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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.



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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!

Wendy’s 

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. 

Cheesecake Factory 

Outstanding lunch specials at Cheesecake Factory!  Here’s the Crusted Chicken Romano. 

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Outstanding homemade BBQ chicken Nachos!!  We’ve been lucky to find great, authentic tortilla chips in our local market from El Nopalito in Encinitas, CA. 

The Par Lounge

The next Par Lounge appetizer I’ll be reviewing are the “Chicken Tenders”. Happy hour price is $7.25. Comes with four big, meaty, breaded and fried chicken tenders plus fries. The tenders did seem somewhat institutional (frozen), but were tasty nonetheless. Not the best I’ve had but certainly could have been worse. Highlight was the fries. Always outstanding here! Hot, crispy, moderately seasoned, just the right thickness, etc. And a good amount comes on the plate with the chicken.You can request an array of dipping sauces here but I recommend their ranch and blue cheese. I really appreciated how the dressing was loaded with a liberal amount of blue cheese chunks.

Pinto Thai Ramona 

Pinto Thai for lunch recently! After enjoying their Pad Thai for some time, I’ve been meaning to get in and try one of their curry lunch specials.  I chose my favorite, “Panang Curry”. It’s made with coconut milk, green bean, bell pepper, sweet basil and your choice of protein, only $7.99. (They also have green/red/yellow curry.)

I ordered mine with chicken and it was outstanding. This dish was chock-full of tender, succulent white-meat chicken. Curry broth was rich, flavorful and savory. So good I finished it with a spoon! One of the best curries I’ve had anywhere!

Lunch specials are served with vegetarian soup of the day, house salad, rice, Thai vegetarian egg roll and fried wonton.     

Weekday lunch specials at any Thai restaurant are a wonderful thing and this place is no exception! 

The Par Lounge

So, for the next few posts I’m going to review some of the great appetizers at The Par Lounge. The appetizers here are easily a meal in themselves! Their happy hour is a generous 4 hours, Mon-Fri, 3-7pm. Why limit “happy” to only an hour, right? During HH it’s $2 off everything on the “Great Bites” section of the menu.

Here’s an outstanding order of onion rings, only $3 (HH price). I’ve reviewed this before during our onion ring series so I’ll just stick to the highlights. Despite being frozen, still probably in the top 3 onion ring orders in Ramona. A fair amount comes out hot & crispy in a faux newsprint lined basket. I noticed a new dipping sauce along the side that was so good! Some sort of a spicy ranch type dip.

Be sure to check your itemized ticket at the end. Sometimes there are keying errors and you don’t always get the happy hour pricing.

This place has a modern, top shelf atmosphere with numerous flat screen TVs, patio seating with great golf course views and outstanding service.

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