Colossal Burritos, Best Broiled Chicken and More at El Pollo Grill

Pollo Asado Plate at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Pollo Asado Plate at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Can you eat a sensational 6.19-pound colossal burrito packed with carne, rice, beans, guacamole, cheese and sour cream? Then head to El Pollo Grill (EPG) Bonita and take the super popular Cali Quake challenge that’s gone viral.

Or try some of San Diego’s top rated broiled chicken. The restaurant’s namesake flame-grilled chicken (Pollo Asado) is superb: perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside with nice char, juicy and tender on the inside. EPG uses a Sinoloa-style recipe that combines multi-generational family secrets. The chicken marinates in a blend of citrus and spices prior to cooking. The result is mouthwatering succulent meat served with scrumptious rice, beans, tortillas and salsas. You can order individual portions of this healthy dish; eight, ten or twelve piece family meals or a party size 50-piece fiesta platter.

While EPG’s original iconic establishment in Lemon Grove has been around for 30 years, the smaller Bonita offshoot opened its doors three months ago. The new digs located in a strip mall just off the 805 on Bonita Road serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. In addition to the signature chicken, the family-run business focuses on delivering a wide range of consistently good authentic Mexican fare. Light, flakey grilled fish is used in the hearty burritos. The succulent carne asada has plenty of kick. For dessert, the delicate flan delivers with just the right hint of sweetness and caramel custard flavor.

With the exception of the tortillas, everything is made fresh in house from scratch such as the zesty fresca, red roasted, tomatillo and extrema salsas. The last is a fiery concoction adding appetizing heat to any entrée. Orders are placed at the counter at this casual restaurant and although the tone feels fast food, actual dishes prepared to order taste homemade. Colorful Talavera pottery decorates the walls, prices are reasonable and service is friendly. EPG is a welcome newcomer on the rise to the South Bay dining scene.

Carne Asada at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Carne Asada at El Pollo Grill Bonita


Fresh Salsas at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Fresh Salsas at El Pollo Grill Bonita


Fish Burrito at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Fish Burrito at El Pollo Grill Bonita


Flan at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Flan at El Pollo Grill Bonita


Talavera Pottery at El Pollo Grill Bonita

Talavera Pottery at El Pollo Grill Bonita


El Pollo Grill Bonita Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Old School Charm at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Squaw Bread at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Squaw Bread at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Around for 40 years, Hunter Steakhouse is an Oceanside institution serving classic American dishes in a welcoming, homey environment. Service is friendly and efficient. The full bar provides a nice selection of wines along with throwback house cocktails such as the Hunter Manhattan and Landslide Martini.

The old school menu features standard steakhouse fare from onion rings to au gratin potatoes to filet mignon. To start, enjoy a complimentary mini loaf of warm squaw bread with whipped honey butter. For variety, try the Appetizer Sampler with lump crabmeat stuffed-mushrooms, loaded potato skins and crispy calamari drizzled with ancho chili mayonnaise. Portions are hearty and all entrees come with a choice of creamy New England Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad or Tableside Salad Bar plus a side option.

Seafood entrees include traditional Shrimp Scampi Linguini with a buttery, garlic lemon sauce. Meat lovers should opt for the popular specialty of the house: herb crusted, slow roasted prime rib served with au jus and horseradish.

Absolut Vodka Martini at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Absolut Vodka Martini at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Appetizer Sampler at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Appetizer Sampler at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Shrimp Scampi Linguine at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Shrimp Scampi Linguine at Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

Hunter Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Superb Japanese Craft Sake and Sushi at Coronado Gem

The Rey Roll at Saiko Sushi Coronado

The Rey Roll at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Looking for San Diego’s most sophisticated Japanese craft sake selection and super fresh sushi? Then a visit to Saiko Sushi Coronado is a must to enjoy regional, single brewery sakes and delectable fare. Chef/owner Anthony Pascale and his partner Evan Bennett are the only Certified Sake Professionals in San Diego. They work together to curate a dynamic, meticulous sake menu grouped into four distinct categories:

•Sea-clean style sake
•Air-light & sophisticated
•Land-rustic & robust
•Nigori-unfiltered

Opt for a flight, glass, carafe or full bottle plus delight in the chance to learn from the educational food pairing suggestions.

On the edible side, seafood is brought in daily from the city’s premier supplier, Catalina Offshore. Choose from appetizers, salads, rolls and specials such as an exquisitely plated Snapper Sashimi with Ponzu Sauce. Saiko’s most popular roll, the Rey — a mouth watering combination of albacore, tempura shrimp, kani-kama, micro cilantro and apple-mustard vinaigrette — perfectly complements an earthy glass of Seven Spearsmen.

Finally, decor invites with sumptuous red walls, black tables, chic pendant lighting and a wood/stone sushi bar that give the place a relaxed modern feel. An adjacent breezy patio sports views of the San Diego Bay.

Snapper Sashimi at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Snapper Sashimi at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Snapper Sashimi with Green Onion and Ponzu Sauce at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Snapper Sashimi with Green Onion and Ponzu Sauce at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Chef Adam Duong Preparing a Sashimi Salad at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Chef Adam Duong Preparing a Sashimi Salad at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Seven Spearsmen Sake and Menu at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Seven Spearsmen Sake and Menu at Saiko Sushi Coronado

California Roll at Saiko Sushi Coronado

California Roll at Saiko Sushi Coronado

Saiko Sushi Coronado Sign

Saiko Sushi Coronado Sign

Saiko Sushi Coronado

Saiko Sushi Coronado

Saiko Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Delectable Bites and Sensational Sips Under the Stars

Bistro 65 Pork Crusted Fried Shrimp at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Bistro 65 Pork Crusted Fried Shrimp at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Sip and Savor kicked off the 2016 La Costa Film Festival with a bang! Guests enjoyed incredible food, beverages and music at the scenic Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

Fresh Flowers at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Fresh Flowers at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Chandlers Carlsbad Thai Chili Ahi Poke at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Chandlers Carlsbad Thai Chili Ahi Poke at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Executive Chef Mario Medina of The MainCourse Restaurant at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival

Executive Chef Mario Medina of The MainCourse Restaurant at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival

Angel's Salumi & Truffles at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Angel’s Salumi & Truffles at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Larry Rinehart and Pascal Besset of Angel's Salumi & Truffles Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Larry Rinehart and Pascal Besset of Angel’s Salumi & Truffles Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Golden Coast Mead at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Golden Coast Mead at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Twenty/20 Sous Vide Octopus & Scallop at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Twenty/20 Sous Vide Octopus & Scallop at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen Beef Tartare at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen Beef Tartare at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Pumpkin Spice D'armond Family Cheesecake at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Pumpkin Spice D’armond Family Cheesecake at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Bistro West French Quarter Framboise Champagne Cocktail at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Bistro West French Quarter Framboise Champagne Cocktail at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

The MainCourse Restaurant Bread Pudding at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

The MainCourse Restaurant Bread Pudding at Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

Sip and Savor La Costa Film Festival 2016

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Bountiful Breakfasts at Cheerful Diner

Ham and Eggs at the Breakfast Club Diner Oceanside

Ham and Eggs at the Breakfast Club Diner Oceanside

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, Nutella Flap Jacks and Mile High Omelettes attract a loyal following of Oceanside locals to the Breakfast Club Diner downtown on North Coast Hwy 101. Open 7am-3pm, the diner serves tasty hearty breakfasts all day. Scrumptious lunch options such as the Widowmaker Burger or Ridgemont Reuben come with french fries. Skateboards, surfboards and ocean themed murals create a fun casual vibe. The amiable owner Perry Roumbos makes customers feel at home and happy as does the fast friendly service with a smile. On weekends expect a line out the door.

French Fries at the Breakfast Club Diner Oceanside

French Fries at the Breakfast Club Diner Oceanside

California Burger with Chicken at the Breakfast Club Diner Oceanside

California Burger with Chicken at the Breakfast Club Diner Oceanside

Breakfast Club Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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