Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Homemade Ramen 

Recently made a kicked up homemade ramen thing that turned out pretty tasty!  Just start with one of those cheap grocery store ramen packs and add some cut up green onions, sprouts, sriracha, lime, etc. 

Plaza Grill 

The Plaza Grill at Barona Casino is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area!  They have a simple, yet diverse menu that would please most anyone.  I particularly enjoy the sushi made to order.  



Boll Weevil 

For some time I have proclaimed the Thursday night AYCE fish fry at the Weev to be the best value in town. Well, Boll Weevil has a solid lock on the number two spot as well. About once a month in the Ramona Sentinel you can get a coupon for their “Family Meal Deal”.  For only $24.99 you can stuff a hungry family of four with some great food. Includes two 1/2 lb super cheeseburgers; two 1/4 lb super cheeseburgers; and two huge baskets of fries. But wait, there’s more! You also get a tasty nacho appetizer to share. (Actually mom & dad eat most of it while the kids are playing games).

So, we typically get a specialty burger basket when visiting the Weev, but these basic “super cheeseburgers” are outstanding! It’s the same meat, cooked perfectly, with seeded, toasted bun. Comes standard with lettuce and tomato. On each table though is a “condiment tray” containing a myriad of toppings you can use to enhance your burgers. Onions, peppers, pickles, various squeeze bottles of random sauces and such. 

Nacho appetizer is pretty basic but very good. (Pictured in the comments). Big basket of fresh, hot tortilla chips with a side of jalapeños and nacho cheese. That’s it. They use a pretty good quality cheese here. Not all institutional and watery.

Boll Weevil continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Ramona for many reasons. Always friendly, welcoming, top shelf service. Their selection of BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. on draft is a big help too!


Julian Pie Company 

Outstanding pies, sweets, baked goods, etc at Julian Pie Company! 

Keedy’s Fountain & Grill

Outstanding country fried steak at Keedy’s Fountain Grill!  Founded in 1957, Keedy’s is an unassuming, old school diner in Palm Desert.  Definitely a gem in the Coachella Valley, I can’t wait to go back!  


Omni Rancho Las Palmas 

Last year we spent an amazing weekend at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.  Of course for me, the biggest standout was the food!  This Omni is located in Rancho Mirage, just east of Palm Springs.  Outstanding lobster Mac & cheese and a remarkably good hamburger.  Can’t wait to go back!



IHOP 

When at IHOP, gotta get the hotcakes!  Just outstanding here!  I remember back in the day they had something called griddle cakes that I dearly adored.  Made with cornmeal mixed in the batter, or something like that. 

Babe’s BBQ & Brewhouse 

One of my favorite restaurants in the Coachella Valley is Babe’s BBQ & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage!  Outstanding happy hour specials.  Amazing po’ boy sammich; excellent BBQ shrimp with garlic fries and the best boneless beef shortrib sampler I’ve had!






Jack in the Box 

These croissant breakfast sammich things at Jack in the Box are pretty tasty…

Iron Wok

Outstanding house special fried rice at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo!

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