Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Moreno's Mexican Restaurant

Moreno's Mexican Restaurant
4328 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

  My wife has encouraging me to check out Moreno's Mexican Restaurant for weeks now. Her description of this place made it sound like an authentic Mexican restaurant with outstanding food. We showed up earlier on a Friday evening so the place was not busy and we were seated right away. The staff was super friendly and the menu had a nice selection to pick from. When my family decided what to eat, my daughter ordered the kids cheese quesadilla, my son ordered the all meat burrito, my wife ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce and I ordered the beef machaca. With drinks this meal was about $68.

  After the food was ordered it was brought out to out table fairly quick and my daughter enjoyed her quesadilla. Nothing special there nor did I expect much more then she got. It was your basic cheese quesadilla.

  My son got the all meat burrito which came with a little bit of all the different meats Moreno's offers. He got the burrito dry with just cheese on top. The burrito was large, full of meat, beans and cheese. I tried a few bites for myself and I found some of the meat to be a bit dry and chewy. The flavors were okay but it kinda of felt like something I could have made at home. My son was not impressed with the burrito and simply said that it was "alright".

  When my wife got her plate of food she had to question whether it had green sauce on it or not and even called the waiter whom assured us there was in fact green sauce. I had a hard time finding it and so did my wife, so she ended up getting a side of green sauce. My wife enjoyed her enchiladas saying that her meal was good. I had a small bite of the chicken, maybe not enough to form an opinion but I thought the chicken it self was bland and lacking any kind of flavoring.

  As for my beef machaca it was a generous portion and served with four flour tortillas. The beef was tender but very greasy. After eating a few bites of the beef my lips had a slick coating of grease that felt like I had just applied a large dollop of chap stick. Not an appetizing feeling at all, Again the meat was lacking any kind of distinct flavor and simply tasted like shredded beef and eggs. The side of rice though, was moist and cooked well but again lacking any kind of flavor or even any kind of simple seasoning. The beans were creamy and just fine.

  I do not like writing negative reviews but I have said from day one if I do not like a restaurant then I will be honest with my readers. Unfortunately Moreno's Mexican Restaurant left me in a limbo kind of state. There was nothing glaringly wrong with the food, expect for my plate of grease but at the same time there was nothing that caught any members of my family's attention. The plating of the food seemed sloppy and the the flavors were just okay. I have had much better food for the cost of this meal and would recommend you find somewhere else to spend your money. Sorry Moreno's.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dogs in the Haus

Dog Haus - Santa Ana
2800 N. Main St.
Ste. 197
Santa Ana, CA 92705

   So I have been in a real writing funk when it comes to this blog. I just have not been feeling it lately and really not wanting to do it very  much. So what got me out of this funk? A little encouragement from a reader, who also hooked me up with a free meal coupon and my wife constantly asking if we could try Dog Haus in Santa Ana. Well we finally made it and let me just start by saying, damn why the hell did I wait so long!?

  The menu is not large but there are enough choices for someone to find something. Not only do they have hot dogs but they also have sausages and burgers to choose from. My daughter got the kids meal which allowed her to pick two sliders and it came with fries and a drink. My wife ordered the Ava Maria, added bacon and she also got a combo with fries. Lastly I got the Scott Baioli but upgraded my dog to a pastrami snap dog. I also got a combo, but got chili cheese tots instead of just fries. The meal would have been around 30 bucks but because of the one free meal coupon it cost me around 18.

  The kids meal has the option to pick two different sliders but my daughter picked two burger sliders. She got her burgers with just cheese, ketchup and a bit of mayo. My daughter loved the fact that the sliders were served on Hawaiian sweet rolls and that they were square. She gobbled down her burgers and continued to munch down her fries. She was a happy little monkey after she finished her entire meal.

  My wife was a bit indecisive at first, then decided to get the Ava Maria which is a black angus beef patty smothered with sauteed mushrooms, white american cheese, garlic aioli and caramelized onions. She added bacon for an additional charge. The burgers are also severed on Hawaiian sweet rolls but the large burgers come on four rolls. My wife sectioned the burger according to the four rolls which allowed me to snag a bite. The burger was moist and full of beefy flavor. The bacon was crisp and the onions were sweet. The garlic was present but not over powering. A very well made burger that any burger enthusiast would enjoy. The fries were a bit under cooked for my liking but the season on fries was good.

  I was torn between the different choices, but I knew I wanted to try a dog or a sausage. Then I saw the Scott Baioli which is a dog with smoked bacon, white american cheese, garlic aioli and caramelized onions. I also upgraded my dog from an all beef dog to a pastrami snap dog. The pastrami snap dog is easily my newest food obsession. This had the spices and flavor of killer pastrami but it was in hot dog form. The peppery spice from the dog went perfectly with the sweet onions and kick from the garlic aioli. Surprisingly the sweetness from the Hawaiian rolls was not lost. However I think the bacon might have been missing from my dog because I got no crunch or smokiness while eating the dog. That did not ruin the experience for me but it would have been a nice texture contrast and bacon would have added a nice bit of salinity to each bite to give a sweet, and salty combination. My chili cheese tots were excellent. The tots were crispy on the outside and fluffy on this inside. The chili had a hint of heat that got you in the back of the throat. The cheese was gooey and stringy. These chili cheese tots are something I could easily order again.

  The service at Dog Haus Santa Ana was very helpful and willing to answer any questions we had. They even pointed us in the right direction for trying to find these pastrami snap dogs that have taken over my food craze. The prices at Dog Haus were fair for the quality and quantity of food you receive. There are a few different locations of Dog Haus so I would recommend checking out the web site, finding the closest location and getting over there to try a dog or burger. On a side note I also love their tag line, The Absolute Wurst.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Search Continues

Belgian Waffle Works
28200 Highway 189, Bldg. E150
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

  My search for a Monte Cristo as good or better then the Disneyland version continues. The family was in Lake Arrowhead visiting with some friends. After a morning on the boat and lake we were all hungry and ready to eat lunch. Belgian Waffle House was our destination, being a lover of waffles that was perfectly fine with me. The restaurant it self was busy so reservations are a good idea. Upon getting there and looking over the menu the selection of waffles was some what limited, in my opinion. Most of the waffles had some form of ice cream on them and that was not for me. Until I saw the Brussels Belgian which is prepared Monte-Cristo style, stuffed with ham, Swiss cheese and turkey baked to perfection and dusted with powdered sugar and served with strawberry preserves and cream cheese. A full portion sandwich will set up back $11.75.

  The sandwich it self was a house made waffle that was then cut in half and filled with the meats and cheese. It also comes with maple syrup along with the other sides. I preferred to use the maple syrup with my meal. Like most places the description of the dish sounds better then the actual plated dish. Some slices of turkey and a few cuts of ham and the Swiss cheese was barely present. The waffle it self was crunchy on the outside but dry on the inside. The turkey was also dry but the ham added a nice salinity to each bite to give you that salty, sweet combination. The sandwich was okay, there can definitely be improvement made. I think part of the problem is my expectations are so high it will be hard to find a Monte Cristo the meets or exceeds them.

  Belgian Waffle Works was not a bad place to eat at, the rest of the family and our friends enjoyed thier meals. Everyone was clearly stuffed and satisfied with what they ordered. My advise would be, if you have had a Disneyland Monte Cristo then stay away from this version, you will be disappointed. However if you are a Monte Cristo noob and this is your first venture into the sandwich then I would recommend it as is it a great way to be introduced to this concoction.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Show, Another Burger

The Burger House
171 W. 2nd St.
Pomona, CA 91766

  The family headed out to the Glass House in Pomona to see a family friend's band play. We had some time to kill and conveniently across the street is The Burger House. Everyone in the family loves a good burger, we were hungry and it was close so the The Burger House was the easy choice. The Burger House is quite loud inside so be prepared  but the noise level is worth the meal.

  My daughter got the kids cheese burger, my son got the salmon burger, my wife got the bacon burger and I got the big easy burger, all burgers come with fries and we also got drinks. The total bill for this meal was about $51. But if you check in on Yelp you get a free milk shake and of course I took advantage of that offer.

My daughter's kid's burger was single slider sized patty covered in cheese. My daughter was very happy with her burger and fries. No complaints from her and seemed satisfied with her meal when we left.

  The Grilled Salmon Bun as it is called on the menu consists of a salmon burger grilled or Blackened, topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and finished with a remoulade spread. My son's looked like a piece of Blackened salmon but now that I think about it, I don't think he was offered the option when he ordered. My son did mention his was a little spicy but he thought it was because of the sauce. Either way for the most part my son did enjoy his "burger" his only negative was that it was a little too charred. Which would have been caused by the Blackened process.

The Bacon Burger my wife ordered was piled high w/ apple wood smoked bacon, tomato, caramelized onion, pickles and green leaf lettuce and 1,000 island spread. My wife 86'ed the lettuce and 1,000 island spread. This burger looked like a bacon lovers dream and I almost ordered it myself being the bacon connoisseur that I am. My wife said the burger was delicious and she really liked the fries, however she did mention that she thought the onions were a bit too caramelized and almost tasted burnt. She too was pleased with her meal.

  The Big Easy Burger is breakfast in a bun with a twist, this patty is topped with an over easy egg. apple wood smoked bacon, Swiss, laid on a bed of fries, which are like hash browns. Before I even bit into this breakfast burger the yolk from the egg was pouring out the bottom. The burger it self was cooked to a perfect medium which left the beef full of flavor and super juicy. The bacon was thick and extra crispy, the egg was runny and fries were crispy. The mixture of egg yolk and burger juice made awesome drippings on my plate which were sopped up before each bite. The bun held up well and did not turn into a soggy mess which made eating this burger much easier. I was very happy with the burger, the combinations of flavors was reminiscent of classic breakfast. My only complaint was the amount of fries that came with the burger. We only got around twenty fries each, that is a problem because these fries were fantastic. Some of the best fries I have had recently. They were the perfect blend of crisp outside and fluffy inside while being seasoned with the right amount of salt. I could have eaten around forty fries without a problem.

  The Burger House did not disappoint me, the family walked out happy and full. The smallest critiques do not take from everything else that was done right. I felt the prices were fair for the quality of food we received and the service was courteous and prompt. I can easily recommend The Burger House and would say next time you are going to the Glass House to see a show make sure you carve out time to stop by The Burger House before the show. You will be glad you do so!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Burgers before a show

G Burger
421 E. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631

   My wife and I have been going to shows at La Habra Bowl for a long while now. Every time we go we pass a place a called G Burger. Well we finally stopped at G Burger before a show and had ourselves a couple burgers. My wife ordered the cheese burger with bacon and a side of garlic, Parmesan fries. I ordered the garlic, spinach burger with a side of fried zucchini. We both got a drink and the total cost of the meal was about $33. A bit pricey for two burgers and side but well worth every penny.

  The cheese burger my wife ordered is 100% angus beef with a choice of cheeses, my wife got sharp cheddar, tomatoes, red onions, mixed greens, butter pickles and mayo { Although the original burger comes with 1000 island dressing} all served on a high rise bun. My wife added bacon at an extra cost. I snagged a bite of this burger and it was your classic bacon cheese burger. The meat it self was cooked to a perfect medium which left the beef all moist and dripping with juice. The side of garlic Parmesan  Fries my wife ordered were aggressively garlicky and salty from the Parm. The fires were GBD (golden brown and delicious).

  Being the garlic lover that I am I saw the garlic spinach burger and was sold on the name alone. Reading over what this burger consisted of sealed the deal. The garlic spinach burger starts with 100% angus beef that is topped with garlic sauteed spinach, red onions, tomatoes, hickory smoked bacon and bleu cheese. This burger also comes on a high rise bun with a home made Dijon mustard sauce.. First bite of this burger for me was, simply put, nothing but enjoyment. The moans and groans coming from me must have sounded odd to anyone sitting nearby. The angus beef was cooked to medium leaving the patty full of beefy flavor and juice. The bleu cheese was tart and creamy, the bacon added crunch and texture. The spinach was full of garlic bits and sauteed to just passed wilted. There was a nice bit of spice to the burger that added a slight bit of heat. This was by far one of the best bacon, bleu cheese burgers I have ever had. My side of beer battered fried zucchini had a nice a crust on the outside that stuck to the zucchini. The zucchini stayed tender without being mushy. Here is your pro tip for the day, get the fried zucchini with the garlic, Parmesan topping. I wish I had done this myself. I had to McGuyver mine by using the left over garlic Parm topping from my wife's fries.

  The overall feel of G Burger was awesome. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. The house music was awesome. I heard some great songs while eating dinner, Gun N Roses and Bon Jovi were among some of the tunes played. Not sure what took us so long to try G Burger but I can say now that whenever we have a show up in La Habra I know where we will be eating. I would highly recommend G Burger and if La Habra is too far for you they have other locations in OC so make sure to get yourself over there and grab a burger.

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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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