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Pei Wei Asian Diner 

Outstanding fried rice bowls at Pei Wei!  Probably my favorite thing to order here, especially with beef.  Even the small size is a generous amount of food.  I always feel like laying down afterwards. 

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Pinto Thai

Outstanding dinner recently at Pinto Thai! Crab Fried Rice for $13.99. Made with fried jasmine rice, fresh crab meat, egg, green & white onions, peas, carrots and tomatoes in their special sauce. I’m not exactly sure what was “special” about the sauce, but it was a very good fried rice dish. 

This one did not have the traditional up front soy sauce flavor, it was more delicate and subdued. It did however have a great spicy note with unique, herbaceous and fresh tasting flavors. The consistency was on the drier side compared to most fried rice dishes I’ve had. You’ll find a liberal amount of crab throughout, although no lump meat! It mostly consisted of smaller bits of a more institutional, foodservice grade quality of crab. Fairly conservative amount of egg and green onion. Would have benefitted from more. For those of you who love cucs, Pinto garnishes most of their plates with several thick slices of cucumber. Acts as a nice cooling agent when you have a spicy dish.

This was a huge serving that could have been easily shared by two. I ate most of it and I’m pleased to report that it did not leave me feeling all bloated afterwards.


Iron Wok

Outstanding house special fried rice at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo!

Orange Crate 

Two reviews in one today! I know – lucky you, right? First time trying MyOrangeCrate and I have to say I’m hooked! Ordering from the website was easy yet thorough. It’s simple and straightforward to make the most minute customizations. Considering all of the restaurants and stores they work with for delivery, you can tell a lot of thought and consideration has gone into this service. There is also a smartphone app which I have and it works well.This is my favorite part: After placing your order you are kept updated in realtime as to the status of your order via text message, email, or however you choose to configure your account. You know when your order is confirmed; being placed; driver arriving at restaurant; and driver enroute to you! This is perfect if you need to warn your family “we’re eating in 10 minutes!”

Late Saturday afternoon I placed an order with Lemongrass Thai Food. Before ordering, the OrangeCrate system estimated deliveries from Lemongrass to my location would be about 60 minutes. Once my order was placed the driver was at my door in exactly 35 minutes! 

Now on to Lemongrass and the food! I ordered a Thai Spicy Fried Rice with beef. It was a generous portion, neatly packaged in a black tupperware-like (disposable) container with tight fitting lid. I’ve had a few entrees at Lemongrass since they’ve opened and this was probably the best. Made with stir fried steamed jasmine rice, egg, chili, bell pepper, onions, and basil leaves. Hard to see in the picture, but there is a good amount of tender sliced beef throughout. I’m pleased to say all the beef was edible with no unfortunate oral extractions. An overall hearty dish, flavorful, spicy, etc., that held up well over the 15 minute drive to deliver. 

Gail, not a fan of Asian food, had the Chicken Sa-Tay appetizer. She seemed to like it and ate it all. Comes foil wrapped in a styrofoam box. Includes a tasty peanut sauce and cucumber salad. Gail might have more on this in the comments.

Junior had the Calamari Strip (rings?) appetizer. This one I was concerned about how well it would hold up. Typically a breaded fried food is best eaten quickly without sitting around. It wound up not disappointing! And Junior liked it which is the main thing. It retained enough crispiness without getting all flabby. I will say they seemed like institutional frozen rings to me. I’m just glad it didn’t have all those hideous spidery legs. Junior might have more on this when he’s old enough to have his own FB account.

I have to say, all the food was delivered hot and fresh tasting. Nothing left me with the regrettable feeling that I should have bypassed OrangeCrate and eaten it there in the restaurant.



Pei Wei Asian Diner

My favorite dish at Pei Wei are their outstanding fried rice bowls!  I could eat these everyday.  Particularly with the beef.  Definitely on par with their big brother, PF Chang.  Also shown here are their amazing Crab Wontons.  Crispy handcrafted dumplings filled with crab, cream cheese, red bell peppers and scallions served on a bed of tasty sweet chile sauce. 


Amerient 

Unfortunately the only Asian restaurant open for lunch today was Amerient! Fortunately though, they have a varied and affordable menu of lunch specials. I ordered the House Special Fried Rice ($6.55). It’s made with a fairly conservative amount of beef, chicken and shrimp. includes soup, chef choice appetizer (cream cheese won tons), etc. Too many peas and carrots for me, but I would go back and get this again. Better than the Kung Pao Chicken I had last time…Outstanding egg drop soup!  Some of the best I’ve had. 

Pei Wei Asian Diner

There’s some hit and miss on the Pei Wei menu for me, but their fried rice bowls have always been a standout!  Made with your choice of protein, this time I got shrimp.  I usually order it with beef.  Never get tired of these!

  

Pattaya Thai Restaurant

I’ve had fried rice dishes a few times now to local Thai restaurants and have been somewhat unimpressed.  This one is called Prik Pao.  As much of a Thai fan that I am, I think the Chinese places do a better job in this department.   I think I’ll stick with my favorite noodle and curry dishes…

  
  

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