Thursday, May 24, 2007

SoCal Eats Again

Yes yes, more restaurant reviews, but hey, I like food.

White Harte Pub - Finally, finally, a British pub I can love. They even have an outdoor space for people who want to smoke. Everywhere are TVs playing the current football(soccer) game. Service is friendly and the menu, while limited, is good. The fish and chips were good, and the curry dipping sauce was a very nice surprise. I will definitely go back when I'm in the area.

Miss Peaches - The only Soul Food restaurant I could find in the Burbank area, it has it's regulars but I think it's due more to the atmosphere and lack of competition than the quality of the food. The first thing I have to say about Miss Peaches is stay away from the Mac and Cheese. Don't even think about it, I don't care how much you love it, I don't care if you're used to the box stuff, don't order it. Box mac and cheese is heads and shoulders above the stuff at Miss Peaches. That's how bad it is. The cornbread and hushpuppies are good, and the hushpuppies have a nice heat to them. The collard greens seemed to be popular with the people who were obviously regulars but I don't eat them, so I didn't order them, so I can't speak to the quality. I got the smothered pork chop or rice and they brought out smothered chicken on rice. I took a bite before I realized it wasn't what I ordered and it was good, but again, not what I ordered. Oh, and the rice was cold. They fixed the mistake quickly and I dug into the pork chop. The chop was tough and over cooked. The rice this time was room temperature but still, rice is meant to be warm or hot. The gravy on the rice and pork chop was good, but couldn't save the dish overall. I do have to say one of the big pluses of the place was the service. They weren't the fastest, but everyone was extremely friendly and responsive. They had some of the best service I've had at a restaurant, or anywhere, in quite a while. Ultimately, I'll go back to Aunt Rosalee's for my sould food if I can.

Corrals - This is one of the few 24hr places in Burbank and that's a definite plus. The place looks like an old school diner along the lines of Denny's or IHOP, but the menu was a pleasant surprise. There were the diner standards along with gyros, pizza, and the like. They also had a very posh looking selection of desserts in their dessert case. I'm talking tiramisu and mocha cream cakes and other artery clogging delights normally associated with high end bakeries. Thankfully I only noticed them on the way out, otherwise I would weigh a few more pounds now. The chocolate shake is really, really good. I think they add a little chocolate malted to the mix because there was something else enhancing the shake and not just straight chocolate ice cream. I didn't order any food, but the people I was with all cleaned their plates so I'm guessing it's not too shabby. I will probably be going again in a couple weeks and will have a better report on the food then.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Rte 15

Anyone who has made the drive along I15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas has seen the signs for the "world famous" Mad Greek and Alien Jerky.

Well, after many years of passing by these places without stopping in, I finally gave in.

The Mad Greek - Not at all what I expected. This is really a burger joint with a few Greek items thrown on the menu, cheesy "Greek" decor, and not much else. Honestly, there were more burgers on the menu than Greek dishes. Now, that's not to say the food wasn't good. The Lamb Gyro was pretty good, and they put the tatziki on the side so you could add as much or as little as you wanted rather than smothering the thing with tatziki like a lot of places do. The Calamari was good, nice and lightly battered, and they gave you a lot of it, which made the prices a little more palatable. The rice was pretty good, and the pitas were a nice surprise, a little different than usual. Keep in mind that it cost me over $20 for an appetizer, a soda, and a gyro. Service was a bit iffy, but hey, it's a fancy McDonalds, I wasn't expecting all that much.

Alien Jerky - Wow. All that advertising for what? Maybe 5 variations of Jerky at $8 for 4oz. Talk about a rip off. I swear there were more t-shirts and hats and even pistachios than jerky. The jerky is nothing spectacular. It's not great, but it's not bad. I'd stick to Jack Links or maybe trying to make your own(I'm partial to the Good Eats method), either option would be cheaper and just as tasty. STAY AWAY from the pepperoni flavoured beef sticks. Blech. Blech. Blech. Buy the ones at Costco, you get a whole container for the same price and the quality is far better. The pepperoni flavoured beef sticks are pretty much red colored flavourless squashed together meat crumbs with some chile powder squeezed into plastic tubes. The taste is unappealing, the texture is unappealing, you get weird plastic red flakes on your hand from touching them. Don't waste your time with the Alien Jerky store (unless it's to use the bathroom), don't waste your money buying it, don't even waste the gas taking the exit off I15 for it.