In my world the 4 Food Groups (in no particular order) are chocolate, donuts, french fries and ice cream. I was delightfully surprised yesterday to find that the San Carlos Creamery had opened in the old florist shop tucked in between Tivoli's Italian restaurant and Sav-On in the Keils shopping center at the intersection of Navajo Rd. and Jackson Dr.
I was even more delighted to see that they are selling Double Rainbow ice creams and yogurts. This is one of the favorite Bay Area brands, well actually, they bill themselves as America's favorite brand, but I think that's pretty debatable. Their ice cream is good and they're filling a niche that has been particularly lacking in the area. Most expensive item is a banana split for $4.99, most everything else is in the $2.00 - $4.00 range. They do scoops, cones, add-in, sundaes, etc. I left with a scoop of Golden Gate Chocolate Carmel Swirl ($1.99) and was a happy camper.
In that culinary wasteland known as the East County, it is almost possible to put together a decent meal in the Keil's shopping center. You can get an excellent deli-style sandwich at the Cheer's Deli inside the liquor store at the Navajo Rd. end of the center, the pizza at Tivoli is pretty good, but you need to pick it up, do NOT have it delivered, and the carnitas burrito, carne asada tacos and chorizo and egg burritos at Alazanes taqueria on the far end of the center, past Petco, are really pretty darn good (way better than Cotija around the corner at Navajo and Golfcrest). Skip Megan's cafe the breakfast/lunch place between Sav-On and Petco. It's busy, but it's also "Sysco in a box" and serves the absolute WORST coffee in the morning.
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