Food Observations

A blog for eaters

IHOP 

When at IHOP, gotta get the hotcakes!  Just outstanding here!  I remember back in the day they had something called griddle cakes that I dearly adored.  Made with cornmeal mixed in the batter, or something like that. 

Babe’s BBQ & Brewhouse 

One of my favorite restaurants in the Coachella Valley is Babe’s BBQ & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage!  Outstanding happy hour specials.  Amazing po’ boy sammich; excellent BBQ shrimp with garlic fries and the best boneless beef shortrib sampler I’ve had!






Jack in the Box 

These croissant breakfast sammich things at Jack in the Box are pretty tasty…

Iron Wok

Outstanding house special fried rice at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo!

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Outstanding homemade BBQ chicken Nachos!!  We’ve been lucky to find great, authentic tortilla chips in our local market from El Nopalito in Encinitas, CA. 

Pizza Nova 

Outstanding pizzas and salads at Pizza Nova in Point Loma!  This pie is simply called, “Italian Meat”…


Cheers of Ramona 

Cheers of Ramona for dinner last September! Before the change in ownership. Food was good then and it’s still good now! Stay tuned for an updated review under new ownership. This time I ordered the Cheers “BR” Burger. Apparently a favorite of sports broadcaster and former San Diego Charger, Billy Ray Smith Jr.For only $8.99 it’s made with a Cheers burger patty, BBQ sauce, jalapeños, and cheddar cheese. Reading the menu description, something seemed lacking. That’s right – bacon! I requested an add-on of bacon and that helped considerably.

These burgers are served open faced to keep the hot side hot and the cold side crisp & fresh. I put it all together for the photo so you can fully marvel in just how substantial these burgers are. Every burger creation I’ve ever ordered at Cheers has been so thoughtfully and carefully constructed. Some places I go to are just a haphazard mess. I will say though, once you actually have to pick up and eat this behemoth, expect to have to change clothes about half way through. That and take two showers when you get home.

The beef patty seemed to be a 1/2 pound; it was hot, thick, and juicy. A blanket of melted cheddar cheese enveloped a number of pickled jalapeños that lent a perfect spicy note. Bacon was abundant and a welcomed addition, although somewhat chewy/flabby, making it hard to get a good bite out of it. Produce was generous, crisp and fresh. Most impressive was the bun. It held all of this together without cracking under pressure.

Burgers are served a la carte, so Gail and I shared an order of “Frings”. Half onion rings and half fries (pictured in the comments). I’ll say, the ratio was more like 1/3 rings and 2/3 fries. Would have preferred more on the rings side. Maybe next time we’ll just get a full order of each, they are that good! Seriously, Cheers is in the top tier of rings/fries in Ramona, that I can tell you.



Starbucks 

Crumb coffee cake thing at Starbucks was pretty tasty!! 

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding Mongolian Beef at Pei Wei!  Almost as good as their big brother, PF Chang. 

Yogurt Barn

Outstanding FroYo at Yogurt Barn in Ramona! 

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