Monday, October 31, 2011

A bit of Hawaii in Orange?

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

  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

  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.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Simply Sharon's is Simply Good

27469 Jefferson Ave
Temecula, CA 92590

  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.