Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NY Subs in Orange

New York Subs
3041 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

  A few days ago a friend of mine made mention of New York Subs on Chapman in Orange so I thought I would take my kids there for lunch. Personally I had a heck of the time finding the place but if you know where the Pizza Hut is then New York Subs is right next door. My daughter ordered a plain turkey and cheese, my son ordered a meatball and cheese and I ordered a turkey, ham and roast beef. We all got combo meals which included chips and a small drink. The total was just shy of $20 for the food.

 My daughter slowly but surely finished her sandwich. This is only because she did not want to eat for some reason. My son devoured his meatball and cheese. He said the meatballs were good and that the marinara sauce was tasty. It is hard to get him to describe the food when we he is eating so quickly, he needs to realize he needs to stop so he can breath. Must have been really good.

 As for my sandwich is was stuffed with turkey that was sliced thin and still moist, the ham was salty and sweet and the roast beef that was tender. The fixings were loaded on top of the meat and piled high. The tomatoes were sliced thick, the onions were not too thick and the shredded lettuce all combined to make a good sandwich but nothing above average. 

 The quality of the food was good and much better then any of those chain sandwich places but I know of a few better sandwich shops. If you want a sandwich and are too lazy to make your own at home then New York Subs will do just fine.

New York Subs on Yelp
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crispy Tacos from OC Taco Joint

OC Taco Joint
1724 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92865

   I lived right around the corner from OC Taco Joint for years and never even knew this place existed and Im bummed it took me so long to learn about it. The family and I ended up there on a Saturday afternoon after my wife made the suggestion based on what she had heard from her co-workers. So my little one ordered a chicken and cheese quesadilla, my son ordered the pork burrito with beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. My wife ordered the tostada bowl and three taquitos while I ordered the two taco combo plate and a small nachos. With drinks for all the meal cost us about $42.

  My daughter chowed down her chicken quesadilla with her only complaint being it was a little too greasy. The quesadilla was loaded with melted cheese and bits of shredded chicken. She gobbled down the entire quesadilla and even manged to have some of the free chips and salsa that were provided. My son said his burrito was good. It was loaded with re-fried beans, cheese, shredded pork and the rest of the fixings. He almost could not finish the burrito which is amazing because this time in his life my son can finish just about any meal and keep going for more. A large burrito indeed.

  My wife always gets taco salads, it is one of her favorite things to order and a tostada bowl was the closest thing she could get at OC Taco Joint. She said the chicken was moist and the overall taste of the tostada bowl was excellent. Her only negative, if you can even call it one, was that the flour tortilla bowl was baked which lead to a floury taste for the shell. She said the guacamole on the taquitos was flavorful and tasted fresh. She was satisfied with her meal and it curbed her Mexican food craving.

  As for my meal I ordered the famous crispy tacos. I only say that because there were a couple small signs in OC Taco Joint that suggested the crispy tacos were the way to go. My tacos were filled with shredded pork, lettuce, tomato and cheese. The two taco plate came with rice and beans. The tacos shell was crispy and became slightly fragmented with each bite. The shredded pork was tender, moist and full of flavor. The side of beans were creamy and the rice was cooked perfectly. A very well made plate of food and the taco reminded me of the kind my mom made when I was growing up. The nachos were covered in beans, melted cheese, ground beef, tomato and fresh onions. The chips stayed crunchy even while the healthy amount of beans piled on top. The groundbeef  was tasty but I think I would have preferred a different choice of meat.

  OC Taco Joint is small and can be hard to find but let me say this, it was worth the trip. The food quality was good, the service was super friendly and the prices were good. I know I walked out of  OC Taco Joint stuffed and I think the rest of the family did also. If you are in the mood for more Americanized Mexican food then make sure to stop by OC Taco Joint.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Take a bite of Sharky's

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill
51 The Paseo
Long Beach, CA 90802

When the family takes a trip to The Aquarium of the Pacific we are always looking for some place to eat close. With the use of Yelp I found Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill. The reviews were good and  with three and a half stars I was game. However upon walking in and looking at the menu I did not hold high hopes for Sharky's.

  My daughter ordered a kids cheese quesadilla, my son ordered the Sharky's burrito with beef, my wife ordered the fajitas mixed plate and I ordered a two fish taco combo plate. We also got an order of chicken nachos and drinks. This entire meal was about $45.

  Surprisingly my daughter chowed down on on her quesadilla without any feuding. A very welcomed change of pace. She said she really enjoyed the cheesy quesadilla. My son said the Sharky's burrito was tasty, but he also said the amount of beef was kind of small. He said it was like mostly rice and beans which left him wanting more meat. That didn't stop him from finishing and considering my son's picky pallet, it seemed to be a minor complaint.

  My wife's plate of fajitas looked appetizing. The chicken and beef was cooked nicely, the plate was loaded with veggies and the sides were portioned perfectly. The fajitas had some added veggies you do not normally find in a fajita plate, like squash and zucchini, which helped to make this a more healthy choice for fajitas. But we weren't here for health we were here to fill our tummies. Which my wife was able to accomplish that goal easily.

  The chicken nachos were for all to share and this was only a half order of nachos. I would image the full order would be a meal of its own. The pizza sized dished was loaded with fresh and crispy tortilla chips. Then those chips were covered in chicken breast, beans and cheese. This was then topped with fresh pico de gallo and smooshed avocado. It was not gaucamole but rather just fresh avocado that appeared to be squished with fork. The perfect bites were a single chip loaded with a bit of chicken, beans, cheese, pico de gallo and the creamy avocado. Damn this was good.

  As for me, like I said I wasn't expecting much from Sharky's but these fish tacos were bomb. I ordered the cod fish in the tempera batter with flour tortillas. The fish was moist and flaky while the batter was crisp and light. The fresh cabbage added a nice crunch and the white sauce was not over powering at all. A squeeze of lime on each taco added a citrus note with bit of sour that really took these tacos up a notch. The rice was decent and the pinto beans were cooked well.

  Surprise, surprise, surprise! I walked out of Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill shocked at the quality of food and then saying to myself I can not wait to go back. All the food that day was prepaid to order and brought to our table when ready. The service was quick, the staff was nice and the prices were fair. Next time you visit The Aquarium of the Pacific or are anywhere near The Pike of Long Beach, take time to walk across the street and try Sharky's. All I can think about right now is when I can get some more of those fish tacos.

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon