Wednesday, September 18, 2013

An average Saturday morning

The Broken Yolk Cafe
2810 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

  The Broken Yolk Cafe just recently opened and I was pretty excited. A new breakfast joint in the neighborhood always makes me happy. So three out of four of us took a Saturday morning to try out The Broken Yolk. My daughter got the kids pancakes with sausage, my wife got a Canadian bacon  and cheese omelet with hash browns and I got two eggs with corned beef hash. With drinks this meal was about $35.

  My wife started by trying to cut up my daughters pancakes. My wife said the pancakes felt tough while she was trying to cut them. My daughter did not seem to mind too much because she did finish almost all the pancakes and finished both sausages. I did try a couple of the left over pieces of pancake and I thought they were chewy and dense. An okay stack of pancakes.

  My wife's Canadian bacon and cheese omelet was loaded with thick cubes of Canadian bacon and lots of melted cheese. My wife felt the omelet was a little bit undercooked for her liking. She also asked for her hash browns to be well done but that did not happen. I also tried some of this omelet and I thought the eggs were fluffy and the filling was plentiful. The Canadian bacon was warm but I thought it could have been cooked a bit more. Other then that no real complaints here with the omelet. The hash browns  were a bit under cooked even for my liking. The inside of the hash brown was almost like mashed potatoes but lacking any kind of seasoning.

  Desperate to find a good plate of corned beef hash I thought I would order this and see what The Broken Yolk Cafe had to offer. Unfortunately for me it was some canned variation of corned beef hash that was simply laid down on a flat top griddle to crust it up. The texture of this type of corned beef hash is not pleasant and simply unappealing. The two eggs were cooked to a perfect over medium so there was plenty of yolk to help mask the tinny flavor of the hash. They had a fantastically fluffy blueberry muffin however and let me tell you, it was awesome! Chalk full of ripe blueberries and the perfect amount of sweetness. The muffin was moist enough to were I did not even need any butter.

  I would call our breakfast at The Broken Yolk Cafe mediocre at best. There were no glaring mistakes that made me dislike The Broken Yolk Cafe but at the same time there was nothing special that made me want to revisit The Broken Yolk Cafe. My search continues for a local establishment that servers a great plate of corned beef hash. If you have any tips feel free to leave a comment. If you decide to check out The Broken Yolk Cafe do not walk in expecting mind blowing food and you will be satisfied with your meal.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Just the three of us

Stonefire Grill
3966 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606

  I have been hearing a lot of advertisements about Stonfire Grill from one of the radio stations I listen to on my drive home. The food sounded good and the radio host raved about the food, so we took a Saturday night to drive down to Irvine and give Stonefire Grill a chance. My little one was with the Grandparents so just the three of us went out to dinner that night. My son ordered the pulled pork sandwich with a side of mashed potatoes, my wife ordered the baby back ribs and I ordered the half BBQ chicken. With drinks this meal was about $45.

  I assumed that Stonefire Grill would be a traditional sit down style restaurant but I was mistaken. It was similar to a few places I have been to lately where it is more like a fast food place. Where you order and pay when you first walk in, then you find a table and the food is brought to you when it is ready. I am not a huge of fan of this setup simply because this is more of what I expect from a fast food hamburger joint, not a place where the food is supposed to be much better. The disappointments didn't stop there.

  My son's pulled pork sandwich looked good from the outside but he ended up eating just the pork and leaving the bread behind. My son said the bread was dry and crumbly which made it difficult for him to eat. He did like the pulled pork it self however. He asked if I wanted to try the sandwich so I did and I too found the bread not to be the best quality, however the pork was smokey and moist. I think most of the moisture did come from the BBQ sauce though. He also was not too thrilled with the mashed potatos saying they were bland and lacking seasoning.

  My wife's order of baby back ribs was a half slab and came with a side, which she got a salad. I snagged a rib from my wife so I could try them for myself. The rib it self was tender and it easily pulled away from the bone. They too had a nice smokey flavor to them but my wife and I agreed that the rib meat it self was dry and lacking BBQ sauce. I felt as though the ribs were slathered with the BBQ before cooking but received no BBQ during or after cooking. My wife did end up getting a side of BBQ sauce to help moisten the meat. My wife also felt the ribs were burnt but I did not think so from the one rib I had.

  My half chicken arrived to the table already quartered and covered with BBQ sauce. I was hopeful that my chicken would be better then the rest of the meal. For the most part my chicken was good. The thigh and breast were luscious and tender. The BBQ sauce reminded me of a teriyaki sauce but with a bit of spice, a sweet and heat kind of BBQ sauce. The wing was also tasty and it happened to be my favorite part of the half chicken. Where it fell apart for me was when I went to eat the drum stick. The drum stick was cold and almost felt as if it was brought out of the refrigerator, thrown on the grill to heat it up and then covered in BBQ. When I mentioned that the drum stick was cold the woman that responded was asking what she could do to make things better and I simply asked for a new drum stick. She agreed but it felt like there was hesitation to my request.

  I do not like saying anything negative about a restaurant that I visit and I could have over looked maybe one or two things from Stonefire Grill but when all three of us have some kind of issue with the food I have issues with that. For me and my family the food at Stonefire Grill was average at best and I doubt I will be back. I know we may have got unlucky with a dish but when all three of us walked out of Stonefire Grill we were all unhappy with our meal.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

You Spin! me right round

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza
1623 W. Katella Ave., Ste. 102
Orange, CA 92867

  I'm not sure how long Spin! Neapolitan Pizza in Orange has been open but I saw the sign a couple times when visiting other establishments within the area. I decided it was time to check this place out. They took the space that used to belong to Bob's Big Boy so if you are familiar with the area it should be easy to find. When we walked in we were greeted by a friendly staff member that explained how to order. We got my little one a kids pepperoni pizza while the rest shared a #9 -BBQ di Pollo and Pineapple and a #10 - Tre Carni. With drinks this meal came to about $42.

  After ordering you pay for your meal and then have a seat. A staff member then brings you your food after it is ready. I have been to a few other places like this and I am not a huge fan of this type of setup. If I am sitting down to eat I would prefer to do it all at the table but on this night things were not busy so it was not a hassle.

  The food came quickly and my daughters child's pizza was nicely sized. My daughter devoured all four slices with little regard for the temperature of the melted cheese. She said she really liked this pizza and that she enjoyed the peperoni. She was very pleased with her meal and definitely enjoyed the child's sized gelato that came with her dinner.

  My son, my wife and I shared the other two pizzas. The first slice I tried was the BBQ di Pollo and Pineapple which is roasted chicken, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, roasted pineapple, and Lucille's BBQ sauce. We got our pizza minus the pineapple since my wife is allergic. The pizza was littered with chunks of chicken that were tender and moist. The sauce was classic Lucille's BBQ sauce that added and nice tang with a tiny hint of heat behind it. The caramelized onions were a little too scarce for my liking, I wish there would have been more. If you like caramelized onion you may want to get extra added to the pizza. But the onions did add a nice hint of sweetness. The crust of this pizza was thin and crispy but pliable enough to still fold for easy eating.

    I tried the Tre Carni second and this pizza is made with roasted meatballs, pepperoni, and Italian sausage. What a great pizza this was, the crust on this pie was also thin and crunchy. The amount of tomato sauce was just the right. You knew it was there and it added a good amount of moisture to the pizza but not so much that the toppings slide off when taking a bite. The pepperoni were large and in charge but not over powering. The roasted meatballs were soft and full of garlicky goodness while the Italian sausage was meaty. Each bite of this pizza had a little bit of all three meats and each meat played well with each other. Nothing over powered the other making each bite the perfect bite. This was by far one the best pizzas I have had in a long time.

  The family was happy for the most part, we all walked out of Spin! with full bellies but were not stuffed. I would come back to Spin! and recommend anyone give them a try because I know you will not be disappointed. My only word of advice would be to watch the cost of what you are ordering because it can become expensive real quick. I never have a problem spending money on good food, which this was, but if your on a budget you may want to consider another place. Overall the experience at Spin! was awesome and the quality of the food was worth the price.

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