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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.

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Best chicken in fast food, that I can tell you!

Chick-fil-A 

Outstanding spicy chicken supreme sandwich!! 

Charm Thai Kitchen

Outstanding cashew nut chicken lunch special at Charm Thai Kitchen in Rancho Bernardo!

Ramona Lisa Pizza 

“Chicken Alfredo” pizza from Ramona Lisa’s. That’s right – I’ve been twice in one week! The improvement here is that noticeable.  This was from their specialty pizza section of the menu. (Shown here is the medium 14” for $14.99). Made with alfredo sauce; chicken; bacon;spinach; and onion.

This was an outstanding pie that came out better than I was expecting. Just the right amount of toppings, all thoughtfully and evenly distributed across the pizza landscape. At first the amount of bacon seemed fairly conservative. While eating it though I noted that it was just the right amount! It definitely contributed a nice smoky flavor to the whole thing. Quality and quantity of cheese was perfect. Lifting slices out of the box presented an amazing, stringy “cheese pull” that you don’t see very often.

I have to say this was a good value. Only a medium, but it easily fed two adults and an 11 year old with one slice left over.

Sombrero Mexican Food

Outstanding Chicken Chipotle Bowl at Sombrero’s!  Sometimes it’s nice to have all the Mexican goodness in one dish that you can eat with a fork and not have to worry about making a mess of things. 

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