Monday, November 19, 2012

Suggest PKE to your friends!

  I am not one to ask for this kind of thing often and have not done so in a long time. But I would like to ask readers that enjoy the post on PapaKaster Eatin' to go to PKE on Facebook and like the Facebook fan page. The page is about 21 likes short of 100 and it would be awesome to get to 100 by the end of this year. Please recommend the Facebook fan page to any friends or family that you also think would enjoy PapaKaster Eatin'.

Thank you,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Earl of Sandwiches?

Earl of Sandwich
1565 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

  After months of waiting and hearing about Earl of Sandwich from other food bloggers I finally had my chance to try it out. This location is inside the Disney walk next to the movie theater. My wife and I ended up there on a Friday night right around dinner time so there was a long line but the line moved quickly. The Earl of Sandwich definitely planned ahead for these kind of lines because it was very smooth and despite the amount of people ordering, the food was ready quickly. My wife and I ordered a bowl of chicken noodle soup to share, my wife ordered The Full Montagu and I ordered the chicken chipotle sandwich. With one drink this meal was about $18.50 with a 10% discount for being Disneyland pass holders.

  The chicken soup was warm, full of thick noddles, pieces of chicken and pieces of carrots. The broth was full of chicken flavor and the chicken it self was tender. The veggies were sparse but I was okay with that because this was a good bowl of soup and on a cold night it really hit the spot. The broth was thick and not watery at all. I know the picture would make you think different about the veggies but that was about all the carrots there was in that bowl of soup. The bowl of soup was $2.99.

  The Full Montagu my wife ordered is freshly roasted beef, turkey, aged swiss and sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and the Earl's mustard sauce. Being allergic to mustard my wife order her sandwich sans the mustard sauce and added mayo in place. My wife and I ended up sharing sandwiches so we could each get a taste of something different. This sandwich did have all the above listed ingredients, the meat was sliced thinly, with a couple slices of tomatoes and a few leafs of lettuce. The cheese was melted and the bread was toasty. I couldn't really distinguish anything from anything. The flavors just all came together as one. The sandwich was a good version of meat and cheese sammy.

  The chicken chipotle sandwich had chuncks of chicken, bacon, avocado and chipotle sauce. The chicken chunks were large, the avocado was visible and the bacon was chopped. The sandwich it self was full of smokey chipotle flavor, the chicken was tender and still moist but kind of flavorless. The bacon added a saltiness to the sandwich without being overpowering. While the richness of the avocado helped to cut through some of the spice from the chipotle sauce. The bread on this sandwich was also toasted, as are all the sandwiches. The bread was lightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. A tasty sandwich that I enjoyed more then The Full Montagu.

  Here is my real issue with Earl of Sandwich, the prices. Each sandwich is $6.99 and about six inches long maybe a bit longer. The sandwiches were good, don't get me wrong but I can think of one local sandwich shop that I enjoy much more and the prices are better for the amount of food you get. I do think Earl of Sandwich will be just fine and continue to serve many customers. I would go back if I was in the area but this not a place I would go out of my way to try again simply based on the cost alone.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant
296 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

  A few readers of PapaKaster Eatin' have recommended I take the family to Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant in Costa Mesa. The PKE family finally made it down there and I was very impressed. My daughter ordered the kids bean and cheese burrito with fruit, my son ordered the Mi Casa grande burrito, my wife ordered a two item combo with a chicken enchilada in green sauce and a carne asada taco, I ordered a two item combo with a fish taco and a pollo asado taco. We also got an order of two chicken flautas which started the meal. With drinks this dinner was about $62.

  The a la carte order of chicken flautas came to table first and was a great way to start dinner. The flour tortilla was crisp and each flauta was loaded with white meat chicken. The guacamole was creamy and had a bit of sweetness to it that I really liked. The red sauce added a nice tang to the overall taste of this starter.

  My daughter enjoyed her bean and cheese burrito. I was glad to see her eat something other then chicken nuggets or a cheese burger. The burrito was just the right size for her as she was able to eat it all and finish her fruit. Even the fruit was a good mix of grapes, strawberries and blueberries. Since she did such a good job eating her dinner the waitress got my daughter a few extra cherries that are served in the drinks.

  So my son is playing freshman basketball and his coach has asked him to gain some weight and I think my son is taking that request to heart. The Mi Casa grande burrito is full of meat, he chose carne asada, rice, beans, cheese and lettuce. Then his burrito was covered in melted cheese. My son manged to eat all but about three bites of this grande burrito. My son said the burrito was good and that he liked the entire burrito. He didn't give too many details because he was too busy eating the burrito. This burrito was huge and I was shocked to see how much my son actually finished.

  My wife was glad to find out that her chicken enchilada could be made with green sauce upon request. She offered me a bite and I gladly accepted. The chicken was still moist and looked like it too was made with all white meat. The green sauce was flavorful and not spicy at all. The enchilada was also loaded with melted cheese which made this even better. In my opinion everything can be better with melted cheese. The taco had to be served on the side due to the shear amount of food that covered my wife's plate. I nabbed a couple pieces of the carne asada to give it a try and the meat was tender and had a grilled taste to it. 

  As for me I went with two tacos simply because my readers suggested Mi Casa has some of the best tacos around. I took one look at this plate of food and could not decide where to start. I figured the chicken taco would be a good starting point. This taco had so much inside of it the ingredients spilled out with each bite. The chicken was chopped in bits but still very moist. The chicken also had a nice smokey taste to it from the grill it must have been cooked on. The rest of the fillings in this taco was also pretty damn good, crisp lettuce, a mild red sauce and tons of cheese. My next offering was the fish taco which was made with cod. The fish it self was coated with a batter and then deep fried until it crispy. The fish was flaky and the white sauce was rich. The salsa on this fish taco helped to cut through the richness of the white sauce and the acid from the fresh lime added a nice brightness to each bite. Each combo plate comes with rice and beans. The rice was fluffy and the beans were creamy. After my one chicken flauta, two tacos and some rice and beans I was a happy camper.

  Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the waitress we had was super nice and the prices were reasonable. This kind of food is what I think of when I think of good Mexican food and very much reminded of the Mexican food I would eat as kid with my family. I would highly recommend Mi Casa to anyone and encourage you to take a trip to Costa Mesa because it is worth the travel time. I must say thank you to my readers who made this recommendation. I know I will be back and will enjoy trying something different from the menu.

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Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant on Foodio54