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333 Pacific

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego county’s north coastal region is 333 Pacific. Here’s their remarkably good mac & cheese made with orecchiette pasta! Check them out next time you’re in Oceanside. Right on the Pacific with a beautiful view of the beach and pier.

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Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding pepperoni & Italian sausage pizza from Ra-Mona Lisa!!

Claim Jumper 

Outstanding pizza at Claim Jumper!!

Ramona Lisa Pizza 

Recently I had an outstanding stromboli from Ramona Lisa Pizza. It was markedly better than previous versions I’ve had under prior ownership. Made with pepperoni, ham, salami, bell pepper, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce for only $10.99.

Roughly the size of a small throw pillow, it’s the perfect sized meal for two. There did appear to be some unfortunate moisture weepage at the base, so be sure to elevate the stromboli to prevent a soggy bottom. Oddly, the side sauce was stone cold, but it was just as well. The sauce cooked inside was the perfect amount without any extra side. 

Overall an excellent pizzeria comfort food that I would order again in a heartbeat.

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!


Domino’s Pizza 

About two days before Thanksgiving I stop cooking! Need to save myself for the big day. I thank the good Lord for Domino’s tonight and their top shelf staff! Calling in was professional and 100% accurate with my fairly complex order. I was warmly greeted upon arrival while commencing to take delivery of two outstanding pies.  

I highly recommend the sliced Italian sausage topping. Much better than those little nodules that look like something else…


Cheesecake Factory 

One of my favorite restaurants for appetizers has to be Cheesecake Factory.  Their menu reads like a phone book and it all begins with the apps!  Here’s an outstanding fried mac & cheese, excellent crab cake bites and tasty Cuban egg roll things. 



Antonio’s Pizzeria 

Tremendous order of fish & chips from a pizzeria of all places!


Mac & Cheese

Outstanding homemade Italian style Macaroni and cheese!

Olive Garden 

Not the most appetizing looking dish I’ve had at OG, but tasty nonetheless.  Braised beef & tortellini.  Tender slices of slow-braised beef, portobello mushrooms, and asiago filled tortellini tossed in a basil Marsala sauce. 

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