Food Observations

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Archive for the month “September, 2021”

Grand Ole BBQ

Outstanding “El Borracho” Fries at GOB!

Rachel’s Urban Eatery

I was incredibly excited to finally dine at Rachel’s Urban Eatery recently (February 12, 2021)! I thought I would give them a few weeks before going in but couldn’t resist after seeing a steady stream of her food photos on social media over the last couple months. Spent almost two hours there and had a memorable experience. I was immediately struck by the seating configuration. The two outer banks of tables are now each facing inward. Sort of like an arena where you can gaze upon all the diners seated at the tables in the center. If you’ve ever been to Ramona Noodle House, you know what I’m talking about. I’m not a fan of this setup, preferring the more traditional banquettes that previously occupied this space.
The menu here is quite large and expansive. I tried ordering their fish & chips, but it is unfortunately only available during lunch hours, 11am-5pm. Instead I opted for one of my stalwart faves, the Cobb Salad. The Cobb here is exquisitely constructed and beautifully presented. It was the perfect balance of fresh romaine lettuce, cherry maters (thoughtfully sliced in half), thick and tasty applewood smoked bacon, hard boiled egg (with no unfortunate discoloration), blue cheese crumbles, avocado and housemade blue cheese dressing. I did have to request extra dressing as the salad was served quite conservatively dressed. I’ve had Cobb’s all over town and this one was very good! Only $11; add chicken or prawns for just $4 more. Great salad that ate like a meal, which it was.
Also had the Lobster Mac & Cheese as an appetizer, $14. Mac & cheese is my favorite vegetable and I consider myself a connoiseur so I had to try it. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. The mac here was a fairly pedestrian recipe, consisting of a bland cheese sauce mixed with rotini pasta. Fairly loose in consistency. Could have been off the kids menu at Applebee’s. No appearance that it had even been baked, nor any sort of crumb or cheese topping. I did like the thinly sliced green onion garnish. The 5-6 chunks of lobster nestled within were sizable. Much larger than a polyp. Every chunk though had the same uniform milky opaque appearance. It definitely seemed like a seafood-type substance; fresh lobster it was not.
This place has only been open one week so I tempered my expectations of the service. It was Friday night and they were packed! I’ve never seen so many people in this building. I recall dining here back in the day feeling like I was in a funeral parlor. The buzz last night was so lively and infectious. I felt really good for them and their future potential. I will say, there was an obvious latency with every aspect of the service, including drinks, food, etc. Every staff member we encountered though was so nice, genuine and enthusiastic. I am confident that the seemingly inexperienced staff will mature into their roles. I highly recommend checking out Rachel’s Urban Eatery, a remarkable new restaurant in Ramona. I believe they’re open for breakfast on the weekends so I’m definitely looking forward to trying that next.

Robert’s Jalapeños

I don’t eat here often because it’s probably the worst, most stressful parking lot in Carmel Mountain Ranch! When I do though, Jalapeños always makes me feel like I’m home, with their authentic, original home-cooked Mexican recipes. I enjoyed a tasty order of rolled tacos with guacamole and cheese on their patio.

The Par Lounge

Exquisite Chile Relleno Omelette at The Par Lounge in Ramona!

Oggi’s

Excellent (small) Hot Spicy Sausage Pizza at Oggi’s in Santee!

Mi Guadalajara

Outstanding lunch combination plate with enchilada and tamale at Mi Guad in Esco!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

I always enjoy ordering the “Supreme Burrito” at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! I requested beef as usual, but unfortunately it was made with chicken this time. Still tasty, but not what I wanted. It also wasn’t really hot enough. The dish quickly assumed room temperature throughout after being served.

The Slice & Pint

El Segundo Brewing Company’s “The Slice & Pint” is a fantastic new eatery in old downtown El Segundo! As the name implies, they simply specialize in serving some great pizza, etc., along with their fine selection of local craft beers. Highly recommended!

San Sai Japanese Grill

I went out on a limb and tried this hole in the wall lunch spot on Sepulveda in El Segundo. Spicy Chicken Bowl was surprisingly tasty at San Sai Japanese Girl. Easy to eat in the car.

Richmond Bar & Grill

Outstanding pastrami burger at Richmond Bar & Grill in El Segundo, CA!

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