Food Observations

A blog for eaters

The Par Lounge

Outstanding pizza at The Par Lounge!


Anejo Bar & Grill

Outstanding carne asada quesadilla at Anejo Bar & Grill in Escondido!

Embassy Suites

Outstanding grilled chicken Caesar salad at Embassy Suites LAX South in El Segundo! Their 1440 Bistro and Bar is consistently one of the best hotel restaurants I’ve dined in across America.

North Italia

I’ve eaten chicken parmigiana at many fine Italian restaurants throughout SoCal. Probably the best I’ve put in my mouth was at North Italia in El Segundo recently. Their pasta here is house made daily and it tastes like it! The dish here is paired with a nice rigatoni in a garlic cream sauce. Really nice balance to go with the red sauce chicken. I could eat this everyday!

Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant

There are some standout Italian restaurants just a short drive down the hill from Ramona! Nestled in San Diego’s east county town of Lakeside is Ottavio’s. This place has been an Italian food institution for generations. I had an outstanding order of chicken parmigiana. What really impressed me was their dinner salad and seafood chowder. Bread service here is unique and delicious as well with a nice focaccia style bread. Will be back soon for sure!

Marinade on Main

Traditional Eggs Benedict is consistently elevated to the next level at Marinade on Main in Ramona, CA! Here’s an outstanding ‘Ham Benny’ made with their excellent house made biscuit serving as a hearty base. The biscuit halves are crowned with thick cut grilled ham, kale, perfectly poached eggs and one of the best hollandaise sauces I’ve put in my mouth!

Joe’s Crab Shack

Excellent voodoo chicken appetizer at Joe’s Crab Shack in Oceanside!

El Gringo Mexican Restaurant

Outstanding house chicken burrito at El Gringo in El Segundo! All the burritos here are served “wet” style with your choice of their delicious red or green sauce, covered with melted cheese. Inside includes rice, beans, lettuce, mater, onion and cilantro. The whole thing is then adorned with nice daubs of guacamole and sour cream.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding Barbacoa at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon! Chunks of tender beef slow-cooked in their rich, spicy red chile sauce.

On the Border

My last tasty order of enchiladas from OTB! Unfortunately they forgot to crown them with those fresh jalapeƱo slices.

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