With a menu created by celebrity chef Richard Blais, The Crack Shack serves up fried chicken and egg-centric dishes that will have your mouth watering. The playful lunch menu embraces a made-from-scratch, artisanal approach to dining that pays homage to all things chicken.

The fine-casual spot’s all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu puts poultry at its center and serves its dishes in an open-air “coop.” We dare you to find a cooler spot for lunch in Encinitas. The Crack Shack has amazing food that only matches is ultra-hip, family-friendly atmosphere. You can catch the big game at the bar, or start your own game of bocce ball or corn hole. The indoor-outdoor seating and affordable menu options provide a fun, casual place to eat that will elevate your next luncheon experience.

Laid Back Lunch with High-End Flavor

The Crack Shack uses only the finest, freshest local ingredients to create its delicious dishes. Recipes include locally raised, free-living, antibiotic-free Jidori chickens. Beyond the chicken and eggs, the restaurant uses top-quality produce sourced from boutique farms. Renowned chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author, Richard Blais, and executive chef Jon Sloan transform these ingredients into comfort food creations that “elevate” both the chicken and the egg—served fried, grilled, and even deviled.

Before settling on the recipe that would make up their addictive fried chicken, the culinary team experimented with different brines, salt levels, flour mixtures, and spices for months before the restaurant opened.

While the fried chicken is delectable enough on its own, The Crack Shack also offers a rainbow of house-made sauces. Try the Kimchi BBQ, Sriracha 1000 Island, Sweet Heat, Baja Hot Sauce, Buttermilk Ranch, and “Cracksup.”

When you’re not feeling fried chicken, The Crack Shack still has a variety of options to satisfy your taste buds. Try the Anti-Salad Power Bowl (with a soft-boiled egg, sliced avocados, pickled onions, and heritage grains in a tomatillo salsa), the Chicken of the Sea sandwich (made with wood-fired albacore tuna), the border slaw (a tropical fruit salad), or an order of deviled eggs. Their Mexican Poutine fries (topped with pollo asado and jalapeño cheese whiz) can serve as their own meal as well.

Of course, their miso-maple biscuits and schmaltz fries, which are fried in rendered chicken fat, are a must-add to everything you order.

Save Room for a Mid-Day Treat

Aside from an impressive craft beer and wine selection, you can order classic cocktails with a twist, like a Bloody Mary.

You can finish up your lunch with a sweet treat that’s as innovative as The Crack Shack’s savory menu. Keep an eye out for the rotating cookie du jour or chill out with their always-changing soft serve options; past flavors have included chocolate mole, dirty chai, Mexican hot chocolate, smoked vanilla, and strawberry shortcake.

We realize that when it comes to a casual, cool spot for lunch, Encinitas has a lot of options, but The Crack Shack delivers an elevated dining experience that stands out among the rest. Check out our mouthwatering menu by visiting us online or stopping our Encinitas location to try it out for yourself.