Food Observations

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Homestyle Hawaiian

One of my new favorite restaurants just down the hill in Lakeside is Homestyle Hawaiian! I had an outstanding teriyaki chicken plate that included the traditional sides of steamed rice and mac salad. I also tried this thing called spam musubi that I’ve always been intrigued by. It was surprisingly tasty! Homestyle Hawaiian has five locations throughout San Diego County and is well worth visiting if you haven’t been.


Mi Ranchito Taco Shop

Outstanding sopes are now on the menu at Mi Ranchito in Ramona, CA! A sope is a traditional Mexican dish originating in the central and southern parts of Mexico. The base is made from a circle of fried masa, roughly the size of an ashtray, that looks like an unusually thick tortilla. It’s topped with a variety of ingredients, typically beans, a protein, lettuce, salsa, cheese, crema, etc.

The Par Lounge

One of my favorite Cobb Salads in SoCal! So glad it is back on the menu at The Par Lounge in Ramona, CA.

Black Angus

Outstanding “Buffalo and Bleu” burger at Black Angus! Made with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, shredded cabbage, Bleu ranch dressing and green onions. The whole thing was a hot mess but very tasty.

Panda Express

Orange chicken and chow mein will always be a constant with me. For my third item this time I tried the Shanghai Angus Steak. One of these premium choices where they charge extra but still very tasty. Easy to eat around those hideous mushrooms, too.

Manana’s Mexican Food

There is no better way to say “te quiero” to amá on Mother’s Day than with a wet burrito from Mananas Mexican Food! I’ve been eating burritos here for years and have never had a bad one. I love a good wet burrito and finally tried their interpretation this morning; it was outstanding! 

Any of Mañana’s burritos can be ordered “wet”. I chose a simple beef burrito, only $6.15. It was huge! Filled with a ton of tender, seasoned shredded beef. Also a few onions and peppers. No cheap fillers like beans, rice or lettuce, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Making it “wet” adds an extra $2.10. The whole thing is blanketed with a generous amount of their rich, flavorful enchilada sauce, then topped with some cheese. 

Service and all was nice as always for me. I particularly appreciate the chips gratis when dining in plus the excellent salsa bar. I noticed this morning that they now have pickled red onions which I dearly adore with Mexican food.

Black Angus

Outstanding grilled salmon at Black Angus in Escondido!

San Diego Sunshine

The best craft distillery in SoCal debuted their Limoncello recently! San Diego Sunshine began back in the day with Honey Wheat and Blueberry Honey spirits, and have since branched out to include Grape Brandy, Rye Whiskey and now Limoncello. I sampled some and it was outstanding! 

Limoncello is an Italian style lemon liqueur made from the zest of lemons steeped in a rectified spirit. It’s perfect served straight up from the freezer, sipping style. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! If you haven’t checked this place out yet, do yourself a favor. The tasting room is warm, friendly and welcoming.  Located in Ramona, CA – the heart of San Diego County. 

Cocina del Charro

Outstanding Chile Colorado at Cocina del Charro in Escondido!

Tony’s on Aviation

Back to Tony’s, this time for their Tuesday pasta special day! Outstanding order of lasagna with garlic bread for only $5 & change.

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