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Tasty bowl thing with chicken at Rubio’s. I don’t remember everything that was in it, but it tasted outstanding. Very fresh and clean.



Unfortunately the Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap is no longer on the menu at Wendy’s. The alternative was tasty enough but just not the same. This is the Homestyle Chicken Go Wrap. Made with crispy chicken breast, crisp lettuce, cheddar cheese and smoky honey mustard.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Outstanding order of chicken parm at Romano’s Macaroni Grill! Most of my visits here are hit and miss on the food. This dish however was excellent.

Taco Bell

Had lunch recently at the Bell and I was so excited to finally try this new Naked Chicken Chalupa thing! Turned out better than I was expecting. Only $2.99 each and it was perfect. Needed nothing else. No cheese roll-up; no crunch wrap; no cinnamon twists; no nothing. Just one Naked Chicken Chalupa. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, I just like saying “Naked Chicken Chalupa”. Probably more than I like saying “Chicken DoubleDilla”.

This remarkable new chalupa reminds me of the invention of the wheel. Actually it was more like a fried chicken salad turned inside out. Taco Bell created a chalupa shell made of crispy, all white meat chicken and filled it with crisp lettuce, diced maters, cheese and an amazing avocado ranch sauce.

I have to say, it was pretty greasy in the hands. Felt like taking a shower when I was done. Might have been better with a warm flour tortilla adhered to the outside with some sort of cheese substance. Overall an outstanding specialty item on the Bell menu. Unfortunately, it’s limited time only, like all their best stuff. Get in and try one before it goes away for good.


Outstanding spicy chicken sammich at Chick-fil-A! My favorite thing to order every time I go. Love the added pickles and an extra squeeze of mayonnaise.

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.

Mimi’s Cafe 

Outstanding Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich at Mimi’s Cafe!  Made with hand-breaded Parmesan chicken with thick cut ham, melted Swiss cheese and a nice Dijon mayonnaise type sauce.  One of the better sandwiches here, only $11.49 with side.  Also a great Caesar salad served in the perfectly chilled dish. 

Phil’s BBQ 

Outstanding BBQ chicken & ribs at Phil’s BBQ!  I always order them sauce on the side, or “SOS” as they say at Phil’s.  Doing so keeps me from having to take two showers when I get home.  You can also find the absolute best mac salad in SoCal here!  I could just eat a big ol’ plate of that!


Probably one of the most pathetic looking sandwiches I’ve had from Wendy’s.  The so-called Crispy Chicken BLT may have looked like a sad sack, but it was actually very tasty.  This was kind of a surprise because I usually get expertly crafted, nice looking sandwiches and burgers from Wendy.  And of course you can never go wrong with an order of Baconator Fries!

The Par Lounge 

Best chicken tender appetizer in town is at The Par Lounge, that I can tell you!  Likely frozen and off the Sysco truck, it’s still a high quality, fried chicken tender.  Coupled with their hot, crispy fries, it’s a meal in itself.  Pairs perfectly with ranch dressing, BBQ sauce and a draft IPA. 

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