Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Taco Bell

One of my favorite things to order at the Bell for breakfast are these tasty mini skillet bowl things! Tremendous value at only a buck and super tasty. Made with scrambled eggs, taters, nacho cheese and pico de gallo. I always have them add either seasoned ground beef or steak to make it a perfect meal.

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Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant

We recently tried Gaetano’s down in Lakeside and it was outstanding! Upon arriving it seemed like we might need a tetanus shot before going inside. Just look at that sign! It was legit Lakeside, that I can tell you. Once inside though I was totally impressed! A modern, clean, comfortable, welcoming and top-shelf environment.

Food was excellent! I had the spaghetti with meat sauce, meatball and sausage. Pasta was al dente; sauce was rich, hearty and flavorful. Bread service was decent. Salad was just mediocre. Jr had the lasagna. It looked very good although I didn’t try it.

In business for over 37 years, Gaetano’s is an east county institution! Definitely worth checking out if you’ve never been.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding chicken enchilada smothered with a delicious verde sauce and melty cheese blanket at Nuevo Girl!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Mariscos Mar de Cortez for dinner recently. This big, beautiful “Supreme Burrito” is an absolute monster! Made with your choice of chicken or beef, filled with rice, beans, cheese, guac, sour cream, lettuce, kitchen sink, etc. This football sized burrito is then liberally blanketed with a flavorful chile relleno type sauce. The shredded beef was tender (albeit bland); everything else was well proportioned and tasty. Tortilla warm, soft and supple, just how I like it. Such an amazing value to get this huge burrito plate at an affordable price. I literally felt like laying down after eating this.

Rock & Brews

Always outstanding pizza at Rock & Brews in El Segundo!

Manana’s Mexican Food

Tasty order of rolled tacos from Manana’s in Ramona, CA!

Grub Burger Bar

One of the best appetizers in SoCal! Cheese fries with grilled, thin-sliced jalapeños, bacon, etc. I dearly adore the skinny, crispy shoestring style fries they use. The burgers are always top shelf and I usually order something different every time. This appetizer though is a must for each visit.

Cracker Barrel

On the way back from Big Bear we drove the circuitous route through Victorville, CA! Had to check out the first Cracker Barrel in the state of California! I never thought I’d see the day. It’s finally a reality with more locations scheduled to open in the Golden State. The architecture and decor are definitely a refreshing departure from all the traditional Barrels we’ve been to east of the Colorado River.

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company

We really enjoyed our couple of days up in Big Bear Lake last September! Whenever I stay in a new town I always scout out the local craft beer spots. BBLBC was such an outstanding establishment! Home of the freshest brew above 6,500′. My first pub grub go-to is always fish & chips. Their version here is just excellent! I particularly loved the unique strip-cut fries. Very unique and delicious. I cannot wait to come back and visit this charming mountain resort community.

Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Lady Food Obs and I headed up to Big Bear Lake last September so we had to stop at our favorite Inland Empire institution! She always gets the hot Italian beef sammich at Portillo’s, which is so good. This time I ordered the legendary jumbo Chicago dog. This thing is such a hot mess I had to take two showers after eating it! That neon green relish though. So much going on with this, I think I prefer a more simplistic approach to my franks.

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