Food Observations

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Boll Weevil

Outstanding Pastrami Burger and wooden bowl salad at the Weev in Ramona!


BJ’s Brewhouse

Decent “Chicken Parm” lunch special at BJ’s in Esco! The chicken was fairly institutional and the spaghetti was overcooked past al dente. Other than that, it was inexpensive. Wedge salads here are always good. Also enjoyed a mini sugar cookie Pizookie.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Yellow Curry and Thai Fried Rice at Pinto Thai in Ramona! First time trying their yellow curry and it was really good. Made with taters, carrots and onion with your choice of protein. Incredibly hearty and richly flavored.

P. F. Chang’s

Excellent Handmade Pork Dumplings at P. F. Chang’s in San Diego’s Fashion Valley Mall! Such a beautiful restaurant, inside and out, with great service. Nestled in the far off northeast corner of the property, it’s definitely the easiest place to find a parking spot. Especially this time of year.

Mi Guadalajara

Outstanding enchilada and tamal combination plate at Mi Guad in Esco! I’m really looking forward to visiting again in December to enjoy all of their beautiful Christmas decorations and huge centerpiece tree.

Iron Pan Thai Kitchen

First time visiting Iron Pan Thai Kitchen in Poway and I was not disappointed! I enjoyed an order of tasty “Crispy Rolls” and Crab Fried Rice. The fried rice dish yielded an ample amount of leftovers for my teenager. Dining in is super small, however intimate and comfortable. Service was very good and friendly.


I just have to say, the new “Taco Tuesday” at D’Carlos certainly lives up to the hype! Your choice of two tacos featuring a variety of protein choices, thoughtfully plated with a side of rice & beans (omitted) plus a daub of guacamole and lime wedges. I particularly loved the soft, supple flour tortillas. The standout for me was their surprisingly good house made chips & salsa. Definitely giving Nuevo Girl a run for their money. Icing on the cake was 25% off margaritas all day.

Mamma Ramona’s

Outstanding “Lasagna Al Forno” at Mamma Ramona’s! This place really excels at baked pasta dishes. I’ve had many of them and all are delicious. I love their fresh wooden bowl salads. I think it makes it taste better for some reason. Garlic bread hot out of the oven is always abundant and tasty. And the best deal going right now is $5 glasses of all their wines, everyday! There are a number of nice, local Ramona wines to choose from.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Excellent Chimichanga, roughly the size of a small baby, at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! It’s a deep fried beef burrito liberally adorned with fresh guacamole & sour cream, plus enough cheese to stop me up for a week. Such a fantastic meal.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Last July, Lady FoodObs embarked on a road trip to Texas to help with some familial things. She detoured her return trip to visit her most favorite small town in North America – Pawhuska, Oklahoma! I’ve been once; she’s been several times. We both dearly adore The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. The Merc’ combines a restaurant, bakery, deli and general store all wrapped in small-town hospitality. Lady FoodObs’ stunning image of her Pecan Sticky Bun in the upstairs bakery was my favorite of her whole trip.

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