I can’t say I’ve ever had an experience quite like I had when I walked into the funky little patio dining area at Haggo’s in the heart of Leucadia. It felt like I was transferred into a Wes Anderson movie, more specifically, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Maybe it was the snorkeling mask hanging under the order window, or the framed picture of The Royal Tenenbaums, or the cool soundtrack and eclectic furnishings. Whatever it was, it’s a good thing and combined with the food, worth a visit.
Haggo’s Organic Taco is one-of-a-kind and that’s what Leucadia is all about right? No chains, just very creative proprietors of unique shops and restaurants that should be a regular part of your shopping and dining experience.
The proprietor, James Haggard is a 15 year food and beverage veteran with the majority of that time spent at Rancho Valencia. He has resided in Encinitas for the past 20 years and definitely has a pulse on the local vibe, while having created one he can call his own. Haggo’s itself is a mobile food facility entrenched at the end of a strip of eclectic businesses and right next door to local institution The Plant Lady. James wanted to make clear that this is not a mobile food truck though. They are staying put and that’s a good thing as they have created an environment that will become a destination.