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Archive for the month “November, 2020”

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

May 22, 2020 – Incredibly excited to be back eating inside a restaurant! For our inaugural dine-out sesh we went to Nuevo Grill & Cantina. They were among the small handful of restaurants in Ramona to have quickly adopted the new normal in accordance with San Diego County guidelines. Their ‘rona protocol was seamless and professional. In fact after being seated you really couldn’t tell anything was different. Other than there being absolutely nothing to touch on the tables. I remember I used to enjoy fiddling with the hanging happy hour menu thing. It was probably a petri dish so it’s just as well not to have it there.

Anyway, I ordered a carne asada enchilada lunch special that was outstanding. Full of their tender and flavorful char-grilled steak. One of my go-to faves here that I’ve ordered for many years. I was also thrilled to be indulging in their award winning chips & salsa. Paired perfectly with a nice, cold draft beer. Something I haven’t been able to enjoy since March 16. The service and overall experience today at Nuevo Girl was just terrific.

Los Primos

Excellent carne asada quesadilla at Los Primos in 4S Ranch!

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding garlic Parmesan chicken wings from Ramona Lisa Pizza!


May 8, 2020 – Outstanding ‘rona takeout from Rubio’s! I ordered one of my faves, the “Burrito Especial” with grilled chicken. Made with fresh guacamole, citrus rice, black beans (omitted), roasted chipotle salsa, salsa fresca and chipotle sauce. Served with a side of tortilla chips, $8.79. I really appreciate how the burrito bottom doesn’t blow out. They are very well constructed. I was able to eat the whole thing without getting any on my shirt.

Quick Wok

Tasty Kung Pao Chicken lunch special at Quick Wok in Carmel Mountain Ranch! Unfortunately their fried rice is room temperature. Every time I order it.

Mi Ranchito Taco Shop

I don’t usually order burritos at Mi Ranchito but this chicken asada burrito was excellent! ‘Rona snacks drive thru on April 23, 2020. I’ve often said the best take out is sub sammichs, burritos and Asian food.

My Favorite Vegetable

Excellent homemade mac & cheese with a panko crumb topping!

Ramona Lisa Pizza

April 19, 2020 – Outstanding Italian food delivered from Ra-Mona Lisa’s! They were offering free delivery (in SDCE) during all the ‘rona mess. Ordering online via their website was very easy and highly customizable. I ordered one of their excellent Stromboli’s (highly recommended if you’ve never tried). For my son, an order of cheese ravioli that includes garlic bread and a side salad (I ate the salad). I have to say, I’ve never seen such small cucumbers. Gail had one of their hot deli sammiches. Everything was great, thoughtfully packaged, hot & fresh tasting. Payment was very easy on the website with credit card where you can include tip and whatnot. Also was able to use their coupon code for 5% off. Food delivered 5 minutes ahead of their quoted timeframe of 45 minutes.

Detroit Pizza

Continuing to perfect our homemade Detroit-style pizza! This is a style of pizza developed back in the day in Detroit, MI. It is a rectangular pizza that has a thick, crisp crust and toppings to the edge. A ton of cubed cheese is what makes this pie. Special pan available from Amazon (LloydPans).

Los Amigos

April 15, 2020 – Los Amigos in SDCE for takeout ‘rona snacks today. There’s a lot I don’t like from this taco shop but their burritos and tacos have been consistently good. Had an excellent carne asada burrito with absolutely no oral extractions. Purists may scoff, but I really like the addition of shredded lettuce and that green mayonnaisey guacamole.

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