Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Diner in Towne

Old Towne Diner
152 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

  My wife has been telling me about this diner that is opening in Orange for months. Old Towne Diner has finally opened so my wife and I grabbed the kids and headed over there for dinner. My daughter got her usual, kids burger and fries, my son got the Philly cheese steak and fries, my wife ordered the Plaza burger with fries and I got the pastrami with fried zucchini. We also got a side of fried pickles chips and drinks. All together this meal was about $47.

  My daughter finished off almost all of her and burger and fries. Just enough burger for me to grab a bite. The patty it's self reminded me of a well made meat loaf. Lots of juice still in the meat and full of flavor. My daughter seemed to enjoy the burger and fries. The Philly cheese steak, my son said  was meaty while still full of onions and cheese. The sliced steak was cooked thoroughly but remained tender and the onions were sweet from being slightly caramelized. I also grabbed a bite of this sandwich for reporting reasons of course.

  Again for reporting reason I had to try this Plaza burger. The Plaza burger is a think beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and a fried egg. Individually these all sound good but placed on the freshly baked bun the ingredients are amazing. The beef while being thick was cooked to a perfect medium. The bacon was crisp, the tomatoes where sweet and the lettuce was fresh. The fried egg added a really nice richness to the burger while the avocado was creamy and rounded out the entire burger. This will be my next meal ordered at Old Towne Diner.

  The pastrami sandwich I got was good but could have been better. The pastrami it self was slightly fatty and peppery. The thin slices of pastrami were almost lost in comparison to the amount of bun. The classic yellow mustard and sour pickle chips completed this sandwich. The bun was soft and chewy but the sandwich simply needed more pastrami. The fried zucchini rounds were typical but still good enough to enjoy. They reminded me of a fast food chains version of this fried dish. The fried pickle chips on the other hand were damn good. The sour, salty chip dipped in ranch dressing made for a perfect little bite. The pickle chips out shinned the fried zucchini.

  Old Towne Diner really impressed me for the most part. There were a couple areas I would like to see change but that will not stop me from going back or recommending the restaurant. The service was nice but the seating inside was limited. The ordering process was more like a fast food joint then a diner but the food is brought to your table. All in all Old Towne Diner is well worth a visit and a good place to find a great burger.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lunch at Knotts

Spurs Chop House
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620

  The family and I were spending the day at Knott's Berry Farm and needed a place to eat lunch. Inside the park map was an insert for an all you can eat BBQ lunch buffet at Spurs Chop House which is located inside the park. So we all thought what the heck, you can't go wrong with all you can eat BBQ. We recently became season pass holders at Knott's Berry Farm so the cost of the meal was $19.99 per adult and $11.99 for my kid. Drinks and dessert are included in the price.

  The options for food were burgers, hot dogs, Mrs. Knott fried chicken, BBQ beef ribs and a few assortments of salad and fruit. I stood line to find that there were no more tomatoes, no more salad and had to wait for burger patties to be brought out. The actual burger was good. It was cooked through, still juicy and full of smokey grilled flavor. The chicken at Knott's Berry Farm is always good and this was no exception. The chicken thigh I got was hot and moist with a crispy skin. The beef rib was meaty and tender. The BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy. The rib it self was sloppy goodness that will cover you in sauce. I also grabbed a spoon of BBQ beans which had a bit too much tomato flavor for me.

  The food it self was good and the meal was just fine. My problem was with the buffet. The staff did not keep the food trays stocked so this meant people were waiting for the items they wanted or just went without. Eventually the items would get filled again but the more popular items would quickly disappear again. For example I was waiting for a piece of pie after my meal and the pie table was empty. When the staff member with fresh slices of pie came out people were grabbing slices before the staff member could even get them on the table. Was kind of crazy but it is what it is. 

  A bit of advice to Spurs Chop House would be to make the drinks self serve or have more then one person working that area, a five minute wait to get a single drink is silly. Make sure the kitchen is better prepared for the lunch time rush. Being at a amusement park food is at a premium and a all you can eat buffet is a good deal. People will easily choose this option over many others because the price is not much more then some single meal options in the park.

  Overall the meal at Spurs Chop House was fine. The food was good and the entire family walked out of there full. We did not have to spend any more money on food the entire day. My only issues were the food timing and quantities. If those things can be corrected then I think the all you can eat BBQ buffet at Spurs would be a much better experience for the guests.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dinner and Ice Cream

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant
215 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

  It has been years since I was last at a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour and the last time I was there the only thing I can remember eating was ice cream. When I was younger I didn't care about the food I just wanted the ice cream. Well my opinion has changed now that I have actually eaten dinner at Farrell's. The family was all there, my daughter ordered the kids cheeseburger (what a surprise there), my son order the gastro sandwich, my wife ordered the the chicken BLAT wrap and I got the grilled chicken sandwich. We all shared an Oreo sundae and with drinks this meal was about $62.

  My daughter finished her entire plate of food without any knowledge of us getting ice cream after dinner. Which was a good thing because she is going through another phase where she does not want to eat anything. My son ordered the Gastronomicaldelicatessenepicurean’s Delight which they simply call the gastro. This is a corned beef, bacon and roast turkey sandwich. By the name alone I thought this was going to be much larger. My son said the sandwich was good and that he really liked it a lot. He must have because he devoured the sandwich and the garlic fries without any hesitation. The garlic fries were a substitute for regular fries at an additional cost. Let me tell you those garlic fries were amazing, if you love garlic, because they were covered in freshly minced garlic and parsley. Wow were those fries strong!

  My wife's chicken BLAT wrap was loaded with sliced chicken, bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomatoes. She said her wrap was really good and flavorful. She said the chicken was cooked well and still moist. The bacon was crisp and the avocado was fresh. She did substituted waffles for regular fries at an additional cost. The waffles fries were crisp and tasty. I was offered a bite of the wrap but I did not accept because I wanted to be save room for ice cream after dinner. She also said that she was impressed with the quality of the dinner food at Farrell's.

  My sandwich was made up of a grilled chicken breast, smoked Gouda cheese, mixed greens and a pesto dressing all served on a parmesan toasted roll. I really enjoyed this sandwich. My chicken was grilled just right and still moist. The mixed greens add a light crisp to the sandwich, the smoked Gouda added a very nice smokey flavor almost like there was bacon. The kicker for me was the pesto dressing. This really added a freshness to the whole sandwich that came through in each bite. I got onion string as a substitute for french fries, at an additional cost. The onion strings were under salted and bit greasy so next time I think I will get garlic fries instead. Oh and the pickles were crisp with a nice sourness to them. I love a good pickle.

  I messed up and forgot to get a picture of the Oreo sundae. The sundae was three scoops of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, Oreo cookie crumbles and fresh whipped cream. The family shared this sundae and getting a spoon in the dish was a task at times with four spoons all going at the same time. The ice cream was creamy, the hot fudge was rich and chocolatey and the Oreo cookie pieces were a nice crunch. A very good sundae and the perfect way to end this meal.

  When I thought of Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour I used to think of giant mounds of ice cream and nothing more. Now I think of the good food that they also serve up. Not only was the food good and of course the sundae but the service was super friendly and entertaining. There must have been at least three times that the staff was running around the restaurant with one of the ginormous thirty something scoop sundaes and at least six birthday songs. All in all it was a fun family dinner and definitely a place we will be back in the future. In fact I think my daughter all ready has plans to go there for her next birthday.

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