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Bushfire Kitchen is a cafeteria-style fast casual restaurant located in Carlsbad/La Costa. We recently were invited for a tasting, which we gladly accepted.
The restaurant is located in a large plaza, next to Vons. I really liked the little fountain right in front!
Bushfire Kitchen was opened by cousins Brandon and Clive, who are originally from South Africa and opened up the first location in Temecula. The original idea for the restaurant in Temecula was for people to be able to get a nice, wholesome meal for take-out – and eventually it extended into this cafeteria-style restaurant in La Costa. We met with Eddie, the manager, who was really nice and enthusiastic, and had a wonderful passion for food and his customers.
I also enjoyed the simple, rustic decor. The menu is listed on the board above the glass displays, which you can also find online here.
There was Batch Craft Soda, as well as beer and wines on tap. There were also house-made iced tea as well as hibiscus lemonade (not pictured). I tried the iced tea and sweetened it with a bit of agave syrup, which was quite good!
Eddie said that he would just send out some items for us to sample. The first thing to arrive was this beautiful platter of types of salads: mixed greens, Greek, kaleslaw, and quinoa. I enjoyed all of them, particularly the beets in the quinoa salad, and the kaleslaw, which I can honestly say is the best rendition of kaleslaw that I’ve ever had.
The salad was served with a house-made focaccia bread, which was amazing. It’s served with a green onion dipping sauce, which worked really well with the bread – probably because it paired well with the nuts and seeds on the bread.
The California burger features a house-ground, organic and grass-fed beef patty, sharp cheddar cheese, arugula, avocado, and basil pesto aioli. …