This is a post I meant to post on December 9, 2014! Better late than never!
On Wednesday, December 9, 2014 I meat a friend for Happy Hour; we went to the Craftsman in Encinitas (located at 267 N. El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 http://www.craftsmantavern.com). This was my first time at Craftsman, and well it will NOT be my last!!!
I ordered truffle fries to start! I am a sucker for truffle fries (the 1st truffle fries I have ever had were at Bistro 55 <thanks, Jess and Diego>). I was soo excited! I ordered shrimp scampi for my main entrée! They had St. Archer White Ale on tap!! OK, while I am a HUGE <HUGE HUGE> IPA fan, I am in LOVE with St. Archer White Ale!!
There was a slight kitchen snafu and we were brought regular fries and not our truffle fries; our AMAZING waiter made it right ASAP (in the kitchen’s defense the restaurant WAS crazy busy!).
My shrimp scampi came out first! OHH EMM GEE! The crustini was perfect! The shrimp was delectable! And the crustini and the sauce was AMAZEBALLS! It was pure heaven! I personally would have added a tad more garlic; but that is just ME (NOT a ding against the restaurant (I would add more garlic to 90% of MY OWN home cooked dishes).
The truffle fries came out shortly after my shrimp. They were just as scrumptious as I had imagined! Truffle fries dipped in scampi = HEAVEN! And to wash it down it with a White Ale = PURE HEAVEN!
After the major food coma I was convinced I was not ordering dessert until I found out that Craftsman was the sister company to Blue Ribbon Pizza! BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING!! Oy there was dessert in my future and it was butterscotch pudding with sea salt caramel! OMG, let me tell you I am a MAJOR Chocoholic! I only order chocolate! EXCEPT when the Blue Ribbon Butterscotch pudding is an option!
Clearly, we closed the night with the MOST amazing dessert – there is something about the sea salt, caramel and pudding!
This was truly a night of good friendship, good conversation, amazing beer and AAAMAZING food! I highly recommend Craftsman to ANYONE in the local Encinitas area!! Enjoy!!