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These little Crispy Chicken BLT things at Wendy’s are super tasty! Great alternative to a burger and really inexpensive.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

(Visited November 11, 2019) Tried the carne asada at Chipotle! Not very good. Kind of a mealy texture. I think I’ll stick with the barbacoa next time.

Jersey Mike’s

The ubiquitous #13 (add mayonnaise) at Jersey Mike’s in Rancho Bernardo! Perfection in a sandwich as far as I’m concerned.


One of the better specialty burgers I’ve had recently was the Bacon Jalapeño Cheeseburger at Wendy’s! Made with a quarter pound hot beef patty, pickled jalapeños, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, crispy fried onions, a savory cheese sauce and a smoky jalapeño sauce. Not as messy as it sounds, it ate really well.


I dearly adore Arby’s, but unfortunately they’re becoming an endangered species in San Diego. On a recent trip to Palmdale I was blessed to be staying at a hotel very close to their local Arby’s. I of course had to go all out and get the half pound roast beef sammich, like a boss! Required some major jaw articulation but it was worth it. Almost evaporated their supply of Arby and Horsey sauce 😂

Raising Cane’s

Finally made it into Raising Cane’s in Santee! I ordered “The Box Combo”. Very tasty, although their slaw is no more remarkable than the Colonel’s. Everything else was, so that’s good. Especially their great house dipping sauces!

Jack in the Box

Fried chicken sandwiches appear to be a culinary phenomenon now, so I tried JIB’s version. I have to say, everything about this sammich was great, except the chicken. I loved the buttery bun, crispy and fresh lettuce & mater, mayonnaise slather, etc. Unfortunately the chicken itself was quite institutional. Clearly no match for Popeye’s or CFA, but those curly fries though!

Summers Deli

Nestled at the base of a non-descript commercial building in Rancho Bernardo is Summers Deli. I have been eating here for almost 20 years. This is a no-frills deli that is open to the public and services the lunch hungry among all the tech companies in the Via Del Campo area. Some of my favorite things to order include the roast beef sammich or tuna salad on white (both pictured below) or their delicious Torpedo Italiano on toasted French roll. Everything is made to order and service is top-shelf. They’re open for breakfast and lunch every weekday. They even offer a nice looking selection of pre-made salads for grab & go. What I really appreciate are the several reserved deli parking spots right outside their front door!


As I mentioned the other day, it’s all about the chiles when in New Mexico! Even Mack Donald’s gets in on the action! I had seen these advertised since entering the state and just had to try one before leaving. Here we are in eastern New Mexico in a small town called Tucumcari, just before entering Texas on the 40. The McDouble with green chile was surprisingly tasty! Glad I got one, but it’s time to keep boogerin’ eastbound.

Panda Express

I’m not afraid to admit that Panda Express is one of my guilty pleasures! I don’t go there often but when I do it’s always a treat. Here’s a visit from one of my recent trips to Palmdale. Some kind of one item combo bowl thing with outstanding orange chicken and chow mein.

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