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Tony’s on Aviation

Back to Tony’s, this time for their Tuesday pasta special day! Outstanding order of lasagna with garlic bread for only $5 & change.


Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Love this Mexican restaurant in Lake Elsinore!  One of my all time favorite combination plates with an excellent cheese enchilada adorned with green onions, etc. It’s all so hot that the cheese gets crispy on the edges.  Plus the best tamale I think I’ve had anywhere.  This thing is huge and dolloped with tender chunks of beef. 

Mimmo’s Italian Village

Outstanding spaghetti at Mimmo’s in San Diego’s Little Italy! One of Little Italy’s first Italian restaurants, family owned and operated since 1973.

Romano’s Restaurant

Outstanding spaghetti with Italian sausage and meatball at Romano’s in Julian, CA!

The Godfather

Tucked in the corner of a small, unassuming strip mall is The Godfather Restaurant. No, not the pizza place from back in the day – this is a top shelf, fancy Italian restaurant. Located in Kearny Mesa on Clairemont Mesa Blvd between Mercury and Convoy. You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but it’s a really high end place. Impeccable service with waiters in tuxedos, etc. Old school, classic, dark atmosphere. Very romantic. Expect a bill for two, with “drinks” to approach Ben Franklin territory.

This time I ordered the Penne All’arrabbiata e Salcicce. Penne pasta and sausage in tomato sauce, seasoned spicy hot with Italian peppers. Simply outstanding!

Kountry Kitchen

Probably the most legit version of country fried steak you can find in Ramona! This one is definitely not off the Sysco truck.

Italian Cucina

Another outstanding dinner at Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina! Probably the most stunning order of lasagna I’ve ever been served.

Casa Sol y Mar

Outstanding Chile Colorado at Casa Sol y Mar! One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in SoCal. Love their mariachis too!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding Seafood Fajita Fantastico at Nuevo Grill in Ramona, CA! Your choice of freshly grilled Wahoo, sautéed shrimps or Langostino lobster. Cooked to perfection with succulent peppers & onions; includes all the typical Mexican accoutrements and hot tortillas. The whole affair is served on one of those sizzling hot platter things that allows you to not only see and smell your food, but hear it as well!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding Camarones Rancheros at Mariscos Mar de Cortez! Sautéed shrimp with bell peppers and onions in a house ranchero sauce. Served with rice & beans; pico de gallo; a blob of guacamole; and hot, supple tortillas, $16.99.

The shrimps were tasty, meaty and succulent; cooked perfectly. Unfortunately the ratio of shrimps to everything else going on was pretty conservative. What I can tell you is the shrimps were of high quality. Not some frozen, farmed institutional variety from <insert name of Asian country here>! The ranchero sauce was the absolute standout! Among the best I’ve had. Super rich, flavorful and delicious. I sopped up every bit. It would have gone good on just about anything but ice cream.

Overall a great tasting dish, just not a good value at 17 bucks. Props though for the higher quality shrimp.

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