Saturday, November 27, 2010

Turkey Day with PKE

Happy Thanksgiving
  Thanksgiving night at my house was amazing. We had turkey with all the fixings. The turkey was moist, the skin was crispy. The mashed potatoes were skin on and yummy. The corn was fresh and sweet. The dressing was loaded with sausage, bacon and apples. I am stuffed to the brim as I write this post.

  
  Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends. I have always tried to convey that PKE is not only about food but also about family. Saying that I have decided to take the week off from a full on review so I can spend the time with my family. Stay tuned for my next review. Happy Thanksgiving to all, stay safe and see you next week.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Waffle sandwiches from Bruxie

292 North Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
Open Daily 9am - 9pm
888-927-8943

  What a week I have had. My computer has been down due to bad RAM. I finally got it up and running on Thursday night. Work was crazy busy and the family has been running around getting ready for the holidays. I read many different local food blogs and all of them were buzzing about this place called Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches in Old Town Orange that made waffle sandwiches. At first I thought the same thing you are all thinking, that just sounds gross. So I made it a point to get over and try them for myself.

  When the family and I got to Bruxie there was a line to order but it moved quick, once you order you can find a place to sit and the staff will call out your name to let you know when your food is ready. My daughter ordered the peanut butter and strawberry preserves sandwich, my son and wife ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and waffle sandwich and I ordered the Bruxie burger. I also ordered two orders waffle fries and two sodas. The total bill for this meal was $40 even.

  The peanut butter and jelly is made with all natural peanut butter and a choice of three preserves. My daughter swiped up half of her sandwich and started to eat right away. She was excited because she got to have PB&J for dinner. Of course I had to have a bite myself and damn was this a good PB&J. The waffle was crisp, the peanut butter was creamy and full of roasted flavor, the strawberry preserves added the perfect fruity taste. A sandwich I would order for myself in the future. My son and wife got the same sandwich, I knew my wife would order this because she can not get enough chicken and waffles. The chicken appeared to be piece of breast meat that was cooked to golden brown and delicious. They both had cheese added to the sandwich. My wife offered me a bite of hers and I gladly accepted. The chicken was moist and the waffle was crispy. They both told me that the sandwich was tasty and it was something they would order again.


  The Bruxie burger I ordered is an Angus beef patty with cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and sliced pickles. I picked up this sandwich up and tried to decide how to attack it, finally I just opened wide and bit down. This sandwich was amazing. The patty was cooked to order, fresh juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce and tangy pickles. The waffle was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The nooks of the waffle stored the juices from the burger so almost none of it was lost. Melted gooey cheese added the sharp bite to even out all the flavors of the Bruxie burger. I was thoroughly impressed with this burger and would highly recommend any burger lover try the Bruxie burger.


  I can not forget to mention a few other items from Bruxie. The waffle fries were crunchy, salty and fluffy all at the same time. They were the perfect side to all these sandwiches. The soda at Bruxie is made with pure cane sugar which in my opinion is the best way to make soda. You do not get that film in your mouth that off the shelf sodas can give you. After all this there is one other thing on the menu that is a must have item and that is the frozen custard. After talking with Dean Simon, Chief Waffler at Bruxie, he told me the custard base comes from a source in Wisconsin. Oh baby was this stuff good! The custard was smooth, creamy and eggy like any good custard should be. The vanilla flavor was nice but not so intense that the other flavors of the custard were lost. I am telling if you do nothing else go to Bruxie and get a frozen custard, you will not regret it.


  Overall Bruxie is a winner in my book and should it be around for a long time. The wait staff was awesome and super helpful. They were always asking if there was anything they could get you or if there was anything they could do to help. I really liked the fact that Dean was out busting his ass just like the rest of the people. He was friendly and I could spent all night talking with him. The combination of great food and awesome service is something that is rarely seen now a days. Bruxie gets an A+ from me and I will definitely be going back. Take time out of your day to try Bruxie you will not be disappointed.
 
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bacon Slamburger

Denny's Restaurant
Bacon Slamburger

  Last weekend my friends band was playing, Broken Patron Saints, out in Temecula at a place called The Vault. My wife and I dropped the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa's place and made the trek out to the venue. The traffic was horrible as one expect on a Friday night but we made it just in time to see my friend play. The show was awesome and BPS rocked. After the show we all got together and collectively decided it was time to eat. Someone chimed with Denny's as a suggestion and we all agreed. So we made our way to the closest Denny's. Once there we sat down and I began to scan the menu for something that look good. I was in the mood for breakfast but the burgers on the menu looked really good. I haven't had a burger at Denny's in a long time so I assumed they were the basic fast food type burger but then I saw the bacon slamburger. A burger with bacon, cheese, cheese sauce, meat patty, hash browns and a friend egg. I was sold breakfast and a burger all in one.


  When this burger arrived at my table I was a bit surprised at how it looked. It did not look like the Denny's burger that I had remembered. The meat patty looked like it was hand made, though I am almost sure it was not, the bun looked fresh and the rest of the burger just plain looked tasty. I grabbed this large burger and shoved it in my wide open mouth. The first bite had a little bit of everything in it bacony, cheesy, eggy goodness. I was shocked at how good this burger really was. The meat patty was cooked perfectly. It was juicy and not dried out. The egg was over medium like I order so there was some yolk left over. The hash brown were crispy yet soft at the same time. The bacon added that perfect salty pork flavor to the burger. A well rounded flavor that any burger lover would enjoy.


picture is from the Denny's web site

  What a burger! Next time you are Denny's and you can not choose between breakfast or a burger why not get both in one awesome setup. I will definitely be ordering this the next time I go a Denny's. I hope this burger is not a trial menu item and if it is Denny's had better keep this bad boy around.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Best Breakfast in Town?

240 N. Tustin Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
714-997-1850

  Last week my wife and I took the weekend off together since we were celebrating our sixth year wedding anniversary. Since the kids were at school we decided to go have a breakfast together and alone. The both of us had always heard about Arthur's Family Restaurant on Tustin Ave and how good their breakfast was, so that was were we headed. From the outside it kind of looks like an old west saloon or hotel. On the inside the restaurant has the same kind of decor. The wait staff was super friendly and since it was a Friday it was not too busy. My wife ordered some chicken and waffles and I got a ham and cheese omelet with a side of country for my biscuits. With drinks this breakfast ran us about twenty five bucks.

  My wife has fallen in love with chicken and waffles so when she saw this on the menu there was nothing that could change her mind. The chicken breast looked a bit small and the waffles looked crispy. My wife said the chicken was moist and delicious. She said the waffles was really good too. I tried the waffle and it had a crispy outside and a fluffy inside. A very good waffle that could definitely stand on its own.



  For me a ham and cheese omelet is standard breakfast grub. If a restaurant can impress me with a good ham and cheese omelet then I will come back time and time again. My ham and cheese omelet was covered in shredded cheese. The eggs were fluffy and cooked perfectly. The ham chunks were nice sized, tasty little nuggets of porkyness. The entire omelet was loaded with cheese. The overall taste of the omelet was good but nothing out of this world. The omelet was better then some I have had but not the best I have ever had. The potatoes that came with the omelet were cooked like O'Brian potatoes but I got them without peppers and onions. These potatoes where crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, a well cooked breakfast style potatoes. The biscuits really reminded me of the store bought biscuits in a cardboard tube. The country gravy tasted more of milk then sausage. The gravy needed more black pepper. The combo of biscuits and gravy was tasty.



  Overall I felt Arthur's Family Restaurant delivered two good plates of food. I would good back and have their breakfast again. Was it the best? Not in my opinion. The food was good but nothing that I could not have got at any other local restaurant. However the friendly wait staff made things a bit better. Super attentive and willing to help where they were needed.
 
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