Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Triple D Favorite

The Oinkster
2005 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

  This is the second trip the family has taken to a Triple D, AKA Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, restaurant. This time we went to The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, CA. I cannot count how many times I have seen The Oinkster episode on Triple D so I was excited to finally get to try the food. The menu is not large but there is plenty to choose from and they even have vegetarian options. Only bummer was no kids menu so my daughter had to order a full sized cheeseburger with ketchup only. My son ordered the BBQ pulled pork sandwich, my wife ordered the classic burger with bacon and I ordered The Oinkster pastrami sandwich. Fries come separately so we got one order of regular fries and one order of chili cheese fries. With drinks the meal was about $51.

  My daughter chowed down her burger and she really seemed to like it. The bun was toasted slightly, the burger was charred to perfection and the cheese was melted and gooey. There was a bit too much ketchup on the burger but not enough to hinder my daughter. I did have to help her finish the burger because it was a bit too large for her. A very good burger.

  Since my son and I both got sammies we decided to split ours so each could try the other. The BBQ pulled pork sandwich was simple but delicious. The sandwich consisted of BBQ pulled pork that is brined in soy and honey then slowly roasted and smoked. The sandwich has red cabbage slaw, caramelized onions and Carolina style BBQ sauce. That is all contained within a soft deli style roll. The pork it self was tender and moist. The pork had a nice hint of smoke and the BBQ sauce added a vinegary kick to each bite. The red cabbage slaw brought some texture to the sammy and the caramelized onions added a sweet, buttery richness to the party. Damn this was a killer sandwich and I wanted more when I was done, but I still had my half sandwich in front of me.

  My wife and I had not eaten breakfast so we were pretty hungry that day. My wife finished her burger before I had a chance to get a bite. But my wife did say that she was pleased with the burger. The classic 1/3 pound burger is Nebraska Angus beef with thousand island dressing, dill pickles, onion, tomatoes and lettuce. You can add cheese for an additional cost. My wife did add cheese and also added bacon. The burger looked awesome and I was a bit bummed I did not get a bite. 

  Personally I am always down for a pastrami sandwich, but Guy raved about The Oinkster pastrami so that was the clear choice for me. The Oinkster pastrami is house cured pastrami with red cabbage coleslaw, caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese tucked in a deli style roll. The pastrami had a nice peppery crust on the edges while remaining delicate and luscious. The red cabbage slaw added structure to the sandwich and a slight bit of acidity. The caramelized onion added a sweet taste to each bite and the cheese brought some salinity. When I first picked up my half it took me a few turns of the half to figure out where to first attack this monster. I had to perform the Triple D hunch to get at it. I didn't care much about how I must have looked stuffing my face because the sandwich was that awesome.

  The chili cheese fries are made with The Oinster's homemade chili then blanketed in cheese and green onions. The fries where crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The chili was good, not a lot of beans but still full of flavor. The cheese was plentiful so it made each forkful string away from the container. While the green onion added a good amount of freshness. A very very well made version of this classic side dish.

  The family's first visit to a Triple D location was a flop, however, the The Oinkster was a grand slam, home run. Every member of the family was extremely satisfied with our meal and we all talked about how we'd love return to The Oinkster next time we are in the neighborhood. I would easily say that you shouldn't hesitate any longer and get yourself to The Oinkster as soon as you can. Just remember that this place can get busy quickly so my tip would be to go a little earlier or later to miss the lunch and dinner rushes.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oink, Oink!

Oink and Moo
Burgers and BBQ
121 N. Pico Ave
Fallbrook, CA 92028

  My wife has been insisting that we go to this place call Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ down in Fallbrook ever since she heard of it. The family was on vacation in San Diego so this was a must stop while down in the area. The Oink and Moo is a small place located between what appears to be residential homes and can be missed so make sure to keep your eyes open. The family was seated quick and we quickly found what we all wanted to eat for dinner. We started with an appetizer, my daughter got the kids cheese burger, my son got the Hillbilly burger, my wife got the 2013 Taste of Fallbrook winning menu item which was a very tasty pork chop,and I got a three meat plate. With drinks and dessert this meal was about $85.

  The appetizer we started with was mac and cheese fritters wrapped in bacon and then deep fried. These little bites of goodness were served with a marinara sauce which went perfectly with the fritters. The bacon on the outside was crisp while the mac and cheese was soft and cheesy. I could have easily eaten a whole basket of these bad boys.

  The child's cheese burger was perfect for my daughter, she had no problems enjoying this burger. While it was enough to fill my daughter up she was asking for some french fries which did not come with the burger. But my daughter quickly forgot about the lack of fries while she was actually enjoying the burger it self. My daughter had no criticisms of the burger.

  My son is a growing boy and so is his appetite which means his choice for meals are becoming increasing larger. The Hillbilly burger my son ordered consisted of a 1/3 pound burger which was then topped with a hot dog, tater tots, caramelized onions and American cheese. My son started devouring this burger without hesitation and asked me if I wanted a bite. No way I was refusing this monstrosity, so I grabbed hold and went it in for a bite. The burger it self was cooked to a perfect medium which kept it moist, the hot dog was split down the middle yet retained some snap. The tater tots added a nice bit of crunch to the bite and the caramelized onions brought some sweetness the burger. What an awesome combination of flavors. It was like having a backyard BBQ on a single bun. Definitely a good pick by my son.

  What my wife ordered was on the menu as the 2013 Taste of Fallbrook winner which was a 12 ounce center cut, bone in, beer brined pork chop. The chop was served on top of a blueberry BBQ sauce and then covered on caramelized onions. I was able to get a few bites of this chop which it self was juicy and full of porky flavor. The blueberry BBQ sauce was not overly sweet and brought a nice fruity flavor to the chop. The onion added a slight bit of texture to the dish but some kind of crunch would have been nice. The few bites of pork I had were very good and something I myself would easily order. My wife had nothing bad to say to about her plate of food and was very satisfied with her choice.

  My choice of meats for the pick three plate was beef ribs, BBQ chicken and pulled pork. I got two gigantic beef ribs on my plate and was able to share one with my son. The beef rib it self was tender but still had some pull to it, meaning it just did not fall off the bone. Which was fine with me because while eating this rib I felt like Fred Flintstone gnawing on one of those brontosaurs ribs. The rib was smokey and the BBQ sauce was thick. I very much enjoyed the rib. The chicken was up next for me. This quarter chicken remained moist and was loaded with flavor. I think there may have been a rub on the chicken which was herby and scrumptious. Now for me the pulled pork was lacking something, I honestly cannot put my finger on what it was but something was missing. The pork was cooked til tender and the pork was full of good smokey flavor but I just felt a little under whelmed by the pulled pork. The biscuit was drenched it what I think was honey and maple syrup. The biscuit was flaky and pulled apart almost like those biscuits from a can, all I can say is yum.

  We decided to finish the meal with a smoked bananas fosters which was severed over two scoops of vanilla ice cream and came with macerated berries. The smoked caramel flavor really came through and cut through the richness of the ice cream. The berries added a nice tartness to the dessert that really made this dish complete. This was the final nail in the coffin for me and I was ready to tap out.

  The Oink and Moo definitely delivered fantastic BBQ and well made burgers. I am glad my wife found this place and took me there. I would highly recommend anyone near Fallbrook check this joint out. I can say for sure that the Oink and Moo will be on my list of must eat places next time I am in Fallbrook.

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