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Victor’s Kafe

Outstanding Gyros Salad at VK in Rancho Bernardo! Hearty portion, great taste and no heavy pita.


Excellent Oggi’s Chopped Salad at Oggi’s in Santee!

Green Spot Salad Company

Outstanding Cobb Salad in a box at Green Spot in 4S Ranch!

Descanso Beach Club

We visit Catalina Island annually and our must stop is always Descanso Beach Club! Often times each day for a nice early afternoon lunch. This is a private beach, open to the public. As such, adult beverages are welcome on the beach. The setting here is absolutely stunning. Situated just north of Avalon proper, it is a short walk past the Casino.
Food here is always top-shelf with a rotating menu of well thought out, beautifully presented beach fare. During our trip this week we tried “Tricia’s Nachos”. Loaded with carnitas, melted queso, cotija cheese, black beans (omitted), pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream and avocado puree, artfully drizzled. The quality of chips used here are excellent. What was immediately apparent was how good this nacho dish tasted after assuming room temperature. The food served on the 60 degree windy beach didn’t stay hot long. However they are making their queso very good. Tasted great cold.
Also tried the “Chicken Skewered Cobb Salad”. I always love a good Cobb salad. This one included the standard bacon, maters, avo, boiled egg, blue cheese and a delicious citrus vinaigrette. Unfortunately the greens consisted only of spinach leaves. No other type of lettuce. I didn’t really like that, especially with all the stems, etc. Kind of hard to eat and all the same leafy texture.
I highly recommend eating or visiting here at least once, even if just for a brief respite with a cold drink and glorious views. Just watch out for the hungry birds. They can be bold. There’s also a daily happy hour right now from 2-3pm. 2 tacos and margarita for $10. Great value considering their normal prices here. If you show up at 1:59 though, plan to wait.

Waterman’s Harbor

We visit Catalina Island annually and always take the boat from Dana Point. Watermans Harbor is a fantastic restaurant situated right on Dana Point Harbor with stunning views. Eating here has become a new family tradition. Food here is always top-shelf with a rotating menu of well thought out, beautifully presented seafood type dishes. Most recently I had the mussels which were outstanding. And the wedge salad is probably the best I’ve had. Definitely the most beautifully presented.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Outstanding Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad at Chili’s! Crispy chicken tossed in a spicy Buffalo sauce, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made ranch dressing. I dearly adore salads that eat like a meal!

Ramona Lisa Pizza

A rather unorthodox but delicious antipasto salad from Ramona Lisa Pizza!

Junction 52 Bar & Grill

Outstanding blue cheese wedge salad at my new favorite restaurant in Santee, Junction 52 Bar & Grill! This place has such a broad and varied menu with fantastic happy hour specials and a great draft beer selection.

Jersey Mike’s

Outstanding “sub in a tub” at Jersey Mike’s! It’s basically any of your favorite sammich choices in the form of a salad, with no bread. I think it’s best with their delicious #13 which is what I got here. The only problem was they didn’t slice all the way through the meat roll-up thing so it all kind of stuck together at the bottom. Recommend eating with a knife. And let’s face it, I just love saying “sub in a tub”!

Texas Roadhouse

Just a short walk across the parking lot from my hotel was this Texas Roadhouse in Fairborn, OH. I wound up eating here a couple times since it was so convenient. Had an outstanding grilled chicken salad in their stunning bar area. Also enjoyed a couple draft IPAs. This is when I began noticing and observing that the salad dressing here is always served on the side for some reason. I had many salads while in Ohio and not one was pre-dressed.

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