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Potato Shack Cafe

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120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024-4436
+1 760-436-1282
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07:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 14:30
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Prosper, TX
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83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank tomcatxiv
San Diego, California
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98 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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!!!!

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Thank Melovechocolate
Houston
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283 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Thank Brichford
Encinitas, California
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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

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Thank 09RayRay37
Atlanta, Georgia
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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!

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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 29 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 

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Thank TaraGarr
Encinitas, California
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9 reviews
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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.

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Thank Rhondi W
San Diego
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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

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Thank SanDiegoW_traveler
Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

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Thank TravelingMan2012
Phoenix, Arizona
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 14:30
Monday
07:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 14:00
Thursday
07:00 - 14:00
Friday
07:00 - 14:00
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?