So, let me start this off by saying I enjoyed the food I ordered. My wife enjoyed her burger as well. Service though can best be summed up with: WTF man? Woefully understaffed on a Friday night. My "fast casual" meal took at least a good 30 min to arrive. Food finally arrives with an older gentleman muttering an apology for our delayed order under his breath. Thanks for your sincere acknowledgment. I'm starving, so I tear into my burger right away. I got this mushroom Swiss burger, but "OC STYLE", so it's supposed to come with grilled onions and arugula. SUPPOSED TO. Being a hungry fellow at the moment, I didn't notice until I was halfway done that the arugula was not in my burger, but I mean by that point, I didn't want to have to wait for arugula. My wife got the buffalo fries that's supposed to come with ranch, which of course, didn't come with it, and she had to wait an additional 10 minutes to get. My son's chicken strips came last, which of course makes sense, because kids are the most patient patrons when they're hungry. It kind of died down a bit midway through our meal, but no one comes to see how we're doing, if we need anything. At one point once it slowed down a bit, I saw one worker who I assume might be the manager, just hanging out in the back in an empty seating area, on the phone. Probably a well deserved break, but it just doesn't look good imo to have an employee hanging out on the phone in the guest seating area. My wife tells me as we leave that the people next to us raised a stink and got cards for a free meal. I shouldn't have to do that to get some sort of make good on their part. You already knew you guys messed up and acknowledged it when you brought my food then when you brought my ranch. You don't have to do anything, but from a customer service standpoint, you totally should. An offer of extra fries or something(which I would have totally declined), at least would have showed that you cared enough to try to make up for it. So, long story short:
Smashburger good food
You know you just messed up, right?
Need better service.
Reprehensibly delicious. That's the best way I can describe the Meatatarian sandwich. if you've ever wanted to see what meat on top of meat on top of meat with cheese looks like, this sandwich is for you. Tri tip on top of pulled pork and good Lord I just found a burger sandwiched in there for good measure. Try is at least once, your cardiologist will thank you.
It was a tad on the salty side, but good. The umami fries were pretty good too, in between heart stopping bites of the sandwich. The crew working the truck is really cool too. I can't remember the name of the dude running the truck, but he's good people. Don't know if I'd do the meatatarian again, but I'd definitely come back.
I had bad experiences with Lollicup until I came to this one. Basically, every other Lollicup I went to sucked. This location though, fantastic. They're fast and friendly, and their promotions are the best. I don't think I've ever ordered anything there that was flat out terrible. I've only had them make an adjustment once that I can think of, so that's pretty impressive. Shh...They've made me prefer come here to get my milk tea fix instead of next door at 85C. My only complaint is the clumpy mini boba, but that's not a dealbreaker by any means. Yay! I'm a fan.
Where's the love guys? A lot of the stuff here now is too sweet, overcooked to the point where it's practically burnt but it gets put out anyway(hello garlic cheese bread or super brown berrytales), or the filling is all to one side. Do you guys not care about the product you put out anymore? As long as there's a long line, who cares, right?
Doesn't the burnt bread make you sad?
Ka-ching! Ka-ching! What?
So, first of all I hope I spelled the name right. Anyway, I went there with my wife for the first time last Friday and oh man, dare I say it was one of the greatest sandwiches I've ever eaten. I had the Milanesa cemita, with a breaded and lightly fried slice of beef, chipotle, red onion, 2 types of cheese(you can get one or the other, but I got both), and sliced avocado.
First off, this thing is massive. I knew it was big, but holy crap this thing is huge. I totally could have gone with a 1/2 cemita, 1/2 sopa option if they had it. They use the proper bread, which is this round, egg type bread. It was toasted, but it was still chewy on the inside which gave it this perfect texture. The cheeses, quesillo(which is this shredded cheese) and panela, which is a fresh cheese with a firm texture, didn't really have a noticeable flavor, but provided a nice texture contrast. I kind of wish the quesillo was a little meltier, but I still enjoyed it. I also don't know if that's how it's supposed to be. They asked if we wanted the papalo, but we opted against it. I'll try it next time though. The chipotle provided this smoky flavor that just made the whole thing perfect. My mouth was on fire though. I think there was some hot sauce full of red pepper flakes in there too. I like a the spice, but Jiminy Christmas this thing was killing me.
I guzzled my horchata to put out the fire and had to get a refill($1.00 for the refill, which I thought was good). BTW, that was a really good horchata. It was a lot milkier than most of the ones I've had. Not thick though. That would be gross.
I don't totally remember what my wife got. It had the same basic ingredients, but had both ham and beef. Fantastic.
In closing, I'd like to sum up my review of this place by quoting noted scholar Charles Barkley after watching JR Rider's contest winning dunk in the 1994 NBA Slam Dunk Contest: "It was OWWsome."
I've had Peruvian food before, and Lomo Arigato was pretty mother effing delicious. They were out here in Irvine for the OC Din Din a Go Go(which is kind of a long name. Can we drop one Din and one Go? Even the acronym is long, OCDDAGG. Just sayin.). Let's mosey on back to the ranch though and talk about Lomo Arigato.
I got the lomo saltado with tri-tip beef and my wife got the tallarin saltado with chicken. We weren't really sure what to expect portion wise, but when we got our order, we got two rectangle shaped styrofoam boxes full of food. More than enough to have some for lunch the next day.
Don't get me started on their chaufa. I think they sprinkle crack cocaine in it or something. It's really good is what I'm saying. I never knew fried rice could be so delicious. Pair that up with the green aji sauce and wow ow wow!!!
Tallarin saltado is whatever. I totally thought noodles would be good with the saltado. It's aaaaaiight. Lomo saltado and chaufa are where it's at. The funky Inka Cola isn't bad either. It's worth trying once. Lomo Arigato on the other hand is worth going to again and again.
As an aside: Don't go there, or anywhere for that matter, eat half of your food, then go back and ask for a refund. I mean seriously, who does that? You know damn well after a few bites if what you're eating is wack. To that lady that did that, you know who you are. Janky ass fool.
So, I got my 2nd chance to try these guys again last week at the OC Din Din A Go Go and this time, I was quite impressed. I had the sisig burrito combo and it was fantastic. There were little crunchy bits of pork and I enjoyed every bit of it. I had the lumpia as my side, which I always get at family parties out of habit but never really enjoy. I think I've hit my lifetime quota for lumpia enjoyment. However, I don't know why their lumpia was different, but it was delicious. I can't remember the last time I had a piece of lumpia and didn't want to pass it on to someone else. I did share though, with my wife, who had the beefsteak fries. Again, also delicious.
A couple of things weren't quite up to par though. The melon drink was alright. That's the best I can say about it. I didn't really get the strong melon flavor I was expecting. Could be unripened melons. I don't know. Also, the red velvet flan was a bit of a letdown. Maybe my expectations were too high as I was expecting a red velvet leche flan. What we got was a small slice of red velvet cake with a thin layer of leche flan on top. It wasn't bad, but I don't think I'd get that ever again.
Lumpia like crack cocaine
Dessert makes me sad.
Out of all the trucks I went to at the O. C. Foodie Fest, this one had the longest line, longest wait to get your food and yet it was totally worth it. We got the Incrediball and the Ciao Balla. The Ciao Balla was ok, but I found the sauce to be a little on the salty side. The Incrediball though, WOW. All that Kobe beef meatball, bacon, arugula, gruyere, garlic aioli goodness on a brioche bun. That one about blew my mind. I'd actually been craving something like this. Didn't know exactly what it was that I wanted until I had that slider. It was "6 to midnight" good. For me anyway. I had already been to a bunch of food trucks and was pretty full, but I could have eaten another one or 2 of those.
I also liked that one of the owners, Clint was out there pressing the flesh, seeing how people in the front of the line were doing. Not a lot of trucks were doing that. Would definitely go back to this truck, if they only came down to OCarrrrgghhh. *shakes fist* ONE DAY!!! One day!!!! one day...
I've been here twice now and figure that's enough to warrant a review. I was skeptical about this place considering the location and what not(in Irvine, home to "many" hole in the wall places(Panda Express) with "authentic cuisine"(Orange Chicken). The whole Tapas idea just lent itself to me believing that this was nothing more than another Pei Wei type place for "the masses."
However, once I found out the former owners of Tri-Village(also in Irvine, interestingly enough) were behind it, I knew it would be worth checking out. So far, I have not been disappointed. The Xiao Long Bao was delicious and porky. I would have liked a bit more broth, but they were far from dry and so I was good with it. The Chow Mein and Fried Rice were delicious as well. They weren't the greatest versions I'd ever eaten, but they were very good.
The Green Scallion Pancake was every bit as doughy, crispy delicious as every other place I'd had them, and not quite as greasy to boot. The Ma Po Tofu had a bit of a twist to it that I had not previously seen in that it had fermented black beans in the sauce. Not as big a deal as I thought it would be as it was fantastic. A bit oily, but once you get that thing over rice it was a match made in heaven. The hot and spicy silky smooth tofu with bits of pork on top of white rice...Oh, what a feeling. There are some things I can't do brown rice with and this is one of them.
My one semi complaint is the Walnut Shrimp, which I found to be a tad heavy on the mayo. I know this sounds weird since I just mocked Irvine about being heavy on the non-authenticity, but Panda Inn(Panda Express' fancy, sit-down older sister) does a version where there is definitely mayo, but it's more of a crispy glaze on the shrimp and not slathered all over in one big cholesterol boosting glob. Why can't more restaurants do it like this?
Nonetheless, Yay! I'm a fan. I believe that explains it all.
I've only been here once and holy crap I love this place. I've been meaning to go for what seemed to be forever, and forever finally came this past Sunday.
I had the Creme Brulee French Toast and my wife had a ham spinach cheese and mushroom omelette. Oh man, that french toast was pretty damn amazing. They were like pillowy boats sitting in a sea of coconut custard. I tore into that thing like nobody was watching, it was so good. It was pretty sweet(particularly with the whole brulee thing), but not so sweet that I could have ran a marathon from the resulting sugar rush. The crispy sugars, the chocolate, the coconut custard, the rich eggy brioche...I might have to run a marathon anyway to burn all that stuff off, but so worth it.
My wife's omelette was good too. First of all it was massive. I'm not quite sure how they folded the thing in half. It was chock full of cheesy, spinach-y, mushroom and ham goodness. The thing that really stood out for me though, were the breakfast potatoes that come with it. You ever have breakfast potatoes that look good, smell good, but just taste kind of whatever? These ain't it. It may have just been the right amount of salt that set these things off but they were dee-iddily-icious.
The Mac and Cheese is my next item to try. If it's as good as the description makes it sound, the 5th and final star is all but yours Break of Dawn.
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