Food Observations

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Archive for the month “April, 2018”

Casa Reveles

I recently ordered an enchilada and tamale combination plate. Came out enchilada and burrito! Not sure you can tell which is what…


Cheers of Ramona

Outstanding burger at Cheers of Ramona recently! This one is not on their regular printed menu, but available upon request. Called the “Big Matt”, it’s modeled after the venerable Big Mac. Made with two quarter pound beef patties, two slices of American cheese, lettuce, pickle and thousand island dressing (special sauce), all on an excellent, bakery fresh brioche bun. Only $9, served with fries, rings or tots.

I have to say that I’m really a big fan of the quarter pound beef patty, even when stacked two high. There’s something about this thinner beef form that is more tasty than a chubby, fatty patty. It must be the grilled surface area to beef ratio. Thinner patties definitely have a better mouth feel with more flavor and texture.

If you’re like me and have the occasional urge for a Big Mac in your mouth, do yourself a favor and spend a couple dollars more at Cheers and try the “Big Matt”! You won’t be disappointed. You’ll actually taste the beef! And be warned, you might need to take a shower afterwards.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Pad Thai at Pinto Thai in Ramona! Some of the best you’ll find in SoCal. Particularly good combination style, made with beef, chicken, pork and shrimp.

The Par Lounge

Outstanding pizzas at The Par Lounge recently! Two of our faves, the Blanco, made with white sauce, spinach, prosciutto, daubs of ricotta, etc. And the Combo, made traditional red sauce style with pepperoni and Italian sausage.

Smoking Cannon Brewery

After all the outstanding reviews recently (some less coherent than others), I had to go check out Smoking Cannon Brewery! Such a remarkable addition to Old Town Ramona! Love this place and it’s Civil War motif.

Reasonably priced “beer flight” was only $10. Included a selection of six unique and tasty beers. My favorite was definitely the American stout on nitro and Pecan Porter. Open Thursday – Sunday, right next to El Michoacan. Worth a visit for any beer fan!

Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill

One of my new favorite restaurants in San Diego is Hooleys in La Mesa’s Grossmont Center! This place captures the magic of a true Irish Pub. They have a tremendous menu that offers a broad sampling of traditional Irish fare. Here’s an outstanding corned beef & cabbage. Super tasty brisket, although sliced somewhat thin. The pretzel was a perfect appetizer along with a legit beer cheese. Best part was definitely some of the best bread pudding I’ve put in my mouth! The BP was free just for checking in on Yelp! How awesome is that?

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Excellent tamale and enchilada combination plate at Mariscos Mar de Cortez! One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Ramona.

Sage Cafe

Outstanding order of steak & eggs from Sage Cafe at Barona Resort & Casino!

Plaza Grill

New England Lobster Roll – new on the menu at Barona Casino’s Plaza Grill! Made with generous chunks of Atlantic lobster, lemon mayonnaise, chives, etc., all on the perfect toasted buttery bun. Served with cole slaw and old bay fries, only $14.95.

This was just outstanding. Exceeded my expectations for Barona. I’ve had great lobster rolls back east and this one stood up with them. Not some dumbed down west coast version.

If you’ve never tried the Plaza Girl at Barona, give it a shot sometime.

Olive Garden

Here’s the so-called light version of Chicken Parmigiana at Olive Garden.  It’s pretty much the same as their full dinner version, but just one piece of chicken instead of two. The dish is pretty tasty but surprisingly the chicken seems overly institutional for OG.  Like it’s from the bottom shelf of the Sysco truck.

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