After the success of its first location in Little Italy, owner Michael Rosen and Chef Richard Blais hatched another location—this time The Crack Shack joins the many new restaurants in Encinitas.
The fine-casual spot continues to put poultry at its center, with a menu created by chef Blais and executive chef Jon Sloan. Serving its all-day menu, The Crack Shack’s egg-centric dishes 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.
We dare you to find a cooler new restaurant in Encinitas. The location serves up its amazing food in an ultra-cool, indoor-outdoor, family-friendly space. You can catch the big game at the bar, or start your own game of bocce ball or corn hole—all while enjoying the restaurants signature fried chicken and other savory items.
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—which is served fried, grilled, and even deviled.
Come for the Fried Chicken
Chefs Blais and Sloan take their fried chicken seriously. Before settling on the seasoning and preparation that would make up their addictive recipe, the culinary team experimented with different brines, salt levels, flour mixtures, and spices for months before the restaurant opened.
What they decided on gives their chicken a succulent inside and perfectly crispy outside.
You can order 5 or 10 pieces, or try the chicken in one of the restaurant’s specialty sandwiches.
Stay for the Fried Chicken… And Everything Else
While the fried chicken is delicious enough to stand on its own, The Crack Shack also offers a rainbow of house-made sauces, and you can have as many and as much as you want. Their original recipes for the Kimchi BBQ, Sriracha 1000 Island, Sweet Heat, Baja Hot Sauce, Buttermilk Ranch, and “Cracksup”—which is a specialty ketchup that will add the right amount of kick to whatever you order.
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 seared 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.
And don’t forget to save room for a drink or dessert. Aside from an impressive craft beer and wine selection, the bar includes a top-notch cocktail menu. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the rotating cookie du jour and soft serve options.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the next time you’re looking for somewhere to dine in Encinitas, give The Crack Shack a try. Check out our mouthwatering menu by visiting us online or stopping our new Encinitas location to try it out for yourself.