Monday, April 23, 2012

Mini prices at Mini Cafe

Mini Cafe
2370 N Tustin Ave, Ste. C
Santa Ana, CA 92705

  I had heard about Mini Cafe from Dan who writes Eat in OC. The family and I are always looking for a local place to get good Mexican food. It was an easy choice for us when I needed a place to write about and the family, and who doesn't like Mexican food?

  Mini Cafe is tucked away in the corner of a shopping center on Tustin Avenue and could be easily missed if you did know about it. The menu is simple, the prices are seven bucks a plate and the seating is limited. I ordered the little one a chicken, bean and cheese burrito. My son got a carne asada burrito, my wife green chile chicken enchiladas and I got a chicken burrito. We all got drinks and the final cost was about $24.

  We started the meal with a free plate of "nachos" compliments of Mini Cafe. I would not really call them nachos since it was a very small pile of chips covered in beans and house made salsa. The were very simplistic but still tasty and the salsa had a nice kick to it.

  My daughter enjoyed her burrito and finished all but a few bites. My son got his burrito and dove right in mouth first. He cleaned his plate pretty quickly. The burrito was filled with nothing but carne asada and fresh onions and cilantro. He said the food was piping hot when delivered to the table and that the meat was flavored well.

  My wife will always order green chile enchiladas any chance she gets. So it was an easy choice for her and something she has eaten at many different places. She said these enchiladas were filled with chicken and a little cheese then covered with the green chile sauce and you guessed it, more cheese. She said overall the enchiladas were good and she did enjoy them.

  My burrito was similar to my sons which was nothing more then chopped chicken with fresh onion and cilantro. The chicken had a good flavor to it but it is hard to describe. It also had a nice crisp crust on the outside of the chicken bits like it was cooked on a flat top. The beans and rice were basic.

  There was nothing wrong with the food at Mini Cafe but it was just basic Mexican. The food was cooked well, the service was friendly and the prices were good. However I have had better, more flavorful Mexican food at different restaurants. I have to admit even as basic as the food was I would still go back to Mini Cafe and would say it is was worth a pit stop if you are in the area.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Breakfast to go

Duke's Charbroiler
3221 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

  Sunday morning, with the kids wide awake, the wife getting ready work and Papa rubbing the sleep out of his eyes. Everyone is hungry and you need something quick, tasty and inexpensive. For me it's Duke Charbroiler in Orange. The styrofoam to-go containers were filled with breakfast for  the entire family and only cost me $23.

  I kept it easy and got both of the kids a breakfast special that included two, bacon or sausage, hash browns, two pancakes and a slice of toast. What deal and each meal was only $3.69. Both kids enjoyed the meal and my son scarfed his down I was afraid he was going inhale his fork too.

  I got my wife and I the ham and cheese omelet which came with a large portion of has browns and two pieces of toast. The omelet was covered in a mix of cheeses, the ham was diced and plentiful while the hash browns were crisp and soft at the same time. I was not expecting a gourmet meal when pulling into Duke's parking lot but what I did get was a well made meal that satisfied everyone in the family.

  I am actually looking forward to going back to Duke's because the menu is extensive and covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the kind of no frills restaurant that I love simply because the food is good and the prices are cheap. This allows me to take my family out for food and not break the bank.