Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A deep fried treat from Taco Treat

Taco Treat
74 E. Live Oak Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91066

  Taco Treat is one of those places that you would see from the street and think twice about stopping at but not stopping would be a mistake. I have been going to Taco Treat for as long as I can remember, my brother and sisters have been going even longer then that. Taco Treat has been an Arcadia main stay for youngsters and adults for as long as it has been around. This place is known for its deep fried burritos, while they do serve other Mexican dishes I only go there for the burritos.

  This trip to Arcadia I was all alone and only got a bean and cheese and a beef and bean burrito. I also got a medium orange whip drink. All together this meal was just shy of eight bucks. Make sure to bring cash because Taco Treat only accepts cash.

  The round burrito is the bean and cheese while the flat one is the beef and bean. The bean and cheese was the first Taco Treat burrito I have eaten in years and it was as good as I remembered. The crispy shell filled with beans and white cheese. The beans have a very mild spice to them and the cheese is all hot and gooey. Each bite meant more burrito shell in my lap. The beef and bean uses the same kind of beans but also includes some well seasoned ground beef. This all gets wrapped up and gets the same deep fried treatment that results in the crispy, crunchy outside and warm inside. Both of these burritos take me to hot summer days in Arcadia when our family would make a trek to Taco Treat for lunch. We would stuff our bellies with food and then wait the forty-five minutes before we could go swimming again. The good ole days.

  If for any reason you find your self in Arcadia and on Live Oak Avenue make it a point to stop at Taco Treat. These burritos will kill any deep fried craving you have and at the same time fill you up until your next meal.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A touchdown at Game Day?

Game Day
Fire grilled hot dogs
3009 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

  I was taking my son to school one day and on the way I noticed this new restaurant sign that read Game Day, Fire grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. I thought to myself that I would have to get over there and try that place. I gathered up the family and we headed over there for lunch. When you first walk in, it reminds you of those old school Taco Bell buildings, so I am guessing at one point it was one. The menu has your basic hamburgers and hot dogs but it also has the Game Day creations.

  My daughter was easy, cheeseburger with ketchup. My son got himself a pulled pork with the slaw on the side. My wife got a Game Day burger which is a half pound patty with bacon, fried egg and chipotle mayo. She eighty-sixed the chipotle mayo for regular mayo. I got the Split 44 which is a Polish sausage with pastrami, fired egg, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo. We also ordered garlic fries, chili cheese fries, regular fries and four small drinks. All together this meal just shy of $37.

  As always my daughter had no trouble finishing her burger and the regular fries she shared with her brother. For a child's burger it looked filling. My son's BBQ pulled pork sandwich was a heaping pile of shredded smoked pork covered in BBQ sauce. I had to try a bite of this sandwich and let me tell you, this was good. The pork it self was tender and moist. The pork also had a nice smokey flavor. The BBQ sauce was tangy with a tiny kick of spice that hit you in the back of the throat. A pulled pork sandwich that I would order myself.


  A slice of the Game Day burger was quartered out for me from my wife. The patty was cooked perfectly and still extremely moist. The bacon was crisp and the egg was fried until the yolk was just cooked through. My first bite of the burger was perfect, a little of everything in one bite. Even the bun was thick enough to stay together with all the juice but still soft. This was a burger that made me say out loud "damn this is good". The garlic fries my wife got were also amazingly good. The fries were coated with garlic and parmesan cheese. The flavor was balanced nicely with the just the right amount of each ingredient.

  The Split 44 is something that I have never seen before so I had to give it a try. The Polish sausage was split and placed on the bun. Then a fried egg was placed on the sausage along with some pastrami and then covered with melted pepper jack cheese. Each bite of this sandwich was filled with a little bit of everything. The sausage was firm yet snapped with each bite. The pastrami was peppery and not chewy or fatty. The fried egg on this sandwich was also cooked til the yolk was no longer runny. The chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese added a spice to the sandwich that I personally could have done without. I am not one for spice so next time I will get regular jack and plain mayo. However even with the spice this sandwich was a knock out punch to your taste buds. The chili on the chili cheese fries was an all meat with no beans while the sharp cheddar melted nicely. The chili fries were some of the best chili cheese fries I have had recently.

  It is really awesome when I stumble across a place like Game Day Fire grilled hot dogs. I don't think I would have ever given this place a second thought if I did not write this blog. I say that because I am now constantly on the look for new places to try and write about so when I saw a Game Day spring up I knew I had to try it. I can tell you this I will be back to Game Day and I would highly recommend you get over there and give them a try yourself.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Foodie Fest at Taste of Sicily

Foodie Fest part deux
Taste of Sicily
665 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867

  The second Foodie Fest that I attended was held at Taste of Sicily in Orange on Friday. There was a really nice turnout, I would guess about twelve people in all. In attendance was Claudia and Kathleen from Food Frenzy, Niyaz from Fat Dude on a Diet, Dan from Eat in OC, Mike from Eating my way through OC and readers from Food Frenzy, if I missed any other bloggers I am sorry. It was a great meet up of some of my favorite food blog authors.

  The evening started out with a small chat around the garlic knots that Taste of Sicily offers when you first sit down. I warned all new comers that these garlic knots are dangerously delicious and that if you don't pace your self you will fill up on them.

  After bit of chatter we all decided it was time to order. My wife got the pasta carbonara and I got the Italian sausage and cheese sandwich. I know Claudia got the green margarita pizza, Niyaz got the bake penne pasta with Italian sausage, there were a couple orders of lasagna, another pizza which I believe was called the house special and few orders of spaghetti. I didn't get pictures of all the food but I can tell it is an odd site when you have a group of people at a restaurant and then first thing that happens when the food arrives is everyone takes out a camera and starts shooting pictures. I am sure the other customers were wondering what the heck was going on in our little corner.

  As always Taste of Sicily delivered when it comes to taste and quality. The sandwich I had was over a foot long, the bread is made from the same dough they use for the pizzas, the sausage was plentiful and the cheese was melted, gooey goodness. The sausage at Taste of Sicily is not spicy yet still very flavorful. It has a bit of sweetness to it yet still holds up against the meat sauce used on the sandwich. The bread was crisp on the outside while being soft on the inside. The bread really does help to make this a sandwich I would easily recommend anyone should try. The pasta carbonara was rich, creamy and loaded with pancetta. The pasta was cooked al dente and the fresh basil really added a nice freshness the dish.

  I really wanted to take my fork to everyone's dish but I was able to restrain myself. I can tell you from talking with people that everyone was happy with their dinners. I also think I was able to make a few new fans of Taste of Sicily. The Foodie Fest was a great time as always. The night was about friends getting together, having a good dinner and just enjoying each others company. What more could one ask for?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Polly's Pies is more then just great pie

Polly's Pies
2025 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865

  Polly's Pies is one restaurant that I can take the family to and know that everyone will be able to find something to eat and the food will be good. The family has been going to Polly's Pies for many years and when I realized I had not yet written about Polly's Pies I thought it was past due. Most people might think Polly's Pies is place that all the blue haired old ladies head to but even if that's true it does not stop me from going.

  The menu is full choices from breakfast in the morning to dinner specials at night. The wait is never too long as they do really well in turning around the tables. So tonight my daughter ordered the corn dog, my son ordered the King Edward's club sandwich, my wife ordered the salisbury steak and I got the herb crusted pork chops. We added salads, a bowl of soup, a slice of pie, drinks and on the way out there were some muffins that were 50% off. With all this the bill was about $60. A quick tip if you go later in the evening they have some baked good for 50% off so the four muffins we got are normally $5.99 but we got them half price, what a deal.

  My daughter's corn dog was cooked golden brown and delicious and the fries were also cooked so they were GBandD. My daughter said the corn dog was too crunchy but I thought it was perfect. She eventually manged to eat most of the corn dog and most of her fries. The King Edward's club sandwich my son ordered is something I myself often get at Polly's Pies. This club sandwich is stacked with roast turkey slices, fresh veggies and crisp bacon. This has got to be one of my favorite club sandwiches I can get, and it has become my sons favorite also. He ate the entire sandwich and said that is was just as good as it always is. That is awesome because that means Polly's Pies food is consistent which means you know everytime you visit you will get a good meal.

  My wife's salisbury steak looked amazingly delicious. The steak its self was thick, cooked to the perfect temperature and covered in gravy with mushrooms. I had a bite of the steak and there was bit of griddle crust on the outside which added a nice bite. The gravy was a nice beef gravy that added an extra beefy flavor to the bite and really put it over the top. My wife said the sauteed mushrooms were an addition that she really enjoyed. She also said the rest of her meal was cooked well and that she enjoyed the entire plate of food.

  I looked over the menu and saw the Saturday dinner was herb crusted pork chops. I love me some pork chops so that was an easy choice for me. Plus because it was a dinner special I could get a slice of pie for only 99 cents extra, what a deal. The pork chops them self were cooked just right and tender enough to cut with my fork. The only problem  I could see was they needed a bit of salt. I'm not one of those people that like to a little food with my salt but these chops were definitely under salted. The green beans were nice and mashed potatoes with gravy were tasty. They use Yukon  gold potatoes for their mashed potatoes which make these mashed potatoes nice and creamy. The beef gravy works so very well with the potatoes too. This is a meal I would recommend anyone give a try and I think you too will be just as satisfied as I was.

  You can't go to Polly's Pies without getting a slice of pie. Any slice of pie from Polly's is good however my absolute favorite would be the ban-berry pie. This is a banana cream pie on the bottom that is then topped with the fresh strawberry pie filling. This pie is off the hook! The tender crust, creamy banana filling with large pieces of banana is amazing on it's own, but then you top it with the sweet yet tart strawberry filling that has huge pieces of fresh berries? O.M.G! But then to top it off they pipe a fresh line of whipped cream to the edges of the pie. This is nothing short of pie perfection.

  If the pictures above have not convinced you to go to Polly's Pies then I am not sure what else I can say here. The food at Polly's Pies is good, the portion sizes are nice and the prices are fair. This is the best possible combination I could ask for when trying to feed my family.

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