Saturday, April 30, 2011

OC Fish and Chips

2094 N. Tustin Ave
Orange, CA 92865

  I have been looking for a good fish and chips place that is local for a long time. Recently my wife told me about this place that just opened up called OC Fish and Chips. She had told me that a few people at her work said the place was good and possibly better then H-Salt. I love me some H-Salt so I was game to try OC Fish and Chips and see if this was possible.

  When you walk in there is a large screen TV and some couches which made me do a double take and make sure I was in the right place. A there are a few tables against the wall and then the menu is on framed black boards nailed to the wall. It took the family a few minutes to look over the menu and decide what we wanted but we finally made our choices and ordered. My daughter got the fish kids meal which is five fish nuggets with fries (chips), my wife got a combo which was two fish and two shrimp with fries (chips). My son and I got the same combo which was two chicken and two fish, he got onion rings and I got fries(chips). I also ordered a side of hush puppies and drinks for all. The meal was about $33.

  Like always my daughter started on the fries and eventually got to the fish nuggets. The fish nuggets looked like fish that was simply cut into small pieces. I was surprised that she did finish all the fish. My son started with the chicken and said it was good. He said the fish was better then the chicken and he said the onion rings where good too. Sometimes it's hard to get the information out of my kids that helps me write this and good is the only word they use. Oh well.

  My wife said her meal was good and she thought the shrimp was excellent. She said the fish seemed like it was freshly cut from a filet then dipped in the batter and cooked. She said the shrimp were huge and cooked perfectly. She said she enjoyed the overall meal.

  When I got the tray of food and looked at my basket I couldn't figure out which was chicken and which was fish. I figured it by grabbing the chicken because it was firmer. The chicken looked like a chicken breast tender that was dipped in the same batter used for the fish. The batter was lite and crispy and the chicken was juicy. The problem is there was no real flavor to the chicken. They should add something to chicken batter to make it more flavorful. It was just chicken and batter with ketchup I used for dipping. I grabbed a couple fries in between bites of chicken. The fires are steak cut style and they were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. However some of them, toward the bottom, were soggy. Next up was the fish and the first thing I noticed was how oily it was on the bottom. The fish was good by it self and better when dipped in the tater sauce. It was not fishy at all and a sprinkle of salt really helped. The batter on the fish was golden brown and delicious while the fish was flaky and tender. The hush puppies had a crunchy outside and fluffy inside. They had a bit spice to them but they were dry and needed some kind of dipping sauce with them.

  Did OC Fish and Chips beat H-Salt? Not in my opinion. The food was a bit too greasy for my liking. I think that the oil was not hot enough or they did not let the fish and chicken drain enough before placing it in the basket. While the fish was good, the chicken was moist and the hush puppies were tasty it all needed something. Some kind of seasoning on the fish and chicken would have helped a lot and added well needed flavor. Even something as simple as salt would have helped. I was not disappointed in the meal but did feel there were a few simple things that could have been done to make it better. My hope is since the place just opened that they will fall into their groove and it will improve.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Old Town Mexican Cafe in San Diego

2489 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

  The family got away for a weekend, a rare treat that had us spending our time in San Diego. We had great fun at Sea World the whole weekend but took time out Saturday night to eat dinner with friends from the area. They suggested Old Town Mexican Cafe, we agreed and met them there. This place was packed but we got seated right away which I think was complete luck.

   My daughter ordered the kids cheese quesadilla, my son got the beef and bean burrito, my wife the fajita plate and I got carnitas. I love carnitas and couldn't pass up the chance to try these based on the menu stating they were the house specialty. I also ordered a side of potato taquitos. With drink this whole meal cost us about $50.

  Like usual my daughter devoured the cheese quesadilla but refused to touch the rice or beans. My son dove right into his burrito and said the meat was good. He also said the rest of the burrito's filling was also good. It did not take him long to inhale his meal.

  My wife couldn't decide what she wanted and was going back and forth between the fajitas plate and chicken enchiladas but finally went with the fajitas plate. She said the fajitas were nothing special, nothing she could not have gotten at any local Mexican restaurant by home. She said they were tasty and good but nothing extraordinary.

  As for me I started with the carnitas which came with home made, fresh flour tortillas. The carnitas was shredded then placed on a flat top to make it crisp on the outside. The flavor was good but same as my wife, nothing special. The flour tortillas were awesome. I don't think I have ever had them this fresh before and they were fantastic. The potato taquitos were by far the best thing I ate that night. The crunch of the fried shell with the soft mashed potatoes was great. All the fixings piled on top made each mouth full a wonderful combinations of flavors. A bit spicy from the guacamole sauce, freshness from the lettuce and a bit of sweet from the diced tomatoes.

  Old Town Mexican Cafe was good food and I would say go check it out if you are in the neighborhood there is no need to search for the place. My bet is there are just as many good tasting Mexican restaurants within blocks of this place. Everyone at our table did enjoy the meal and there were no complaints about the food. I am just guessing that any number of restaurants in area would serve the same quality of food.
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Johnie's Jr. Burgers in Orange

Johnie's Jr. Burgers
1062 N. Tustin Ave.
Orange, CA

  Breakfast for dinner? Sure! I love breakfast and really love breakfast for dinner. Johnie's Jr. Burgers in Orange is the type of place that allows you to have breakfast for dinner. They also serve dinner plates, burgers, sandwiches and just about thing else you may be craving. Johnie's Jr. Burgers is the kind of local burger joint that I personally really like because of the variety of food, in expensive cost and great taste. My little one ordered the two pancakes meal deal, my son the french toast, my wife got a carne asada burrito and a ground beef taco and I got a ham and cheese omelet. With drinks this meal cost about $30.

  The pancake meal comes with two pancakes, two eggs and two bacon or sausage. This is her standard meal at Johnie's Jr. She loves pancakes, loves bacon and sausage and kind of likes eggs. The first thing she chowed down was her bacon, then a mix of pancakes and eggs then she finished with the sausage. No complaints from her. My son knows about this blog so when I ask about his food he gives his opinion about the food. He said the eggs were really good and the french toast was delicious.

  My wife said she was in the mood for Mexican and Johnie's Jr. Burgers delivered well enough to curb her jones. The burrito was loaded with carne asada, beans and cheese with her added sour cream, guacamole and diced tomatoes. It looked like a good burrito and my wife did say that it was good. She did say the ground beef in the taco was a bit dry but that it was still tasty.

  In my opinion there is nothing better for breakfast or dinner then a good ham and cheese omelet and Johnie's Jr Burgers delivers. The omelet looks small on the plate but it is fluffy and loaded with chunks of diced ham. The omelet was thick and much more filling then it looks. The only cheese is the two slices on top but that is just enough cheese for the omelet. The hash browns on this plate were awesome. They had a crisp outside and a soft inside. An omelet that anyone would enjoy paired with perfectly cooked hash browns equals a meal that makes me happy.

  I don't need fancy meals to make me happy. If the food is good, my family is full and my bank account is not drained then I call it good. Johnie's Jr Burgers delivers on all three ideas with the addition of quality food. I think the food here is better then good, and definitely a place I would recommend anyone give a chance.
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