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Elmisa Cafe

Outstanding “Allen’s Tuna” at Elmisa Cafe in Rancho Bernardo! Albacore tuna salad, avocado, Swiss, organic arugula, spinach, tomato, pickled onions on jalapeño cheddar bread. There’s a lot going on with this sandwich. Such a great combination of contrasting textures and flavors.

The Cork and Craft

Tasty Shrimp & Lobster Roll at The Cork and Craft in Rancho Bernardo!

Phil’s BBQ

Outstanding Bratwurst Sandwich at Phil’s BBQ in Rancho Bernardo! This was a limited time special served during Oktoberfest season.


I am incredibly excited that Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is finally open in Ramona! I have been a fan of this fried chicken chain for some time. It was fun to see the construction progress unfold over the last few months as a tired old Subway morphed into a beautiful new Popeyes on the west end of town. They had only been open about four days when I made my first visit. The restaurant was very well staffed; the energy and enthusiasm among the employees was infectious. Everything did seem to move along at a deliberate and thorough pace though. We dined in and it took about 20 minutes for the food to come out. Definitely better than waiting in the meandering drive-thru right now.

I finally took this opportunity to order their legendary chicken sandwich. Surprisingly, I had never had one until now. You can choose one of two styles; classic or spicy. I ordered the classic version. It was obvious that their chicken portions for these sandwiches is very inconsistent. Mine was rather petite unfortunately. There was a liberal amount of mayonnaise which I appreciated. Decent amount of pickles too that I could taste in every bite. The chicken itself was hot, moist and perfectly crispy. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it though, it seemed pretty bland overall. Like they were only using 2 or 3 herbs and spices when the industry standard is 11.

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Second visit to Tom Ham’s. Absolutely stunning views and an exceptional setting on Harbor Island. Unfortunately the food part is still somewhat shaky. My Crab BLT came without the B! The clam chowder is still not served hot; plus has corn in it which is just off putting. I’ll order something different next time. Maybe brunch.

Grub Burger Bar

Excellent “You’re My Boy Blue” burger at Grub Burger Bar in Carmel Mountain Ranch!

Way Point Saloon

“The Bulldog” at Way Point Saloon in Ramona, CA. Excellent sandwich! Especially when accompanied by hot, crispy tots.

Thunderbird Restaurant

“Home of the Ho-Made Pies”, the Thunderbird Restaurant is such a trippy place with great food. Located in the middle of nowhere, southern Utah at a wide spot in the road known as Mt. Carmel Junction in the town of Orderville. I ordered “The Larry”. Slow cooked roast beef, thinly sliced ham, plus American & Swiss cheese grilled on Texas Toast. Remarkable sandwich!

Way Point Saloon

I just have to say, the outdoor seating affair at Way Point Saloon is really well done! Numerous high-tops spread out in a semi-enclosed tent thing. Provided the perfect wind break and 100% shade. Most important to me was the stability of the table. Rock solid considering I was in a parking lot. Not wobbly at all. Service the entire time was fast, friendly and thorough! It’s always a pleasure eating here and enjoying a couple libations. I’m pretty sure they sport the largest draft beer selection in Ramona.
I ordered “The Rancher” which is something I haven’t had here in about 5 years. Smoked cheddar, bacon, onion rings and a tangy, somewhat spicy BBQ sauce – that’s it! Only $14.95 (plus modest ‘rona surcharge). Includes your choice of side; I always get their delicious beer battered fries. Today reminded me why I haven’t ordered The Rancher in 5 years. After eating this I had to take two showers and then lay down. This time though the burger seemed to be more thoughtfully constructed. I’m thinking the cook might have a degree in structural engineering or perhaps is a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I appreciated how the onion rings were concentrically stacked. At any rate, I highly recommend this one as well as their Maple Bourbon Bacon Burger or Bacon ’N Bleu. All outstanding choices.

Miner’s Diner

Miner’s Diner is an adorable diner in the heart of downtown Julian. Simple menu here consisting of burgers, dogs and sandwiches. They also offer a variety of hand mixed milkshakes and malts, delicious ice cream, and hand mixed sodas. Service and atmosphere are very much 5 star. I ordered a Reuben Sandwich and it was tasty. The corned beef was somewhat dry and tough but it was nicely constructed with plenty of sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, grilled rye, etc. The standout for me was definitely the fries! Thin, hot & crispy, just how I like them. And the two dressings I had on the side (thousand and ranch) were of very good quality. If you’re looking for simple diner fare and appreciate fast, friendly service, I highly recommend Miner’s Diner.

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