Food Observations

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Archive for the month “October, 2021”

The Shop

I remember coming here when this place was a Chinese restaurant, not that long ago. I cannot believe what is here now! “The Shop” is a stunning full service restaurant with fantastic attention to detail. Definitely a gustatory oasis in Rancho Bernardo. Service was friendly, thorough and energetic. For my first visit I tried a lunch special personal sized deep dish pizza. It was excellent. Crust was exquisite. I can certainly see myself frequenting this place often. Outstanding food, full bar and local craft beer on tap. Highly recommended.

The Par Lounge

Exquisite Corned Beef & Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day this year at The Par Lounge in Ramona!

The Bootlegger Bistro

On the way back from Utah we stopped in Las Vegas for lunch! One of my favorite restaurants there is Bootlegger Bistro. A phenomenal Italian restaurant steeped in rich history and tradition. I enjoyed an excellent lunch portion of lasagna, accompanied by an exquisite bread service.

Stage Coach Grille & Saloon

Excellent country fried steak with a side of stunning views at Stage Coach Grille in Springdale, Utah!

Bit & Spur

Popular among the locals, Bit & Spur is a fantastic and beautiful restaurant with excellent service! In fact, we went twice during our visit it was that good. This time I had an outstanding wet burrito.

Switchback Grille

I went out on a limb and ordered crab cakes in Utah! I was not disappointed, although I could have done without all the corn LOL. Switchback Grille is probably the most stunning restaurant in the area. The building is beautiful inside and out. Also enjoyed an exquisite wedge salad and a smartly presented creme brûlée.

Thunderbird Restaurant

“Home of the Ho-Made Pies”, the Thunderbird Restaurant is such a trippy place with great food. Located in the middle of nowhere, southern Utah at a wide spot in the road known as Mt. Carmel Junction in the town of Orderville. I ordered “The Larry”. Slow cooked roast beef, thinly sliced ham, plus American & Swiss cheese grilled on Texas Toast. Remarkable sandwich!

Cracker Barrel

Last March we embarked upon a great road trip to Southern Utah! Zion National Park, Springdale, etc. After about 8 hours of driving we made it to St. George and had an outstanding dinner at the Barrel. Excellent grilled rainbow trout with a side of mac & cheese, hash brown casserole and hot biscuits!

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

Exquisite Spaghetti Carbonara at Villa Capri in Poway! Such a masterful and fantastic execution of this classic Roman dish.

Rene’s Mexican Grill & Cantina

My last meal at Rene’s in Poway. Excellent beef taco and cheese enchilada! Sadly, this establishment has recently closed.

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