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King’s Fish House

We stopped at King’s Fish House in Rancho Cucamonga on our way back from Vegas! Outstanding Panko Crusted Farm Raised Mississippi Catfish with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts and shoestring fries.

Essence Kitchen & Bar

Dear friends treated us to an excellent dinner at Essence Kitchen & Bar in beautiful Chino Valley, Arizona! The seasonal menu here offers classic favorites as well as innovative dishes made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. This place clearly has a passion for food and dedication to hospitality and service. I ordered the “N’Awlins BBQ Shrimp”. Cajun dusted shrimp in a rich spicy tomato sauce with scallions and lemon, served over cilantro lime rice and seared greens. Such an outstanding dish! Plump, succulent, perfectly cooked shrimp. An absolute combustion of flavor. Essence features an exquisite wine list along with a great selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails. Highly recommended if you’re ever in the greater Prescott Valley area.

Black Angus

Excellent “Grilled Fresh Salmon” at Black Angus in Esco!

The Harbor Grill

We stayed over a Saturday night recently in Dana Point. I researched area Sunday brunch options that were close by. Harbor Grill was a very short walk from our hotel and I was able to make reservations easily on OpenTable. Note that they are presently opening at 10:00 am on Sundays, NOT 9:00 am. Anyway, we arrived about 5 minutes til 10:00 and waited out front while the staff was setting the tables. One of the servers sat us around 09:58:30 and she wound up being visibly berated by what appeared to be the owner lady. How dare she seat us 90 seconds before “opening”! I felt bad for her. Anyway, the restaurant itself is beautiful, clean, comfortable and has nice views of the Dana Point Marina. They seem to cater nicely to the advanced AARP demographic. 

There was a fairly short but creative looking brunch menu. I ordered the “Eggs Santa Fe”. Grilled sausage (split link) on English muffin with two poached eggs, cilantro cream and a side of tequila tomato salsa. It was very good! Eggs poached perfectly with runny yolk and set whites. The cilantro cream was flavorful, and a delightful alternative to a traditional hollandaise sauce. I was concerned about the taters because I’m not really a fan of home fries. These were cubed quite small, cooked to a nice crispy consistency and included peppers and onions. I was impressed. The “bottomless” champagne was interesting. It was not poured into a normal fluted glass but more of a small aperitif glass. I found that odd. Further, I had to cajole the server for refills. I’m definitely interested in coming back here for a dinner service sometime.

22nd Street Landing Seafood Grill & Bar

I really enjoyed my visit to 22nd Street Landing Seafood Grill & Bar recently! We stayed the night in San Pedro before catching the boat in the morning to Two Harbors in Catalina. I wanted to have a nice dinner right on the water and this place was the perfect setting. Upon entering I was immediately struck by the vibe and ambience. Very much old school east coast style seafood house with very comfortable seating and an open kitchen. We were there well after darkness fell so it wasn’t much of a view but that’s ok. You could still sense that you were on the marina with all the boats and whatnot.

I started with an appetizer order of steamed clams & mussels. One pound of seafood they claim and I believe it! Such a generous portion in a huge bowl of a rich, steaming, flavorful broth. If you order this, I recommend chewing very slowly and carefully. I ran into a couple shell pieces that could have done a number on my teeth if I wasn’t careful. Main courses here are thoughtfully served with a selection of soups or salads. I had the Caesar and it was outstanding. Liberally dressed and ample parmesan, just how I like them. I had the grilled halibut which was unfortunately quite overcooked and somewhat tough. Looked like a chicken breast on my plate LOL. I probably wouldn’t order the halibut again but I’d definitely come back to this fine establishment.

Waterman’s Harbor

Exquisite “Waterman’s Cioppino” at Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point! Sadly, this remarkable restaurant closed permanently on June 1.


Javier’s in La Jolla is a most elevated Mexican dining experience! Stunning atmosphere inside that is matched with superb service. I’ve been eating Mexican food in San Diego for decades and I cannot think of any other place like this one. The menu here is broad and expansive, featuring many seafood options. For my inaugural visit I enjoyed the “Trio de Enchiladas Del Mar”. An exquisite collection of three delicious enchiladas. One each shrimp, Dungeness crab, and Maine lobster. All are blanketed with their own unique verde sauce. Nothing here is bland, that I can tell you! Javier’s is located at the popular UTC mall, so bring patience for the parking lot and a fat wallet.

Island Prime C Level

Outstanding Lobster Mac & Cheese at Island Prime – C Level! Situated on San Diego’s Harbor Island, the views are exquisite.

Brigantine Seafood

Exquisite Parmesan Crusted Sautéed Sand Dabs with risotto and broccolini at the Brig in Poway!

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.

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