Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: The Windmill Food Hall is Open in Carlsbad

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The Windmill Food Hall is Open in Carlsbad

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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Comment balloon 18 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • October 22 2019 03:35AM


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.

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) 26 days ago

Morning Jeff.

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

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 26 days ago

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!!! 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 26 days ago

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!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 26 days ago

This looks like a great place to grab a quick meal with lots of options to choose from - keep us posted on your favorites

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 26 days ago

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.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 26 days ago

I was thinking that we meet at a restaurant that has a windmill, but then I remembered it is a lighthouse, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 26 days ago

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.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago

James Dray 

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


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago

Barbara Todaro  - time will tell what they offer for entertainment! It IS like a big mess hall - completely open inside with seating all over.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago

Wayne Martin  - there certainly ARE lots of choices so it will take more than a few visits.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago

Lise Howe 

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


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago

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.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago

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.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 26 days ago


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

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 26 days ago

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

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 26 days ago

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!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 25 days ago

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!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 25 days ago