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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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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 14:30
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Atlanta, Georgia
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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
San Diego
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Good place for breakfast or lunch. Often a long wait due to popularity. Lots of good potato dishes (hence the name) and "manhole" size pancakes

Thank SanDiegoW_traveler
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

The Potato Shack is a great restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Their service is always great and their food even better. You can get toppings of your choice on their home style potatoes and their pancakes are huge. Lunch is also great, with great burgers and salads. Food is always fresh and definitely not like eating in a chain restaurant.... More 

Thank TravelingMan2012
Phoenix, Arizona
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The food was good, service good as well but I thought it was a bit pricey for breakfast. It was $30 (with tip) for my son & I. We had 2 dishes, no drinks & nothing extra. Also, I was annoyed that they only accept cash....who doesn't at least have a square card these days? They do have an atm... More 

1 Thank trishp68
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

The place is average and the prices sort of high. They only accept cash, so forget the credit card. I found the food a bit too greasy, but tolerable. It's location adds to the ambiance - it is offset from the main drag just a bit.

2 Thank Stargazer747
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

What a fun atmosphere with amazing food! The pancakes were huge for my two kids to share. The service was fast and friendly. It was very reasonably priced and delicious! We will go back if we are in the area again!

Thank luvtotravle
San Diego, California
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185 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Just happened upon this place...great breakfast all day type place... family owned has a great history given by owners, father & son, Jim & Scott, as they greeted people table to table. Reminds me of something I'd see in Nashville... down home cooking ... small, cozy, fun place. Oh almost forgot, they don't take credit cards...but they have an ATM... More 

Thank Claudia M
Owensboro, Kentucky
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357 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We came here due to reviews on trip advisor. The breakfast was very good. The manhole size pancake is not far off from the size of a manhole cover. My husband couldn't eat it all. I got eggs and bacon and sausage and the best sour dough toast I've ever eaten. The portions are huge! The server was efficient and... More 

Thank BudNLily

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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?