2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half

Union Kitchen BBQ Flatbread

After months of training, careful eating, and preparation, the 2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half is finally here! On Sunday, January 14th, the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon will be drawing in hundreds of runners for a 26.2 mile challenge. Following days and weeks of dedicated dieting, get ready to indulge in the best food for the soul that North County has to offer! Treat yourself to these favorite spots to celebrate your efforts and refuel after the run.

No need to run far to enjoy the tasty options at Park 101, a new dining and drinking concept that’s making waves in the beachside community of Carlsbad. This new, go-to neighborhood spot for friends and family is located in the heart of the village, housing a multi-use plaza-style complex for locals and visitors looking for a deliciously relaxing place to hang out. With a menu bursting with specialty meats, Park 101’s Smoked Brisket Sandwich is a must-try, topped with coleslaw and pickles with your choice of side from potato salad and baked beans to house-seasoned fries and corn & black bean salad. 3040 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

If comfort food is calling your name, sprint to Barrel Republic, a Carlsbad staple and mecca for craft beer lovers. With well-over 40 casks of craft brew and a self-serve tap system promising the freedom to pour, there’s no better spot to raise a glass to your run! Featuring an extensive menu of elevated bar fare, Barrel Republic is sure to satisfy even the most unique cravings with dishes including the Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese, an instant favorite with tomato smear, mozzarella, and kale pesto served on toasted sourdough bread. 2961 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Recuperate and refuel at the nearby Encinitas Fish Shop, a fast-casual seafood spot with a relaxed family and dog-friendly atmosphere. Complete with nautical accents, local California micro brews, and a boatload of fresh fish selections to choose from, Encinitas Fish Shop is the most delectable destination on Highway 101! Stick to the classics with the house Fish ‘N Chips, a heaping plate of grilled or friend Alaskan cod served with house-cut French fries and cocktail and tartar sauce. 1010 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Feast after the finish line at Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas, a modern yet rustic eatery with an unrivaled stylish and comfortable ambiance. Known for its impressive American cuisine made from scratch, craft beers, and signature cocktails, it’s no surprise that Union Kitchen & Tap is the seaside town’s greatest hot spot. Grab a taste of the BBQ Flatbread, a thin and crispy flatbread topped with Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce, bacon bits, smoked pulled chicken, red onion, mozzarella, and micro cilantro. 1108 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Heading north? Be sure to stop at Jalisco Cantina to relieve your “runger”. As Oceanside’s newest dining destination for elevated Mexican cuisine, Jalisco Cantina doesn’t disappoint, featuring a scratch kitchen, creative fresh food choices, and some of the finest tequila and handcrafted cocktails available, boasting flavors as vibrant as the Mexican sun! Satisfy your post-run cravings with the Slow Braised Birria Tacos, a slow-roasted, juicy Mexican beef stew cradled in house-made corn tortillas and served alongside toppings of cotija cheese, cabbage mix, jalapeno, crema, pico, lime, and radish. 213 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Searching for a sweet treat to cap off your marathon day? San Diego’s favorite dessert destination, Baked Bear, is located at the Carmel Valley hub of The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. At Baked Bear, the choice is yours: select your unique flavor of frosty ice cream sandwiched between two warm and fresh-baked gooey cookies, fudgy brownies, or sweet donuts of your choosing! Treat yourself to a decadent dessert designed by you, for you, to celebrate your success. 5950 Village Center Loop Rd #101, San Diego, CA 92130