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Way Point Saloon 

The other night we tried some appetizer/small plates at Way Point Saloon. Here’s an order of “Island Fries” ($9.25). Not sure what’s island about them but it was pretty tasty. Crispy crinkle fries topped with Cheddar cheese sauce, shredded Cheddar, bacon, green onion & sour cream. Served with Frank’s & ranch.

I personally like their beer battered fries better but I can see why they use the crinkle cuts with this dish. All the ripples need to grab on to the topping stuff. Still need to eat it with a fork. It’s a big enough serving for two people to share without eating much else. It had a fairly conservative amount of cheese (sauce and shred), I felt it could have used more. Everything else was proportioned well. After a while though, the tastes all ran together and it felt like you were just eating a big plate of fries. Seems like something else could have been added to complete this dish or bind it all together, I just can’t put my finger on it.

Since Gail does not do “chicken on a bone”, I ordered the boneless wings (strips). You can get their wings tossed in a wide variety of creative flavors. We chose the “lemon, pepper, parmesan” and it was excellent.


Way Point Saloon 

Way Point Saloon has the most impressive onion ring tower I’ve encountered!  What stands out for me is how hot & crispy they come out of the kitchen coupled with an outstanding fry sauce.  The rings here are beer battered and definitely in the top two of Ramona when it comes to onion rings.  23 draft beers on tap is a pretty good draw too!

Way Point Saloon

A few months ago at Way Point Saloon I tried their recently introduced “Carolina BBQ Wings”. It’s their classic fried wings (or savory breaded strips) smothered in a sweet and tangy Carolina style BBQ sauce, $9.95.This was just an amazing order of wings. It’s a decent portion that includes an equal amount of drumettes and flats. Served with carrots, celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Wings came out nice and hot! Still some crispiness in all the right places. Didn’t get all sogged out, etc. Loved the sauce! Tangy southern style BBQ sauce with a subtle bite of spicy heat.

Also photographed below is the outstanding Mountain Man burger.  I’ve reviewed that here before.  Gail’s usual order every time. 

All this coupled with a great live band, and an ice cold Bud made for a great Saturday night in Ramona! 


Dinner at Cheers of Ramona recently to check out their onion rings… First up though was my hot mess of a burger! I got the Cheers “Trail” Burger for $10.99. It’s made with all the fixins plus bacon, jalapeños, BBQ sauce, and onion rings with cheese. There was seriously way too much going on with this one! I had to change clothes half way though and take two showers after getting home. It was all good and everything, but took way too much effort to keep it all together. Literally made me tired eating this monstrosity. Menu called out onion rings, but there were none. It was just grilled red onions. Beef patty was a good, thick half pound, cooked perfectly, hot & juicy. Next time we go back I’ll definitely be getting something on the simpler side!The appetizer order of “beer battered onion rings” here is $5.99. Their great burgers are a la carte, so you can add an order of fries, rings or frings to share with friends, family or loved ones.  

They came out perfectly hot and extra crispy, just how we like. Plus, not overly thick and fatty like D’Carlos. There’s more here in the basket than what the picture looks like so I’d say it’s a fair value. Comes with a side of really good ranch dressing.

This was a solid 4 star serving of rings at Cheers. On par with what you get at UTHG/Way Point Saloon which were also 4 star a few weeks ago. Key differences were that Cheers were a bit hotter and crispier, but UTHG/WPS picked up the slack with their outstanding “fry sauce” and breathtaking tower presentation.

Side note about the beer – and I’m not gonna sugar coat it! Tasted like the glass came straight from a hot dishwasher that didn’t quite make it through the last rinse cycle.

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