Food Observations

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Archive for the month “August, 2018”

Charm Thai Kitchen

Outstanding garlic crab fried rice at Charm Thai Kitchen in Rancho Bernardo!


I went out on a limb recently for Taco Tuesday! A restaurant not necessarily known for Mexican fare really impressed me… D’Carlos is definitely firing on all cylinders when it comes to Taco Tuesday. There’s a nice selection of a la carte tacos, very reasonably priced, including carne asada; chicken; fish; shrimp; and carnitas. Add a side of black beans or Spanish rice for only $1.25 more.

I ordered one carne asada and one carnitas. Both were outstanding! Each made with unique toppings appropriate to their protein style. Tortillas were soft flour, and fresh. Meat was well proportioned and authentic tasting. My favorite of the two was the carnitas by a hair. Included sides of lime wedges and an excellent, flavorful salsa. Spanish rice was sort of odd given that it was made with a thin, long grain rice that I’m not used to. The taste and cooking style though was definitely legit and on point.

Sombrero Mexican Food

Outstanding shrimp burrito at Sombrero’s in Lakeside, CA! One of my all time favorite chain of taco shops in SoCal. “San Diego-Style Mexican Food” at its finest for a generation.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Outstanding filet mignon Oscar style at Ruth’s Chris! Their excellent beef tenderloin steak crowned with a beautiful crab cake, asparagus and a luxurious béarnaise sauce.

Black Bear Diner

Back to BBD, this time in Signal Hill, CA, just outside of Long Beach. Here’s some sort of southern style Benedict thing. Made with hot biscuits, sausage patties, eggs, etc., all smothered with country gravy! I had to lay down after eating this!

P.F. Chang’s

Outstanding happy hour California roll sushi at PF Chang’s!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding BBQ bacon cheeseburger with excellent, crispy onion rings at Nuevo Grill!

Thai Dishes

Kind of a trippy Thai restaurant in the El Segundo/Inglewood area called Thai Dishes. It reminds me of one other Thai place that I’ve been where I compared it to eating in a funeral home. The staff was just so depressing and lifeless. The Pad Thai was tasty and the decor sufficiently lively and tacky though.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Recently had the opportunity to try an outstanding concept dish at Nuevo Grill! These are some serious, kicked up Tex Mex style lettuce wraps made with carne asada! Super delicious and healthy! I could eat about 19 of these and still not feel bloated!

Black Bear Diner

Recently discovered this great chain of diners throughout the southwest thanks to our good friends in Arizona! Black Bear Diner is an outstanding restaurant specializing in kicked up diner classics. Here’s an excellent order of corned beef hash unlike you’ll find most anywhere else. I particularly appreciated the unique strip cut hash browns.

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