Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

I’m pleased to report that the A/C was crankin’ at Nuevo Girl! Super comfortable and relaxing after working all day. I ordered my favorite dish, the steak enchiladas. Two huge, fresh corn tortillas stuffed with grilled carne asada steak and cheese, smothered in their scratch made enchilada sauce. Served with rice & beans, $13.99.

Biggest and best enchiladas in town, that I can tell you! I love how the plate comes out as hot as an acetylene torch. The melted cheese gets all crispy on the edges and melts into the rice, etc. Service was absolutely remarkable! Fortunately they offer a smaller version of this with only one enchilada. Not sure what I was thinking, but I have to lay down now…

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Jack in the Box

This so-called Brisket Burger at JIB was surprisingly good!

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding Enchiladas Rancheras at Miguel’s in 4S Ranch! House-made spicy ground beef with onions & cheese, blanketed with a rich and flavorful tomato ranchero sauce, avocado & crema.

Marinade on Main

Outstanding dinner at Marinade on Main recently! Probably one of the finest, most satisfying and skillfully constructed dishes I’ve had in Ramona. “Marinades Alfredo Pasta”, $17. Prepared with their housemade cream sauce, topped with fried chicken and a prosciutto/arugula salad. You can sub shrimp for $4 more.

They used a linguine pasta that was cooked to a perfect al dente. Cream sauce was excellent. If you like garlic, you’ll love their version. Not overly salty or overly heavy and rich, it was just right. Chicken was a boneless breast, perfectly crispy and expertly fried. The coating unfortunately did not remain very well adhered. The large breast became somewhat unwieldly on the plate, I might try the shrimp version next time.

The prosciutto and arugula adornment totally elevated this dish to the next level. Highly recommended.

Panera Bread

The sandwiches at Panera continue to be unimpressive. That’s why my go to favorite is their outstanding Green Goddess Cobb Salad. I’m a big fan of the Cobb salad and they’re outstanding here. Even if haphazardly constructed.

Sombrero Mexican Food

My favorite place for “San Diego-Style” Mexican food is always Sombrero. For decades! Here are some of my absolute favorite Taco Tuesday selections. Fish taco and calamari taco. Made very simply with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle crema and lime.

The Par Lounge

OG/Par makes some of best looking and best tasting Cobb salads in SoCal! This particular visit though they used a white balsamic vinaigrette. Wasn’t really a fan. I much prefer the traditional dark balsamic that has a more distinct flavor.

Sherman’s Deli

Outstanding grilled pastrami Reuben at Sherman’s Deli! This place is an absolute institution in the Coachella Valley! Two locations, in Palm Springs and Palm Desert, I love coming here every time I’m in the area. Classic old school deli that makes you articulate your jaw!

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Outstanding hot, spicy chicken wings from the R Bar at Omni Rancho Las Palmas!

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 southern fried shrimp appetizer and beef brisket!

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