Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Yesenia’s Mexican Food

Big, beautiful plate of carne asada chips at Yesenia’s in Carmel Mountain Ranch! Unfortunately the carne was just meh. Tasted like it was cooked the day before.


Iron Wok

Mediocre Mongolian Beef at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo. Will not be ordering this again.

Marechiaro’s Italian Restaurant

Outstanding lasagna at Marechiaro’s on Olde Highway 80! Layers of fresh, homemade pasta sheets enveloping Italian sausage, beef, ricotta, mozzarella and Romano cheeses, then baked to perfection.

Borrelli’s Pizza & Pizza

Pizza by the slice is always hit or miss anywhere you go. At Borrelli’s in Rancho Bernardo its always a home run! I order slices all over and this place is my favorite.


Outstanding tater skins and tasty steak bites at D’Carlos in Ramona, CA! We’re really enjoying trying new things on their thoughtful appetizer menu. Live music on their spacious and comfortable patio is the best! We enjoyed seeing Michael Jay Dwyer perform when we were there.

Ramona Lisa Pizza

I’m not sure if this was a geometric anomaly or they slipped in two slices from a bigger pizza. I’m pretty sure it was just unfortunate slippage. At any rate, another outstanding pizza from Ramona Lisa! That calamari though seems to be masquerading as onion rings. 😂

Players Sports Bar

A rather unorthodox yet tasty Cobb salad at Players in Poway. I probably would not order this again here.

The Par Lounge

Excellent “Doppio” pizza and dinner salad at The Par Lounge in Ramona, CA! One of my favorite things to order there. Always delicious and affordable. Still loving their new pizza oven, that’s for sure!

Embassy Suites

Outstanding cooked to order breakfast at Embassy Suites in El Segundo!

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

In El Segundo recently I stumbled upon this great new burger joint called Hopdoddy Burger Bar. It was fantastic, that I can tell you! They have a distinctly creative menu of original and delicious burger creations. I ordered the “Llano Poblano”. Angus beef patty with applewood smoked bacon, Tillamook Pepper Jack, seared poblano chiles, Chipotle aioli, etc. Everything was excellent. Hopdoddy is my new favorite purveyor of fine burgers. I need to take Lady Food Obs here next time!

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