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What's your best burger in OC?

thank you, OCAnn. I did the same and was definitely underwhelmed. None of the flavors "popped". Nothing bad, you understand, just didn't live up to the hype IMHO.

Aug 26, 2010
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get a spicy burger?

Pickles? On an In-N-Out burger? Is that one of those off the menu things? Inquiring minds want to know!

Sep 11, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Opinions about Sprouts

Love all of the sausages that are made fresh daily.

Aug 26, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

OC FAIR: 2009 questions and reviews

Didn't do it, but heard that it was surprisingly good......I dunno. I love bacon and I love chocolate. Just can't bear the thought of a combo.

Jul 26, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

OC FAIR: 2009 questions and reviews

Don't waste your time, calories and $$ on the deep fried somemores. They're $5 or $6 and taste as bad as they sound.

Jul 26, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Texas-style BBQ brisket in OC?

For those that haven't been, Texas BBQ is pretty special. Here's what Geat said and I think he's spot on:

If your favorite texas joints include rudy's or saltgrass you would probably be ok with Blakes or Beach pit. On the other hand if Texas bbq means City market, Coopers or any of the joints in Lockhart, your best bet is...............Jet Blue airlines direct into Austin.

Jul 10, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Can you eat anything at Angels Stadium

8 bucks and I agree, especially when compared with the $9 sears nachos covered with plastic cheese.

Jul 07, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

BBQ: Let's quantify! (yeah, right)

Another Amen, and let's add a deer camp for that particular git togetha.

Jul 01, 2009
Grubber in General Topics

BBQ: Let's quantify! (yeah, right)

Nailed it, Jaypeezy & CocoaNut!

Jul 01, 2009
Grubber in General Topics

BBQ: Let's quantify! (yeah, right)

Sounds like your palate is more sensitive than mine, Ganeden. I do like a balance, but I need to taste the smoke (to a point). I do understand what you're saying about a smoke ring, but most of my good experiences have included one.

It is interesting how BBQ experiences vary dramatically. Penthouse to outhouse is not all that uncommon. Depends on the time of day and whether or not someone is reheating something from the day before.

I'm still not sold on a foil wrap. It's a quick and dirty way to get it done, but I truly believe the bark suffers. That being said, I don't have to do it for a living and if I did, probably wouldn't love it like I do.

Jul 01, 2009
Grubber in General Topics

BBQ: Let's quantify! (yeah, right)

So,........ BBQ.

I can't think of another food category on which more hounds hold varying opinions. Yes, more than pastrami (Langer's all the way IMHO) and more than steak (Ruth's, Morton's, Mastro's and then some), and more than burgers (Umami vs. FO or maybe a little Top's Kobe Bistro for the drive-thru hound).

Everybody that has ever eaten 'cue seems to have a different idea as to what makes it great and after all of this time I'm way more than curious.

What makes BBQ good? I've eaten most varieties, in all kinds of places, in many states. I love Carolina pork, KC ribs, Georgia in general, and my favorite, Texas brisket & spare ribs (keep your baby backs). I love it so much that I've learned to make my own... all kinds and all styles. After trying the local purveryors (OC and LA), I haven't beenoverly impressed. I conclude (and most of you will heartily agree) that I must be in the minority.

Over the years, I've figured what works for me is....smoke! I need to have me some smoke! I'm not down with the boiled ribs and steamed meat that seem to pass for Q in these parts (although I used to sneak an ArbyQ before I knew better). And a good rib, for me, doesn't mean the meat "falls off the bone" and I most certainly don't need my 'cue smothered in sauce. Now, I'm not against sauce, but it needs to be: interesting, sparse, spicy and ON THE SIDE!

Trust me, this controversy is not limited to California. If you go looking for 'Q' opinions on other boards in other states, I guarantee you'll find them.

So, what makes BBQ good for you?

Jun 30, 2009
Grubber in General Topics

Smoking a whole brisket

Another vote for S&F. that's all I ever use. Although I'm sure that a higher quality cut might be a little better, I'd save your $ until after you've practiced a few times. Keep in mind that a whole brisket CAN be done in 12 hours(depending on the size) but you'll need to keep the heat higher (between 275 F and 300F). I'm more a 225F degree guy. Takes longer, but the taste is great and is the secret for turning the lesser cuts into the apex of smokey goodness.

May 06, 2009
Grubber in Home Cooking

Beachwood BBQ - Seal Beach

If it's close to Kreuz's I'm in. I agree with you regarding Smitty's. I do like the old building, though. and I miss seeing those knives chained to the tables.
Thanks for the heads up, Mel Gee

Apr 27, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Beachwood BBQ - Seal Beach

Hey Mel Gee. As a fellow "Central Texas BBQ enthusiast" I need to know: How does Big Mista' stack up to places like Kreuz's, Smitty's, Coopers and Salt Lick in Texas? I've been to Blakes, Baby Blues and even Beachwood but so far have not been overly impressed. Maybe it's due to our wonderful AQMD's regulations on smoke emissions, but that Texas 'Q is hard to beat!

Apr 26, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Eschbach's Meat Market is closed

Don't tell anyone, but when we went hog hunting, we used to take them to Eschbach's to be processed. They made the BEST sausage.....All kinds. You would bring them in the side door and the butcher used to let us sample different kinds of sausage in order to make our decision as to what to order

Sniff Sniff. gettin' a little teary eyed.

Feb 27, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area


Hollingshead Deli right across the street in the corner behind Duke's Burgers. Excellent sandwiches, & wonderful beer selection.

Feb 25, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Cypress in OC - New Sushi place

I'll preface this by saying that I love sushi, but I'm not a guru by any means. My wife and I tried this place last night (valentine's day) and had a good time. We didn't sit at the bar, but service was prompt, even though the place was pumping.
I'd give it a good, but not great rating. They're definitely more of a fusion sushi place - lots of innovative rolls. We started with the sushi sampler platter: Ahi, yellowtail, snapper, shrimp, albacore and a spicy tuna cut roll. The spicy tuna was my favorite - actually very good.
We followed it up with a crunch dragon roll (wife's pick). Good, but a little bland.
All in all, considering it was Feb 14, it's probably worth another try if we're in the neighborhood, but I doubt it's a destination place.

Feb 15, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW: Mariscos Puerto Esperanza, Orange

And another vote for this place! I had lunch there today and I ,too, started with the Quesadilla de camarones. Wonderful flavor and not too heavy. Followed it with the Chile Relleno del Puerto (grilled poblano pepper, stuffed W/ shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, octopus, and melted Oaxaca cheese). This was even tastier than the quesadilla! Not sure if it is the same sauce they serve with the Langostinos, but it was outstanding. I had to fight the server to leave the plate so I could soak up the last dregs with what was left of my quesadilla!
Same story concerning the lack of diners. I left there at 1:00pm and mine was ticket #3.
C'mon, CHer's. Support a choworthy cause. I know I'll be back.

Jan 14, 2009
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Absolute best burger in Texas?

Over a year since this post, but just heard that Herd's closed. Can anyone confirm?

Jan 06, 2009
Grubber in Texas

Looking for the Best Ceviche in OC

I love the ceviche at Marquez Restaurant
13226 Rosecrans Ave
Norwalk, CA 90650

It's always been all shrimp and wonderful!

Nov 21, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Question from a sushi virgin....HELP

I'm certainly not a sushi purist that doesn't like rolls. I like them but also like plain old sushi. I'm also a big eater. Don 't worry about ordering too much. For me, I could eat 2 rolls plus a couple orders of salmon and blue fin (with a couple Sapporos mixed in)

Enjoy and.....Don't be scared!

Sep 19, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Joey's Smokin' BBQ review - Tustin

As of about a year ago, it was definitely underwhelming! The brisket had no smoke flavor and definitely not tender. The ribs tasted parboiled and buried in sauce!

Aug 27, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Looking for good sandwiches in OC.

Try a Great Scott: Turkey, bacon, onion, avocado add tomato, all on a very nice squaw bread with a dab of spicy mayo (I think). Order a double if you dare followed by one of the India Pale Ales from Sierra Nevada or Stone Breweries (or whatever happens to be on tap that day). Good Stuff!

Aug 19, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

where to buy best cuts for bbq (not grilling)

I've had great luck with the Smart n Final packer briskets on my smoker. Low and slow is the way to go! (20 - 24 hrs @ 225 - 250F)

Aug 07, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

SUSHI MOMO, Fullerton (review)

Great to hear Sushi Momo has finally opened!
Unfortunately my brother and I stopped by for lunch on Monday, only to find that they were supposed to have opened for lunch, but had such a busy weekend that nothing was left for lunch on Monday.....guess that's good news.

Looking forward to my next visit!

Jul 09, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

ISO Best Chili Burger - meaning great chili too

Hey FWF, good to see someone else has gone to Outlaw's in Fullerton. Have you tried their jerky? Their beef sandwich, although erroneously labeled as BBQ, is still quite good (It's kind of a crock pot version). No burgers, though.

Hey OC hounds, give these guys a shot. They're nice folks, too.

Outlaws BBQ & Chili
500 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 446-9369

P.S., I like their spicy chili!

Jun 08, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Famous Dave's BBQ, any hounds ever been?

Although my experience at Dave's when I was back in Omaha was certainly not pleasant, it wasn't as bad as Blakes BBQ in Anaheim. Awful, but draws a crowd. Go figure

May 09, 2008
Grubber in Chains

Looking For Carolina BBQ in LA

I'm familiar with Carolina BBQ (although not Hog Heaven). I have eaten at both of the above establishments and must tell you that neither one will satisfy your BBQ lust.

I have yet to find a place out here that will.

Feb 26, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW: Los Cotijas, Tustin

Agreed! That shrimp taco at ETN is really something (and the fish taco is pretty stellar too!)

Feb 01, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area

Unsung hero of Tex-Mex food (a recommendation)

But whatever you do....STAY, STAY, STAYYYYYY away from what they call Brisket.. Definitely not happening!!!! No smoke flavor and tastes boiled. I would bet that it's not even brisket!!

Feb 01, 2008
Grubber in Los Angeles Area