Monday, January 23, 2012

Dinner at a Diner

Watson's Drugs and Soda Fountain
116 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866

  The family could not decide where to eat and we needed a place that everyone could find something they would enjoy. We have been spending some time driving the Orange Circle and passing Watson's Drugs and Soda Fountain. I mentioned it to my wife and she agreed so that's where we all ended up for dinner.

  When you first walk in Watson's it has the feel of a old school Drug Store and Soda Fountain, just as the name implies. We were able to seat ourselves at a both right next to the soda counter/cooking area. The waitress that helped us that night seemed a little scattered brained because she was all over the place and it was not very busy. While in the middle of taking our order she left our table to get food that was ready for a different table, she did not say a word to us, simply stopped taking our order and moved on. When she came back I said we were not finished ordering and she said something like she had to get that food to the table. I am fine with prompt service of food but she could have excused her self before doing so. Anyway the family ended up ordering our dinner with drinks and a shared dessert the meal was about $49.

  By now you all must know what my daughter is going to get and you would be correct. A cheese burger for the little one. The burger looked moist but my daughter said it was greasy. Not sure she really knows the difference but either way she finished the whole burger.

  My son ordered a patty melt. A traditional patty melt through and through. A thick hamburger patty, grilled onions and melted cheese all served on toasted rye bread. This sandwich was good. My son let me have a taste and if I were him I would have saved it all for myself. The hamburger was juicy and the onions were grilled just enough to bring out some sweetness. The toasted rye added a crispy crunch to the sandwich. I liked this sandwich simply because it was done right.

  My wife ordered the grilled chicken salad sandwich. This was basic chicken salad served with freshly smashed avocado on toasted sour dough. I also managed to get a bite of this sandwich. Which I also liked mostly because of the large amount of avocado that was added. The chicken salad was very simplistic and needed basic seasonings. A dash of pepper would have helped the chicken salad a whole lot. But the sandwich was good for the most part.

  For myself I ordered the super sandwich, which based on the name I was expecting a much larger sandwich. This sandwich had ham, turkey and roast beef with American and Swiss cheeses. It also had tomatoes and lettuce which was all served on a french roll. The roll was soft and lightly toasted. The roast beef was the predominate meat while the ham and turkey were lost. The lettuce was not served right, in my opinion, because they left the bottom rib portion of the iceberg lettuce. That made the lettuce real tough and hardly leafy. Just by looking at the ham it reminded me of something you get out of a package, The turkey looked the same, and the roast beef was good. This sandwich was good but no better then the average sandwich shop.

   I think best part of this meal for the whole family was the banana split we ordered for dessert. This sundae was huge and loaded with all the traditional fixings. A single scoop each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Each topped with plenty of chocolate and strawberry sauce. No pineapple sauce since my wife is allergic. This was resting between two halves of a fresh banana. Finally it was crowned with whipped cream, a slight sprinkle of nuts and three cherries. Since this was shared dessert the four spoons hitting this sundae were clanking into each other as each member of the family tried to get a taste. The ice cream was soft enough to get heaping spoons full. Each scoop of ice cream was rich and creamy. This was a very well done banana split for sure. By the time this sundae was done the sauces were spilled over on to the plate and the kids were buzzing on sugar.

  Watson's Drugs and Soda Fountain delivered a good meal and an outstanding dessert. This is my second time eating here and I had the same thought leaving both times. The food is good but nothing I would exclaim as being fantastic. However if you are looking for a place to get an old time sundae then I would definitely recommend you head over to Watson's Drug and Soda Fountain.

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