Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Outback Steakhouse 

Some of my favorite sides at Outback!  These onion petals are a lot more uniform and easier to eat than a big bloomin’ onion.  The Steakhouse Mac & Cheese is tasty when prepared properly and it comes out hot.  Clam chowder here is always outstanding. 


Phil’s BBQ 

Outstanding BBQ chicken & ribs at Phil’s BBQ!  I always order them sauce on the side, or “SOS” as they say at Phil’s.  Doing so keeps me from having to take two showers when I get home.  You can also find the absolute best mac salad in SoCal here!  I could just eat a big ol’ plate of that!

Love Boat Sushi

Outstanding spicy shrimp roll and excellent crispy gyoza at Love Boat Susie!  


I can always count on Rubio’s for the quintessential fish taco!

Homemade Carne Asada 

Outstanding carne asada from Stater Bros in Ramona!  Their flap meat is consistently excellent.  

The Par Lounge 

Outstanding Pastrami Burger at The Par Lounge.  Not normally on their menu but a special item during this recent visit.  Always in the top tier of burgers in Ramona. 

The Oaks Grille 

Outstanding brunch recently at The Oaks Grille. I ordered the Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast for $9.95. Includes two eggs cooked “your way” and two pieces of bacon or sausage. Being that it was weekend brunch, it also included two complimentary glasses of champagne!

The dish consisted of two biscuits cut into four halves. Biscuits were on the softer side with no discernible crispy edges. Gravy was thick, flavorful and hearty with a very conservative amount of sausage nodules. It seemed that if this gravy had sat around too long, it could be used as some sort of binding agent in various construction trades. Big chubby sausage links were very tasty. And my scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly! Not all overdone, brown and tough.

Not the best B&G I’ve had in town, but it was respectable. Next time I’ll probably try the country fried steak.

Brigantine Seafood 

Outstanding crab cake appetizer at Brigantine in Poway!  I’ve had the best in Maryland and other places back east.  This one wasn’t quite up to those standards, but still remarkable for a SoCal crab cake.  

Pei Wei Asian Diner 

Outstanding teriyaki chicken bowl at Pei Wei!  Includes spinach, napa cabbage, carrots and onions, all Wok-fired then tossed in a sweet soy glaze. 


Probably one of the most pathetic looking sandwiches I’ve had from Wendy’s.  The so-called Crispy Chicken BLT may have looked like a sad sack, but it was actually very tasty.  This was kind of a surprise because I usually get expertly crafted, nice looking sandwiches and burgers from Wendy.  And of course you can never go wrong with an order of Baconator Fries!

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