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Mama Mia Ristorante Italiano   200 E Hamilton Ave   Campbell, CA 95008  (408) 379-3333

We came to Mama Mia’s on a Wednesday evening for dinner with friends. We ordered the evening special of beef stroganoff, Veal piccatta, and linguini Aglio Olio Supreme. Everyone loved their meal.

Our server Brendan was fabulous, except when he forgot to get our wines. LOL. LOL he was a good sport

We were too full for dessert but did look at the menu. Looked good

The wines were good also. Chianti, chardonnay, and zin

4 stars. We recommend you try Mama Mia’s.

Embassy Suites Hotel. Seaside, Ca. Pacifica Cafe

We had a little time to kill and was looking for a quick local meal and did a web search. We ended up at the Pacifica Cafe for an early dinner be fore running off to see a show.
We ordered the calamari , that the menu said was with tempura, but showed up with a seasoned breading with jalapenos ????. We also had the lettuce wedge with the blue cheese. It was good but the blue cheese was a little weak.
For dinner we ordered one serving of the halibut. Our server had the chef split it on 2 plates so we both enjoyed it with the carrots, asparagus, and broccoli. Very tasty and the fish was nice and flaky.

Didn’t have time for dessert, but menu items looked good.

Was a sleepy Wednesday night in Monterey bay.
Enjoyed our last minute meal. Our server was very attentive .

4 stars

Chicken and Waffles 444 Embarcadero W (between Broadway & Franklin St)
Oakland, CA 94607  (510) 836-4446  Mon-Thu 10 am – 12 am

Fri-Sat 10 am – 4 am   Sun 9 am – 12 am

We meet some friends here who wanted to try the place. It was a Friday Evening at 6PM. The place was 3/4 empty. The service was extremely SLOOOOW. Our Waitress continually screwed up our order…Drinks, and meal.  All of us  felt that there was NOTHING that would want to make us come back for a second time…NOTHING.  The Location is at Jack London Square, who is feeling the recession. The whole area was very light for a friday night.  It never got busy and we were there almost 2 hours….YEP, the service was THAT SLOOOW. The Food was …”"OK”" .  That’s about the BEST of it.  There is a Lot of History with this Business…. But current management needs to step it up a bit and make the staff and the premises More appealing.  The Chicken was good, but the Sweet Potato pie was…..AWFUL.   I’ve eaten a LOT of sweet potato pie and this was just plain AWFUL.   SORRY truth Hurts….


Original Joe’s  301 South First Street  San Jose, Ca. 95113  408-292-7030

Toll Free 888-841-7030

NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY OTHER JOE’s…  so it says on the menu ! ! ! !   HAHA…

I’ve been going to “O J’s ”  in downtown San Jose for decades. It’s the best place to go for a Great late night Italian style home cooked meal, because they are open till 1AM.  Waiters are in Tux’s and Fresh Sourdough Bread & butter is served to your table. Everything is cooked to order so always hot and fresh. Great place to order breakfast at midnight.

The food speaks for itself.  There is a reason this place has been around for almost Six decades.  enuff Said…..      NOT cheap, But delicious…

5 Stars

The Old Spaghetti factory: 51 N San Pedro  San Jose, Ca. 95110  408-288-7488  www.

The Old Spaghetti Factory at this location has been there for ??? at least 40 years. This is a Part of the CHAIN Spaghetti houses.  The food is always Good, tasty, economic and a fun place to take the family. on Nights or weekends best to make a reservation, if they are taking them… Usually First come first served.

check out their website for a complete menu :

Family Fun and Economic  4 . 5 stars

Having been here numerous times, I have finally gotten around to writing a review. The food here is EXCELLENT….. Very FRESH…DELICIOUS… Everything on the menu is made fresh. Every time I’m in Chicago area I have dinner at Fresh Starts. There is a great wine selection to compliment your meal. Joann, who is the owner, personally selects the wines with Robert and her staff.

Fresh Starts has been located at 1040 Sterling for 25 years in Flossmoor Illinois.

For apps we had fresh bread, butter and roasted red pepper hummus, Thai chili shrimp, tomato basil with goat cheese soup, assorted salads.

Our dinner included Sticky Sweet with a little Heat slab ribs served with asian slaw and sweet potato planks,
Mojito Chicken Breast with black beans & rice, grilled poblano
Tilapia Fish Tacos, corn tortillas, adobo lime sauce, roasted poblano peppers, shredded lettuce and tomato
Cilantro pesto marinated grilled seafood: calamari, shrimp & scallops, blistered grape tomatoes, roasted poblano peppers.

Turtle gelato by Zarlengo… Voted #1 Ice Cream in Chicago.

Needless to say… Joann with her attentive staff make it a very enjoyable meal and a great time

Five stars. *****. /. 9.5 out of 10

A really nice restaurant at the end of LAX runway. You can sit and enjoy lunch or dinner watching the planes land almost a couple hundred feet away from you.
We ordered the fish n chips, all American Kobe burger with blue cheese, and grilled chicken sandwich. All came with fries or choice of sides. Service was fairly quick and all prepared elegantly. Looking around the room there were LA police officers, airline pilots and stewardess, business people and families with kids. There are lots of vintage aircraft in the yard to look it and walk outside and view. We ordered a carrot cake for dessert….. Was a little dry, and cold, like it had been sitting in fridge too long and dried out. Nice presentation though.

We gave it a 8 out of 10

The Proud Bird. 11022 Aviation Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90045

We took a group of 12 to some late evening BBQ. Everyone wanted to see this place, as it is the site of some scenes from the 1984 TopGun movie. We ordered a variety of BBQ ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket, fries, onion rings, potato salad, Cole slaw, Mac and cheese, baked beans, collection of beers, and finished it off with sweet potato pie and walnut pie. Everything was delicious. There was a lot of finger licking and good harmony. The decor was fun to view and read the history of this place. There is no parking so plan ahead where to park or take public transit. From a true BBQ perspective, the food needed a little more smokey flavor.
4.5 stars
600 West Harbor Drive. San Diego, CA. 619-231-9680

2660 Via Del La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

phone   858-792-2225


We met up with a friend who lives in the area, she suggested breakfast at Milton’s.  It was very good in atmosphere, choice and service.   I had crepes with bananas and berries and a side of bacon and would definitely recommend it, although I would have preferred the syrup on the side instead of having sugary goo all over the freshness of the fruit and crepe, however it was tasty and very, very elegantly presented.   KB had eggs over, thick bacon, sourdough and homestyle potatoes and M had a scramble of stuff and R and D had french toast.  Both KB and our friend M said the potatoes were a little too salty for their taste, might have been an oops in the kitchen???.  I have never seen cranberry mustard …there it was in a condiment jug at the table!! …might have to go back and have a sandwich to have the cranberry mustard on.  Prices were on the higher end, not a greasy-spoon for certain, and the portions were very large!!  5 stars

Fish and chips

Food was Greasy, Service was extremely SLOOOOOW. There were hardly any people in the place and we couldn’t even get a glass of water or our order taken.  VERY UNIMPRESSED……ONE STAR