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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Outstanding “Sicilian Pizza” at Sammy’s in Scripps Ranch! A SoCal institution since 1989, Sammy’s was the first restaurant concept in San Diego to introduce the woodfired oven to its guests. Their first location was in La Jolla, but have since expanded throughout California and Nevada.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Excellent #6 combination plate at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! Asada taco and cheese enchilada.

Badas Burgers

Food trucks seem to be all the rage lately; kind of like Birria in SoCal. An absolute standout in this particular culinary arena on wheels happens to be Badas Burgers! One of the food groups I dearly adore is the craft artisan burger. You know, the kind that has to be served with a drop cloth. Well, Badas Burgers food truck does not disappoint. In fact, they set the standard! Unfortunately, like many other small businesses right now, they have had to close temporarily due to staffing shortages. I certainly wish them all the best and look forward to enjoying another one of their fine burgers.

DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Decent Chicken Parmigiana at DiCicco’s in Escondido.

Tio Leo’s Mexican Restaurant

Big, beautiful Chile Relleno stuffed with shredded beef! At Tio Leo’s in Poway. It was definitely a meal in itself!

Island Prime C Level

Outstanding Lobster Mac & Cheese at Island Prime – C Level! Situated on San Diego’s Harbor Island, the views are exquisite.

Casa de Pico

Excellent flautas at Casa de Pico in Grossmont Center! Definitely some of the biggest, longest and best tasting I’ve had.

Quick Wok

I’ve been eating at this Quick Wok since back in the 1900’s! Small restaurant, no frills, but great Chinese food. The staff is always so nice too. Outstanding selection of lunch specials that go until 3:00 pm daily. One of my faves here is definitely their Kung Pao Chicken. I order Kung Pao all over and it’s usually a disappointment. Not here. I’m always impressed by their wok seared proteins. They have a nice crispy texture. Spicy dishes are perfectly balanced and not over the top. Highly recommended.

Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant

Outstanding Lasagna Bolognese at Ottavio’s in Lakeside, CA!

El Michoacán

A Ramona institution since 1983, El Michoacan is a must visit if you’ve never been! And since the temperature yesterday was below 80 degrees I was happy to dine in. The building is cavernous and no frills (no air conditioning). The space is dotted with tacky inflatable decorations and random oscillating fans. I was pleased to see that the old, yellow hard plastic elementary school chairs have been replaced by modestly padded church/banquet hall style chairs. I just love the colorful and vibrant tablecloths here. My table had a cheerful rooster print which was fun to look at. This place is the embodiment of charm and tradition. 

There is a dizzying array of combinations on the menu (52), plus a nice selection of a la carte Mexican favorites. Eating a meal here is like being at casa de la abuela with homecooking by amá. You don’t feel like you’re just at some restaurant. I ordered the #44 which is two rolled tacos with guacamole, chicken enchilada and chile relleno, $13. Although the relleno was quite petite, it was flavorful and delicious. The chile walls were firm and the cheese filling kept its form without spooging out all over. Topped with an excellent ranchero sauce. The rolled tacos were filled with tender shredded beef and beautifully plated with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Chips here are somewhat stale and underwhelming more often than not, but the salsa is remarkably good. I hope you enjoy.

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