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The Butchery Quality Meats opened in One Paseo with much fanfare. The anticipation was electric during their grand opening. They offer a market style butchery where they sell high end steaks, seafood, and other meats. There is also a casual deli type counter where you can order sandwiches, burgers, tap beers, and wine. The Butchery Quality Meats also sells a variety of grocery items (hot sauces, specialty salts, potato chips, etc). I’ve eaten here twice now (Part I). Friend also bought a variety of steaks where her son hosted an epic ‘all things doused with steak fat’ dinner party (Part II).

This first half of this post will be photos of The Butchery Quality Meats.

INTERIOR

There’s a seating area where you can sit and enjoy their made to order sandwiches and burgers.

GRAND OPENING SAMPLINGS:

Even four legged friends enjoyed the festivities.

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I’m not often in Oceanside but happen to be one afternoon. My mom was with me so we decided to try Ramen Menma. We were surprised that Oceanside had a famous named ramen house that originated in Japan. It wasn’t a busy week day so street parking was easy to find for Ramen Menma that early lunch.

RAMEN MENMA

Ramen Menma has a small store front. Mmm-yoso visited as well.

INTERIOR

There was only one customer when we first walked in.

MENU SELECTION SPECIALS ICE TEA APPETIZERS KARAAGE 6P – $5.95

This was a nice size portion for the price. The fried chunks of dark meat chicken arrived piping hot.

I couldn’t taste much seasoning/marinade in the karaage. I like it when there’s a hint of mirin or sake essence in the meat. We asked for more mayo which helped the taste of the karaage.

HIYAYAKKO $3.50

I knew the hiyayakko wouldn’t be very good. I grew up eating this dish. Usually there’s minced ginger on top of the cold tofu. The waitress agreed and smiled when I asked. She asked how did I know and I said because my grandmother used to make this dish for us.

SIDE GINGER

She brought out a small portion of ginger. I would pass on this dish next time as it wasn’t cohesive.

MOM AND DAUGHTER LUNCH

I was grateful they were able to make my ramen with noodles on the side. I didn’t realize they could put the toppings on side as well.

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We visited The Crack Shack in Encinitas some weeks ago. Friend and I were in the area so we decided to meet there for a late lunch. Celebrity super chef Richard Blais is the culinary director of The Crack Shack. I’m not ashamed to admit he’s still my food crush to this day. The Crack Shack serves a variety of chicken burgers, fried chicken, and other items.

FRONT ENTRANCE

The menu is very simple and straight forward. It’s quite a bit different from Juniper & Ivy (Chef Blais’ other restaurant and romantic date place).

ORDER SCREEN

You order with the cashier by the entrance. Prices here at The Crack Shack are higher than most standard fried chicken restaurants.

SELF SERVE SAUCES

We were surprised how quickly the food arrived to our table.

Señor Croque: crispy chicken, bacon, fried egg, cheddar, miso-maple butter, brioche

The senor croque was $12 with no sides. It would have been nice had the egg yolk not been served broken. The presentation was a bit poor.

They were able to sub the chicken breast for a fried chicken thigh for us.

The chicken thigh was fried wonderfully. The breaded chicken had a nice crunch while the interior remained moist. It was a rich sandwich with the fried chicken, bacon, and fried egg.

5 Pieces $16:..
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North Italia opened in One Paseo a few weeks ago. The space was built out specifically for North Italia. They offer two outdoor patios as well as indoor seating with bar. North Italia offers home made pizzas, pastas, entrees, desserts and more. I’ve visited a handful of times so here to share those experiences.

NORTH ITALIA

North Italia at One Paseo is located close to Tender Greens.

SIDE PATIO

My first visit was to treat my sis and mom to a birthday lunch. We made a reservation via OpenTable. The interior seating is incredibly loud so they were able to give us patio seating. Unfortunately, there were limited umbrellas and none of us wanted to sit under direct sunlight.

I prefer their North Italia Fashion Valley location.

INDOOR SEATING

North Italia managed to give us an indoor table by the kitchen. We were sad our original server, Jonathan, didn’t work inside. Our next server seemed busy and more confused.

DRINKS

Wines are expensive by the glass here. There are two different sizes of ‘ounce’ pours here at North Italia. The larger pour is called Terzo. I ordered a Barolo ($17)  and a Sbirolo ($15) as well as a sangria for my sister. We personally didn’t think the pours were worth the price. The sangria was nicely fruity but didn’t taste of much alcohol.

ITALIAN MEATBALLS $14 : creamy polenta, rustic marinara, grana padano

I was surprised by the meatball portion at this location. The Fashion Valley location offered six meatballs AND grilled bread.

They only offer three meatballs served over polenta here at One Paseo. There was no grilled bread. Another server noticed our confusion and offered to bring over bread. The meatballs weren’t the best as they didn’t taste hot (the cast iron plate was though). The ground meat wasn’t as tender or juicy as we had hoped.

MARGHERITA 15.5: mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, red sauce

Sis wanted to try a pizza so we opted for the classic Margherita. The crust is made in house. I liked the char on certain parts of the pizza.

The bottom had a nice color.

We liked the light tomato sauce as well as the creamy mozzarella cheese. The crust actually had a nice crisp and chew to it. I normally don’t eat crust but happily took a few bites.

BREAD

I had read angry reviews that North Italia doesn’t offer any complimentary bread. So we were grateful when they brought out the plate above.

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Harmony Pot Sticker took over a Korean butcher-type shop in Convoy. The restaurant specializes in pan fried dumplings as well as a variety of other Chinese dishes (noodles, soups, appetizers). My mom and sis wanted to try Harmony Pot Sticker so we recently had a feast there.

HARMONY POT STICKER

They share a small parking lot so parking can be tight. Kirk also visited Harmony Pot Sticker.

KITCHEN CONDIMENTS & UTENSILS TABLE SETTINGS

I think they’ve expanded their menu.

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Texas de Brazil is a new all you can eat Brazilian churrascaria that recently opened in Carlsbad, CA.  It was exciting news having a Brazilian AYCE bbq restaurant in North County for a change. The other two famous Brazilian churrascaria restaurants are located in downtown San Diego. Texas de Brazil is located in The Shoppes at Carlsbad. They have both lunch and dinner options.

TEXAS DE BRAZIL

Texas de Brazil is located by Dave & Busters and CheesecakeFactory. The Shoppes at Carlsbad is pretty big so finding Texas de Brazil was hard at first as we’ve never been to this mall. Oh-soyummy had a recent visit as well.

ENTRANCE

I was surprised how busy the restaurant was on a weekend. I think having it located at a mall helps with foot traffic to this restaurant. You check in with the hostess and someone will come get you when you’re table is ready.

BAR BAR MENU INTERIOR

The interior is large but not as spacious as Fogo de Chao or Rei de Gado. But, Texas de Brazil feels very new.

PATIO SEATING

I would have liked to sit outside but it was a chilly evening.

TABLE SEATING

I like how each person gets their own card to turn over. Red side means no while green side means I’m ready for some meat.

SALAD BAR

The salad bar is beautiful and grand. The following are the offerings from this unlimited section:

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Gravity Heights is a new full service brewpub that opened in Sorrento Valley. The Whisknladle team owns this restaurant. The 12,000 square foot space is impressive. It’s a beautiful location with both indoor and outdoor seating. We’ve visited twice now. There’s ample parking and the restaurant fills up quickly on weekdays.

GRAVITY HEIGHTS

We booked reservations using OpenTable. Oh-soyummy visited some weeks ago.

PATIO OUT DOOR SEATING AND BAR

The outdoor seating is impressive with firepits and heated seating. It would be perfect for a chill afternoon or evening date.

MENU

Their online menu doesn’t reflect their current offerings.

DRINKS SODA WATER

Gravity Heights offers complimentary soda water.

Doh IPA FRENCH ONION SOUP

Friend and I both ordered the french onion soup.

This was a very good french onion soup. The broth was piping hot and the onions melted nicely in the mouth. I would order this soup again.

FRENCH ONION SOUP NO CROUTON

Mine was just as delicious without the crouton.

I appreciated how they didn’t skimp on the cheese.

RIBEYE STEAK $28.95

This was expensive at $28.95. I requested veggies instead of fries and that cost an additional $2 which we didn’t know about. Friend commented..

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My first experience with NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar was when I had a staycation at The Grand Colonial in La Jolla. We went to the restaurant for their happy hour and had a wonderful experience. NINE-TEN also provides room service for the hotel so that’s what we opted for the next morning. And let me tell you – their french toast was unlike no other. It felt like a first kiss you with your childhood crush. I’ve visited NINE-TEN a few times now but unfortunately their breakfast & brunch failed to impress.

We really enjoyed their happy hour. Their website says:

Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features 1/2 priced bar food menu, $5 select glasses of red and white wine and $2 off all beers.

HAPPY HOUR

This was an amazing spread for two people.

SHORT RIB

This was a nice juicy panini.

SHISHITO PEPPERS

The three happy hour items were commendable. The prices were reasonable and we enjoyed our visit to the restaurant. Others must know about their happy hour as the bar area was completely packed that evening.

ROOM SERVICE:

ROOM SERVICE

Room service to me is like flying first class. It’s something, as a child, I’d always equated to ‘making it big’.

BACON OMELETTE

The omelette was standard and nothing special.

FRENCH TOAST

But the french toast. My goodness gracious. My first kiss.

We had asked for all the components to be on the side (I think nuts and whipped cream). The french toast didn’t need much though. It was the most decadent french toast I’ve EVER had. It must have been soaked in a bath of cream and eggs as the toast tasted almost like custard. It was so creamy, heavenly, and pure bliss. Not overly sweet. Truly one of the best dishes I’ve eaten all year. And it was room service too. Go figure.

3rd visit:

I missed the french toast so bad that friend took me for breakfast one weekday to NINE-TEN.

TABLE SETTING

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A group of friends wanted to meet up at Civico 1845 for dinner in Little Italy. One of the girls said it’s her favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. The traffic that weekday was terrible but expected. There’s no valet or private parking. Only metered street parking. Friends did most of the ordering that dinner so we tried quite a few dishes that evening at Civico 1845.

CIVICO 1845

There’s a hostess right out front who checks you in. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating.

COMPLIMENTARY BREAD

The bread wasn’t served warmed so it tasted average to me. The parsley (?) dipping sauce needed more acidity and salt.

There’s a nice variety of wines by the glass here at Civico 1845.

BURRATA HEIRLOOM CAPRESE: Heirloom Tomatoes.Cold Pressed EVOO*.Black Lava Salt.Wild Arugola.Balsamic Vinagrette

The burrata was milky soft and supple. The thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes resembled beef carpaccio to me.

MELANZANA AFFUMICATA: Eggplant.Smoked Buffalo Mozzarella.Pomodoro Sauce

This appetizer looked so much like meat lasagna! But it was eggplant and tasted incredibly savory. The eggplant was tender. We enjoyed this dish.

FIORI DI ZUCCHINE: Zucchini Blossom, Ricotta, Parmigiano, Spicy Soppressata Calabrese

Four stuffed blossoms come with the order.

Both the batter and ricotta were light. Can you see the meaty flecks of the Soppressata Calabrese inside the ricotta? This was a well executed appetizer that we all liked.

BEEF & PORK LASAGNA

Friend enjoyed this. It wasn’t a huge portion. I thought the beef and pork filling tasted too gamey for some reason.

POLLO ZIO VINCENZO : Chicken.Limoncello.Sicilian Capers, Roasted Potatoes, Heirloom Cauliflower

This was my dish. I ordered it without the potatoes and requested extra sauce. There was barely any sauce though. The thin chicken breast was alright – it was tender but not a lot of flavor. The roasted heirloom cauliflower was probably our favorite item of the plate.

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