Monday, October 28, 2013

BBQ in Fullerton

Leadbellys Barbecue
711 N. Placentia Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831

  Leadbellys Barbecue has been open for a total of five days. My wife and I ended up there because my wife knows the people behind the restaurant and my wife promised me good barbecue. I was honestly hesitant at first because good barbeque is hard to do and if you flub barbecue it can end up being really bad. Well Leadbellys Barbecue certainly surprised and satisfied me. My wife and I got the garlic, cheese fries with pork belly as an appetizer and we shared a two meat combo plate. With two drinks this meal was about $23.

  The garlic, cheese fries with pork belly was a great way to start the meal. While not exactly barbecue this was a unique starting course that I had not had before. The ingredients were simple, french fries, cheese, garlic and pork belly. The french fries were cooked to a golden crisp and seasoned well enough. The cheese was a bit sparse for my liking but where there was cheese it was melted and gooey so it would string with each fork full. The pork belly was crisp on the edges like bacon and tender the rest of way like a well made ham. A very good dish that I would easily order again, I just want a little more cheese next time.

  On our two meat combo plate we asked for something not on the menu, burnt ends and we also got the house made sausage. We had a choice of two side so we decided on barbecue beans and corn bread. The burnt ends were tender, juicy and full of smokey flavor. The small bite sized pieces were fatty and meaty at the same time, a great balance between the two.  With the house made barbecue sauce these burnt ends were the hit of the night for me. The house made sausage was moist and with the addition of peppers and onions it was a great combo. The sausage slices had a nice snap to them and the flavor was that of a gourmet link. The barbecue beans were slightly spicy which was a nice contrast with the meat. The corn bead was lacking a bit in the sweetness department and needed some butter.

  If you know anything from reading my past reviews I am not one to pull punches and this is no exception. Just because my wife knows the owner I felt I have represented our meal fairly and accurately. The food was on point and the service was friendly. I have feeling that Leadbellys Barbecue will be around for a long while and would recommend that you get over there and give them a try. I know I will be going back soon.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hot Dogs in Temecula

The Hot Dog Shoppe
43810 Butterfield Stage Rd.
Temecula, CA 92592

  I went to spend the day with my friend Jeff before his band Soto St. played that night, and we needed to eat some lunch. Jeff suggested The Hot Dog Shoppe, and well I am always down for a good wiener, so I said "Sure let's do it". Walking in, The Hot Dog Shoppe has a bar and couple long tables, all in all, it has a very casual feel to it. We took a few minutes to decide on what we wanted but Jeff went with the Mac and Cheese dog, which is what is sounds like, a hot dog topped with mac and cheese. I got a Ruben dog minus the kraut, again exactly what it sounds like. We also got an order of gravy fries and two drinks. This whole meal was $25 bucks.

  Jeff's hot dog was covered in gooey mac and cheese and topped with some shredded cheese. This looked like a simplistic yet tasty dog. It really reminded me of  my childhood eating mac and cheese with cut up pieces of hot dog in it. Jeff said it is one of his favorite dogs on the menu.

  There were so many good choices to pick from but I ended up with the Ruben dog. The dog was meaty and juicy, the pastrami was thick and a bit too crispy for my liking. The 1000 island dressing was plentiful while the Swiss cheese and pickles were lacking. The combination of flavors did make me think of a classic Ruben sandwich. But for me personally, I could have used more cheese and another pickle. Overall it was a well made hot dog that I think anyone would enjoy.

  The gravy fries were also pretty good but it is really hard to find them better then The Hat. The gravy on these fries was thin but still full of beefy flavor. The fries were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The fries stood up well to the gravy and even at the bottom of the basket the fries were still crunchy. A very good version of this classic that I personally grew up with.

  I did savor my meal at The Hot Dog Shoppe and would definitely go back if I am ever in the neighborhood again. The prices were fair, the service was nice and the food was good. That to me equals a winner winner hot dog dinner.

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