Food Observations

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Pete’s Smoked BBQ & Burgers

Breakfast for dinner recently at Pete’s smoked BBQ & burgers! I tried the legendary “Glamis Burrito” that I’ve heard so much about. It was outstanding! I’ve never had anything quite like it.

First of all, this burrito is giant! Made with bacon, sausage, chunks of ham, cheese, hash browns, eggs and country gravy. Only $8. All this stuff is chopped and mixed up so well it’s difficult to discern any individual ingredient while eating it. The gravy might sound odd, but it’s the perfect thing to bind it all together. I thought it was perfect. Great flavors and textures. Everything was perfectly homogenous.

Be warned, this burrito is roughly the size of a small dachshund. I asked them to cut it in half; Gail and I split it. Perfect amount. I’m afraid if I ate the whole thing I’d be in the hospital right now…


Taco Bell

The so-called Naked Chicken Chips at Taco Bell were pretty tasty. Not sure about chicken with the squirt cheese though. I think I’d just rather have some McNuggets from Mc you-know-where with some spicy mustard sauce. I’ll stick with my beloved Beefy Frito Burrito at the Bell.

Players Sports Bar

Back to Players for another one of their outstanding happy hour pizzas! Thin & crispy, it’s super easy to eat the whole thing. Great selection of toppings and an affordable price makes this pie hard to beat.


Back to Ramona Quizno’s to try their mac & cheese side dish. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. Started out as an institutional vacuum pouch in the microwave, but wound up being topped with shaved parmesan and taking a ride through their conveyor belt oven thing. You can get it plain; with bacon; or lobster meat. Elbow macaroni noodles were big and nicely ribbed. Cheese sauce was very respectable for a “fast food” establishment. Not at all like the gas station squirt cheese. (If you’ve ever tried the mac & cheese at Wendy’s, you know what I’m talking about). I would definitely order this again!


I’m a big fan of the Baconator Burger at Wendy’s, but their so-called Baconator Fries leaves something to be desired. It’s pretty much just fries with some squirt cheese and a few pieces of bacon. Dave Thomas must be spinning in his grave.


Outstanding toasted sub at Ramona Quizno’s recently! I tried the lobster and seafood scampi bake and it was remarkably good. Made with garlic-baked lobster & “seafood”, mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms & onions, tomatoes, then finished with a garlic aioli. Only $7.60 for a good sized 8 inch.

Lobster/seafood was a fairly conservative amount, but I was expecting that. Had big, fresh tasting succulent chunks. I was really impressed. Abe did a masterful job in constructing this sandwich. No unfortunate spooging or dripping. All very easy and enjoyable to eat. I typically do not put cheese anywhere near seafood, but the mozz on this sammich was mild in flavor and helped act as a binding agent.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding lunch specials at Nuevo Grill and Cantina!  This place consistently has the best enchiladas in town so that’s my usual order.  You can get them prepared in a variety of ways, including steak, chicken, shrimp, etc.  I particularly like the steak which is made with a liberal amount of lean, flavorful grilled carne asada.  Actually the chicken is right up there too because of the excellent verde sauce blanketing the enchilada.

Olive Garden

Tasty giant stuffed manicotti thing at OG.

The Par Lounge

Outstanding dinner recently at The Par Lounge. Here’s the “Combo Platter” from the appetizer menu. It includes tater skins, fried mozzarella, onion rings and chicken tenders. Served with sides of ranch dressing, warm marinara and sour cream.

Comes with three skins which were great, crispy and hot with an ample amount of cheese. Could have used more bacon and green onions though. The fried cheese was a fairly conservative portion, but excellent nonetheless. Triangle shapes that yielded a perfect cheese pull. There was a very liberal amount of onion rings which is fine with me. For frozen, institutional rings, these are some of the best in town. Five crispy chicken tenders rounded it all out.

Now obviously this is a sea of fried brown goodness and not something you want to eat everyday! Occasionally though it’s a nice treat. The only other restaurant I eat at with this much brown on one plate would be Cracker Barrel. Good thing for my pants size there’s none close by. This whole platter is plenty for two hungry adults, or two average adults with picky child.

A&S Catering & BBQ

Another quick one! If you’ve never been to an event catered by A&S Catering&BBQ, you are missing out! At a recent charity auction I enjoyed some outstanding brisket. Tender, succulent and thick sliced. Also the best tater salad I’ve ever put it my mouth, that I can tell you!

Happy to have also tried Anthony’s famous macaroni & cheese (made with penne pasta). Comfort food at it’s finest! Adorned with a liberal amount of bacon, I could have just laid down in all of it. Times like this remind me why mac & cheese is my favorite vegetable!

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