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Ramona Cafe

Excellent Denver Omelette at Ramona Cafe!

The Par Lounge

Visited July 4, 2020 – There is a fantastic new (2 page) brunch menu at The Oaks Grille! I’ve tried several new things over the last few weeks and have enjoyed them all. Yesterday though was a standout with this “Chili Relleno Omelet”. Inside is Ortega chile, jack & cheddar cheese, then topped with a delicious, savory ranchero sauce, more cheese and crumbled queso fresco. Served with your choice of side plus toast, only $11. I was really impressed. This omelet was brilliantly constructed and cooked. I’m a fan of good chile rellenos and it really seemed like I was eating one with this omelet. Sadly, my beloved complimentary champagne is now history. $4 a glass now, or $15 for a bottle isn’t bad I suppose.

Ramona Cafe

Outstanding Tex-Mex Skillet at Ramona Cafe! Full of home fried taters, taco seasoned ground beef, etc.

The Oaks Grille

There is a fantastic new (2 page) brunch menu at The Oaks Grille! Includes a number of new “south of the border” favorites. I ordered the Chilaquiles and it was outstanding. Fried tortilla tossed in a savory ranchero sauce, plus rice & beans (omitted), crema drizzle, queso fresco and a beautiful scallion accoutrement; only $12. There are many versions of chilaquiles. The one here at The OG is more of a deconstructed affair with the eggs on the side. The house-made Mexican rice was surprisingly good and authentic tasting. Presentation was absolutely stunning. I was really impressed. Fortunately the service on The Oaks Girl side was top-shelf, which was unusual.

Wendy’s

Wendy’s is now serving breakfast and I tried it recently. Outstanding chicken biscuit with some sort of honey-butter sauce. The hot biscuit wasn’t quite up to Mack Donald’s standards but it was tasty nonetheless. Those tater wedge things were very good too.

Farmhouse 78

I finally tried Farmhouse 78 in Santa Ysabel and I have to echo the chorus of great reviews I’ve seen! We went for breakfast and I ordered “The Farmer”. Fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy hash browns piled high atop a jumbo buttermilk biscuit, then smothered with country sausage gravy, $13.95. My initial sense was that the protein to starch ratio was unbalanced so I requested an add of sausage patties which the chef thoughtfully cut up. This was a good call. If you ever order this, I recommend you do the same. The dish was outstanding and quite hearty. I’m glad I wore loose fitting clothing.
I could tell when it came out that I didn’t need to add any salt & pepper. Everything was perfectly seasoned and robustly flavored. The biscuit itself was rather dense and dry unfortunately. I only took a couple bites from the top then set it aside. The gravy-soaked bottom half was of course perfect. I thought the country gravy was excellent. It rivaled similar gravies from both Marinade on Main and MMG. Nothing institutional here.
I’m not gonna sugarcoat it; this is not an inexpensive restaurant. The food served however is of remarkable quality. Among the finest you’ll find in the back country. I still need to try F78 for dinner though, but I’m confident my observation will hold up. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Spacious, bright, airy, modern and very clean. Looking forward to a return visit, now that one of my cars is paid off.

The Frying Pan

Last morning here; on the way to the airport. I stopped at a place simply called Frying Pan Restaurant. This was a quintessential dive in the middle-of-nowhere Southern Maryland. I could tell when pulling into the parking lot that I would enjoy. Had an excellent 2 egg breakfast that sat in my system very well for the flight back to SoCal.

The Oaks Grille

Outstanding “Bulldog” Omelette at The Oaks Girl in Ramona! Filled with bacon, sausage, ham, onion, cheddar & jack cheese. The beautifully cooked omelette is then blanketed with their excellent country gravy. I was hesitant at first about this combination but it was surprisingly good. I highly recommend.

Chick-fil-A

Outstanding hot biscuit & chicken at CFA in Del Sur, CA!

Meat Monsters Grill

Excellent Country Fried Steak breakfast at MMG in Ramona! Perfectly cooked sunny side eggs. The CFS was clearly house made and not off the Sysco truck. The gravy was among the finest I’ve had. Thick, rich, flavorful and plenty of sausage. For taters I usually prefer hash browns, but these were tasty. Some onions and peppers would have been nice. The breakfast dishes here are executed flawlessly and are super affordable.

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