Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Panera Bread

Decent broccoli cheddar soup and an outstanding fresh baguette at Panera Bread in Coronado.


Galley at the Marina

Casual waterfront dining on south San Diego Bay in the Chula Vista marina. Galley at the Marina is a great restaurant, bar and grill ideal for a leisurely lunch, sunset dinner, or weekend breakfast. I had the classic fish & chips which were just excellent. A generous portion that included slaw. If it wasn’t an hour from home we’d go more often for sure…


Outstanding Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sammich at Chick-fil-A. The cooling touch of mayonnaise is a must on this one! Boneless breast of juicy chicken, seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, on a toasted, buttered bun with pickles, lettuce, mater, and pepper jack cheese.

Panda Express

Outstanding new five flavor shrimp thing at Panda Express! Also the best orange chicken and chow mein in Chinese fast food.

Something Delicious

Outstanding pre-performance theater dinner recently, catered by Something Delicious. Kitty Brisendine’s personal chef service has been just phenomenal the few times I’ve experienced it. This was a perfectly cooked citrus chicken with roasted fennel & root vegetables along with the tastiest cold asparagus & tomato salad. Also a tremendous lemon blueberry cheesecake parfait with an excellent dessert wine!

The dinner was brilliantly hosted at Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery. One of the best wineries in Ramona, that I can tell you!

Taco Bell

Is it dessert or is it breakfast? It’s both if you ask me! These Cinnabon Delights are some of the best things I’ve put in my mouth at Taco Bell. Hot cinnamon spheres filled with a warm icing center that just pops when you eat it.


Outstanding grilled shrimp burrito at Rubio’s! Incredibly small, but super tasty.


There’s not much I like about McDonald’s anymore, but a decent breakfast is not hard to find here. One of my favorites is the sausage biscuit with egg. Depending on your timing and location, you can actually get a good hot biscuit.

Little Caesar’s

Outstanding $5 Hot & Ready pizza from Little Caesar’s for the kids. I might have snuck a piece or two… Seriously though, one of the best deals around as long as it hasn’t been sitting in the hotbox too long.

Outback Steakhouse

I wish I could grow these in my garden! One of the best appetizers around of any restaurant, the venerable bloomin onion at Outback Steakhouse.

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