The Windmill Food Hall is Open in Carlsbad

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The Windmill Food Hall is Open in Carlsbad 2019

 

Carlsbad’s iconic windmill is turning again, after what seemed like well over a year of standing still.

 

The windmill, built in 1982, is the site of what was once Pea Soup Andersen’s (that closed and later became TGI Friday’s) and now signals something else…the Windmill Food Hall, the first food hall in North San Diego County.

 

Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad

 

The windmill and adjacent buildings (the hotel) were also repainted a dark gray…or is it black…with white trim, and a big change from the blue but rather appealing.

 

Plans for the Windmill Food Hall have been in the works for some time, and there were a number of delays with construction, but the facility finally opened over Labor Day weekend, although there is still some exterior work going on at one end of the facility outside.

 

The Windmill Food Hall and entertainment area offer 14 unique places to eat (some already restaurants elsewhere, some new fixtures of farmers market vendors) in a casual, and fun setting just off the I-5 freeway adjacent to the Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel.

 

Windmill Fod Hall signage

 

Not only is the Windmill Food Hall convenient for those staying at the hotel, but it’s close to a large office park above the Flower Fields along Armada Drive, as well as for shoppers at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Mall right down the street, those traveling along the freeway. And when the Flower Fields are open in March, April and May this will be a great location to eat, right across the street.

 

Lobstet West at Windmill Food Hall

 

The Windmill Food Hall is a 12,000 sf facility with a full bar that is huge, with indoor and outdoor seating so you can enjoy our beautiful weather, and a number of arcade games to entertain the kids, young and old.

 

Want to sit and relax? There are multiple comfy places to sit in a communal setting (e.g., a library, an arcade game area) and a wide range of food styles starting with breakfast all the way through dinner and beyond - tacos, steak, seafood, stir fry, sliders and salads, Thai, Pho, a bread and cheese place, pizza, chicken and beer, desserts and coffee, poke, and more.

 

Crab Roll at Windmill Food Hall

 

I’ve heard the Windmill Food Hall will offer a range of entertainment and education offered to make this a fun place to visit and not just for a quick bit - live music, line dancing, pop-up artisans (like the Carlsbad Cookie Company on 10/27 from 11 - 2: their cookies are delish!!), yoga, and who knows what else. Check the website for events!

 

Arcade and pop art room at Windmill Food Hall

 

No doubt the owner will be testing out different things to see what works to bring in the customers and keep them happy! It will be fun to see how this place grows as more and more discover it! Today was my first visit and I know I will check it out again!

 

Windmill Food Hall is located at 890 Palomar Airport Road (but enter off of Paseo del Norte, heading north toward the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Mall) across from Armstrong Gardens.

 

Coffee is available 7 - 5; the vendors are open 11 - 9, with some open (with the bar) until 12 am.

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Lynnea Miller
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I remember Anderson's Pea Soup in the San Joaquin Valley.  I did not know they had one in Northern San Diego County. Nor did I know they had closed.  Looks like a great replacement for an iconic landmark.

Oct 21, 2019 08:41 PM #1
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James Dray
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Morning Jeff.

Sounds like my kind of place.  Pity I live so far away, or I would be a frequent flier.

Oct 22, 2019 01:40 AM #2
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS what a cool name.... and "line dancing?" really?? the name reminds me the military version "mess hall"....that was my first thought!!! 

Oct 22, 2019 03:00 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Jeff. Sounds like a place that will require a big appetite and multiple visits to pick the favorites. Enjoy the process of your pick!

Oct 22, 2019 03:57 AM #4
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Lise Howe
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This looks like a great place to grab a quick meal with lots of options to choose from - keep us posted on your favorites

Oct 22, 2019 05:25 AM #5
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS

I thought maybe this might have been a Van de Camps prior to Andersons.  So I looked it up and though the windmill is similar it was not ever a Van de Camp. The San Diego Union-Tribune had a very nice write up on the concept. I hope it is a big success.

Oct 22, 2019 06:55 AM #6
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Brian England
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I was thinking that we meet at a restaurant that has a windmill, but then I remembered it is a lighthouse, haha.

Oct 22, 2019 07:11 AM #7
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Hi Lynnea Miller 

I had to look up what had happened. Pea Soup Andersen's closed before we moved here in 2005 as far as I know. It's a pretty cool building.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:27 AM #8
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James Dray 

Ah, well, perhaps you will visit out here again some day! I suspect this place is going to be fairly popular.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:28 AM #9
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Barbara Todaro  - time will tell what they offer for entertainment! It IS like a big mess hall - completely open inside with seating all over.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:30 AM #10
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Wayne Martin  - there certainly ARE lots of choices so it will take more than a few visits.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:31 AM #11
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Lise Howe 

I tried the crab roll at Lobset West yesterda - it was quite good and reminded me of New England.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:32 AM #12
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

I did a bit of reading on it as well. I wasn't even aware of Pea Soup Andersen's until I did some research as that pre-dated our move here. I suspect it will be pretty popular.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:33 AM #13
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Ha ha Brian England 

Yep Carlsbad has the windmill (maybe our next meetup should be there!) and Oceanside has the lighthouse at the marina. There have been several meetups there.

Jeff

Oct 22, 2019 07:34 AM #14
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Jeff,

That looks like a fun place to visit, I enjoy this type of venue, we have one in town that we had lunch at today on our way back home from the airport.  A

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Jeff the Windmill Food Hall sounds like my kind of place.  Would love to visit there.

Oct 22, 2019 03:37 PM #16
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Food halls are growing in popularity and people seem to enjoy the casualness and don't mind the limited table service. Helps with the overhead and staffing issues! This particular owner has plans for another one in San Diego!

Jeff

Oct 23, 2019 07:36 AM #17
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George Souto 

I will definitely be checking out some of the other places, although I don't go out for lunch very often. It's a bit more casual than I like for dinner outings!

Jeff

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