by Stacey Kuhns
Natural Best Foods in Escondido
A great spot for a healthy meal that is also delicious.
My friend and I recently visited Natural Best Foods (located at 242 E. Mission Ave, Suite E, in Escondido). I wanted to try this place because of all the great reviews I had seen on Yelp. We were not disappointed.
The menu is not extensive, but everything is good. The owners, Claudia and Carlos run a clean, friendly shop. We arrived around 7:30 on a Friday night and Carlos was working. (Hours are M-F 8-8., Sat 8-6, Sun 10-5).
He greeted us warmly and was very accommodating with our orders. We both chose the tuna. I chose the sandwich on squaw bread and my friend chose the tuna torta. Both were wonderful and everything was so fresh.
The tuna was made simply and they seem to use lemon instead of a bunch of mayo. Their sandwiches come standard with lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado but you can add jalapenos or have the sandwich made exactly to your liking. He was definitely not skimping on the amount of tuna in our sandwiches.
Carlos also brought over some homemade cilantro dressing for us to try on the sandwiches (that is also offered on the salads). It was very nice.
There were other items I am not familiar with but Carlos made us some amazing smoothies. We had ours with strawberry, pineapple, and banana-all fresh and very yummy. The large smoothies are so much cheaper than the chain stores and taste a lot better.
Natural Best Foods also offers a variety of flavored waters. While we were eating, Carlos made sure we had what we wanted and he brought over a basket of chips for us, on the house. My friend ordered a chicken Caesar salad to go. He ate it the following day and said it was the best one he had ever eaten.
We will definitely be returning to Natural Best Foods. (I unfortunately did not have my camera with me so had to use a subpar phone to take the photos, so I apologize for the lack of clarity, but wanted to give you an idea of what everything looks like).