Tacos El Afro

(661) 733-7273

Food Truck

Northeast corner of 20th St West & Ave N Palmdale

For that homemade taste, Tacos el Afro is the place to go. With the freshest ingredients, you can find something for everyone, be it tacos, burritos, a quesadilla, mulita or maybe even asada fries. This truck delivers the taste you are craving. The menu is simple—all you have to do is pick the protein from a list of asada, pollo, al pastor, chorizo and lengua plus fish tacos Baja style, vegan tacos and cheese shell tacos (Keto) are also available. You may want to indulge in a horchata or Jamaica like I did—slightly tart with a very subtle tang similar to cranberry; cold and refreshing. I also partook in asada fries, fish taco, chorizo mulita (stacked corn tortillas filled with melted cheese, guacamole, sour cream, onions & cilantro), in fact, almost everything comes with those wonderful fillings plus red or green salsa and radishes on the side.  I loved everything, but my favorite was the fries—tender, marinated grilled steak, crispy French fries smothered with melted cheese and loaded with all the goodies; super decadent. Generous portions, beautiful presentations, inexpensive and huge on taste! Open daily noon-8PM for take-out and delivery.

Sagebrush Cafe

(661) 722-9480

42104 50th St. West Quartz Hill

Meeting up with my friend for brunch turned out to be not only delicious but fun as we talk and reminisced while sitting outside on the patio. She enjoyed the fancy avocado toast—tomatoes, avocado and red pepper flakes on thick whole grain bread. It was smooth, yet crunchy, with vibrant red and green color and, awesome tomato goodness—a beautiful presentation. The E. Hemingway panini was my choice (herb roasted turkey, mango chutney, crushed red peppers and Havarti cheese on a torta bun). I loved the chutney, sweet and tangy—a perfect quirky flavor combo. Our shared dessert was the coffee cake — a flavor packed sensation. I think every single yummy pastry flavor possible was in there — nutty, sweet, crumbly, chock full of cinnamon with a wonderful, subtle, salty undertone. It was a sumptuous delight. Oh, and let’s not forget about the beverages with a plethora of styles, strengths and flavors using locally roasted coffee made into cappuccinos, frappes, lattes, cold brew, shots etc. and Numi teas (organic, embracing holistic well-being). One of Quartz Hill’s hidden gems—open Tue. Thru Fri. 6:30AM-7PM; Sat. 7AM-7PM & Sun 7AM-6PM for take-out and patio dining.

Black Angus

(661) 942-5225

44690 Valley Central Way Lancaster

They are so excited to welcome everyone back for the new outdoor covered patio dining. At Black Angus, they don’t mess around when it comes to steak, prime rib, lobster, shrimp, salmon or any of the other great dinner items available—appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, ribs and did I say steak? Hand cut daily, aged at least 21 days, seasoned & flame grilled to perfection and sounds amazing. We went for dinner last week after making an online reservation—we were seated at one of the many tables all 6 feet apart underneath a big two-sided tent with a cool breeze blowing. My guy ordered baby back BBQ ribs with baked potato and rice pilaf plus shared a little of my salad as well. Marinated, slow roasted, fall off the bone ribs, wonderfully seasoned and smothered in a smoky molasses BBQ sauce—tender, juicy and a very tasty; a smashing success! I opted for the grilled salmon with broccoli and salad—8 ounces of fresh, moist and silky salmon filet simply seasoned, healthy, flavorful and perfectly cooked. Very nice and extremely delicious dinner. Open daily for take-out, delivery and outdoor dining daily 3-9PM; reservations a must.

Goldfish Japanese Restaurant

 (661) 273-1112

3135 Rancho Vista Blvd Palmdale

Working from home has it perks and the perk of the day was having Grubhub deliver lunch— rice crispy spicy tuna appetizer, salad and albacore delight roll. Wow! It's impossible to even fathom anything tasting better than this! Deep–fried sushi rice with spicy tuna, smelt egg, green onion and avocado, with eel sauce and spicy mayo.  Crunchy, lightly fried rice on the outside, and a classic roll on the inside—truly magnificent flavor and texture. My compliments to the chef! Cold, crisp and delicious rice noodles laden with red tomatoes, avocado slices, daikon sprouts and a surprise ginger dressing hidden at the bottom! As I tossed the salad, the dressing came up from the bottom and landed atop all the ingredients—fresh and tasty. Now the albacore roll was definitely a delight! Spicy tuna, cucumber and radish sprouts on the inside with seared albacore, garlic ponzu, chili oil and fried onions on top. A bright combination of tart and savory — fresh fish paired with garlic and string–bean onion rings: oh my, the flavors complemented each other perfectly—an outstanding roll. Open Tue.-Fri. 11AM-10PM; Sat. & Sun. 12PM-10PM for take-out and delivery thru Postmates—online menu is available at www.eatgoldfish.com

Firehouse Subs

(661) 947-9072

1113 W Rancho Vista Blvd. Palmdale

Founded by firemen who believe making awesome subs is great, but you need to do good, so now a portion of every purchase goes towards providing equipment for first responders in our community. Looking to satisfy our sandwich craving and wanting to save a life at the same time, Arissa and I went online and ordered a couple of subs—hook & ladder and smokehouse beef & cheddar brisket plus a cookie for dessert!

I’ll start out with the Hook & Ladder which was filled with smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, Monterey Jack cheese and was served Fully Involved (trademark meaning loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mayo, deli mustard & pickles).  Quality meat and cheese steamed to perfection loaded with lots of fresh veggies piled high on a toasted private recipe hoagie roll—a pleasant balance of flavor and the pickle spear took it right over the top.

USDA Choice beef brisket smoked for 16+ hours, cheddar, mayo, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce; need I say more? A very sweet, creamy, moist, juicy and absolutely addictive sandwich. Satisfy your craving. Open daily 10AM-9PM for take-out & delivery. Rapid rescue to go, avoid the wait order online at www.FirehouseSubs.com

Nopgow Thai Restaurant

(661) 273-0875

39522 10th St. West Palmdale 

Last week I was craving something delicious, healthy and reasonably priced, so I called to order one of the lunch specials for $7.99—sweet & sour vegetables served with egg roll, fried rice and chow mein. The lunch specials are served Monday-Friday 11AM-3PM. Crunchy perfectly cooked assorted mixed vegetables and pineapple in a delicate, tasty sweet and sour sauce. The egg roll was hot and crispy on the outside and moist and yummy on the inside, not greasy at all. With each bite I mixed the rice with the sweet & sour sauce, followed with a bite of the noodles that were cooked in a lovely brown sauce loaded with vegetables, creating an incredible flavor melody. I also ordered the Nopgow salad consisting of a wide variety of mixed greens and vegetables, soft bread crumbs, topped with eggs, cashews and peanut dressing. So many wonderful flavors then topped with a thick but also creamy yummy dressing. I would definitely order as a main dish especially on one of Antelope Valley’s many hot days when you are looking to enjoy a hearty, cool and refreshing meal. Open Mon.-Thur. 11AM-9PM, Fri 11AM-10PM, Sat. 12-10PM and Sun. 12-9PM for take-out and delivery.

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