Food Observations

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Archive for the month “August, 2019”

Iron Wok

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

Chicken Charlie’s Table

I had never heard of a “lobster slipper tail” until Chicken Charlie showed me the way! Super delicious battered and deep fat fried.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding grilled carne asada steak enchiladas at Nuevo Girl in Ramona, CA! Still the biggest and best in town, that I can tell you.

Jack in the Box

The $4 Fish Sammich combo at JIB was pretty tasty! Would definitely rather have one of these than a filet o’ fish at Mack Donald’s.

The Par Lounge

I was at The Par Lounge on Thursday and experienced their fun new theme celebrating “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT)! For several weeks now on Thursday nights they’ve been featuring a number of culinary classics that have withstood the test of time. I was in hog heaven when I learned they were featuring Chicken Parmesan this past Thursday. A popular dish that has been a staple in restaurants since the 1950’s. The Par’s chicken parm was reasonably priced at only $12.

When my order came out I was impressed by the size of the chicken. I’m not certain if it was pounded or butterflied, but it had a nice uniform thinness all throughout. The chicken itself was thoughtfully brined which made it tender, moist and succulent. It had a modestly seasoned parmesan breadcrumb coating and a luxurious blanket of melted mozzarella cheese. The side of spaghetti could have been a larger portion. It seemed fairly diminutive next to the huge slab of chicken, although the plating and presentation were beautiful. It was obvious the marinara was house-made and not off the Sysco truck. Made with San Marzano maters, etc., it was excellent. Not overly robust like you get at some places, but well balanced and flavorful.

The only thing that would have perfectly rounded out this dish would be a nice, crispy piece of buttery garlic bread. It would be great if they carried this chicken parm on their everyday menu; I would definitely order it again. Other #TBT dishes I’ve seen them feature include Beef Stroganoff and even meatloaf. I have no doubt these would be delicious, modern adaptations from the talented chefs at OG/Par. Looking forward to trying them soon.

Yesenia’s Mexican Food

Big, beautiful plate of carne asada chips at Yesenia’s in Carmel Mountain Ranch! Unfortunately the carne was just meh. Tasted like it was cooked the day before.

Iron Wok

Mediocre Mongolian Beef at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo. Will not be ordering this again.

Marechiaro’s Italian Restaurant

Outstanding lasagna at Marechiaro’s on Olde Highway 80! Layers of fresh, homemade pasta sheets enveloping Italian sausage, beef, ricotta, mozzarella and Romano cheeses, then baked to perfection.

Borrelli’s Pizza & Pizza

Pizza by the slice is always hit or miss anywhere you go. At Borrelli’s in Rancho Bernardo its always a home run! I order slices all over and this place is my favorite.


Outstanding tater skins and tasty steak bites at D’Carlos in Ramona, CA! We’re really enjoying trying new things on their thoughtful appetizer menu. Live music on their spacious and comfortable patio is the best! We enjoyed seeing Michael Jay Dwyer perform when we were there.

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