Sunday, July 31, 2011

Is Buccaneer Pizza a hidden treasure?

2757 N. Grand Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

  Buccaneer Pizza has a very unassuming sign that can be seen from Grand Avenue. A sign that I have driven by many times and never thought to stop and try. I have heard from a few different people that Buccaneer Pizza was worth a try so finally the family and I decided to stop and try for ourselves. I was in the mood for a meatball sandwich but also wanted to try the pizza at Buccaneer Pizza so I went a bit over board when ordering. My little one order a slice of peperoni and a drink, my son got the lasagna calzone, my wife ordered a side salad and I got the small meatball sandwich. We also ordered the Sassy Chick pizza and we added bacon. The entire meal was about $65.

  My daughter had a hard time deciding what she wanted to eat because she wanted chicken and I would not let her order chicken. She finally decided to get a slice of peperoni pizza with a drink. Since they had pizza ready for slice orders she got her food right away. As soon as we sat down she started to munch down and she said the pizza was good. My son's calzone came out at the same time as the pizza but the wait was not anything I did not expect. The calzone was stuffed with meat and cheese that spilled out when he cut into it. My son is still a bit sensitive to spice and said it was spicy for him. To me was just right amount of heat that hits you in the back of the throat. He did not seem to mind too much because he eventually finished the whole thing.

  I did not get a picture of the salad because it was simple, fresh chopped salad. The salad was loaded with fresh veggies including a ton of mushrooms which my wife loves. She picked the Sassy Chick pizza and asked to have bacon added to it. The Sassy Chick is a bbq chicken pizza that is loaded with toppings. Buccaneer Pizza does their bbq chicken pizza a bit different then I have seen in the past. They still use a pizza sauce on the pizza then drizzle the bbq sauce over the pizza after it has been cooked. When the pizza got to our table it was obviously fresh from the oven. The pizza was piping hot and I struggled to keep the toppings on a slice as I pulled it away from the rest of the pizza. The pizza crust on the bottom was thin so getting this overloaded slice from the plate to mouth was a challenge. I won that battle and was finally able to enjoy my first bite of Buccaneer Pizza pizza. The Sassy Chick was just that, a bit sassy. The combination of sweet pizza sauce and tangy bbq sauce was good. The cheese was creamy, melted goodness. The chicken was good but appeared to be just grilled without any seasoning. Last but not least the crispy bacon and red onion worked perfectly. The pizza was really good and I bet the left overs will be just as good.

  My meatball sandwich arrived before the pizza so I ate half the sandwich and saved half for later. In fact I am enjoying the other half as I write this post. The sandwich was also fresh from the oven and filled with cut up meatballs, meat sauce, cheese and sprinkled with Italian seasoning. The french roll was crisp on the outside while still being soft and chewy on the inside. The meatballs were made small enough so you could get a bite of meatball in each mouthful. The meat sauce was good and full of flavor. The cheese was melted so it strings from the sandwich with each bite. Overall a good meatball sandwich that I would order again.

  One may never think to try Buccaneer Pizza from the sign on the building. The service was nice and seating was plentiful. Buccaneer Pizza also delivers if you are close enough which means you can try this food without even having to leave home, bonus! My only issue with Buccaneer Pizza was the price of the meal. I was a bit shocked when the employee chimed out with a price of almost $65. I knew the meal would be pricey because ordering the meatball sandwich on top of everything else but it still got me by surprise. However I can say my family walked out of Buccaneer Pizza with full bellies and left overs. In my best pirate voice I say this to you "Get yer land lovin self over to Buccaneer Pizza and hook a slice before I make ye walk the plank." Okay that was bad but seriously give it a try  and I think you will enjoy the meal like we did.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chef's Coffe Shop, a long time friend

Chef's Coffee Shop
13 E. Live Oak Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

  I grew up in and around Arcadia, CA until I was eighteen and I can remember going to Chef's Coffee Shop many times in those years. I can remember being a little kid and going there with my Meme and Pepe, grandma and grandpa. In fact this most recent visit home my Meme told me when I was kid that when I wanted to go Chef's I would ask if we could go to the old people place. I continue to keep Chef's in my memory of restaurants because the food is good, the prices are fair and the service is friendly.

  It was a Sunday morning and Chef's Coffee Shop was packed, we had a party of five and in this small diner a both for large party is difficult to get. Most of the seats in Chef's will fit a party of four or smaller comfortably but a large party may have to wait. We got seated and the waitress immediately came to the table with coffee in hand asking to fill the cups already placed on the table. The menu at Chef's hasn't changed much and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner but I was there for breakfast. My daughter ordered the kids pancake breakfast which was one pancake, one egg, one bacon and one sausage. My son ordered the french toast, my wife ordered the hobo omelet and I ordered the pastrami omelet. With the meal my mom also ordered and drinks the bill was an even $53.

  Here is a shocker, my daughter ate her eggs before she ate her pancakes. Those eggs must have been good but once they were gone the pancake disappeared quickly. My son enjoyed his french toast and eggs. I had some of the french toast and it was good but they did not allow the bread to soak before cooking it so it was like scrambled eggs on bread. It was not horrible just not what I think of when I think of awesome french toast.

  My wife's hobo omelet was a bit of everything thrown in some eggs then turned into an omelet. The three egg omelet had some bacon, sausage, veggies and cheese. I not a fan of veggies in breakfast food so she got to enjoy her meal without me picking at it. Maybe she has learned the secret to keeping me out of her plate. My wife said the omelet was good and that is was cooked just right. My mom ordered a plate of hot links and eggs with a side of two pancakes. I did not get a picture of that meal but I was able to get some of hot links. They were tasty and spice level was just right for me. The hot links would have been good in a scramble mix or an omelet.

  The menu described my omelet as a three egg omelet with thinly sliced pastrami and Swiss cheese. I opted to get mine with American cheese. The pastrami was not thinly sliced but more like chucks of pastrami meat. The meat was tasty but a little chewy. The eggs were cooked nicely and overall I enjoyed the omelet. My only criticism is the pastrami really did need to be thinly sliced. The hash browns on the plate were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, perfectly cooked hash browns bring a smile to my face everytime.

  Chef's Coffee Shop puts out good food at reasonable prices. We all walked out stuffed to brim and happy. That is enough for me to say Chef's is worth a visit and a place I will continue to patronize for as long as I can. This is not a gourmet restaurant but if you are looking for some quality diner food then you can not go wrong. My hope is that someday my grand-kids will ask if I can take them to the old people place.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Habit Burger

2720 Nutwood Ave. #A
Fullerton, CA 92831

  It was another Friday night out with my friend, Jeff and we needed a place to eat dinner. I had heard about The Habit Burger but had never taken the time to go try it out. Jeff and I both love a good burger so I thought this would be a good time to check it out. I ordered the double charburger meal which is a double cheeseburger, fries and a drink. The entire meal was about $9.

  The patty was cooked perfectly and had that char grilled taste.They use shredded lettuce on the burger which some people like, I prefer leaf lettuce myself. The cheese was melted and the onions grilled. Yes, I was trying to get as close to a Double-Double as possible. The main different between The Habit Burger and In-N-Out is the grilled flavor you get from The Habit Burger. The burger was good but I think I was expecting the Heavens to open and the Angels to sing which did not happen. This burger did not blow me away and reminded me of something a home cook would make to try and duplicate that INO Double-Double. What did blow me away were the fries. These fries were perfect, crunchy outside and fluffy soft inside. A tiny bit of salt on them with the sweet zing of ketchup made these fries rock.

  Don't get me wrong I am not saying The Habit Burger was bad or some place you should avoid. I just think they are trying to mimic the Double-Double by simply changing a few things. If a charburger is your thing then The Habit Burger will certainly impress you and keep you coming back for more. For me personally I would never be opposed to eating at The Habit Burger again however if I want a sloppy and delicious double cheeseburger I'd prefer In-N-Out.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kimmie's Coffee Cup in Brea, CA

770 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

  I had been told by a few different friends that the family and I had to check out Kimmie's Coffee Cup because it had some of best breakfast around. I was told that the Brea, CA location was the one to visit. The family was planning a Sunday together and we thought to start the day with a good breakfast at a new restaurant but one that was recommended.

  When we first walked into Kimmie's  it looked like busy place and it was small too. These kinds of places typically rock. However we were almost overlooked for seating. If I had not spoken up a couple that walked in after us would have been seated before us. We then sat down and we were immediately asked if we were ready to order. I said no and asked for a few minutes to look over the menu. About fifteen minutes later a waitress finally took our order, again this required me to speak up. My daughter got pancakes, my son got French toast, my wife got steak and eggs and I got corned beef hash with eggs. With drinks the meal was about $38.

  My wife handled the cutting of my daughter's pancakes this morning but quickly gave up and started to tear them by hand. My wife said the pancakes were too rubbery to cut with a butter knife and that she found it easier just to tear them. That did not stop my daughter from putting a pretty good dent in the pile of hand torn pancakes. My son said the French toast was good but that it tasted burnt. I had a bite myself and they did taste burnt but I am not sure because they did not look burnt at all.

  My wife got her eggs over medium and when she broke into them they were under cooked with runny whites. She just about told the waitress to take them back but ended up not doing so. She ordered her steak medium and that wasn't cooked correctly either. It was a little too rare. I asked for a taste of the steak because that was one of the dishes we were told to try. However I thought the steak was sprinkled with an mass produced seasoning. I could be wrong but I use the same seasoning on my steaks at home and they tasted almost identical. My wife did like the potatoes on the side but made a comment that its pretty hard to mess up potatoes.

  I love the Food Network and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Lately when watching that show I have seen a lot of corned beef hash and thought I would try it here at Kimmie's Coffee Cup. I was very disappointed with this corned beef hash. The potatoes in the hash were entirely to uniform and reminded of the hash you buy in a can. There was no crisp to the hash and it was fairly greasy. My eggs were ordered over medium and they were over cooked. The barely had yolk which is what I was looking for so I could mix it up with the hash. The hash browns were good. I had a choice of toast or biscuits and gravy so I went with biscuits and gravy. These were not very good. The biscuits were doughy, like they were undercooked. The country gravy had no sausage in it and tasted like a basic milk gravy with lots of pepper in it.

  My breakfast at Kimmie's Coffee Cup is one that I won't soon forget, but not because it was good. In fact I will remember Kimmie's Coffee Cup for the bad service and not so good food. I would like to think that we visited Kimmie's on an off day but I am not sure the family is willing to give Kimmie's a second try. I would say that you would be better off spending your money some where else. Kimmie's Coffee Cup was a bust and I would not recommend this restaurant.
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