Moto Deli To Launch Food Truck In Anticipation Of Brick-And-Mortar Opening

The Moto Deli food truck and The Turketta sandwich
February 22, 2016

In anticipation of the opening of the brick-and-mortar location of Moto Deli in Encinitas, Chef Alex Carballo and crew have purchased the Moto Deli food truck, which, starting next week, will sit in front of the deli's location at 810 North Coast Highway 101 on Thursdays & Fridays from 11am-2pm until the eatery debuts. On other days, the food truck will visit area breweries and food events, as well as be available for bookings and catering.

Chef Alex Carballo, known for his roles as former Executive Chef at Stone Brewing Co. and chef/partner at URBN Coal Fired Pizza in El Cajon, along with local entrepreneur Mario Warman, are gearing up to open a motorcycle-inspired sandwich shop in the heart of Encinitas. Drawing on the trademark outdoor lifestyle synonymous with Encinitas, Moto Deli inspires to be a hub for the active community to congregate and connect with chef-driven deli fare made entirely from scratch, local craft beer and close proximity to beaches.

Mario Warman, a global traveler and motorcycle enthusiast with a passion for food, will manifest his experiences with the opening of Moto Deli. Moto Deli will be housed in a 1927 building, which was formerly home to iconic Leucadia neighborhood go-to, Sub Palace. The design will feature many of the original architectural details such as original redwood, new concrete walls and touches of steel, while invoking the nostalgia of an authentic mechanic shop - a nod to Warman’s love for motorcycles.

The Dakar Rally sandwich
“We want to celebrate the long history of this established deli location and update it to emphasize our appreciation for gourmet cuisine. We are so excited to share our passions with the local community - it’s a place where the Moto lifestyle will converge with good beer and even better sandwiches,” says Mario. The motorcycle theme continues with the eatery’s convenient scooter delivery service that will bring fresh, artisan sandwiches direct to North County doorsteps.

With a fresh take on classic deli fare, Moto Deli’s sandwiches will feature wholesome ingredients and hearty portions. Specials will include The Turketta with turkey 'porchetta,' aged white cheddar, avocado, bacon, arugula and mostarda di frutti on ciabatta bread; and The Dakar Rally with Moroccan lamb meatballs, house marinara, Muenster cheese, ricotta, chives and preserved lemon.

“Everything we’re doing is from scratch. We’re essentially bringing together all of the elements you love about fine dining in an approachable application,” says Carballo. “We’re making our own bread, roasting and smoking meats daily, crafting charcuterie and sourcing fresh local fish and produce.” The sandwich lineup will be complemented by all house made kettle chips, jarred condiments, sauces, pickles and more.

Nationally respected as of one of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “12 to watch in 2012”, Alex Carballo has been noted in top industry publications such as Food & Wine, Sunset Magazine and Draft Magazine. Chef Alex manned the helm in some of San Diego’s most prestigious kitchens (Crosby Country Club, Indigo Grill, Brigantine and The Fishery), but it was his five-year stint as General Manager/Executive Chef at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido that earned his regional acclaim.

Moto Deli is hoping to open by this April. For more information on the food truck location or to make a booking, call (760) 943-MOTO, and be sure to check out the initial menu items below.

  • Grilled Tri Tip, Smoked Cheddar, Arugula, Avocado, Basil Aioli (8″ Torpedo)
  • Roasted Chicken “Bahn Mi”, Pate, Sombal Aioli, Pickles, Mint, Cilantro (8″Torpedo)
  • Hand Carved Smoked Turkey Breast, Swiss, Bacon, Avocado, Arugula, Fruit Mustard (Kaiser Roll)
  • Porcetta, Kale, Lemon, Crispy Capers, Smashed White Beans, Grilled Rapini, Pickled Chilies, Smoked Garlic Aioli (Kaiser Roll)
  • Grilled House Made Smoked Sausage, Potato, Hard Boiled Eggs, Green Olive Salad, Cabbage Slaw (8″ Torpedo)
  • Grilled Eggplant, Ricotta, Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Black Olive Salad (Kaiser)
  • House Smoked Brisket “Cubano” Style
  • Stacked Roast Beef, Smoked Cheddar, Arugula, Horse Radish/Apple Relish, Smoked Garlic Aioli (Kaiser Roll)
  • Smoked Turkey Breast, Fontina, Cucumbers, Onion Sprouts, Pesto, Pickled Onion, Moto Mustard (Focaccia)
  • San Diego YellowTail “Conserva”, Jalapenos, Oven Dry Tomato, Avocado, Cabbage, Pickled Carrots, Sombal Aioli (8″ Torpedo)
  • Brie, Apple, Walnut Butter, Prosciutto, Arugula, Radish (Baguette)
  • Grilled House Made Smoked Sausage, Potato, Hard Boiled Eggs, Green Olive Salad, Cabbage Slaw (8″ Torpedo)
  • Deviled Egg Salad: 3 Deviled Eggs, Salmon Candy Or Bacon, Cucumber, Onion Sprouts, Tomato (Keiser)
  • Traditional Grinder
  • Grilled Cheese: Swiss, Fontina, Provolone, Pix Onion (+$3) Add: Bacon, Smoked Turkey, Ham, Salmon Candy, Fried Egg, Heirloom Tomato
  • Fat Boy Grilled Cheese: Griddled Mortadella (Fried Fancy Bologna), All The Cheese, Bacon, Ham, Fried Egg
  • Nutella P.B.&J (Seasonal House Made Jam)Cashew Butter And Seasonal Jam Add Bacon (3$) Banana (2$)
  • Kale Salad: Strawberry, Balsamic, Pix Red Onion, Raw Walnuts
  • Romaine Salad: Parmesan-Buttermilk Dressing/Grated Egg/Bacon/Roast Garlic
  • Mario’s Grilled Chicken Protein Bowl, Quinoa, Cabbage, Poblano Pepper
  • Smoked Turkey Protein Bowl, Garbanzos, Kale, Apples, Yogurt, Dry Cranberry
  • Tempe Protein Bowl, Cherry Tomato Relish, Onion Sprouts, Chick Peas, Arugula
  • Smoked Turkey Soup, Garbanzo, White Beans, Smoked Sausage, Kale
  • Sweet Corn Soup, Pickled Peppers, Cotia Cheese, Pumpkin Seed Pesto
  • House Made Chips (Salt/Pepper/Dill/Lemon)
  • Pretzel Buttons, Moto Mustard
  • Fried Chickpeas
  • Habanero Pickles
  • Deviled Eggs (2 Piece) Scallions, Moto Hot Sauce, Add Bacon/Salmon Candy ($)
  • Pickled Egg (1 Egg), Curry, Habanero, Beet And Orange Or Bacon