Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Night Block Party at Concourse Bowling

3364 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

  This summer the Concourse Bowling, Bar and Grill will be hosting weekly food truck events from 5pm to 9pm. This week was the first week of events and the food truck will rotate so each week there should be different food trucks at the event. I have always wanted to check one of these events out so the family took the night to go check out this one.

  Everyone was able to pick what they wanted from a different truck. My daughter got a burger from The OC Food Truck, my wife and son got the Plain Jane crepe from Crepes Bonaparte which is an egg, ham, bacon and cheese crepe. I got the Singapore Sloppy Joe from  Chomp Chomp Nation truck and we got an order of Irish Fries and an order of chili cheese fries from The Spud Runner truck. Lastly we got a Big Banana Man crepe from Crepes Bonaparte for dessert. The entire meal ran me about $40.

  My daughter had her usual which is was a basic cheese burger. The cheese burger from the The OC Food Truck was an angus beef patty and covered in melted cheese. No complaints from her. My son and wife said the Plain Jane was good but the crepe was lacking flavor but they both said that overall the crepe was good.

  My Singapore Sloppy Joe from the Chomp Chomp Nation truck was delicious. The slow cooked beef was shredded and tender. They describe it as beef rendang in coconut milk, Thai chilis and pandan. It is served on a brioche bun and topped with tiger slaw. The meat had a bit  of a spice to it but the tiger slaw helped to mellow it out. The bun was soft and had a bit of sweetness to it. It was served with root chips which I had never had before and they were good too. The chips were crunchy and a bit salty. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this but after actually trying their version of a sloppy Joe I would definitely order it again.

  My wife saw Irish Fries on The Spud Runner truck menu and she had to get an order. While she ordered these I saw chili cheese and had to get me some too. The fries were cooked well but could have been a little more crisp. They were seasoned before being placed in a dish and covered in topping. The Irish Fries were covered in melted cheese, green onions, and crisp bacon. They were good but I wish they would have layered the toppings so the toppings were more evenly spread out. The chili cheese fries were also good but I think they could put more topping on these too. The chili  its self was really good and could probably stand on its own as a good meal. I just hate having fries that are plain and not covered in the topping like the fries on the top of the pile.

  Couldn't leave the event without getting something sweet. There was a cupcake truck there also but my funds were low and I thought a large crepe would be easier to share then a small cup cake. The crepe was basic but really good. The bananas were fresh and sweet and covered with caramel sauce. They folded up the crepe and covered it with more caramel sauce and a huge dollop fresh whipped  cream. This was a prefect finish to our family meal.

  I love the idea of what the  Concourse Bowling, Bar and Grill is doing here. With the huge explosion of food truck popularity this allows people to get a taste of what the hype is all about. For me I really enjoyed the variety of food that was available and I can't wait to see who shows up next week. There were a few other trucks at the event so it would have been easy to find something to eat no matter what food mood you are in. I will have to check another one of these events out and hopefully get a chance to try a few other food trucks I have heard about. I would recommend  you bring some folding chairs unless you do not mind sitting on the curb. Also most trucks did accept credit cards but I would still recommend bringing cash. Keep your eye on the events and maybe you will find a food truck at this event that you have always wanted to try.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Los Cobos and the Burrito Gigante

843 North Tustin Street
Orange, CA 92867

  About a month or two ago my wife took the family to Los Cobos Mexican Restaurant and I was going to write about the food. However my camera was not charged and I was unable to get any pictures that trip. With my camera charged we headed back Los Cobos for a second visit. This is a nice little Mexican restaurant with friendly staff, fast service and good food. My daughter ordered a chicken quesadilla with grilled chicken and fries, my son ordered a grilled chicken burrito, my wife got a three item combo, she picked two chicken enchiladas and a potato taco. Lastly I ordered the burrito gigante and a potato taco on the side. With drinks for all the entire meal was about $47.

  My daughter said the quesadilla was good, it was loaded with large pieces of grilled chicken. The fries were limp but that did not matter to her. She manged to munch half the quesadilla and most of her fries. Must have been decent for her to eat half of the quesadilla without much fuss. My son seemed to enjoy his burrito because he was too busy stuffing his face to say anything. The burrito was filled with beans, cheese and grilled chicken then wrapped in a large flour tortilla.

  My wife's three item combination plate also came with re-fried beans and rice. She had the chicken enchiladas with green sauce instead of red sauce. I should've grabbed a bite of these because they looked great. My wife did say they were good and green sauce was tasty. She said there were a few too many jalapenos for her liking but that did not stop  her from finishing both. The crunch from the shell of her taco could be heard across the table.

  I decided to start my meal off with the potato taco. It is hard to find good potato tacos, not many Mexican restaurants even make them and the ones that do don't make them well. The potato taco at Los Cobos was awesome. The shell is super crispy, the potato filling is soft and fluffy and the rest of toppings fresh. This is a must order item when visiting Los Cobos.

  Next for me was the burrito gigante and I got mine with carnitas. This burrito starts with two large flour tortillas and is loaded with meat, cheese, beans, rice, lettuce, guacamole and pico de gallo. Then it's all rolled up, placed on plate and covered in a ranchero sauce and more cheese. The waitress told me the burrito gigante weighs in at about five pounds. This is not just a gigantic burrito but also a delicious challenge. The carnitas were moist but not fatty with some crispy bits that made me think it may have been cooked a second time on the flat top griddle. The re-fried beans were not just a pile of mushed beans but still had a lot of whole beans. The cheese was melted and gooey. The lettuce was fresh and crisp. The creamy guacamole and the pico de gallo finished off this monster. I had to dig into this behemoth with a fork and knife because it was entirely too large to pick up. I managed to gulp down about the half burrito without any problems. I started to get full, but continued tearing through the burrito gigante and finally finished it off. The burrito was good from start to end and another menu item recommend but only for the person who can pack the food away.

  Los Cobos Mexican restaurant filled us all up and did it for less then fifty bucks. Not only that but the food was good and I walked away satisfied. The food was fresh, the service was good and quick. If you are a local then this is a place you need to check out for sure. Los Cobos did not bump my favorite Mexican food place out of it's place but it did place high on my list. I would not have any hesitation recommending Los Cobos to anyone for two reasons. The first is the prices were very reasonable for the amount of food and the second being the excellent quality.
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pink's Hot Dogs at Knotts Berry Farm

Knotts Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

  I have been lucky enough to enjoy Pink's Hot Dog at the original location in Los Angeles, CA. Fortunately for me Pink's recently opened a location a lot closer to home. In fact it's right by the ticket booths for Knotts Berry Farm. It was a Friday night and I had the opportunity to hang with one of my best friends. We both decided it was time to try Pink's at Knotts to see how it compared to the original Pink's Hot Dogs. We both ordered a Brooklyn Dog which is a dog with pastrami and Swiss cheese. My friend order a chili cheese dog with nacho cheese in place of American cheese. I also had a bacon chili cheese dog which is a dog with three strips of bacon, chili, cheese and tomatoes. With two regular drinks this meal was shy of $30. By the way get the Knotts berry punch, this stuff is like liquid crack.

  My friend said the the Brooklyn dog was really good and the Swiss cheese worked really well with the dog and the pastrami. He also said the chili on the chili dog was not good at all and if it was not for nacho cheese that dog would have been ruined. He thought the buns at Pink's in Buena Park were not as good as the buns at Pink's in Los Angeles.

  I started with the Brooklyn dog myself and this dog was great. The combination of thickly sliced pastrami, Swiss and a natural casing dog was amazing. With each bite the hot dog would snap. The fatty pastrami added a lot more flavor to the dog and the bit of Swiss added a saltiness that really finished the dog off completely. My only fear with this dog, actually both for that matter, was that the bun was going break through the bottom. The buns seems like the were steamed to point of making them too soft and almost chewy.

  The bacon chili cheese dog was a heart attack on a bun. The three strips of bacon were thick and crisp. The tomatoes add a refreshing and cool bite to the dog and of course the hot dog was great. However the chili served at Pink's reminded me of a store bought chili brick you can purchase at the local grocery store. The chili was the worst thing on this dog and after having this dog I will never get the chili at Pink's again. The chili was far from anything I was accepting.  I felt that I could have easily prepared that chili. It did not stop me from finishing the dog but it was not an award winner in my mind.

  Overall Pink's Hot Dogs at Knotts Berry Farm is good and will allow any Orange County local to get a taste of the iconic hot stand without having to travel to Los Angeles. Myself and my friend do believe that the Los Angeles location tops the Buena Park location but only on a few technicalities. You can not beat the taste of the Pink's Hot Dog and that snap of a natural casing is not something that one gets often. The all beef dog is loaded with flavor and could be eaten all alone. If you enjoy pastrami then take it from me and order at least one Brooklyn dog. Pink's at Knotts Berry Farm produced a delicious plate of food and is well worth the frustration of finding free parking. 

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