escondido food

Turn out the lights, Champion’s party is over

Lines out Grand Avenue, tears on half-eaten cinnamon rolls, Champion’s Family Restaurant was scheduled to wrap it up Friday, Jan. 29, the future be damned. Friday was going to be a kind of Escondido Mardi Gras Day, a carnival of anticipation, regret and last hurrah before the inevitable All Souls Day and Lent. As word got out last week that the family-owned American cuisine institution…


3rd Annual Dine-Out Escondido! starts now

Local eateries have signed up by the baker’s dozen baker’s dozen for Escondido’s 3rd Annual Dine-Out Escondido! restaurant week Jan. 24 to Jan 30. It’s all happening in conjunction with  Visit California’s annual “California Restaurant Month.” Twenty-eight restaurants have signed on as they turn Escondido into culinary town. New restaurants joining includeThe Wooden Spoon, Burger Bench, Hacienda de Vega, Cute Cakes, Sunny Side Kitchen, A…


End of an era for Champion’s Restaurant

Tough to cull the sweet from the bitter this week as customers at Grand Avenue’s landmark, iconic Champion’s Family Restaurant ate their last meals with tears flooding food-splashed eyes. Like the condemned with no remaining reprieve, customers bade sad farewells to all that tasty comfort food with final portions of signature corned beef hash topped off by to-die-for cinnamon rolls. Come to represent the heart…


ESCOGELATO ESCONDIDO

Today’s short post was written by Cathy.  It was just too hot to think much about food that day. The mmm-yoyo!!! men, Kirk and Ed (from Yuma) will write about food when they are ready. Another hot and humid day in San Diego County a few months ago when we went to EscoGelato, and not much can keep you cool or relaxed. Unless, maybe you…


Mmm-yoso!!! Suzy Q’s Diner (Escondido)

(Thanks for stopping by to read mmm-yoso!!!  Cathy is writing a short post today.  Kirk got caught up in something at work and Ed — from Yuma — is also crazy busy.) I somehow was on one of the one way streets in Escondido earlier this year, took a turn to try to find my way back to some sort of familiar landmark and was…



3rd Annual Dine-Out Escondido! is on tap

Local eateries are signing up by the baker’s dozen baker’s dozen for Escondido’s 3rd Annual Dine-Out Escondido! restaurant week Jan. 24 to Jan 30. It’s all happening in conjunction with Visit California’s annual “California Restaurant Month.” The list should grow to around 25 by the time the event takes over culinary town. New restaurants joining includeThe Wooden Spoon, Burger Bench, Hacienda de Vega, Cute Cakes,…


‘It’s all about the dream’ at Cute Cakes during The Wedge, Escondido

Wedge was the deal. Cute Cakes Escondido Bakery & Cafe was the place. It was a match made in marketing heaven, not to mention the tastiest venue in all the land. A family affair, Cute Cakes has been known for years around the Hidden Valley. Jill and David Reilly started small, but exceedingly sweet, in a tiny space in a nondescript outdoor shopping center populated…


 Dining Out On A Budget

Dining out on a budget can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, it may even feel like it’s a completely impossible task. Use some of these very simple strategies to lessen that burden: 1. Dining with children: Eat at places where kids can eat for free. Restaurants often times set certain “Kids Eat Free Days” so be sure to visit on these days only. 2. There are literally millions of  restaurant coupon offers available online to print…