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Cheesecake Factory

After that gustatory odyssey in Las Vegas, I had to have some light roughage to bring my system back into balance! Excellent Cobb Salad at Cheesecake Factory in Esco.

Best Pizza & Brew

I’m back at Best Pizza & Brew in Carmel Mountain Ranch! This time to try a salad and mac & cheese. I really enjoy the open air feel here. Caesar salad was excellent. Properly dressed and cheesed. What stood out though were the exquisite croutons. Among the best I’ve had. Very nicely done for a Caesar.

The mac was pretty good. Better than the version I had recently at Stone. Added bacon and jalapeños which were abundant and nicely mixed in. I appreciated their use of cavatappi pasta (corkscrew). Cheese sauce was tasty and nicely proportioned; didn’t get all soupy. The jalaps should have been diced up a bit. They were whole, thick sliced coin shaped pieces.

Karl Strauss

Excellent “Chicken Chop Shop” salad at Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch! Almost Cobb-like, it was a meal in itself! Made with Gorgonzola, avocado, beer-brined bacon, piquillo and poblano peppers, cilantro, carrots, maters, corn tortilla strips, romaine, mixed lettuce, grilled mesquite chicken breast, and a creamy, delicious chili-ranch dressing.

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!

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