Excellent Flautas de Carnitas y Queso at Miguel’s in 4S Ranch!
Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina continues its downward spiral in food quality. The chicken parmigiana seems more institutional now, and the pasta even more overcooked. Not what it used to be. The food coming out sealed in plastic wrap only adds to my dismay. For some reason they ask if you’re “celebrating a special occasion” when making a reservation. I’m like, no, just hungry.
I’ve been to many Filippi’s throughout SoCal! This one in Scripps Ranch seemed really nice, spacious and well run. Big beautiful (full) bar area, too! My plan was to order the hidden gem here, their prime rib. Atypical for Filippi’s, this is one of the few locations that offer it. Prime rib was outstanding! I got the “Filippi cut”, medium rare and it was huge. More than enough for two to share. It was so thick, I got quite a work out just cutting through it. Served with baked tater or pasta (I requested lasagna), plus sides of au jus, creamy and prepared horseradish. If you’re a prime rib fan, this is the place to go. Incredibly tender and succulent.
Finally visited the new TX Roadhouse in El Cajon! I’ve been to one recently in OH that left me unimpressed for a variety of reasons. Here though I was plesantly surprised and had a really good experience. All the staff was so nice. Of course on your way to being seated they grab a fresh basket of warm yeast rolls and their soft, whipped butter. I know people who could just eat a bunch of these and be satisfied. We were seated in “Willie’s Corner” which is a really cool table that pays colorful homage to Willie Nelson.
My wife and I love those bloomin onion things from that other restaurant. Honestly, the only decent thing there. So we tried the TR version known as a “Cactus Blossom”. Cute name. I liked it, but my wife thought it was too heavily breaded. I will say it made it difficult to separate the delicate onion petals. The accompanying sauce was excellent with a nice horseradish bite. For my main I ordered the Fried Catfish. It was outstanding. You can choose 3 or 4 filets, lightly breaded in southern cornmeal, which are quite large and not at all bland. Served with a tasty Creole mustard sauce and choice of two sides. I love the house salads here. The addition of chopped boiled egg is a nice touch.