Food Observations

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Archive for the month “February, 2019”

Penne Alla Vodka

Outstanding homemade Penne Alla Vodka with Italian sausage!

Pete’s BBQ & Burgers

Finally tried the outstanding lamb gyro at Pete’s Smoked BBQ & Burgers! You can order it made with either lamb or chicken, plus fries, only $9.99. Traditional gyro pitas only include tomato and onion, sometimes lettuce. The gyro at Pete’s goes all out and adds cucumber, pepperoncini and a liberal amount of tangy feta cheese as well! Underneath all that is a generous portion of their hot, tender, flavorful gyro meat. 

This gyro was so righteously stacked I had to eat about half of it with a fork before I could even think about picking it up. The tzatziki sauce was house made and very tasty, although somewhat loose in consistency. Pita bread was warm and supple, just how I like it. First time having fries at Pete’s and I was really impressed. Hot, crispy, beer battered style. Among the best I’ve had in town, that I can tell you! I highly recommend trying this one if you’re a fan of the gyro.

The Par Lounge

Cobb salad is back on the menu at The Par Lounge and it’s still the best one you can find in Ramona! I only wish they’d use normal balsamic vinegar and not the white stuff.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Taco Tuesday on the patio at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon! One of my favorite Tuesday spots in SoCal. What really makes it though is the live music. Tuesday night regular performer is Michael J. Dwyer, a phenomenal singer-songwriter. Definitely worth checking out!

The Par Lounge

Excellent chicken potstickers and stunning views on the deck at The Par Lounge!

The Oaks Grille

Outstanding Eggs Benedict, even if I did have to do champagne brunch on the Par Lounge side! 😂

Which Wich

Most sandwich shops these days give you the option of ditching the bread and having your sammich as a salad. I tried one recently at Which Wich. I created an order that mirrored a traditional Cobb salad as best I could. It was very tasty and ate like a meal, just wasn’t quite the same. The avocado was all mashed up guacamole style and the sliced turkey was overly salty.

Flippin’ Pizza

Pizza is my middle name and Flippin’ does not disappoint with their two slice lunch specials!

Five Guys

Outstanding double cheeseburger with grilled onions and jalapeños at Five Guys in Poway! Definitely one of the best fast food burgers I’ve put in my mouth.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding dinner recently at Pinto Thai! Crab Fried Rice for $13.99. Made with fried jasmine rice, fresh crab meat, egg, green & white onions, peas, carrots and tomatoes in their special sauce. I’m not exactly sure what was “special” about the sauce, but it was a very good fried rice dish. 

This one did not have the traditional up front soy sauce flavor, it was more delicate and subdued. It did however have a great spicy note with unique, herbaceous and fresh tasting flavors. The consistency was on the drier side compared to most fried rice dishes I’ve had. You’ll find a liberal amount of crab throughout, although no lump meat! It mostly consisted of smaller bits of a more institutional, foodservice grade quality of crab. Fairly conservative amount of egg and green onion. Would have benefitted from more. For those of you who love cucs, Pinto garnishes most of their plates with several thick slices of cucumber. Acts as a nice cooling agent when you have a spicy dish.

This was a huge serving that could have been easily shared by two. I ate most of it and I’m pleased to report that it did not leave me feeling all bloated afterwards.

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