Jay Allen Sanford 9:45 p.m., May 19
The mall at Otay Ranch has only a handful of quick-serve eateries, and Tokyo Grill is the one my daughter and I frequent most often. Though I do prefer sit-down sushi, I like that it’s available at the mall if I so choose (which I often do).
Pookie is mad for the teriyaki chicken bowl. It comes with a choice of steamed rice, fried rice, or lo mein. She could eat steamed rice by the bucket, so that’s what she gets. The dish also comes with vegetables (usually one or two pieces of broccoli and a cabbage leaf or two), which she never eats.
The best things about the teriyaki chicken bowl at Tokyo Grill are its simplicity and the fact that the chicken is real. Not the processed sliced stuff I’ve seen in other teriyaki chicken bowls. At $5.49, it’s not the least expensive we’ve ever had, but it surpasses others we’ve spent more on. And Pookie always eats it up.