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Tip Top Meats
Tip Top Meats

Tip Top Meats

8.319 reviews
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Specialty Food Stores, German, Deli & Sandwich
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6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 438-2620
http://www.tiptopmeats.com/
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This place is an amazing German diner and shop. We often stop here to fill up our tummies and our refrigerator. They have different cuts of meats not normally available such as ... Read more
lamb riblets. They also have goose and other fowl available for holiday meals!

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Tempe, Arizona

If you have teens with you, this place is perfect to fill them up before starting the day. Big John's Breakfast with all you can eat breakfast meats will make everyone happy.

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This place is an amazing German diner and shop. We often stop here to fill up our tummies and our refrigerator. They have different cuts of meats not normally available such as lamb riblets. They also have goose and other fowl available for holiday meals!

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Local from Escondido, California, USA

The only thing they need is more space! A market full of meat and bakery items and a restaurant in the back. Order/pay/ serve yourself drinks. Busy and cheap cheap! But oh so good!

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San Luis Obispo, California, USA

This is a European market with a huge eatery inside. We came for breakfast and there were a lot of seats towards the back of the market. The line to order food can get long. They also have lunch and dinner items. Looking from outside, you would have no idea this place is a popular place to dine!

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Local from San Diego

The concept of this German-owned market and deli is fantastic...but I wasn't blown away by the deli part. My uncle raved about this place, so when I took him here for lunch for his birthday, I was disappointed that service was slow and food was mediocre. His steak, which he asked for medium rare, was well-done, and my turkey sandwich tasted like a club sandwich from Denny's - thick toasted bread and a few slices of turkey, mayo, and lettuce. Plus, we waited nearly 20 minutes for our food to come out and service wasn't totally friendly. Still, the market is cool because it has a ton of variety in every meat, cheese, or good you could want - as well as wine and beer! And my favorite part was the imported candies, like Mars Bars.

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Local from Escondido

I have lived in San Diego County all of my life and I have always heard about Tip Top Meats. Today was my first day to walk in and check this place out. All I have to say is wow. I myself have worked for another butcher in San Diego County who has also decided to add a store and hot foods to his business but I'll tell you what, the other place has nothing on this place. If you're ever in the Carlsbad area stop in and check this place out. their Market has German foods that you are not going to be able to find any place else unless you go to maybe a Cost Plus store. And check out the restaurant. the line is huge. they don't take reservations and the food is good.

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Idyllwild

Best meat in town no where else can you get this fine of meat. Also great place to come in the breakfast lunch or dinner

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Local from Santee, California

Great breakfast & Lunch authentic German Food. Great Steaks to take to the ranch for BBQ

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Local from San Diego, California

I have been going to Tip Top for many years, mostly to get the salty Dutch licorice that is very difficult to find in this area. They have an amazing selection of items from Germany and The Netherlands that puts World Market to shame. The meat is top quality, and the food in the restaurant is pretty good. I do have to say though, that their selection of desserts and pastries are not that great anymore. I only saw some Napoleons, and the other offerings were Costco muffins and bought cheesecakes! I don't know why they are not baking their own anymore :(

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Tyler, Texas, USA

This place has the best meat around. Sandwich restaurant/ grocery store with European meats and other items you wont find at your average market! My pastrami sandwich was very good but very plain. It's only meat and bread, no condiments or anything. Only downside...

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Local from Carlsbad

I love this place!! The steak and stein is my favorite. So delicious and the portions are pretty large and in charge. The line is always so long, but for a good reason.

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Local from San Diego, CA
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Old fashioned service & quality... Affordable prices too. Tip top has breakfast, lunch, dinner and a market where you can gind all the hard to locate meats and prime cuts. Their pasta selection is huge and their bakery items are delish. This place is a must try for breakfast. Don't leave without trying their thick cut bacon :)

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San Clemente, California, USA

I just went to this place this past Sunday, 10/13/2013 to check out the deli and bakery with my family. The only thing I ended up buying was a German Christmas stollen cake. When I went to the cashier to pay for it, he questioned the price sticker on it and asked the other cashier for verification of the price. She had stated yes, the price was in error but nonetheless, they would honor it since it was a mistake committed by one of their employees. This amounted to me saving $3.00. I paid $4.99 for an item that should have been ticketed with a price of $7.99. No sooner had my family and I left the store and were on our way back to our car when the 2nd cashier, a German lady with a very detectable German accent, she being the one who approved the price, came charging out the door to confront me in the parking lot. She said amongst other things that I was "unethical" and that I should be ashamed of myself. Needless to say, this totally caught me off guard especially since I knew full well that I had done nothing wrong. It was obviously a case of her being distraught and upset because of something that was erroneously done by one of her employees and since she didn't know who was responsible for the slight blunder, she decided to vent and let it out on me. To make matters even worse, a nice, sweet elderly Asian lady who works inside the store, saw and heard everything that had happened and felt so bad for me that she offered me an apology for the German lady's verbal abuse of me. No sooner had that happened, than the mean German cashier lady came charging out of the store again, a 2nd time around to reprimand the Asian lady for trying to restore order. I sure hope that nice elderly Asian lady didn't get fired for doing something nice and appreciated which the unfriendly, rude and mean German cashier lady should have done and probably never would have thought of doing. Needless to say, this was more than just a horrible experience and I certainly will never, ever go back to this place. That German lady needs to be disiplined and should enroll herself in an etiquette class!!!

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Boulder City, Nevada

German Delicatessen, Great Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. A Wonderful German Shopping Market. Tip Top is a must visit!!!

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Irvine, California, USA

I was really excited to try this place, but my appetite was completely RUINED~ It's SO GROSS HERE~ Do not come here!

First, the server and the cashier were arguing in front of the customers because they couldn't agree upon the numbers they were assigning to the customers. Seriously, that's a big NO NO; doesn't matter what kind of restaurant you're at.

Second, I ordered Sauerbraten, which was DISGUSTING!!! I can still taste the flavor in my mouth~ GROSS, GROSS, GROSS~ The food came cold, which doesn't make any sense, considering I waited 20 minutes for it. The meat tasted sour, spoiled and rotten. I took one bite and spit it out; that's how bad it was. That piece of meat had gone bad and shouldn't had been served.

The mash potato was a-ok and the gravy was also a-ok. I can't really taste it after I had a piece of that rotten meat.

Tip: DO NOT COME HERE~ Waste of money~

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Corona, California
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We tried out this place because it had good reviews on yelp but to no avail. Not very good in my book. I had the french dip with fries and the bread had no taste and very dry. The Au Jus had no flavor. My girl had the roast beef sandwich and the roast beef was too dry and no good. Honestly not coming again.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

This is where I get my German goodies

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A meat eaters paradise.

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Local from Solana Beach, California

Looking to cook a specialty for dinner? Look no further.

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