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Phil’s BBQ

Outstanding quarter chicken dinner plate at Phil’s BBQ in Rancho Bernardo! My favorite thing on this plate has to be that mac salad. Best I’ve had in SoCal!


Taco Bell

I love a good wet burrito and have had many throughout SoCal over the years. When I discovered that the Bell had a smothered burrito, I had to try it. It was surprisingly tasty! I’d recommend ordering this but I don’t think it’s on their menu anymore.

Which Wich

Everyone knows I love a good Cobb salad! When I discovered this Cobb salad wrap at Which Wich I had to try it. Includes sliced chicken, smoked thick-cut bacon, boiled egg, blue cheese, fresh avocado, lettuce, maters and ranch dressing wrapped in a spinach tortilla. I’m not a fan of the green tortilla but I got through it just fine. Really, it tasted outstanding. I really appreciated being able to eat a Cobb salad without a fork.

I just love the fact that I can go to Which Wich, place a complicated order with their brown bag thing & sharpies and never have to speak a word! Just hand it to the lady behind the counter, pay and they get going on your order.

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Quick one tonight! Outstanding stromboli from Ramona Lisa Pizza for dinner. One of the best things on the menu! Made with pepperoni, ham, salami, bell pepper, mozzarella and marinara. Only $10.99. Great job as always from the gang there!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding Kung Pao chicken bowl at Pei Wei!


A SoCal institution for generations! Outstanding spaghetti with Italian sausage and meatball at Pernicano’s in El Cajon.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

I’m pleased to report that the A/C was crankin’ at Nuevo Girl! Super comfortable and relaxing after working all day. I ordered my favorite dish, the steak enchiladas. Two huge, fresh corn tortillas stuffed with grilled carne asada steak and cheese, smothered in their scratch made enchilada sauce. Served with rice & beans, $13.99.

Biggest and best enchiladas in town, that I can tell you! I love how the plate comes out as hot as an acetylene torch. The melted cheese gets all crispy on the edges and melts into the rice, etc. Service was absolutely remarkable! Fortunately they offer a smaller version of this with only one enchilada. Not sure what I was thinking, but I have to lay down now…

Jack in the Box

This so-called Brisket Burger at JIB was surprisingly good!

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding Enchiladas Rancheras at Miguel’s in 4S Ranch! House-made spicy ground beef with onions & cheese, blanketed with a rich and flavorful tomato ranchero sauce, avocado & crema.

Marinade on Main

Outstanding dinner at Marinade on Main recently! Probably one of the finest, most satisfying and skillfully constructed dishes I’ve had in Ramona. “Marinades Alfredo Pasta”, $17. Prepared with their housemade cream sauce, topped with fried chicken and a prosciutto/arugula salad. You can sub shrimp for $4 more.

They used a linguine pasta that was cooked to a perfect al dente. Cream sauce was excellent. If you like garlic, you’ll love their version. Not overly salty or overly heavy and rich, it was just right. Chicken was a boneless breast, perfectly crispy and expertly fried. The coating unfortunately did not remain very well adhered. The large breast became somewhat unwieldly on the plate, I might try the shrimp version next time.

The prosciutto and arugula adornment totally elevated this dish to the next level. Highly recommended.

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