Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I'm a Hungry Bear

The Hungry Bear Restaurant
2219 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton CA, 92835

  Dropping the kids off at the Grandparents house means my wife and I are always close to The Hungry Bear Restaurant. My wife and I have dined at The Hungry Bear before and since I needed a place to write about we stopped by for lunch. The menu is loaded with breakfast, lunch and dinner choices. This time we both opted for sandwiches. My wife got the turkey and bacon sandwich and I got the turkey, ham and bacon club. Each sandwich comes with french fries. With drinks this meal was about $20.

  My wife said her sandwich was good. She said the turkey was moist and the bread soft. She said she really enjoyed the entire sandwich but it had a bit too much lettuce for her liking. But the sandwich was loaded with thinly sliced roast turkey and a couple of thick pieces of crisp apple-wood smoked  bacon.

  My problem is I can not make a decision so I try to find something that a has a little bit of everything I want. This turkey, ham and bacon club was perfect and cured my craving for a good club sandwich. The turkey being more prevalent then the ham but but still both meats well represented. The turkey was sliced thin yet still moist. The ham shaved of the haunch of pig and placed on this sandwich. The bacon added a nice fatty and salty component. The lettuce was crisp and the tomatoes were sweet and a slight bit acidic. The bread was gold brown toasted on the outside but not so much that it cut the roof of your mouth. Also the french fries were cooked perfectly. The outside was crunchy while the inside was soft and fluffy. A well made plate of food.

  All in all our lunch at The Hungry Bear Restaurant was nice. The food was good, the service was quick and the price was right. You may have a hard time finding this place because of the loction but I would suggestion you take the time and seek it out.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Best Cheesesteak?

Philly's Best
1804 N. Tustin Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

  A few years ago I stumbled across this place called Philly's Best. I walked and ordered a cheesesteak with provolone and grilled onions. Damn this was a good sandwich. Then through magic of Food Network I see that a real cheesesteak was made with cheese wiz. So happens Philly's Best makes a cheesesteak with wiz, so I ordered one and have never ordered anything different since that day. The only thing that needs to be said when you get to the counter at any Philly's Best is "One cheesesteak with wiz and grilled onions".

  What a delicious mess this sandwich is. It's got thinly sliced beef, sweet grilled onions and dripping cheese wiz. The beef is tender, the onions still have a slight bite to them and the cheese wiz adds cheesy goodness with each bite. The bread is soft yet a bit chewy and holds the mixture well, unless you wait too long then you will need some napkins. Also the onion rings at Philly's Best are a must order. The coating is almost like a tempera batter but it still clings to the onions. No onion ring shells with these deep fried goodies.

  If your looking for a quick but still awesome sandwich then make sure to check out your local Philly's Best. To date this is the best Philly cheesesteak I have eaten and would easily recommend this grub to anyone.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

An unusual pizza

Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Co.
1500 E. Village Way
Orange, CA 92865

  I have driven by Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company many times, since it is inside The Village of Orange or The Mall of Orange or whatever they are calling that place this week. This week my wife and I finally decided it was time to stop in and try the food. We ordered the loaded potato wedges as an appetizer, my daughter order herself a kids cheese pizza, my son ordered the classic calzone, my wife and I ordered a medium pizza which was half Heavyweight (meat pizza) and half Triathlon (chicken club). With drinks the meal was about $52.

  The staff was super friendly and when we ordered she said the loaded potato wedges would be out in a few minutes and sure enough they were. They were blazing hot, covered in bacon bits, a melted blend of cheeses and green onions. This was a loaded baked potato but with crispy potato wedges. The cool ranch dressing helped to cool the wedges before each bite. This appetizer could have been a meal in it self due to the size of the serving.

  My daughter chowed on her pizza and finished half of it at the table without any problems. This mini pizza was loaded with cheese and looked tasty. My son said the classic calzone was loaded with meat and cheese. My son has been eating like crazy lately and he was able to finish half of this giant calzone.

  As for my wife and I we were undecided as to which pizza to get and the staff mentioned if we got a medium or large we could get it half and half. Once we heard the choice was easy the Heavyweight and Triathlon were ordered. The Triathlon uses a garlic oil in place of pizza sauce, chicken breast and crispy bacon. It is then topped with crisp ice burg lettuce, chopped tomatoes, fresh avocado and then drizzled with ranch dressing. The description of the Triathlon caught my curiosity so I had to try it. Let me tell you this pizza was amazingly good and lite. The garlic came through in each bite while the chicken was tender and the lettuce and bacon were indeed crisp. The cool, creamy texture of the avocado and sweet of the tomatoes completed this fantastic pizza. The Heavyweight is loaded with meat, meat and more meat. It has Canadian bacon, ground beef, Italian sausage, peperoni, salami and ham. This pizza is for the meat lover in anyone. You could not ask for any more meat on this pizza. There was so much meat on each slice of pizza that you could hardly see the cheese. Each selection of meat added to the flavor of the pizza and it reminded me of a well made deli sandwich.

  I was very much impressed with the food at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company. It was all fresh, well made and delicious. The staff at this Oggi's was friendly, attentive and menu knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend you stop at this Oggi's and grab some grub. Oh and if you are a sports fan they have tons of TVs with most every game playing on a variety of the screens, and if you enjoy a good beer, I have heard from more then one person their house brews are pretty amazing too.

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