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Mi Ranchito Taco Shop

Outstanding beef flautas at Mi Ranchito in Ramona! Definitely one of the best things to order on their menu.

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Sombrero Mexican Food

Excellent “Healthy Chicken Bowl” at Sombrero! The perfect thing to order when you don’t want to be bogged down by a heavy, fatty tortilla. Tastes great, too.

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding fried rice with beautifully wok-seared flank steak! I love many dishes at Pei Wei but this one is definitely my favorite.

Manana’s Mexican Food

Still the best breakfast burrito in Ramona! Even if they are getting smaller. 😫

Outback Steakhouse

Tasty “Outback Burger” with sweaty cheese.

The Main Course Restaurant

Updating my October 2015 review of the lobster mac & cheese at The Main Course Restaurant. When I first tried their version, I was not impressed. I understand the head chef has changed since then so I thought I would give it another try. Visually, it has improved remarkably! They’re using a rudimentary small elbow macaroni; the cheese sauce I’m not too sure about. I don’t know that I would even call it a traditional béchamel though. It still had a loose, almost soupy consistency which plagued the original version I tried. Although not as bad, it still wasn’t tight enough. A well crafted mac & cheese should not “drip” from your fork on its way to your mouth. 

There were approximately 6 or 7 bits of lobster in the entire dish. Each roughly the size of a polyp. I don’t consider that impressive for a $16 dish in an ostensibly high-end restaurant. I’ve had many great dishes over the years at The Main Course, particularly their grilled salmon. The lobster mac though just missed the mark for me. Service as always was excellent! I don’t make it into MC often but when I do I’m always impressed by the stunning décor and atmosphere! Truly a standout venue in Ramona.

Just Smother It

News Years Eve was pretty rainy, but that didn’t stop Just Smother It from making an appearance at the venerable Turkey Inn in Ramona! This time I enjoyed a carne asada burrito smothered with delicious red Colorado style chili.

Iron Wok

Outstanding Szechuan Beef at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo! Nicely balanced dish, although somewhat heavy handed on the celery. Perfect with a side of fried rice.

Italian Cucina

Excellent house made baked Italian sausage with tagliatelle pasta and arrabbiata sauce! At Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina.

Mimi’s Cafe

French Quarter Burger at Mimi’s. It was so terribly constructed it turned into a hot mess really fast. Everything was incredibly uneven. Plus they forgot the bacon.

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