Monday, September 26, 2011

Route 66 Favorite Comes to Orange

Pancake House Restaurant
2848 N. Santiago Blvd.
Orange, CA 92867

  If you know where the old Spires used to be off the 55 freeway then you know where Flappy Jack's is located. I have been looking forward to Flappy Jack's Pancake House to open ever since I saw the coming soon sign go up. This was the opening weekend for the restaurant and I expected it to be busy. When we got there we were told the wait would be about thirty minutes but we sat down in about fifteen. The drinks came quick and our order was taken as soon as we were ready. My daughter got the five silver dollar pancakes with eggs and bacon and sausage. My son got the American toast with eggs and sausage. My wife got the Texan skillet ( sans green peppers ) with toast and I got the Flappy's Favorite with two pancakes. With drinks for all the bill was about $52.

  My daughter said her eggs were good and the bacon was crunchy. She also said the pancakes were yummy with syrup. She ate most of breakfast but not from lack of trying. The portions at Flappy Jack's are large, even the kids meal portions are large. The American toast is cinnamon raisin swirl bread that is dipped in Flappy's egg batter and then covered in powered sugar, fresh blueberries and fresh strawberries. They also cover it in fresh made whipped cream. My son didn't even have to use syrup on the American toast because he said the fruit syrup from the fresh fruit was good enough. I had to have a bite for myself and damn was this good. The cinnamon came through right away and the bite finished with the egg custard taste, I agree with my son, no syrup needed and this may be my next dish at Flappy Jack's.

  The Texan skillet is loaded with steak, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms that is topped with two eggs any way you like them, and Monterey Jack cheese. All this is placed on top of a pile of hash browns. The steak is cooked to order and sliced thinly before being placed in the skillet. The combination of flavors in this skillet were great, it was like a complete steak and eggs meal all rolled into one dish. My wife really enjoyed the skillet and said it is something she would order again.

  I was torn between so many different things on Flappy Jack's menu but picked the Flappy's Favorite omelet. This is a four egg omelet that is chocked full of ham, bacon, sausage, onions and bell peppers then topped with Moterey Jack and cheddar cheese. I got mine minus the veggies. This omelet was huge, the eggs were fluffy and not one bite was without meat. The amount of meat in this omelet was surprising but very welcome. From first bite to last the omelet delivered meat, eggs and cheese. The hash browns were some of the best hash browns I have ever had. I really liked the way the potatoes were cut before they were cooked which left some crisp as well as some soft bits. I think the texture contrast is what made these hash browns. My only complaint would have been that my pancakes were a bit under cooked. The pancakes were light and airy but a little doughy because they needed a bit more time on the cook top.

  I now understand why a few different people have told me that Flappy Jack's Pancake House Restaurant was a must try breakfast spot. The quality of food was good and the portions were huge but the prices were reasonable. All three of these things make Flappy Jack's a place that I would definitely recommend to anyone and a restaurant  I will revisit. Make sure you go to Flappy Jack's with an empty stomach or room in your fridge for left overs.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Moffett's Chicken Pie Shoppe

Moffett's Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe
1409 S. Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007

  Moffett's Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe is a restaurant that I have been going to for as long as I can remember. Recently the family and I made a trip to visit my mom and one of the stops included Moffett's Chicken Pie Shoppe. This place has not changed much if any since I was a kid, both the decor and the food. The best thing is that the prices are budget friendly and the portions are huge. You will walk out of Moffett's with a full belly and some change in your pocket.

  Moffett's has a lunch special that runs every day. You can get a chicken pie, mashed potatoes, peas with carrots and two biscuits for $5.70. If you make it a beef pie then it only cost $6.10. The family, which included my mom, ordered a two chicken pie lunches, one beef pie lunch, a turkey club, a childs cheese burger, a bowl of chili, dessert for all and drinks. The entire meal's cost was about $62.00.

  The meal started with a bowl chili bean stew. This was  a large bowl of chili beans that I was able to share with my wife and mom and still had plenty for myself. The beans we tender, the meat was plentiful and tomatoes were chunky. The was no spicy heat to this chili but the flavor very much reminded me of the chili beans my mom would make at home when I was a child. A nice start to the meal.

  My daughter definitely enjoyed her burger and fries, my mom was shocked to see how fast it was gone. The burger appeared to be hand made and not something from a frozen package. The fries looked a bit well done but that did not stop her. My son said the turkey club was good and that the turkey was fresh. He did say the fries were dry and that even a healthy coat of ketchup could not help.

  The chicken pie lunch and the beef pie lunch was the meal deal the wife and I picked, my mom also got a chicken pie lunch. I did have a bite of wife's chicken pie and can definitely say it was delicious. The pie was stuffed with white meat chicken and covered in a basic white gravy. My wife thought the chicken gravy was a little bland but a couple shakes of salt and pepper did help. My beef pie was loaded with shredded beef and surrounded by a tender yet flaky crust. It also has some cubes of potato, carrots and some peas inside. The pie and the mashed potatoes both received a ladle of beef gravy. This pie was as good as I remembered, the beef was melt in your mouth tender and the gravy was smooth.

  Each family member was able to get a dessert at Moffett's. My wife got a sundae, my son indulged in a slice of pumpkin pie, my daughter went old school with some jello, my mom stayed traditional with a slice of cherry pie and I went with one of my favorites which is bread pudding. I am not sure what kind of bread was used but I can say it  was soaked very well before being baked. There was not one bit of dry of bread. The cinnamon spice was strong but not overpowering while the bit of crisp crust added a textural element to the bread pudding that was just the right touch. A good bread pudding for sure but this was not the best rendition of this dessert.

  Moffett's Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe still delivers a hearty meal and manages to keep the cost low. The pot pie lunch special is available seven days a week but only until 4 PM so get there before then to enjoy the lower prices. My overall impression is the  same as it has always been. If your looking for some good comfort food then Moffett's will deliver just that. You will walk out talking about how much you enjoyed your meal and how you need a nap because you are so stuffed. Make sure to check out the Yelp page here.
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Change of Pace

Graham Cracker Cake

  This week I am changing gears and showing you something I have made myself. Ever since I was little my mom has made this dessert she called graham cracker cake. It has always been one of my favorite things that my mom made and many years ago I started making it myself. The ingredient list is small and the prep time is short but the results are outstanding. This is great item to take to pot luck or family BBQ and it will be a hit.

  You will need to purchase one 3.4 oz package of instant vanilla pudding, one 8 oz  bowl of whipped topping, one box of graham crackers and two 21 oz once cans of cherry pie filling. You will also need a 13x9 baking dish to make the dessert in. I use the aluminum disposable one you can buy at the grocery store since they come with a lid and I do not have to worry about leaving my dish at a friends house.

  The first thing to do is make the instant pudding. I use the pie filling directions to get a little thicker pudding. After the pudding is mixed let it chill in the refrigerator for about five minutes. That will allow you to get the 13x9 baking dish ready. Simply take one package of graham crackers and lay them on the bottom of the dish, kind of like lasagna noddles. You can then get the pudding out of the fridge and mix in half of the container of whipped topping. Mix the pudding and whipped topping until the whipped topping is fully incorporated and mixture is smooth. Next, pour half of the pudding mixture on top of the first layer of graham crackers and even out the mixture to cover all the graham crackers. Next you use a second package of graham crackers to make another layer of graham crackers. Again think of it as making a lasagna. Then on top of that pour the other half of the pudding mixture and smooth it out across all the graham crackers. Finally open the two cans of cherry pie filling and evenly spoon them over the top. Last and most importantly let this sit over night ( or for at least 8 hours if making it in the morning for an evening desert ) in the fridge.

  After sitting over night the graham crackers will be soft and the dessert will be ready to serve. It will not stand-up like a cake or pie so it is easiest to spoon out of the baking dish. Every time I bring this dish to a friends house or to a family gathering it disappears quickly. When people try it for the first time they think it is a cheese cake type filling. I then share the ingredients with them and they are always surprised how simplistic the dish is yet how great it tastes. I know I am biased in saying this but this dessert is pure awesomeness!