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Pho Ca Dao & Grill

Excellent Com Chien (fried rice) at PCD in Poway!

Jetta Thai

Excellent Pad Thai Noodle at Jetta Thai in quirky downtown El Segundo!

Dumpling Inn

Back in SoCal after that quick trip to Florida! On my way home from the airport I always like to stop by Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon on Convoy Street. Enjoyed an excellent wonton soup and tasty order of beef curry dumplings.

Sushi Kami

I was shocked and appalled to see my cold salad packed into the same container with my hot bulgogi beef! At Sushi Kami in Rancho Bernardo.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Outstanding crispy skin salmon over udon noodles at Kona Kai’s Vessel Restaurant on Shelter Island!

Ramona Noodle House

Finally got in to try Ramona Noodle House! It is a very small, clean and intimate restaurant. The layout seemed odd, although it’s appointed nicely with modern, slightly abstract decor. I ordered the ‘Pho Beef Noodles’. If you’ve never had pho before, it is a very interactive dish with lots of slurping and splashing. Not at all something you can eat gracefully. The pho here is made with thin rice noodles, beef slices, beef balls and onions in a beef broth soup. Served with a side of jalapeño, lime slice, bean sprouts and basil for only $9.


The pho came out in a huge bowl, roughly the size of a small lampshade, and piping hot. It held a generous amount of rice noodles. The broth lacked any sort of depth or complexity that I’m used to. The beef slices were not very tender and seemed to clump up on themselves. Now, I am no authority on Oriental beef balls, but the texture and mouthfeel seemed like they were overly mechanically processed and somewhat artificial tasting. I don’t know how else to describe it. The beef balls had no flavor whatsoever. The accoutrement plate on the side was underwhelming. The jalapeños and lime looked and felt as if they were sliced about 8 hours prior to my arrival. Could have been the day before, I don’t know. Overall, not among the best bowls of pho I’ve had, but it did hit the spot on a cold winter night in Ramona!


The service here was noticeably top-shelf! I felt welcomed and taken care of the whole time by the professional staff. Water was kept filled (no beer & wine); they were fast, friendly and efficient. If noodle houses are your thing and you’re up the hill, this place is worth checking out. I might order something different next time.

Pailin Thai Cafe

(Visited December 6, 2019) Excellent Pad Thai lunch special with BBQ pork at Pailin Thai in Rancho Bernardo!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding Kung Pao chicken bowl at Pei Wei in 4S Ranch!

Wasa Sushi Bar & Grill

Definitely the most stunning teriyaki chicken bowl I’ve ever been served! Congratulations to Wasa Susie on their recent grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony! If you haven’t checked this place out yet, you’re missing out. One of my new favorite restaurants in Ramona.

Iron Wok

Mediocre Mongolian Beef at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo. Will not be ordering this again.

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