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Potato Shack Cafe

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120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024-4436
+1 760-436-1282
07:00 - 14:00
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Sat - Sun 07:00 - 14:30
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Mississauga, Canada
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281 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Had breakfast here before leaving Cali. I love the at home feeling that you get in this place. It was nice to order a simple breakfast meal that was simply tasty! French toast was particularly yummy. Two of us ate for 25 bucks, totally reasonable and filling. Delicious!

Thank Slavik84
Soldotna, Alaska
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I had the gluten free pancake which was much smaller than the enormous regular pancake you would need to take half of that home. The home fries are tasty and regular are bottomless which would make this a great place to pork if you are hungry. I read the warnings about bringing cash but i paid the same atm fee... More 

Thank peter c
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Great service, great food - I added avocado to my omelet - To my surprise, it was an entire avocado that they cut up - something most restaurants don't do. AWESOME. Also important to note is that they only take CASH for payment.

Thank hharnell
Prosper, TX
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84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Drove up to Encinitas based on a review from a friend, and it was worth it. They are famous for their "manhole cover sized" pancakes, but we opted for eggs, bacon, and their breakfast potatoes (called American Fries). Food arrived quick, was very tasty, and service was as expected. Just be aware that they only accept cash, though there is... More 

Thank tomcatxiv
San Diego, California
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97 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

I like this place because it's locally owned, and the owner and the servers chat and know everybody. It's a local little place, and i certainly believe in supporting our small businesses, especially the family owned. The "Manhole" pancakes are unique because you've never seen a pancake this big--come hungry!!!!

Thank Melovechocolate
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294 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Laid back little cafe with massive pancakes, omelets and other breakfast fare. Definitely grab a seat on the sidewalk so you can chill and enjoy the weather. Super friendly service. Love the feel of the area, too. Laid back... good people.

Thank Brichford
Encinitas, California
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I try to make it at Potato Shack at least once or twice a month for a great breakfast, you will not leave on an empty stomach lots of food and very good

Thank 09RayRay37
Atlanta, Georgia
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The breakfast here was wonderful. Their claim to fame is a giant pancake. I didn't order it (counting calories!) but I wish I had... or my breakfast mates had so I could have a bit!

Thank Cindy C
Glenside, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We were traveling with 3 kids (4yr, 6yrs, 8yrs). The first thing they did was bring over a bucket of Mr. Potato Head toys...all different sizes (Star Wars, transformers, etc.). The kids loved it and it definitely kept them quiet! We were there for breakfast- the food was fast and delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat, if we... More 

Thank TaraGarr
Encinitas, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Pancakes the size of my 12" plate, too much food for your dollar. Pancakes are heavy and will fill you up so share one. Great breakfast joint for omelettes, egg dishes, breakfast burritos, potatoes hash browns. The place got smaller over the last two years, the dining room is smaller. Luckily there's more room outside.

Thank Rhondi W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024-4436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-1282

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?