Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Way Point Saloon

“The Rancher” at Way Point Saloon is simply stunning! It’s a massive half-pound premium beef patty with smoked cheddar, bacon, BBQ sauce and a beautiful stack of onion rings. I had to take two showers after this one.


Yanni’s Bar & Grill

Outstanding Lamb Cannelloni at YBG! Made with ground lamb, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, pine nuts, mozzarella, onion, grana padano parmesan, béchamel, and marinara sauce. We started with one of my favorite appetizers in SoCal, Fried Calamari Misto. Includes carrots, green beans, pepperoncini; plus lemon pesto aioli and marinara dipping sauces. Always a delight visiting this fine establishment.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Excellent #6 combination plate at Mar de Cortez in Ramona! One cheese enchilada and one stacked carne asada taco. Also one of the biggest and best servings of chips & salsa in town.

P. F. Chang’s

Outstanding Cantonese-Style Lobster at P. F. Chang’s in Fashion Valley!

Cracker Barrel

Quick pit stop in Yuma on the way home! Tasty country fried steak, fried okra, hot biscuits and my favorite vegetable at Cracker Barrel.

El Gato Azul

Outstanding “Paella Valencia” at El Gato Azul! Saffron rice sautéed with chorizo, mussels, chicken and shrimp with white wine, garlic, green olives and peas. We really enjoyed spending New Year’s Eve in Prescott, Arizona’s Whiskey Row. Such a fantastic time in the town square with live music, fireworks, etc.

Limoncello Pizzeria Napoletana

We really loved visiting Limoncello Pizzeria Napoletana in beautiful downtown Prescott, Arizona! The place is bustling with an infectious vibe. Almost organized chaos I’d say. It was so fun. We didn’t have reservations but our 4-top was seated rather quickly. Service was outstanding. I enjoyed an excellent “Orecchiette alle cime di Rapa”. Housemade orecchiette pasta with spicy Calabrian chile, broccoli and sausages.

The Clinkscale

Excellent Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at The Clinkscale! Probably among the best tasting and textured hotcake I’ve put in my mouth. Includes a blueberry compote, maple syrup and artful adornment of whipped cream. One of the newest restaurants in Jerome, Arizona, The Clinkscale opened in December 2020. It occupies the lower level of the Clinkscale Building built in 1899 which includes a charming hotel and bar. The restaurant has a beautiful, historic atmosphere, an exquisite menu and friendly, professional staff. This place gets rave reviews and deservedly so. Highly recommended if you ever visit this quirky little mining town. And any traveler of the American Southwest should have this town on your list of interesting places to visit.

Haunted Hamburger

No trip to Jerome, Arizona would be complete without visiting Haunted Hamburger!

Fat Olives

One of the stalwart restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives has always been Fat Olives in Flagstaff, Arizona! We were fortunate enough to visit during this trip and I just loved the restaurant. They specialize in Neapolitan style pizza so of course that’s what I ordered. I had a “Fennel Sausage Pizza” that included wood-roasted onion and it was excellent!

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