Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Excellent chimichanga smothered with an exquisite ranchero sauce at Nuevo Girl in Ramona, CA!

Tony Pepperoni Pizzeria

Outstanding antipasto salad and meatballs appetizer at Tony Pepperoni in San Diego!

Panda Express

I tried that new “Wok Seared Steak & Shrimp” at Panda Express. The potatoes in the dish were wholly unnecessary! Didn’t even seem like Chinese food, but it was tasty nonetheless.

Wynola Pizza & Bistro

Outstanding “Joe’s Godfather” pizza at Wynola Pizza & Bistro! Great wood fired pizza here that is so light and thin. Super easy to eat the whole thing and not feel all distended.

Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse

First time visiting a Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group restaurant and I was really impressed! There are 3 locations around the Carlsbad/Leucadia area and we went to the Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse. Located right on the beach (across a highway) with stunning ocean views. Service was top shelf from the valet and all throughout. Sidenote: I made reservations through OpenTable and received angry messages from them after the fact that I was a no-show. This was most inaccurate! I can only guess the restaurant didn’t get me checked in against my reservation.


Food overall was excellent. I started with the Insalata alla Caprese. I’m not conviced these were “heirloom” tomatoes like the menu said, but it was delicious nonetheless. Also had the Spaghetti Portofino. Exquisite dish! A gustatory adventure for any seafood lover. Calamari, rock shrimp, mussels, Manila clams, a diver scallop and a jumbo prawn nearly the size of a small lobster tail. The Mediterranean pesto was betther than I was expecting. Light, yet richly flavored. Spaghetti pasta was properly al dente. I really enjoyed this dish. Lady FoodObs had a perfectly cooked steak with side of fettucine Alfredo. The fettucine pasta was clearly house-made, unfortunately had somewhat of an off-putting gummy texture.

D’Carlos

Congratulations to D’Carlos on their grand re-opening (April 2021)! A Ramona institution since 1977, they’re finally emerging from their protracted ‘rona shutdown. There has been a sad culinary vacuum in town without them. Although an established restaurant, they’re re-opening with many new staff members. Right off the bat they were firing on all cylinders. Service, food temps, timing, etc., everything was excellent.
I have dined here many times but this was my first time trying the meatloaf. The generous portion here is a simple, traditional recipe that I found to be quite good. Moist, flavorful and not overly dense. No fussy bacon wrappings or weird ingredients; just a basic ‘chup glaze. Also blanketed with a silky, delicious brown gravy. Mashed taters were proper with a nice texture. Comes with bread. Outstanding dish.

On the Border

Excellent happy hour chicken quesadilla at OTB in Esco!

Lienzo Charro

Tasty #5 combination plate, beef taco and chile relleno at Lienzo Charro in Poway!

Mi Guadalajara

Outstanding Molcajete Mixto at Mi Guad in Esco!

Buca di Beppo

Stunning order of lasagna at Buca in Mira Mesa! This was the small order believe it or not. Looked like a wedding cake of cheesy pasta goodness!

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