Food Observations

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El Taco Loco Shop 

El Taco Loco Shop delivered by OrangeCrate. I’ll probably break this into a two part review since there’s a lot I’d like to deep dive about the food.

If you’ve ever eaten from El Taco Loco Shop (inside Ramona Market), you know it can be a somewhat awkward and cumbersome experience. From who do you talk to, to where do you order, how and when do you pay, etc. If all this stresses you out, then I’d recommend letting OrangeCrate do all the hard work for you.

Online ordering was painless and simple as always. Food arrived in less than the 60 minutes anticipated! One of the items we ordered were the flautas. Turns out they no longer sell them! Within minutes after ordering I had the MyOC dispatcher calling and texting me about picking an alternate choice. Their communications with me throughout were terrific.

Here’s an order of outstanding carne asada chips. It’s a huge amount that can easily be shared by two. This place definitely dishes up abundant portions of carne asada but I have to say the quality is not the best I’ve had in town. Not sure if they’re using an inferior quality flap meat, but there are significantly more oral extractions per capita here than any other taqueria in town. 

As I’ve observed before, the best take-out food is probably Asian, followed closely by pizza. Next is probably Mexican. It held up very well on the 15 or so minute drive out to SDCE. Maybe the OC hotbox helped. Burgers and fries type dishes tend to struggle and are probably best eaten straight from the kitchen.

Dunkin Donuts 

As promised, I’m back at Dunkin to try their new “Lemon Croissant Donut” ($2.49). So glad I returned because this thing was outstanding! I’ve had some pretty mediocre donuts at our DD but this one exceeded my expectations! It’s a seasonal offering so don’t expect it to be around forever.  I don’t even know how to begin to describe what all it is, so I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. There is an impressive tunnel of sweet lemon filling throughout. It does get kind of awkward and cumbersome towards the end. The way it’s shaped, when you take bites at the end it forces lemon to spooge out the other side, so be careful.


Little Caesar’s 

Little Caesar’s was both hot AND ready tonight!! 👍

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 

Outstanding draft beer selection at Red Robin!!

Black Angus

I just have to say, the new Black Angus down in Escondido is outstanding!!  Not all dark and dank like back in the day.  Here’s an excellent New York strip steak topped with a caramelized shallot and blue cheese compound butter.  Onion rings and au gratin taters rounded it all out very nicely!



Jack in the Box 

My two favorite things at JIB!!  Outstanding fast food egg rolls and panko crusted onion rings. 

Miguel’s Cocina 

Outstanding pollo asado burrito at Miguel’s!!  Paired perfectly with the best chips, salsa & queso in SoCal…


La Cocina

Respectable order of rolled tacos at La Cocina!  Not the best I’ve had, but very good for Ramona.  Can’t beat the outstanding chips and salsa served with every dine in order.  


Love Boat Sushi

Outstanding spicy shrimp tempura roll at Love Boat!!

Grub Burger Bar

Grub Burger Bar is an outstanding new restaurant in Carmel Mountain Ranch!!  Here’s the phenomenal Lockhart Legend Burger and an excellent chorizo queso. 



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