Cardiff Seaside Market has been offering unbeatable products and service since 1985. The family owned market is committed to offering their clientele the highest quality of meats, seafood and produce available. Their efforts have obviously paid off, as they have been voted the #1 Best Gourmet Grocery in San Diego.
Seaside Market’s eat in deli is everyone’s favorite place to go for lunch. They are happy to make whatever substitutions you desire. They have a wide selection of prepared foods with a handful of delicious gluten free and vegan options. Their tri tip sandwich made with the infamous “Cardiff Crack” is especially popular. Daily you will see Tri-tip Sandwiches, BBQ or the Tuesday taco stand set up in a tent off of the parking lot and on weekends they have a live band playing in the outdoor courtyard.
Another unique thing about the market is the variety of specialty international foods and gluten-free items which are labeled along the aisles. Fresh local produce can be found in abundance and select heirloom varieties are also available. They have a nice selection of wines and beers and occasionally have local beer and wine tastings. If you are having trouble with your selection, Jeff the wine guy can guide you on choosing the perfect wine or beer. Also, If you are in a pinch for a gift Seaside Market has fresh cut flowers, a variety of vases, gourmet chocolates and a nice selection of greeting cards.
One of the most special things about the market is their commitment to service, they really go above and beyond to make their customers happy. If you’re expecting company over and running a little behind on making all of the preparation, Cardiff Seaside Market can come to the rescue. You can call ahead and they will pull together everything you need and have it packaged and ready for you when you get there. If you’re really far behind and can’t make it to the store, they will even deliver it to you. The same goes for the San Elijo campgrounds across the 101, they will deliver fresh meals and firewood to your camp site!
The biggest local favorite is the Burgundy Pepper Tri Tip which has been so popular and addictive its been coined “Cardiff Crack”. There is even a website for it where you can special order your Cardiff Crack from all over the US. https://cardiffcrack.com The secret recipe is one reason to keep people coming back to the market week after week for another taste.
These grocery products aren’t just the freshest food around, they’re also the healthiest. The fish is locally caught and many of the fruits and vegetables are organic. The staff is very knowledgeable about all of their products and will be more than happy to help you find anything you are looking for, Jimmy in the produce section is always happy to offer recipes or let you know fruits and vegetables are in season. The market also offers a suggestion box if you would like to see a new product in the store or have a special request. Each suggestion is answered and put on the cork-board for everyone to read; which makes for simple entertainment while you wait for your order at the deli.
Cardiff Seaside Market embodies the values of a family run business. Quality and customer service are their highest priorities. It has become a landmark of the neighborhood and is just part of what makes Cardiff-by-the-Sea such a great place to live.
This little local market has been so wildly successful, they are expanding their business! Seaside Market will be almost doubling in size with the 2015 expansion. They were also invited to set up shop at Petco Park and Seaside Market was happy to accept. So now you can enjoy watching the Padres while eating the most delicious tri-tip sandwich you will ever find.
Come check out San Diego’s favorite local market in beautiful Cardiff by the Sea, always worth the trip!