4.20.2012

Point Loma Seafood


What a wonderful, beautiful, sunny San Diego spring day!  And to top it off, a trip to Point Loma Seafood and their brand new place!!



I’ve raved about Point Loma Seafood previously; loved eating outside enjoying the view (which hasn’t changed) but with the new building (they literally tore down the old one and built a new, double decker) is bigger and better than ever!  When I walked in the front door, it was the same but better, the same but bigger, the same but shinier, the same but glossier, the same but fresher.



The ceiling, with a new two story feeling, is amazing.  The fish cabinets are bigger and longer and I’m sure there is more fish.  The waiting area is larger, so you have more room to mill around.  The things that are the same – you still stand in line to order at the counter from one of the many knowledgeable guys to take your order, they still only take cash, and the seafood is still fabulous!



I had the lobster sushi, my friends had shrimp/crab sandwiches, shrimp sandwiches, fish and chips – just all kinds of deliciousness.  My group of six sat quietly devouring every last morsel of fresh, fishy delightfulness.



So the next time you are in Point Loma, stop by Point Loma Seafood.  Tell them Holly’s Diner sent you!

4.14.2012

Izzy's Cafe

A few weeks ago HH and I were out one Saturday morning on our weekly quest for that “something we can’t live without” at a slew of local garage sales. It starts with checking addresses on Craig’s List, then HH writes down map coordinates and numbers our route – it’s quite a process. Then there’s driving and the navigating, but that’s another story.

On one particular Saturday, the last stop was 1252 Broadway in El Cajon. I was surprised HH mapped out an El Cajon location but I thought it must have listed something really special to entice him, so I was game. As we drove through El Cajon, past Parkway Plaza and further out east, I could not imagine what had lured him this far off our normal well-beaten path! Then I noticed we weren’t in an actual residential area but a block of well-established, home-grown businesses and on the corner at 1252 Broadway – Izzy’s Café.

I was so surprised! HH said he remembered his friend telling him about it and thought it might be one of those mom and pop joints with a home-grown feel that we are always on the lookout for. Although it wasn’t much to look at from the outside, the parking lot was mostly full (always a good sign) and our adventure had begun.

We walked in to a full restaurant with the hustle and bustle of servers, comfy booths and tables, red gingham curtains, retro tin art on the walls, some old gas pumps and a hostess who welcomed us with a smile and seated us right away. The menu was extensive with traditional eggs and bacon, scrambles, four-egg omelets, country favorites, a frittata bar and (wait for it…) Mexican breakfasts. With that, our first meal at Izzy’s would be a test of Huevos Rancheros (would they be as good at Shirley’s?) and Carnitas Con Huevos for HH.

Izzy modeling the logo
As we waited for our breakfast, there was atmosphere, a lunch counter, folks from the area running into neighbors with enthusiastic “hellos”, servers greeting and hugging customers, and what had to be Izzy. After reading the story on the front of the menu about Blaine and Lorrie Sellers, and learning Lorrie’s middle name was Isabel after her grandmother, and Blaine calling her Izzy for fun (after Scrooge’s fiancée in A Christmas Carol) this woman who was very busy watching over everything but so approachable I asked her, and sure enough – Izzy.

HH really liked the Carnitas Con Huevos with a side of milk in a mason jar, and my Huevos Rancheros were good (although I still like Shirley’s a little better) – I was hooked. I told HH it was a good call getting us this far off our normal trail, and that we would have to return to try something else also so I could bring the camera next time.

The friendly folks at Izzy's
Two weeks later, we ended up back at Izzy’s again with poor planning on my part – no camera! Oh well, an opportunity to try something else. HH had the “Old Timer” with biscuits and gravy, eggs and sausage patties. I had Cinnamon Roll French Toast Combo, oh my! The French toast was delicious, and enough calories to last a week! But the most impressive thing about this meal, when HH ordered his glass of milk with the meal the server asked if he wanted it “in the freezer” for maximum chilled milk. We both really like our breakfast - hearty, delicious and so filling AND the server remembered the milk!

Then today, due to rain, we cancelled the garage saling portion of our Saturday morning and went straight to Izzy’s with camera in hand.

This time HH had Hot Cake Combo (and milk, of course), and I had Pete’s Burrito. We sat in the “new room” of the restaurant this time. It was fine, except that every time the door opened that cold winter wind of April came whippin’ through. Izzy helped with that and cranked up the heater.

As we waited for our breakfast, I sipped my warm coffee and HH had nothing to drink just waiting for the milk to be served with his meal. This led to at least three servers stopping by to ask if he needed something to drink. Believe it or not, this wasn’t annoying at all, to us it actually meant they were paying attention.

The real test this time was if they had peanut butter for HH’s hot cakes – yes! And the breakfast was served the milk, once again, ice cold from the freezer without even asking.












Izzy’s is a breakfast and lunch place, Monday through Saturday. They turn into Blaine’s Smoke House Bar-B-Que Thursday and Friday nights, we haven’t made it for this yet but we will! I’m looking forward to trying the blueberry pancakes, the biscuits and gravy and the Huevos Rancheros again. You never know, those Huevos Rancheros may grown on my and may turn out to be my favorite, or maybe I’ll find something else for my Izzy’s favorite. Hmm, seems like there’s at least a few more visits in store for us.

Hey! Maybe we’ll run into friends next time. Won’t that be nice!

4.12.2012

Diner Menu

The menu at the Diner is changing as the season changes. Dinner-in-a-Bowl is on the way out and quick fixes, especially sandwiches, are on the way in. Most recently a Panko coated Rockfish sandwich, quite yummy for the first time.



Biscuits and Scampi. I just needed some biscuits, and scampi was already planned so…






Finally chili dogs, although a little on the healthier side with whole wheat buns, chicken franks, organic chili, fresh onions and cheddar cheese. Mmmm!

4.10.2012

Tomatoes 2012

And so it begins, the anticipation of plump, ripe, bursting with flavor and juiciness – homegrown tomatoes. They just can’t be here too soon.

4.08.2012

Easter

HH’s Easter Basket, what could be better?!

Happy Easter.

4.07.2012

Man-Food Breakfast

HH had been craving donuts for two days, talking about it all morning long. Then he started talking about a bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast. The next thing I knew, the two had joined forces to become the ultimate Man-Food Breakfast. Yet another new item on the Diner menu. And yes, he ate it all!

4.05.2012

Moon Pie

RC Cola and a Moon Pie, right?

I didn’t grow up with Moon Pies, although I remember hearing about them from, what was it, the 1950s or 60s? Anyway, I came in possession of a vanilla covered and a chocolate covered Moon Pie recently. And as I commented to those around me, “Too bad I don’t have an RC Cola,” the youngins’ asked what that meant. What do you mean, what does that mean?! You know, an RC Cola and a Moon Pie! Everyone knows that.

Now come on, I know I’m not that old! So I asked a few other folks, Mel and Will knew what I was talking about (they have more gray hair than I do so I will assume they are a little older and that’s how they knew.) Then I mentioned to HH that I kept forgetting to look for an RC Cola at the store, he asked why, I said for the Moon Pie. HH asked what that meant. An RC Cola and a Moon Pie, that’s what it means!!

Oh my, I’m feeling very…nostalgic for a fad I didn’t even participate in. Please tell me there’s someone at the counter of Holly’s Diner that has heard of an RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

4.02.2012

Asparagus

Can you believe it, this is the first time I have EVER purchase, cleaned or cooked asparagus!

I have eaten it, and I like it, but never bought it to fix at the Diner. So the other night it was time for something new. The question, how to cook it - but first, how to prep it.

I think asparagus is the vegetable that I have seen that “it tells you” what to use and what to loose, that is, when you bend it it will break at the place to eliminate. Hopefully that was right because that’s what I did. Then a recipe - HH suggested looking through Julia’s Mastering the Art for a classic, delicious recipe, so I did. Julia suggested boiling it and I didn’t want to do that. So I found a recipe for roasting, very simple, very quick and hopefully very good.

To make sure the asparagus has good dinner companions, it was chicken fried chicken (HH’s favorite at the Diner), mashed potatoes and pan gravy. As for the asparagus, the spears where cleaned, laid out on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Then the spears were roasted in the oven at 450˚ for 15 minutes.

Looky here!



HH and I agreed the asparagus was different than we had ever tasted, but very delicious. The tender ends were slightly crispy and the whole spear was delicious, especially when we drug them threw a little gravy.

Hum, asparagus, a new item on the Holly’s Diner menu.