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Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen

After two trips to Las Vegas we finally got in to Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace! This place lives up to the hype, that I can tell you. It is an exquisite, unforgettable dining experience. Reservations are a must well in advance. Last year I didn’t plan ahead enough so this year I booked on Open Table about 3 months prior. I had the Beef Wellington; Lady FoodObs had the Filet Mignon and Jr FoodObs had the Braised Short Rib. We also shared a variety of starters and small plates. Everything was excellent and so beautifully presented. HK is now open at Harrah’s Resort Southern California! There’s your opportunity to stimulate the local Valley Center economy. Bring a fat wallet.

The Par Lounge and Deck

The new “expanded” menu at The Par Lounge is really exciting! Now offered Tuesday – Sunday. There are many of the favorites from back in the day like their legendary Cobb salad, calamari, etc. Tucked on page 2 though you’ll find a thoughtful selection of new entrees, served after 5:00 pm. Now, I typically stick to reviewing just the foodstuffs but I need to branch out a bit. I have to say the live music last night was terrific! Local singer-songwriter, Ashley E. Norton performed and is scheduled again on the 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. She is incredibly talented, that I can tell you. I recommend you keep an eye on their events calendar for future bookings.


I truly enjoyed the “Steak Diane”. This is such a classic and elegant dish that dates back to the 1930’s. The adaptation here consists of sous vide sirloin medallions, mushroom cognac sauce, includes whipped taters and roasted asparagus. The sauce here was robustly flavored, yet perfectly balanced. The steak medallions were tender and cooked nicely to my desired doneness. The accompanying veg was artfully presented and tasted very good. Gail had the “S&S” (pictured below). I did a double-take when I first saw that menu title but I digress. It is simply, steak & shrimp and it’s executed flawlessly. Hand-cut 12oz striploin steak, pan seared shrimp and an excellent garlic herb butter sauce. There was so much of that butter sauce and it was SO good that it would have been nice to have had some bread on the side for sopping. 


“Chicken Piccata” is my middle name so I was all over that one. The chef’s version here is somewhat unorthodox but is quite delicious. Made with orecchiette pasta which is roughly the size of a little ear (hence the translation in Italian). It consists of the traditional white wine, butter, lemon sauce which was all harmoniously balanced. Not over the top lemony. The toasted onion breadcrumb on top was a nice touch and added a pleasing mouthfeel to the dish. Chicken was perfectly pan seared, tender, juicy and flavorful. Thicker cut though than a typical piccata. I am definitely looking forward to my next visit where I plan to try some of their other new dishes, like the Chicken Marsala or Blackened Salmon. Based on the menu description, there is a lot going on with that salmon!

Fleming’s Steak House

Outstanding filet mignon and truffle-poached lobster tail at Fleming’s in La Jolla!

Delmonico Steakhouse

Exquisite New York Strip, Oscar Style, at Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas!

Gordon Ramsay Steak

Stunning Beef Wellington and a butter poached lobster tail at Gordon Ramsay Steak, inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino!

Stage Coach Grille & Saloon

Excellent country fried steak with a side of stunning views at Stage Coach Grille in Springdale, Utah!

Whisk and Whisky

Lady FoodObs stunning image of the “Steak Gaucho” at Whisk and Whiskey in Flagstaff, AZ!

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!

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