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Outback Steakhouse

I’m not sure what’s going on with Outback but the service has declined dramatically at both the Poway and El Cajon, CA locations! I’ve visited both restaurants recently and in each case had to wait at least 15 minutes to be seated in a restaurant that had maybe 3 other tables sat at the time. The places were dead. At Poway there wasn’t even a host! Just stood there waiting for someone to emerge from the kitchen. Also at both locations, our first drink order didn’t even make it to the table until more than 30 minutes after our arrival.

On to the food. It seems like the only thing decent here any more are the proteins. Steaks, etc I’ve always enjoyed. I tried the new lobster mac & cheese and it was served nearly room temperature and without the crunchy, golden topping. At El Cajon I ordered the steakhouse mac & cheese and it came out stone cold! My broccoli at both locations have consistently been overcooked and tasted like some kind of funk. I don’t know how else to describe it.

I have to say, with the relatively high prices being charged for meals here, I cannot justify continuing to patronize Outback. It is just not at all worth the serious shortcomings in service and food quality I have experienced recently.

The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar

(Visited November 17, 2019) Such a stunning restaurant and the culinary highlight of our trip! The Hatch is an outstanding rotisserie and bar located near the charming town square in Paso Robles wine country. We enjoyed numerous excellent plates, including this flat iron steak and Brussels sprouts.

The Par Lounge

Lady Food Obs captured this stunning image of her New York Strip at The Par Lounge! I had a couple bites and it was outstanding. A 12 oz strip loin smothered with a whiskey peppercorn sauce, plus your choice of taters.

I had my beloved Doppio pizza. Probably one of the best I’ve had here!

Garcia’s Kitchen

Visiting with family in Albuquerque, NM! When in New Mexico it’s all about the chili and I of course was happy to partake. We had dinner at Garcia’s Kitchen on Juan Tabo Blvd in Albuquerque. I ordered a dish called “Dan’s Special” (How could I not!). 8 oz NY strip steak with two cheese enchiladas smothered in your choice of chili. I had it “Christmas style”, which is both red and green chili (go figure). This was an outstanding, well rounded dish. The chips and salsa were definitely legit. A nice change from the SoCal Mexican food I’m used to. 

Some additional fun pics: Stopped for tasty chicken snacks at a Popeye’s attached to a travel center in the middle of nowhere (aka Holbrook, AZ) off the I-40. View from the dumpy Hampton Inn in Albuquerque was less than stunning.  

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding “Plato del 4S” at Miguel’s! Grilled skirt steak ala tampiquena and shrimp enchilada. One of the reasons I consider this place among the finest Mexican restaurants in San Diego is that every dish I order becomes my new favorite. Also the best chips, salsa and queso in SoCal! 

Outback Steakhouse

Outstanding ribeye cheesesteak sandwich at Outback in Poway!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding Teriyaki Bowl with beautifully wok-seared flank steak at Pei Wei in 4S Ranch!

D’Carlos

Outstanding tater skins and tasty steak bites at D’Carlos in Ramona, CA! We’re really enjoying trying new things on their thoughtful appetizer menu. Live music on their spacious and comfortable patio is the best! We enjoyed seeing Michael Jay Dwyer perform when we were there.

Mi Guadalajara

One of my new favorite restaurants in Escondido is Mi Guadalajara on W 2nd Ave! I had a tasty enchilada and tamale combination plate. Service and atmosphere was excellent. Lady Food Obs had this great looking carne asada plate. Obviously not mine considering there’s beans.

On the Border

Outstanding “Ranchiladas” at On the Border in Esco! A flavorful mesquite-grilled steak topped with ranchero sauce and melted jack cheese, plus two delicious cheese & onion enchiladas smothered in red chile sauce.

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