Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hooray for Wiener Wednesday

Otis Dogs
580 S Brea Blvd.
Unit A
Brea, CA 92821

  Move over Taco Tuesday and make room for Wiener Wednesday at Otis Dogs in Brea. My best bud suggested we try this place out after he had gone there and found himself pretty impressed. I am always down for a good wiener so it was a no brainer to go check Otis Dogs out.

  Otis Dogs is just south of Imperial Highway on Brea Blvd, if you pass Guitar Center then you have gone too far. Why the specific directions? Because I want to ensure you find this place and enjoy one of their wieners. Plus on Wednesdays they have a Wiener Wednesday which puts one of their wieners on special. My friend and I did show up on Wednesday and the chili cheese was the deal of the day. I did want to try more then one hot dog however and my picks where the chili cheese dog and a pastrami dog. You can get your dogs on Hawaiian buns but I stuck with the old school style buns. The two dogs, a drink and chips set me back a bit less then $13.

  I went after the chili cheese dog first. Good thing they provided a plastic fork and knife because there was no way I was going to be able to pick this monstrous dog up. The wiener was all beef, plump, juicy and full of that classic American hot dog flavor. The chili was all meat and sans any type of beans. This is a classic dog that was done very well. The chili was a tad bit too sweet for my liking but that could have been easily fixed. I was pretty full after I was done with this dog but still had one more wiener to chow down.

  Same dog in this bun except this one was loaded with pastrami then squirted with mayo and mustard. I really liked the pastrami on this dog. It was tender but sliced a little too thin, full of peppery spice and little bit of fat that all good pastrami needs. The mayo added a bit of creaminess to each bite while the mustard brought the vinegar which helped to cut through some of richness of the meat on meat tastes. I did like the chili cheese dog but today the pastrami dog was the winner in my eyes.

  Either one of these dogs could have easily been a meal by themselves but being the wiener hound that I am I had to stuff two of them in my pie hole. I was thoroughly content and was ready to take a nap from the food induced coma that was hitting me. I cannot wait to get back to Otis Dogs and try one of the other concoctions they have available. Hooray for Wiener Wednesday!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tustin's newest BBQ Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
17245 E. 17th Street, Ste. A
Tustin, CA 92780

  I have been waiting for Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Tustin to open since I saw the coming soon signs. I caught a glimpse of the opening date and made sure to get there soon after. So, my daughter, my wife and I decided to have dinner there one night. We walked in and there was no line, lucky us because it filled up quickly afterwards. My daughter ordered the kids meat plate with ribs, my wife ordered the three meat plate as did I. With one drink  for my wife and I to share, this meal was just over $41.

  The kids meat plate comes with a choice of meat, a side, a bread and a drink. My daughter got the ribs which comes with two. My daughter liked her ribs, she said there were good. She had nothing to say about the sauce other than she liked it. She did eat both ribs without any complaints. I stole a fry from her plate and was disappointed to find out that they were under cooked, which made them very soft and slightly soggy.

  My wife got sausage, brisket and ribs for her three choices of meat. I had to try my wife's sausage since I didn't get any. This was by far my favorite piece on my wife's plate and my wife felt the same way. She also said the brisket was dry but tender, and that she really liked the spice rub on the ribs. But overall my wife was neither happy or dissatisfied with her meal.

  For my three choices I got pulled pork, brisket and chicken breast. I too felt the brisket was dry but tender. The addition of the sauce helped moisten the meat up. The chicken breast could easily be cut with the plastic silverware provided. It too was on the dry side but like the brisket, that was handled by using some sauce. My favorite meat on my plate was the pulled pork. It was moist and had a nice smokey flavor to it. The mac and cheese was good but resembled something that could be made at home from a box. The beans were tasty and had a slight kick to them which I liked.

  My real issue with Dickey's is the portion sizes compared to the price. When I ordered the brisket the worker pulled this big slab of plastic wrapped meat from a warmer. He then slit the plastic, sliced off one piece of brisket, weighed it and placed it on my plate. The plastic wrapped items from the warmer was also where my pulled pork and chicken came from. Now I understand portion control and needing to make money on your food but come on Dickey's those portion sizes where ridiculous. Unfortunately I do not think we will be returning to Dickey's Barbecue Pit anytime soon. Bummer.