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Dunkin Donuts

Probably the best tasting thing I’ve ordered at Dunkin Donuts. Plain bagel, toasted with cream cheese.


Red Lobster

Outstanding wood fire grilled salmon, lobster and shrimp at Red Lobster!

Pailin Thai Cafe

Outstanding Panang curry lunch special at Pailin Thai Cafe in Rancho Bernardo! Somewhat on the thick side but still very tasty.

Frijoles Mexican Restaurant

One of my new favorite Mexican restaurants in the Inglewood/El Segundo, CA area is Frijoles! Anyone that knows me can see the irony here! Anyway the place looks like a dump from the outside, but that’s usually a good sign. Just down the street from LAX on Aviation Blvd. The patio is terrific with just the right amount of tacky Mexican decor that I appreciate. Here’s an outstanding tamale and enchilada combination plate.

Taco Bell

This naked egg taco thing is probably the biggest culinary abomination I’ve ever been served at Taco Bell!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Love happy hour at Nuevo Grill! My fave on the HH menu continues to be the taquitos. Only $3.50, it’s their excellent carne asada meat chopped up, mixed with jalapeño and their red enchilada sauce, all grilled up, then hand-rolled into these tasty stubby chubbies… M-F 3-6p, worth a visit (depending on what you order). Plus the dollar off drink specials and outstanding chips & salsa.

Panda Express

One of my favorite fast food Asian restaurants has always been Panda Express. I’m very predictable with my two item combos. Always orange chicken and chow mein, plus the wild card. This time I had the Beijing Beef and it was outstanding.


The Spicy Italian is probably the only thing I can tolerate at Subway anymore. Much has been said about the length of their bread. Honestly I couldn’t care less if my bread is 12″, 10″, or 9″! As long as I get 12″ worth of meat, cheese and mayonnaise!

The London Bakery

The London Bakery has hit an absolute home run with their amazing chicken pot pie! I was finally able to try one recently and it was outstanding! Comfort food at it’s finest. It was immediately evident that these pies are skillfully and artfully prepared using a traditional English recipe. They use a shortcrust on the bottom which is then filled with the most savory and hearty pot pie filling. It consisted of numerous large chunks of tender breast meat and a few vegetables in a flavorful cream/white wine/tarragon sauce. The whole thing is topped with puff pastry that came out brilliantly crispy, flaky, buttery and tasty! Back in the day I recall being a fan of the Chicken Pie Shop downtown, but those were pretty institutional by comparison. If you’re a pot pie fan like I am, you’ve gotta check these out. I don’t believe they’re available every day but I recommend following them on FB, The London Bakery, where they regularly publicize their specials. To my knowledge you can also purchase them uncooked to bake at home. Great idea for the upcoming cooler fall and winter months. This fantastic bakery is definitely putting Ramona on the map. I’ve had the puff pastries, scones, sausage rolls here and other goodies, so I can see why people are coming “up the hill” to shop at this special place.

Mi Sonora Querida Foodtruck

Back to Mi Sonora Querida Foodtruck for quite possibly the best tasting, and biggest burrito I’ve ever put in my mouth! This was the Surf & Turf made with perfectly grilled, tender and flavorful arrachera and shrimps. Mixed with just the right amount of grilled onions and peppers, and slices of fresh avocado. The tortilla was legit. Hot and supple, just how I like it.

This time, instead of eating in Samba’s parking lot, we took our bomb burrito down the street to one of our favorite watering holes, and Ramona institution, the Turkey Inn. This food truck is lights out, on point! Definitely worth the drive up the hill for some serious Mexican food goodness.

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