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Buca di Beppo

This is a fun place to eat, but not on any regular basis. Buca di Beppo serves food family style, so it helps if everyone likes or tolerates the same thing. Here’s a stunning display of some excellent Italian comfort food goodness. They really take the tacky decor to a whole new level here, even in the restrooms.



A SoCal institution for generations! Outstanding spaghetti with Italian sausage and meatball at Pernicano’s in El Cajon.

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding Enchiladas Rancheras at Miguel’s in 4S Ranch! House-made spicy ground beef with onions & cheese, blanketed with a rich and flavorful tomato ranchero sauce, avocado & crema.

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding pizza at Ramona Lisa! Love their crust.

Italian Mac & Cheese

Outstanding homemade Italian style mac & cheese! Made with cavatappi pasta, a ricotta/mozzarella bechamel and Italian sausage.

Way Point Saloon

Outstanding dinner recently at Way Point Saloon / Molly Malones / Up the Hill Grill / whatever you want to call it…

Probably one of the most remarkable burger creations in town, and my personal favorite, is the ‘Maple Bourbon Bacon Burger’. A half pound pure beef patty is seared on the grill then basted with a maple syrup/brown sugar/cayenne pepper/bourbon glaze. It all seeps into the meat while it finishes cooking and gets slightly caramelized on the edges. What sends this burger over the top has to be the mound of deep fried red onions & jalapeños! Outstanding flavor combinations and textures going on here.

There are a lot of great burgers around town but this one has always been a standout for me. Highly recommended.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

One of the worst things I’ve eaten at Romano’s Macaroni Grill! The so-called “Classic Italian Bake”. Sadly it’s not even baked! Just a bunch of ingredients thrown in a baking dish. I’ve been a fan of many dishes at the Macaroni girl, this was not one of them.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Pad Thai at Pinto Thai in Ramona! Some of the best you’ll find in SoCal. Particularly good combination style, made with beef, chicken, pork and shrimp.


Back to Ramona Quizno’s to try their mac & cheese side dish. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. Started out as an institutional vacuum pouch in the microwave, but wound up being topped with shaved parmesan and taking a ride through their conveyor belt oven thing. You can get it plain; with bacon; or lobster meat. Elbow macaroni noodles were big and nicely ribbed. Cheese sauce was very respectable for a “fast food” establishment. Not at all like the gas station squirt cheese. (If you’ve ever tried the mac & cheese at Wendy’s, you know what I’m talking about). I would definitely order this again!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding lunch specials at Nuevo Grill and Cantina!  This place consistently has the best enchiladas in town so that’s my usual order.  You can get them prepared in a variety of ways, including steak, chicken, shrimp, etc.  I particularly like the steak which is made with a liberal amount of lean, flavorful grilled carne asada.  Actually the chicken is right up there too because of the excellent verde sauce blanketing the enchilada.

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