Monday, March 26, 2012

Red Hots at Jerry's

Jerry's Wood Fired Dogs
2276 E. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

  Well, today it was just me an the kiddos for lunch and we ended up at joint I have been wanting to try for a long time now. Jerry's Wood Fired Dogs sits in a strip mall on the corner of 17th and Tustin in Santa Ana. I have not heard of this place before but it appears they have a couple different locations available. The menu is simplistic and easy, the choices are numerous and the prices are okay. Oh and they have large buckets of shelled peanuts for you crack open and munch on until your order is ready.

  My daughter is going to turn into a cheeseburger if she does not start eating something else. She did enjoy her burger and finished it quickly. I asked her if the cheeseburger was good, she mumbles yes and nodded her head while trying chew a bite. My son got Uncle Frank's Italian sausage and had them add ketchup, tomatoes, grilled onions and bacon bits. At Jerry's Wood Fired Dogs you can choose from over thirty different toppings. My son was trying to stuff his mouth with an entire mouthful each time he took a bite and actually managed to succeed. He said the sausage was good and the toppings were tasty. He did get the combo meal which included a drink and fries. The fries were a bit of a let down because they were not cooked crisp and kind of mushy.

  I stuffed myself with a pastrami dog that I had the spicy mustard taken off and yellow mustard added with a pickle spear. I also got the Southwestern Dog which was a bacon wrapped hot dog with chili, cheese, diced onions and crushed Fritos. Both of these dogs are all beef with a natural casing which makes each bite snap. The pastrami dog was good but I wish there was more pastrami included on the dog. It was very much like a pastrami sandwich with a hot dog in the middle. The Southwestern Dog was amazingly messy but extremely delicious, my only complaint was the bacon could have been cooked bit longer to make it more crispy. This was a classic Fritos pie plate on top of a hot dog. The chili was surprisingly good, not spicy just full of flavor. Because of the way these dogs are cooked there is also a hint of smokey flavor in the background which adds to the overall yum factor.

  I am always a bit iffy about restaurants that specialize in hot dogs because if they do, and the dog is  bad then they really suck. But Jerry's Wood Fired Dog was good, and the bill came out to be  about $32. Find a Jerry's near you and give them try. Even if you are Vegetarian you can find something to eat at Jerry's with the veggie dog they offer. Okay go now! I mean it! You won't be sorry and if you are then you picked the wrong toppings.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Doggone good burgers at The Lazy Dog Cafe

The Lazy Dog Cafe
1623 West Katella Ave
Orange, CA 92867

  The first time my wife and I ate The Lazy Dog Cafe I was not impressed at all and swore to never to go back. However one family event changed my opinion for the better and I will continue to go back to The Lazy Dog Cafe for some really good burgers. This evening the whole family went and my daughter ordered her usual, my son ordered the hot pastrami, my wife ordered the BBQ bacon burger and I ordered the Bleu burger. With a nacho appetizer and drinks this meal was just shy of $60.

  We started the meal with a plate of nachos. The chips were covered in Lazy Dog chili con carne, salsa, guacamole and melted cheese. The chili was good, it had a nice hint of spice and large pieces of meat. The combination of all the flavors was enjoyable and this plate did not last long. Each member of the family chowed down til there was nothing left.

  My daughter ordered the teen cheese burger and this was a larger burger for a kids meal. She managed to finish half without any real issues. My son got the hot pastrami sandwich on sour dough. He said the pastrami was tasty but it was hard to get any words out of him because he was too busy trying to win the speed eating contest that someone was having. Maybe when I was teen I ate like this too but damn kid, slow and taste the food you are eating.

  My wife was torn between this BBQ bacon burger and a chicken pot pie, she decided to get the burger because she knew the burger would be awesome. This burger was cooked with a tangy, sweet BBQ sauce covered in cheese and two slices of thick bacon. The typically toppings were delivered with the burger. She managed to finish this large burger but was stuffed to the brim.

  My bleu burger was thick patty with slices on hickory smoked bacon and large scoop of bleu cheese butter. This burger also came with the typical burger fixings. When you order your burger you can choose what temperature to have it cooked, in my opinion I never ask for anything over medium. This will produce a flavorful burger that is juicy and still cooked enough so that any raw meat freaks should be happy. The bleu butter served on burger helps to add to the moistness and multiplies the drip factor by four. Thinly shaved onions add a nice bite to the burger without being too over powering. The fresh pickles bring a sour tang and the fresh tomato complete this doggone good burger.

  My first experience at The Lazy Dog Cafe was a huge let down and has honestly kept me from trying anything new on the menu. But if you are craving a thick, juicy burger then The Lazy Dog Cafe will deliver in spades. These burgers are an easy choice for me and the family when we need to curb our carnivore urges.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Breakfast at an Original

The Original Pancake House
3322 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

  My wife and I had a day off together and decided to start the day with a good breakfast. The Original Pancake House came to mind, we both agreed and headed over to our local location. I have been eating here for many years and have always enjoyed the food so it would be time to share, just in case some readers had not yet tried this restaurant. My wife ordered an egg dish but the name of the dish escapes me. I ordered the corned beef and hash. Each dish came with a side of pancakes and we both upgraded to fresh blueberry pancakes. With drinks this breakfast for two was about $32.

  The egg dish my wife order was made with three eggs, normally it is four but my wife nixed one, mushrooms, sausage, bacon and grip of cheese. This large plate was covered in the egg concoction then loaded with cheese that then melted perfectly. The eggs were light and fluffy while the bacon was crisp and the sausage was tender. This was a well made plate of eggs and something I would order minus the mushrooms.

  The corned beef and hash I ordered came to the table and looked good. It had a nice griddle crust on it and was looking like a large portion. When digging into it I realized the portion was flattened thin and wide. The hash was very good, with a thin crisp layer, the soft inside made this hash good. The bits of corned beef were tasty, the potatoes were soft and the onions added a nice touch to the whole dish. I ordered my eggs over medium so the yolk from the eggs added a nice creamy component to the hash. I was pleased with my hash but a bit disappointed with the portion size.

  The real star of the breakfast was the fresh blueberry pancakes. The pancakes were airy and reminded me of well made cake. The fresh blueberries popped with every bite and they even had fresh blueberry syrup that I drenched my pancakes with. All of this made for one awesome plate of pancakes.

  I was pleased with this meal and every other meal I have had in the past. The Original Pancake House always delivers a delicious plate of food even when they are busy. If you have not taken the time to visit this establishment then I would say you are missing out and should plan to have your next breakfast excursion here.

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