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Grub Burger Bar

Excellent “Golden Gate Sourdough” burger at Grub in Carmel Mountain Ranch! Almost looks like some burgers I’ve had at JIB!

The Par Lounge

Outstanding Chicken Club Sandwich at The Par Lounge in Ramona! Grilled sourdough bread enveloping chicken breast, jack cheese, bacon, maters and a tasty buttermilk “ranch” sauce.

Black Angus

Outstanding prime rib and wedge salad at Black Angus! Unfortunately the fire-grilled “jumbo” shrimp were anything but.

Black Angus

Outstanding New York strip steak at Black Angus in Esco! Plus two of my favorite sides there, onion rings and au gratin taters. The blue cheese wedge salad to start just kicks it all off perfectly.

Pete’s BBQ & Burgers

Finally tried the outstanding lamb gyro at Pete’s Smoked BBQ & Burgers! You can order it made with either lamb or chicken, plus fries, only $9.99. Traditional gyro pitas only include tomato and onion, sometimes lettuce. The gyro at Pete’s goes all out and adds cucumber, pepperoncini and a liberal amount of tangy feta cheese as well! Underneath all that is a generous portion of their hot, tender, flavorful gyro meat. 

This gyro was so righteously stacked I had to eat about half of it with a fork before I could even think about picking it up. The tzatziki sauce was house made and very tasty, although somewhat loose in consistency. Pita bread was warm and supple, just how I like it. First time having fries at Pete’s and I was really impressed. Hot, crispy, beer battered style. Among the best I’ve had in town, that I can tell you! I highly recommend trying this one if you’re a fan of the gyro.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding BBQ bacon cheeseburger with excellent, crispy onion rings at Nuevo Grill!

The Par Lounge

Outstanding dinner recently at The Par Lounge. Here’s the “Combo Platter” from the appetizer menu. It includes tater skins, fried mozzarella, onion rings and chicken tenders. Served with sides of ranch dressing, warm marinara and sour cream.

Comes with three skins which were great, crispy and hot with an ample amount of cheese. Could have used more bacon and green onions though. The fried cheese was a fairly conservative portion, but excellent nonetheless. Triangle shapes that yielded a perfect cheese pull. There was a very liberal amount of onion rings which is fine with me. For frozen, institutional rings, these are some of the best in town. Five crispy chicken tenders rounded it all out.

Now obviously this is a sea of fried brown goodness and not something you want to eat everyday! Occasionally though it’s a nice treat. The only other restaurant I eat at with this much brown on one plate would be Cracker Barrel. Good thing for my pants size there’s none close by. This whole platter is plenty for two hungry adults, or two average adults with picky child.

Boll Weevil 

The venerable Steerburger at the Weev is hard to beat!  Especially when you add a few jalapeño slices.  Their great family meal deals are rounded out by a nice order of homely nachos. 


Way Point Saloon 

Way Point Saloon has the most impressive onion ring tower I’ve encountered!  What stands out for me is how hot & crispy they come out of the kitchen coupled with an outstanding fry sauce.  The rings here are beer battered and definitely in the top two of Ramona when it comes to onion rings.  23 draft beers on tap is a pretty good draw too!

Way Point Saloon

Outstanding dinner at Way Point Saloon! This place (includes UTHG) remains consistently in the top two burger spots of Ramona. While Gail continues to order her beloved “Mountain Man”, I always try to branch out to something different. This time I had “The Rancher”. Made simply with smoked cheddar, bacon, onion rings & BBQ sauce… That’s it! Only $12.95, includes side.It’s served open faced with a tower of onion rings stacked atop the hot, juicy beef patty. The whole thing is artfully drizzled with a decent BBQ sauce. I wound up having to eat most of the rings separately, leaving about one or two before I was able to construct the burger in a way I could actually pick it up. (Wish I had brought a change of clothes). This was actually perfect because I dearly adore both their beer battered fries and onion rings. Choosing fries as my side allowed me to enjoy both! 

Outstanding service as always. Love all the great folks that keep WPS/UTHG humming.


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