Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A deep fried treat from Taco Treat

Taco Treat
74 E. Live Oak Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91066
626-445-9240

  Taco Treat is one of those places that you would see from the street and think twice about stopping at but not stopping would be a mistake. I have been going to Taco Treat for as long as I can remember, my brother and sisters have been going even longer then that. Taco Treat has been an Arcadia main stay for youngsters and adults for as long as it has been around. This place is known for its deep fried burritos, while they do serve other Mexican dishes I only go there for the burritos.

  This trip to Arcadia I was all alone and only got a bean and cheese and a beef and bean burrito. I also got a medium orange whip drink. All together this meal was just shy of eight bucks. Make sure to bring cash because Taco Treat only accepts cash.

  
  The round burrito is the bean and cheese while the flat one is the beef and bean. The bean and cheese was the first Taco Treat burrito I have eaten in years and it was as good as I remembered. The crispy shell filled with beans and white cheese. The beans have a very mild spice to them and the cheese is all hot and gooey. Each bite meant more burrito shell in my lap. The beef and bean uses the same kind of beans but also includes some well seasoned ground beef. This all gets wrapped up and gets the same deep fried treatment that results in the crispy, crunchy outside and warm inside. Both of these burritos take me to hot summer days in Arcadia when our family would make a trek to Taco Treat for lunch. We would stuff our bellies with food and then wait the forty-five minutes before we could go swimming again. The good ole days.

  If for any reason you find your self in Arcadia and on Live Oak Avenue make it a point to stop at Taco Treat. These burritos will kill any deep fried craving you have and at the same time fill you up until your next meal.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A touchdown at Game Day?

Game Day
Fire grilled hot dogs
3009 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869
714-639-3388

  I was taking my son to school one day and on the way I noticed this new restaurant sign that read Game Day, Fire grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. I thought to myself that I would have to get over there and try that place. I gathered up the family and we headed over there for lunch. When you first walk in, it reminds you of those old school Taco Bell buildings, so I am guessing at one point it was one. The menu has your basic hamburgers and hot dogs but it also has the Game Day creations.

  My daughter was easy, cheeseburger with ketchup. My son got himself a pulled pork with the slaw on the side. My wife got a Game Day burger which is a half pound patty with bacon, fried egg and chipotle mayo. She eighty-sixed the chipotle mayo for regular mayo. I got the Split 44 which is a Polish sausage with pastrami, fired egg, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo. We also ordered garlic fries, chili cheese fries, regular fries and four small drinks. All together this meal just shy of $37.

  As always my daughter had no trouble finishing her burger and the regular fries she shared with her brother. For a child's burger it looked filling. My son's BBQ pulled pork sandwich was a heaping pile of shredded smoked pork covered in BBQ sauce. I had to try a bite of this sandwich and let me tell you, this was good. The pork it self was tender and moist. The pork also had a nice smokey flavor. The BBQ sauce was tangy with a tiny kick of spice that hit you in the back of the throat. A pulled pork sandwich that I would order myself.



 

  A slice of the Game Day burger was quartered out for me from my wife. The patty was cooked perfectly and still extremely moist. The bacon was crisp and the egg was fried until the yolk was just cooked through. My first bite of the burger was perfect, a little of everything in one bite. Even the bun was thick enough to stay together with all the juice but still soft. This was a burger that made me say out loud "damn this is good". The garlic fries my wife got were also amazingly good. The fries were coated with garlic and parmesan cheese. The flavor was balanced nicely with the just the right amount of each ingredient.



  The Split 44 is something that I have never seen before so I had to give it a try. The Polish sausage was split and placed on the bun. Then a fried egg was placed on the sausage along with some pastrami and then covered with melted pepper jack cheese. Each bite of this sandwich was filled with a little bit of everything. The sausage was firm yet snapped with each bite. The pastrami was peppery and not chewy or fatty. The fried egg on this sandwich was also cooked til the yolk was no longer runny. The chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese added a spice to the sandwich that I personally could have done without. I am not one for spice so next time I will get regular jack and plain mayo. However even with the spice this sandwich was a knock out punch to your taste buds. The chili on the chili cheese fries was an all meat with no beans while the sharp cheddar melted nicely. The chili fries were some of the best chili cheese fries I have had recently.



  It is really awesome when I stumble across a place like Game Day Fire grilled hot dogs. I don't think I would have ever given this place a second thought if I did not write this blog. I say that because I am now constantly on the look for new places to try and write about so when I saw a Game Day spring up I knew I had to try it. I can tell you this I will be back to Game Day and I would highly recommend you get over there and give them a try yourself.

Game Day's Facebook page 

Game Day on Yelp
 
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Foodie Fest at Taste of Sicily

Foodie Fest part deux
Taste of Sicily
665 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
714-289-2838


  The second Foodie Fest that I attended was held at Taste of Sicily in Orange on Friday. There was a really nice turnout, I would guess about twelve people in all. In attendance was Claudia and Kathleen from Food Frenzy, Niyaz from Fat Dude on a Diet, Dan from Eat in OC, Mike from Eating my way through OC and readers from Food Frenzy, if I missed any other bloggers I am sorry. It was a great meet up of some of my favorite food blog authors.




  The evening started out with a small chat around the garlic knots that Taste of Sicily offers when you first sit down. I warned all new comers that these garlic knots are dangerously delicious and that if you don't pace your self you will fill up on them.


  After bit of chatter we all decided it was time to order. My wife got the pasta carbonara and I got the Italian sausage and cheese sandwich. I know Claudia got the green margarita pizza, Niyaz got the bake penne pasta with Italian sausage, there were a couple orders of lasagna, another pizza which I believe was called the house special and few orders of spaghetti. I didn't get pictures of all the food but I can tell it is an odd site when you have a group of people at a restaurant and then first thing that happens when the food arrives is everyone takes out a camera and starts shooting pictures. I am sure the other customers were wondering what the heck was going on in our little corner.

  
  As always Taste of Sicily delivered when it comes to taste and quality. The sandwich I had was over a foot long, the bread is made from the same dough they use for the pizzas, the sausage was plentiful and the cheese was melted, gooey goodness. The sausage at Taste of Sicily is not spicy yet still very flavorful. It has a bit of sweetness to it yet still holds up against the meat sauce used on the sandwich. The bread was crisp on the outside while being soft on the inside. The bread really does help to make this a sandwich I would easily recommend anyone should try. The pasta carbonara was rich, creamy and loaded with pancetta. The pasta was cooked al dente and the fresh basil really added a nice freshness the dish.



  I really wanted to take my fork to everyone's dish but I was able to restrain myself. I can tell you from talking with people that everyone was happy with their dinners. I also think I was able to make a few new fans of Taste of Sicily. The Foodie Fest was a great time as always. The night was about friends getting together, having a good dinner and just enjoying each others company. What more could one ask for?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Polly's Pies is more then just great pie

Polly's Pies
2025 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865
714-637-3040

  Polly's Pies is one restaurant that I can take the family to and know that everyone will be able to find something to eat and the food will be good. The family has been going to Polly's Pies for many years and when I realized I had not yet written about Polly's Pies I thought it was past due. Most people might think Polly's Pies is place that all the blue haired old ladies head to but even if that's true it does not stop me from going.


  The menu is full choices from breakfast in the morning to dinner specials at night. The wait is never too long as they do really well in turning around the tables. So tonight my daughter ordered the corn dog, my son ordered the King Edward's club sandwich, my wife ordered the salisbury steak and I got the herb crusted pork chops. We added salads, a bowl of soup, a slice of pie, drinks and on the way out there were some muffins that were 50% off. With all this the bill was about $60. A quick tip if you go later in the evening they have some baked good for 50% off so the four muffins we got are normally $5.99 but we got them half price, what a deal.


  My daughter's corn dog was cooked golden brown and delicious and the fries were also cooked so they were GBandD. My daughter said the corn dog was too crunchy but I thought it was perfect. She eventually manged to eat most of the corn dog and most of her fries. The King Edward's club sandwich my son ordered is something I myself often get at Polly's Pies. This club sandwich is stacked with roast turkey slices, fresh veggies and crisp bacon. This has got to be one of my favorite club sandwiches I can get, and it has become my sons favorite also. He ate the entire sandwich and said that is was just as good as it always is. That is awesome because that means Polly's Pies food is consistent which means you know everytime you visit you will get a good meal.




  My wife's salisbury steak looked amazingly delicious. The steak its self was thick, cooked to the perfect temperature and covered in gravy with mushrooms. I had a bite of the steak and there was bit of griddle crust on the outside which added a nice bite. The gravy was a nice beef gravy that added an extra beefy flavor to the bite and really put it over the top. My wife said the sauteed mushrooms were an addition that she really enjoyed. She also said the rest of her meal was cooked well and that she enjoyed the entire plate of food.

  
  I looked over the menu and saw the Saturday dinner was herb crusted pork chops. I love me some pork chops so that was an easy choice for me. Plus because it was a dinner special I could get a slice of pie for only 99 cents extra, what a deal. The pork chops them self were cooked just right and tender enough to cut with my fork. The only problem  I could see was they needed a bit of salt. I'm not one of those people that like to a little food with my salt but these chops were definitely under salted. The green beans were nice and mashed potatoes with gravy were tasty. They use Yukon  gold potatoes for their mashed potatoes which make these mashed potatoes nice and creamy. The beef gravy works so very well with the potatoes too. This is a meal I would recommend anyone give a try and I think you too will be just as satisfied as I was.


  You can't go to Polly's Pies without getting a slice of pie. Any slice of pie from Polly's is good however my absolute favorite would be the ban-berry pie. This is a banana cream pie on the bottom that is then topped with the fresh strawberry pie filling. This pie is off the hook! The tender crust, creamy banana filling with large pieces of banana is amazing on it's own, but then you top it with the sweet yet tart strawberry filling that has huge pieces of fresh berries? O.M.G! But then to top it off they pipe a fresh line of whipped cream to the edges of the pie. This is nothing short of pie perfection.


  If the pictures above have not convinced you to go to Polly's Pies then I am not sure what else I can say here. The food at Polly's Pies is good, the portion sizes are nice and the prices are fair. This is the best possible combination I could ask for when trying to feed my family.


Polly's Pies on Urbanspoon

Monday, November 28, 2011

By Request, Tony's Little Italy Pizza

Tony's "Little Italy" Pizza
1808 N. Placentia Ave, Unit B
Placentia, CA 92870
714-528-2159

  I had asked on PapaKaster Eatin' Facebook fan page if anyone had any suggestions on a good place to eat, and one suggestion was for Tony's "Little Italy" Pizza. I was told by a very good friend that they have the best Chicago style deep dish pizza around. I have always wanted to try Chicago style deep dish pizza so this was an easy choice for me.

  Tony's is a small little hole in the wall type place with a few tables to sit at in the front area. The family ended up there on on Saturday evening and they were busy. We were fortunate to find seating since every table was full but we happened to catch a table as someone was leaving. When we ordered the staff was nice enough to warn us that it would be about fifty minutes until the pizza would be ready. I said that was okay then went ahead and ordered a large pepperoni with Canadian bacon, an order of garlic bread and two drinks. All together this meal was just shy of $29.

  The garlic bread came out within minutes of ordering. It was on what look like a french roll that was loaded with butter and garlic. The bread was crisp on the top and soft in the center and full of garlic and parmesan cheese. A good start to the meal and just enough to keep us happy until the pizza was ready.
  I am not exactly sure how long we had waited until the pizza came out but I would have say it was close to the fifty minute estimate if not a little bit sooner. When the pizza was placed on the table I was amazed at the size and the height of the whole thing. Pulling the first slice for my daughter the cheese was stringy, a good sign of quality ingredients. The pepperoni and Canadian bacon pieces hung on by threads of cheese. I then dished out slices to everyone else, with fork and knife we all began to eat. My first bite of pizza I got tons of cheese, pepperoni, Canadian bacon and a sweet tomato sauce. The bottom crust was crisp and it took just a little bit of knife work to get through but it was not tough. The entire slice of pizza was mostly cheese and toppings with some sauce on top. The end crust was crunchy on the outside and a little doughy toward the middle. This was a filling slice of pizza for sure but I managed to eat a second. After two slices of Tony's pizza I was done, the same was true for my wife and son while the little one only managed one slice.



  Is Tony's "Little Italy" Pizza the best Chicago stye pizza I have ever had? The answer would be yes because to date it is the only Chicago style pizza I have ever had. Was this the best pizza I have ever had? The answer would be no. Is that to say Tony"s Pizza is bad? No, not all. The pizza was exactly what I was expecting and it was delicious for sure. Plenty of toppings loaded thick and deep with a very good tomato sauce on top. A pizza anyone would be proud to produce and anyone who ordered one would definitely enjoy. I took the time out to try Tony's "Little Italy" Pizza and would suggest you do the same.


Tony's Little Italy on Urbanspoon

Monday, November 21, 2011

A fast Wok Experience that is also inexpensive

The Wok Experience
1804 N. Tustin Ave, Ste. A
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-541-8833

  If there is one thing I am always on look for it has to be a good quality, fast food Chinese food place. When ever I have the craving for Chinese food now-a-days I simply drive around the corner from home and get something from The Wok Experience. This time is was a family meal of two, two item combos, one, one item combo, one special ordered meal and a few sides. The entire meal was about $30.

  We started with some egg rolls and cream cheese wantons. I did not touch the wontons but the wife and my son like them. The egg rolls were all mine. Crispy outside with a gently cooked inside. The cabbage still had some texture to it and the crisp pieces of carrots were nice. The egg rolls go really well with the teriyaki sauce they have as dipping.


  My daughter got a one item with teriyaki chicken and fried rice. She said that she liked the chicken and the fried rice. She manged to eat almost all of both and as she said she "had a full tummy". My son got the BBQ chicken and teriyaki chicken with half fried rice and half chow mein. He gobbled both meat dishes without any problems but seems to struggle with the rice and noodles. He said the BBQ was good and the teriyaki chicken was sweet. Both kids enjoyed  their meals.



  The wife always special orders the Mongolian chicken, it's not on the menu but if you ask they will make it for you. It comes with a large side order box of the chicken and a small container of steamed rice, but for 50 cents extra you can get it fried.  The chicken is tender, the onions are plentiful and the sauce is delicious. The amount of onions they give in this dish is ridiculous so you had better like them. My wife gives me almost half a dish of nothing but onions that I end up mixing them in with the rest of my meal. Overall a good rendition of the Mongolian chicken that anyone would enjoy.


  As for me, my styrofoam container was loaded with broccoli beef, teriyaki chicken, fried rice and chow mein. The teriyaki chicken is cooked tender and chopped into bite sized pieces. The teriyaki sauce is a bit on the sweet side so use it sparingly. The broccoli beef has tons of fresh broccoli, sliced carrots and thin tender pieces of beef. The crunchy broccoli and soft beef are a nice contrast in textures when eaten together. The fried rice was a bit dry but the chow mein was good. The noodles were nice and soft and it had a lot of fresh veggies. Needless to say my container was empty in minutes.


  The Wok Experience has definitely become a family favorite when we are in need of a quick fix. The overall quality of the food at The Wok Experience is good. These kind of steam table Chinese food places are a dime a dozen in Orange County but The Wok Experience stands out. If you are any where near this place and jonesing some good Chinese food then The Wok Experience will fulfill.

Wok Experience on Urbanspoon

Monday, November 14, 2011

The 5n2 a local burger joint in Orange

5n2
125 E. Taft Ave.
Orange, CA 92865
714-974-8280


  My wife and I had a free Sunday afternoon to find some food. We headed back to a local burger joint in Orange. We lived right up the street from 5n2 for about 11 1/2 years. Back when we first moved to  the neighborhood, the place was called Ted's Burgers. The 5n2 was always a nice fall back when the family needed lunch or dinner so the wife and I decided to go back. I ordered the number 55 which is a chicken sandwich with bacon, tomatoes, pickles and cheese. I had them substitute fried zucchini for the fries. My wife had the chicken and lettuce wrap with a side of french fries and drink. The meal was about $21.

  My wife said the wrap was good and the chicken had a bit of spice to it. She thought the chicken had been marinated in some kind of spice before it was cooked. She said the spice was good and gave tiny bit of heat to the wrap. She did make a comment about there being too much lettuce but then I pointed out that it was chicken and lettuce wrap. The small fry was large for a small and the fries were okay. Some fries cooked well, some cooked too crisp and some not enough.



  The number 55 is combo meal I have been ordering for a long time so it was easy for me to choose from the enormous amount of menu items. The sour bread is covered in some kind of parmesan cheese spread then grilled. The chicken on the sandwich was cooked well and still a bit moist. The fresh tomato and pickles helped to add some moister to the sandwich.The bacon was limp and chewy, that was a disappointment for sure. The fried zucchini were okay, I have certainly had better. The small pieces of zucchini were over cooked and almost burnt. The average sized zucchini were cooked nice with a crisp coating and nice soft zucchini inside.


  The 5n2 serves everything from breakfast to sushi with some Mexican mixed in between. The menu choices are numerous but due to this the food is just okay. I think with such a large menu you can cook good food but nothing is going to shine. Like I said the food is okay but it is nothing that is going to knock your socks off. The prices are reasonable and a family can walk out of the 5n2 with full stomachs and still the parents will still have money left in their wallets.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The McRib is back

McDonald's McRib
  
 
  
  I know, I know this thing is horrible but you would be wrong. The porky patty that has been mechanically pieced together is oh so good. The tangy bar-b-que sauce, sour pickles and raw onions all meld together to make one hell of sandwich. I have not had McDonald's in months and my wife was a bit surprised when I said let's go but when she heard the McRib was back she understood why. Even my son enjoyed the entire sandwich pickles, onions and all. I can't explain my desire for this sandwich other then it is unnatural because there is nothing natural about this meat patty, it's just plain win.

Monday, October 31, 2011

A bit of Hawaii in Orange?

2094 N. Tustin Ave. Ste. A-2
Orange, CA 92865
714-685-6833

  I have been going to Waikiki Hawaiian Grill for years and only getting one thing, the Hawaiian fried rice. However last night the whole family went and we all ordered something different, well almost all of us. My daughter got the kids teriyaki chicken, my wife and son both got the Hawaiian BBQ grill combo, I got the Kalua Pork with side of Chicken Katsu and we also got an order of Hawaiian fried rice. With two drinks this whole meal was about $50.

  My daughter liked her teriyaki chicken but would not touch the cabbage under it. That did not surprise me I was just glad to see her all of her chicken. My son devoured his plate of meat and said that is was really good. I don't get much out of the kids when it comes to the taste of the food. My wife shared some of her Hawaiian BBQ plate with me. The spare ribs were sweet and savory at the same time, very tasty. The BBQ chicken had that freshly grilled taste and the same was true of the BBQ beef. It was a delicious plate of food.



  The Hawaiian fried rice was awesome as always. This fried rice is loaded with chicken, beef and three shrimp on top. It also comes with pineapple but since the wife is allergic we get it without. The fried rice comes with teriyaki sauce that must be used. The teriyaki sauce adds a nice sweetness to the rice that counters the saltiness of the fried rice it self. When I have gotten this dish for myself the pineapple adds a bit of sour that really sets the whole dish off nicely. This is a dish I would suggest you try at least once.


  The Kalua Pork itself was smokey and tender. The cabbage under the pork was steamed but still crisp. It helped to add a crunch to the pork that was needed. The macaroni salad served with the pork was creamy but not loaded with too much mayonnaise. I had to take the kids macaroni salad home because this is one of the few places that I really like macaroni salad. My only complaint is that it was a bit dry. The last time I had Kalua Pork it was moist and I was expecting that this time so it was a bit of a let down. The side of Chicken Katsu was crisp and moist. The dipping sauce had a tiny bit of spice to it which added that bit of heat in the back of your throat.



  Is Waikiki Hawaiian Grill a bit of Hawaii in Orange? Well I can't answer that question because I have never been to Hawaii but what I can tell you is that the food was good. Everything we had that night was cooked fresh to order. The sweet, salty, sometimes sour aspect of the food really plays with your taste buds and has you going back for more. If you need a quick fix for some Hawaiian BBQ then Waikiki can help your jones.
 
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Muy Buena Mexican food in Placentia

El Farolito Mexican Restaurant
201 S. Bradford Ave.
Placentia, CA 92870
714-993-7880

  I can remember many years ago going to El Farolito with my family and the good food that was served there. The family and I were looking for a place to eat and I had to really dig into memory banks to remember the location but we were able to find El Farolito. My daughter ordered the kids cheese quesadilla, my son got the pork carnitas, my wife got the enchiladas verdes with chicken and I got the the chicken flautas. With drinks this meal was only about $38 dollars.

  My daughter said the cheese quesadilla was gooey and good. She also said the beans were yummy. Which was odd to me because she normally does not eat the beans on a plate. Normally I would have no problems ordering carnitas for myself but my son said he wanted it and I did not want to double up on the plates. I did of course grab a fork full of pork and these carnitas were amazing. They were tender and moist while still being full of flavor. My son had no problems clearing his plate of all the shredded pork he could find.




  My wife has been on a search for enchiladas verdes and tries them just about every chance she gets. When I saw them on the menu I pointed them out and she did not hesitate to order them. She got the enchiladas verdes with chicken. My wife said the green sauce was flavorful but not too spicy at all. She offered me a forkful  and I would agree. You could taste the freshness in the sauce which had a mild kick to it. The chicken looked to be all white meat and it was stuffed in side of these two enchiladas. At the end of the meal my wife said this was the best plate of enchiladas verdes she has had to date.


  After having had beef last night for dinner I opted to stay away from the carne asada plate and after my son picked the carnitas I went for the chicken flautas. Each flauta was loaded with white meat chicken and deep fried until golden brown. The crunch from the flour tortillas was prefect and they were not greasy at all. I was placing fork fulls of fresh guacamole on the flauta before each bite. The guacamole was creamy and rich but not over powering. The beans on the plate were delicious and what I think of when I think of homemade. The rice was full of green beans, carrots and other veggies which added a nice texture to the rice.


  I am very glad my memory of El Farolito was strong enough to remember the location. The food here was served quickly after being ordered and piping hot. The small building gave way to huge flavors and scrumptious food. If you have not been to El Farolito ever then I highly recommend you take time out of your day to pay them a visit.
 
El Farolito on Urbanspoon

Monday, October 3, 2011

Simply Sharon's is Simply Good

27469 Jefferson Ave
Temecula, CA 92590
951-308-0016

  It's Tuesday and you find out a band you want to see is playing at the Wheelhouse in Hemet on Saturday. You make all the appropriate plans and when Saturday comes, you end up in Temecula for a late lunch early dinner. Where to go? I went to Simply Sharon's with my best friend Jeff. It was about 3PM and the dinner menu had just kicked in so Jeff knew immediately what he wanted and it was deep fried pork chops with mac and cheese, fried corn and side of gravy. It took me a few minutes to decide but I ended up with the fried chicken and the same sides. Each meal also came with a side of corn bread. With drinks the meal was about $32 this price was discounted because of a 20% off with Yelp check-in.


  Jeff did not even hesitate when it came to his order. He said this was what he got every time because it was just good. The plate had two average sized chops that were breaded and then deep friend until fully cooked. He used the gravy for a dipping a sauce while alternating bites of the side dish. The chops looked good and based on his clean plate must have tasted good too.



  When my fried chicken arrived to the table it was hot, like it was just pulled out of the fryer. The breading on the chicken was crisp and dark brown. Not sure what it was made from but it was flavorful. The chicken underneath was moist and cooked just right. The side of gravy was perfect for dipping the pieces of meat I pulled from the bone. The gravy was thick and full of spices, a good combination with the chicken and breading. The mixed plate had one wing, a leg, a thigh and a breast. The mac and cheese was cheesy and creamy with a bit of a peppery bite to it. The fried corn was loaded with bacon, andouille sausage, and bell peppers. The corn was good but had a little too much bell peppers for my liking. I finished the meal with my corn bread which was sweet and crumbly like a good corn bread should be.




  The food at Simply Sharon's was good down home cooking. Everything that I tried was good and the friend chicken was excellent. This was my first time at Simply Sharon's but next time I am in the area I'm sure it will come up as a choice in the "Where do you want to eat?" conversation.