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The Bootlegger Bistro

On the way back from Utah we stopped in Las Vegas for lunch! One of my favorite restaurants there is Bootlegger Bistro. A phenomenal Italian restaurant steeped in rich history and tradition. I enjoyed an excellent lunch portion of lasagna, accompanied by an exquisite bread service.

Stage Coach Grille & Saloon

Excellent country fried steak with a side of stunning views at Stage Coach Grille in Springdale, Utah!

Bit & Spur

Popular among the locals, Bit & Spur is a fantastic and beautiful restaurant with excellent service! In fact, we went twice during our visit it was that good. This time I had an outstanding wet burrito.

Switchback Grille

I went out on a limb and ordered crab cakes in Utah! I was not disappointed, although I could have done without all the corn LOL. Switchback Grille is probably the most stunning restaurant in the area. The building is beautiful inside and out. Also enjoyed an exquisite wedge salad and a smartly presented creme brûlée.

Thunderbird Restaurant

“Home of the Ho-Made Pies”, the Thunderbird Restaurant is such a trippy place with great food. Located in the middle of nowhere, southern Utah at a wide spot in the road known as Mt. Carmel Junction in the town of Orderville. I ordered “The Larry”. Slow cooked roast beef, thinly sliced ham, plus American & Swiss cheese grilled on Texas Toast. Remarkable sandwich!

Cracker Barrel

Last March we embarked upon a great road trip to Southern Utah! Zion National Park, Springdale, etc. After about 8 hours of driving we made it to St. George and had an outstanding dinner at the Barrel. Excellent grilled rainbow trout with a side of mac & cheese, hash brown casserole and hot biscuits!

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

Exquisite Spaghetti Carbonara at Villa Capri in Poway! Such a masterful and fantastic execution of this classic Roman dish.

Rene’s Mexican Grill & Cantina

My last meal at Rene’s in Poway. Excellent beef taco and cheese enchilada! Sadly, this establishment has recently closed.

On the Border

We go to OTB every year for National Margarita Day (February 22)! Always such a fun time with great specials. This time I enjoyed an outstanding chicken quesadilla.

Way Point Saloon

I just have to say, the outdoor seating affair at Way Point Saloon is really well done! Numerous high-tops spread out in a semi-enclosed tent thing. Provided the perfect wind break and 100% shade. Most important to me was the stability of the table. Rock solid considering I was in a parking lot. Not wobbly at all. Service the entire time was fast, friendly and thorough! It’s always a pleasure eating here and enjoying a couple libations. I’m pretty sure they sport the largest draft beer selection in Ramona.
I ordered “The Rancher” which is something I haven’t had here in about 5 years. Smoked cheddar, bacon, onion rings and a tangy, somewhat spicy BBQ sauce – that’s it! Only $14.95 (plus modest ‘rona surcharge). Includes your choice of side; I always get their delicious beer battered fries. Today reminded me why I haven’t ordered The Rancher in 5 years. After eating this I had to take two showers and then lay down. This time though the burger seemed to be more thoughtfully constructed. I’m thinking the cook might have a degree in structural engineering or perhaps is a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I appreciated how the onion rings were concentrically stacked. At any rate, I highly recommend this one as well as their Maple Bourbon Bacon Burger or Bacon ’N Bleu. All outstanding choices.

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