheese.

After tasting, carving cheese, to touring local, multi-generational dairy farms with immigrant roots… and tasting more cheese, I’m back in San Diego for a short while before boarding another plane to Japan, and Hawai’i. And while I’ll kick off fall with travel, I’m happy to reflect on nearly an entire summer (save for a quick trip to Tulsa, and this latest jaunt up north) spent in San Diego.

Brunch spread during a quick trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma

This summer, I’ve filled my free days with friends, charcuterie-stocked beach days, pilates and yoga sculpt classes, dinner parties, and writing about San Diego. In case you missed it, here are some bylines, published over the last several months, all about San Diego:

  • For Here magazine, I wrote about several can’t-miss museums in San Diego, including the Museum of Photographic Arts. I was impressed with the curatorial team’s mission to feature artists and works beyond the Eurocentric lens, as well as to make the museum-going experience less intimidating.
  • For Lonely Planet, I wrote about free things to do in San Diego, how to spend an ideal weekend in San Diego, and three day trips to take, including crossing the border to Baja!
  • And for Modern Luxury, I penned a restaurant review of Fort Oak restaurant in Mission Hills, which has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego at the moment

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Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, California
Solana Beach, California

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I think it’s safe to say that the concept of wellness and its expanded definition in modern times (as a verb, and more broadly and perhaps more recently, a social construct) has gone mainstream, beyond spa services and retreats. We now live in an age where wellness, also known as self-care, can mean everything from yoga, to the latest plant-derived face mask, meditation to dedicated no-tech time. Though wellness isn’t anything new—the commercialization of it is. According to one citing, the Global Wellness Institute traces wellness back to ancient civilizations, where traditions and rituals were just… part of life.

For all that today’s wellness opportunities offers, my version of wellness tends to fall into quiet, intimate moments; mostly surrounded by nature and my favorite humans. And I think that’s the point; to sift through the barrage of options and find what works for you. And in San Diego’s northern regions (and my home base), for example, there are numerous opportunities to define what wellness might mean for you. That said, call me a typical Millennial if you want, but I am one of those people drawn to seamless, approachable experiences like the ones I’ve highlighted below. Bonus points for personalization. I’ll plan to update my picks as I discover them, but for now, these are my go-to wellness activities in North County, San Diego.

My Wellness Picks in North County, San Diego

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