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Archive for the month “February, 2018”

Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza for dinner recently! Our new family favorite is made with a white alfredo sauce plus chicken and bacon. If you haven’t tried this combination before, I highly recommend it. Ordering it pan-style is best, as photographed here. It’s an outstanding flavor sensation.

For chain store pizza I’ve usually been fairly impressed with Domino’s. They do a respectable job and I hold them in just slightly higher esteem than Pizza Hut.


In case you were unaware, D’Carlos Restaurant now serves breakfast 7 days a week! I made it in recently to check it out. They serve breakfast daily until 11am, Sunday til 2pm. Breakfast menu was straight forward, easy to read and prices were relatively affordable. Everything looked really good with a varied assortment that would please most.

I kept it simple and ordered the two egg breakfast which comes with country taters, choice of bread and bacon or sausage – $7. I really liked how everything came out nice and hot on a hot plate! Over easy eggs were cooked perfectly. Bacon was on the thin side, but cooked well done and crispy how I like it. Unfortunately there’s no hash brown choice, but the country tater cube things were ok. I have to say, the taters and biscuit seemed like they came off the Sysco truck. Not house made. Still tasty nonetheless. I requested a side of gravy with my biscuit. Country gravy was flavorful with some chunks of sausage, but the consistency was a little too thin. I probably would not order a whole plate of that.

Bottomless Mimosa – $12. Kind of steep on the price, but I appreciated that it tasted more like champagne than OJ! That plus the server kept it regularly topped off for me. I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth. Although not so much that it’s skewing my review LOL.

I have to say the whole staff was just outstanding! Service was fast, friendly and personable. We’ll certainly be back to try some of the other breakfast items like an omelette or the cinnamon maple French toast.

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding fried rice bowl with beef at Pei Wei!

Jersey Mike’s

The ubiquitous sammich for me that exemplifies Jersey Mike’s has to be their #13 Original Italian! This is a legit Jersey-style Italian sub, made with provolone cheese, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni. Just outstanding, especially when ordered Mike’s way.

Kentucky Hot Brown

We recently tried our hand at making this remarkable dish called Kentucky Hot Brown. A traditional American hot sammich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY back in the day, 1926. The Hot Brown is basically an open faced hot sandwich consisting of turkey, bacon and tomato, covered in a Mornay sauce, then baked or broiled until everything is hot, bubbly, crispy and delicious. Perfect dish for a cast iron skillet.

Phil’s BBQ

Sometimes I like to order the boneless ribs & chicken at Phil’s BBQ. That and a double helping of the best mac salad in SoCal. The great thing is you can eat everything with a fork! Really helpful on those days I don’t feel like taking a shower after eating at Phil’s.

Players Sports Bar

Outstanding happy hour pizzas at Players Sports Bar in Poway!

Way Point Saloon

Outstanding Reuben sammich at Way Point Saloon/UTHG recently! I’m not gonna sugarcoat it… It was a pretty conservative amount of meat. This wasn’t stacked all fatty like some old school Jewish deli. What corned beef was there was really good though. Sliced to the perfect thickness, very flavorful and free of oral anomalies. Had a nice mouth feel!

The sauerkraut and melted Swiss were well proportioned and evenly distributed. Thick-sliced marble rye was perfectly grilled and fresh tasting. Didn’t get all sogged out on the bottom like many hot sandwiches do. Thousand island dressing was thoughtfully served on the side so as not to turn the whole thing into a hot mess! I appreciated that. $11.95 with choice of side.


Outstanding pizza lunch specials at Na-Pizza in 4S Ranch!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Not the most legit Pad Thai, but I really appreciate that I can get all of my Asian favorites under one roof.  Pei Wei’s menu is inspired by ancient Asian cooking, from the wok-fired classics of China to the street market tastes of Thailand.

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