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Raki Raki (Convoy St, Kearney Mesa)

Man oh man. I wish we hadn’t waited so long to come back here. Tonkotsu Underbelly Ramen. With Akadama spice ball. Mr A threw the whole ball in. This ball of spicy ground peppers worked perfectly to sharpen the unctuous broth. Sesame Tofu Don. Spicy, crunchy, and deeply satisfying. Amazing rice. I wish I knew what brand they use. Mizu...

Grub Burgers (Carmel Mountain Ranch)

Just too greasy for us. But if you like an indoor outdoor pub, this is the place for you! The grilled sourdough burger and the Bacon Love #9 were pretty darn greasy and made it hard to finish. Tasted good tho. Ms S says the Harlem Chicken Tenders aren’t as good as Islands. I think she just prefers less batter.

Thyme in the Ranch (Rancho Santa Fe)

Cute little breakfast place with a surprisingly large menu. Feast your eyes on the desserts in the case; drool over the whole pies on the bakers stand. You can also order sandwiches, soups, and quiches. They even have a continental breakfast menu with toast and jam which is much more special than it sounds – high quality jam, delicious buttered...

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One 2 Go Thai (Encinitas)

Pad Grapao, delicious and just the way it’s made in Bangkok. This whole place reminds me of the tiny Bangkok restaurants we ate at. If it only had a rickety one foot wide staircase up to an even tinier second level, then it would be exactly like Bangkok. Larb Gai. Opinions were split whether this was better than Pai Lin...

The simple joys of CPK (Carmel Mountain Ranch)

CPK has survived, but how? Nice varied menu, kid friendly, unique pizza flavors, high quality fresh pizza crust, and booze for Mom and Dad. Ms S and I had mommy-daughter dates here (at the counter) for years. There was no wait, she could have her noodles, I could have a glass of wine, we could watch the guys make pizza....

Grange (The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento)

Grange was pretty much exactly the the upscale trendy restaurant we were looking for in Sacramento. The interior is full of light, wood, and glass. Just the place to go feel grown up. Ms S was taking Instagram photos like a fiend. Beware of the bench seating though, it is a little low relative to the table height. Their Old...