The view overlooks the lush Palomar Mountains. You just can't buy a setting like that.
But you can buy the food and enjoy the view at Amigos, Pala's Mexican restaurant.
If you prefer your views in nature, optional terrace seating is available. And if the weather doesn't cooperate? Bar-style seating lines the floor-to-ceiling windows that make it seem you are suspended over a forest of trees.
And if a choice of inside versus outside isn't enough, Amigos gives you another choice: Get seating and full service in the restaurant or go to the counter and get your order to go.
Once you enter the full-service section of the restaurant, homemade chips and salsa are immediately brought to your table. The warm chips and fresh salsa were a great way to start off the meal.
For the main dishes, Amigos has all the traditional offering of a Mexican restaurant: burritos, tacos, fajitas, nachos (pictured above), tostadas, tortas and quesadillas. It also offers a traditional Native American dish: fry bread tacos. The dough is fried into the shape of a hard taco shell and then filled with traditional taco fillings.
If you cannot make up your mind between all the options, Amigos offers combinations. Take your pick of either two or three entrees, including taco, enchilada chile relleno or tamale. These plates are also served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
Although Amigos is not open during breakfast hours, it does have egg dishes served in a variety of different ways. They come prepared Con Chorizo (housemade Mexican sausage), Y Jamon (ham steak), Rancheros (ranchero sauce and cheese), or A La Mexican (cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos). Each dish is served with Spanish rice, refried beans, and corn or flour tortillas.
To go along with your food, Amigos has a wide variety of traditional beverages. It offers beer and margaritas. If alcohol isn't your thing, try the horchata.
Like choices? Then Amigos offers plenty to choose from. And they all come with a view.
Where: Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Hwy 76, Pala
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Entrees: Breakfast, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, fajitas, $3.95-$14.95
Beverages: Fountain sodas, beer, margaritas, and horchata
Information: 877-946-7252, www.palacasino.com/h.aspx/Amigos