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Texas Roadhouse

Finally visited the new TX Roadhouse in El Cajon! I’ve been to one recently in OH that left me unimpressed for a variety of reasons. Here though I was plesantly surprised and had a really good experience. All the staff was so nice. Of course on your way to being seated they grab a fresh basket of warm yeast rolls and their soft, whipped butter. I know people who could just eat a bunch of these and be satisfied. We were seated in “Willie’s Corner” which is a really cool table that pays colorful homage to Willie Nelson.
My wife and I love those bloomin onion things from that other restaurant. Honestly, the only decent thing there. So we tried the TR version known as a “Cactus Blossom”. Cute name. I liked it, but my wife thought it was too heavily breaded. I will say it made it difficult to separate the delicate onion petals. The accompanying sauce was excellent with a nice horseradish bite. For my main I ordered the Fried Catfish. It was outstanding. You can choose 3 or 4 filets, lightly breaded in southern cornmeal, which are quite large and not at all bland. Served with a tasty Creole mustard sauce and choice of two sides. I love the house salads here. The addition of chopped boiled egg is a nice touch.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding chimichanga combination plate at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon!

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding Hacienda Carne Asada Plate! Probably one of the more stunning dishes I’ve been served at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon. A huge portion of their char grilled tender, flavorful carne asada steak is served with a tasty cheese enchilada, rice (& beans) and hot, supple tortillas.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding tamale and enchilada combination plate at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon! Some of the finest chips and salsa here too.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding Barbacoa at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon! Chunks of tender beef slow-cooked in their rich, spicy red chile sauce.


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

Outback Steakhouse

Queensland Chicken & Shrimp at Outback Steakhouse. This dish used to be good back in the day. Not so much now… Seems far more institutional.

Outback Steakhouse

New roasted garlic filet medallions and fried mac & cheese bites at Outback Steakhouse. Both were outstanding!

Grandstand Pizza 

Grandstand Pizza makes an outstanding pie! Occasionally though they skimp on the toppings, but the pizzas are still really good! They clearly use really high quality ingredients and employ good cooking techniques. The crust here is definitely the star. I really appreciate how you can actually taste the cheese!

Tres Taqueria 

Excellent order of rolled tacos at Tres Taqueria in El Cajon! 

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