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Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding fried rice bowl with beef at Pei Wei!

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Jersey Mike’s

The ubiquitous sammich for me that exemplifies Jersey Mike’s has to be their #13 Original Italian! This is a legit Jersey-style Italian sub, made with provolone cheese, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni. Just outstanding, especially when ordered Mike’s way.

Kentucky Hot Brown

We recently tried our hand at making this remarkable dish called Kentucky Hot Brown. A traditional American hot sammich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY back in the day, 1926. The Hot Brown is basically an open faced hot sandwich consisting of turkey, bacon and tomato, covered in a Mornay sauce, then baked or broiled until everything is hot, bubbly, crispy and delicious. Perfect dish for a cast iron skillet.

Phil’s BBQ

Sometimes I like to order the boneless ribs & chicken at Phil’s BBQ. That and a double helping of the best mac salad in SoCal. The great thing is you can eat everything with a fork! Really helpful on those days I don’t feel like taking a shower after eating at Phil’s.

Players Sports Bar

Outstanding happy hour pizzas at Players Sports Bar in Poway!

Way Point Saloon

Outstanding Reuben sammich at Way Point Saloon/UTHG recently! I’m not gonna sugarcoat it… It was a pretty conservative amount of meat. This wasn’t stacked all fatty like some old school Jewish deli. What corned beef was there was really good though. Sliced to the perfect thickness, very flavorful and free of oral anomalies. Had a nice mouth feel!

The sauerkraut and melted Swiss were well proportioned and evenly distributed. Thick-sliced marble rye was perfectly grilled and fresh tasting. Didn’t get all sogged out on the bottom like many hot sandwiches do. Thousand island dressing was thoughtfully served on the side so as not to turn the whole thing into a hot mess! I appreciated that. $11.95 with choice of side.

Na-Pizza

Outstanding pizza lunch specials at Na-Pizza in 4S Ranch!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Not the most legit Pad Thai, but I really appreciate that I can get all of my Asian favorites under one roof.  Pei Wei’s menu is inspired by ancient Asian cooking, from the wok-fired classics of China to the street market tastes of Thailand.

Italian Cucina

My new favorite dish at Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina is the baked penne pasta! Creamy vodka tomato sauce with Italian sausage and Parmesan. The whole thing is baked off with a thin layer of mozzarella on the top and just outstanding.

The Par Lounge

I totally missed National Pizza Day yesterday! But hey, I love a good pizza any day of the year! So here’s a fine specimen from The Par Lounge in Ramona.

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