Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A stop at Wing Stop

Wing Stop Sports
1541 East Katella Ave
Orange, CA 92867

  Wing Stop Sports is a new concept restaurant by the people who brought us Wing Stop. Wing Stop Sport had just opened they day we visited and the place was busy from the moment the family walked in and crowded busy by the time we left. The menu is the typical wings that you have come to expect and few new offerings. The Wing Stop Sports has many more seats then you normally see inside a Wing Stop and there are many TVs playing sports.

  The family ordered a 40 wing pack which includes one large fry, two orders of veggies, your choice of four wing flavors and four dipping sauces. With four drinks the entire meal was about $45. We ordered ten wings boneless and plain, fifteen lemon and pepper with the last fifteen garlic and parmesan. My daughter liked her boneless wings and ate almost all ten by herself. I did get a couple of these boneless wings and there were coated with a crunchy outside and had a moist inside.

  Lemon and pepper and the garlic and parmesan are my two favorite flavors at Wing Stop and of course Wing Stop Sports delivered the same great tastes. The wings themselves have a crisp skin while the dark meat wings remain moist and full of flavor. The lemon and pepper have a nice lemon flavor that is not too over powering with a bit of kick from the pepper. The melted butter helps to coat each wing with this combination. The garlic and parmesan are loaded with parm and hint of garlic in the background. These too are covered in melt better which makes it so each wing is loaded with parmesan cheese. I have tried other flavor sauce but always end up back with these two.

  The french fries at Wing Stop Sports are like no other fries and I have not been able to find any that match these fries. I wish I knew what the original seasoning was made of but I suspect there is some sugar in it because these fries are sweet and savory at the same time. I personally love the little crispy bits of fries at the bottom of the basket. These are some the best fries around and I will literally crave these things.

  The family was able fill up with the meal but we were not over full. I know we could have easily done the 50 wing pack and next time that might be the order. I must say I did enjoy the larger seating area in this new Wing Stop Sports because I did not feel so cramped. Oh and they also two of the new Coke machines were you can choose from like fifty different flavors of drink. I am so excited to have a Wing Stop close to home and will continue to visit this location.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Smoqued Dinner

Smoqued California BBQ
128 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

  I was craving BBQ and knew that Smoqued California BBQ had just opened in the Orange Circle. Always looking for good BBQ the family and I took a short trip into Orange to Smoqued. Upon walking into the restaurant we were greeted by a welcoming staff and immediately seated. Good thing we got there when we did because the tables filled fast as it got closer to dinner. My daughter ordered kids chicken strips, my son ordered the pulled pork, my wife ordered the half chicken and I ordered the two meat plate which I got St. Louis style ribs and beef brisket. Each meal comes with a choice of two sides we all got mac and cheese and something else. With drinks this meal was about $56.

  My daughter enjoyed her chicken strips and gobbled them up quickly. She also enjoyed the fries with her side of ranch. She said the chicken was crunchy and the fries were yummy. My son is an eating machine and was done with his pulled pork within minutes. So I grabbed a chunk before it was gone. The pork was still moist with a nice smokey taste. The addition of some home made BBQ sauce finished the pork nicely. My son also said the french fries were good.

  My wife and I shared our meat so we could try a variety of the menu offerings without having to order massive quantities of food. My wife gave me the chicken wing and some of chicken breast. I really liked the chicken rub but my wife thought it was little heavy on the paprika side. I really enjoyed the tiny bit of heat in the chicken rub which complimented very nicely with the BBQ sauce. The chicken it self was cooked perfectly while remaining juicy and tender. My wife said her side of green beans were very good because the green beans were cooked well and retained a bit of snap when eaten.

  I really liked the service of food. A large eating surface that allows you to get messy which is required when eating BBQ. I started my meal with the beef brisket, it had a nice smoke ring and was tender enough to cut with a fork. The brisket was flavorful, moist and full of good smokiness. The slices were thick which made them fulfilling but another slice would have made me happier for the price. The ribs were pull away from the bone tender. I was able to clean the meat off each rib without any problems. The ribs had a nice bark on them from the dry rub which added a fair amount of flavor to each bite. The meat on the ribs was a bit dry but the additional BBQ sauce I added made up for that without any real issues. The BBQ beans were a mix black beans, navy beans and bits of brisket. The BBQ beans almost had the same thickness as a hearty chili. I really enjoyed the sweet yet savory BBQ beans. The awesome mac and cheese as Smoqued calls it, really is pretty awesome. The creamy cheese sauce covers the al dente noodles. Not sure what combination of cheese they use but it was cheese to the max. This could have been a meal on it own. Lastly the corn bread was sweet with little bits of corn cooked into it. The perfect vessel to soak up left over sauce and bits of meat.

  We all walked of Smoqued California BBQ with full bellies but not so full that we didn't want to move. We all agreed that the food was delicious. Overall the portion sizes were good for the price and the quality of the food made the prices fair. The staff at Smoqued was also super friendly and very helpful which also adds to the appeal of this restaurant. One thing I know for sure if the family is in need a good BBQ fix Smoqued will be on the top of our list.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chillin' at the Mission Grill

Mission Grill
31721 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  The family found it self in San Juan Capistrano checking out the sights. Directly across from the Mission SJC is the Mission Grill. Not wanting to walk all over the place trying to find lunch we decided to stop here. My daughter ordered the kids cheese quesadilla, my son order the steak burrito, my wife ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce and three taquitos while I ordered the carnitas enchiladas and two chicken flautas. With four smalls drinks the bill was just shy $45.

  My daughter's quesadilla came with french fries. The quesadilla was average in size and the fries were nice and crisp. My daughter ate almost all the food and her only complaint was that the quesadilla was a little greasy. It is a good thing I took a picture of my son's burrito when I did because that thing was gone before I even noticed. It must have been good if it was gone that fast. My son did say the meat was good and that he enjoyed all the other fillings.

  My wife ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce, normally they come with red sauce but Mission Grill can make the change upon request. My wife said the green sauce was mild but still had a tiny bit of spice to it. She said the chicken was good and still moist. She also said the taquitos were crunchy and the guacamole was creamy. She said that she enjoyed the food and that is was tasty.

  When the food was first placed in front of us I was very impressed with the amount of food for the price we paid. The plate of two carnitas enchiladas with rice and beans was only $7.95. The carnitas it self were full of pork flavor with bits of crispyness from how it was cooked. The corn tortillas that surrounded the carnitas were soft and light. The red sauce was flavorful but it tasted like it had a bit too much tomato. There was no spice to the red sauce but it was still very good. The rice was fluffy and the beans were creamy. The chicken flautas were deep fried to make the flour tortilla crispy and flakey. The chicken inside was still moist while the guacamole added a cool element to each bite.

  The food was very good at Mission Grill but what impressed me more were the prices. Everything we ordered was under eight bucks and could easily be worth ten or twelve at a sit down place. When I leave a restaurant and can not eat dinner because my belly is still full from lunch then I know I got my moneys worth. If you happen to visit Mission San Juan Capistrano do your self a favor and walk across the street to get your lunch you will not be disappointed.