Food Observations

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Pailin Thai Cafe

Outstanding Panang curry lunch special at Pailin Thai Cafe in Rancho Bernardo! Somewhat on the thick side but still very tasty.

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Pei Wei Asian Diner

I don’t think it’s on their menu anymore, but this Thai curry dish was very tasty!

Phil’s BBQ

Outstanding quarter chicken dinner plate at Phil’s BBQ in Rancho Bernardo! My favorite thing on this plate has to be that mac salad. Best I’ve had in SoCal!

BBQ Chicken

Outstanding homemade BBQ chicken legs from my trusty Weber kettle! Paired perfectly with some Sweet Baby Ray’s and a nice, cold Modelo Especial.

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.

Rubio’s

Outstanding Baja Grill chicken burrito at Rubio’s! Rather small, but super tasty.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

The new loaded boneless wings at Chili’s are outstanding! They are smothered in a white queso, 3-cheese blend, applewood smoked bacon & chopped green onions. Served with a side of house made ranch dressing. I usually prefer my chicken on a bone but these were outrageous good! Best part was not feeling like I had to take a shower after eating it!

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Outstanding Crispy Buffalo Bleu Crispers at Chili’s! Also one of the best fried cheese appetizers I’ve had. Crispy cheddar bites made with Wisconsin cheese curds.

Taco Bell

The so-called Naked Chicken Chips at Taco Bell were pretty tasty. Not sure about chicken with the squirt cheese though. I think I’d just rather have some McNuggets from Mc you-know-where with some spicy mustard sauce. I’ll stick with my beloved Beefy Frito Burrito at the Bell.

The Par Lounge

Outstanding dinner recently at The Par Lounge. Here’s the “Combo Platter” from the appetizer menu. It includes tater skins, fried mozzarella, onion rings and chicken tenders. Served with sides of ranch dressing, warm marinara and sour cream.

Comes with three skins which were great, crispy and hot with an ample amount of cheese. Could have used more bacon and green onions though. The fried cheese was a fairly conservative portion, but excellent nonetheless. Triangle shapes that yielded a perfect cheese pull. There was a very liberal amount of onion rings which is fine with me. For frozen, institutional rings, these are some of the best in town. Five crispy chicken tenders rounded it all out.

Now obviously this is a sea of fried brown goodness and not something you want to eat everyday! Occasionally though it’s a nice treat. The only other restaurant I eat at with this much brown on one plate would be Cracker Barrel. Good thing for my pants size there’s none close by. This whole platter is plenty for two hungry adults, or two average adults with picky child.

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