j

js76wisco's Profile

Title Last Reply

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Thanks. I'm all about quality over quantity.

2 days ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Looks good thanks for the reco. I was just at Carnitas Snack Shack in SD and had some awesome carnitas tacos.

Do you like the salsa and tacos better than El Toro?

Aug 19, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Without a ton of options in the area the one thing Irvine/Costa Mesa does well is decent fast casual sandwich joints. Each have a few good sandwiches

Wich Which
Jersey Mikes
Capriotti's
Claro's - in Tustin and the deli makes a good sandwich

Aug 19, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

We went today for lunch (Monday). We arrived at 11:50 and there were exactly 12 people ahead of us in line. We ordered at 12:15 and received our first plates around 12:20. Since they have a very small menu it didn't take long for the dishes to come out. It also looked like they have 8 or so people in that kitchen which has to be a fire hazard. We left at 12:40 and the line was 15 people. If anybody finds a San Diego Zoo commemorative penny book please let me know. My 2 year old daughter lost it and we have no idea where it went.

There is much more outdoor seating than you think when you first walk up. We liked the outdoor seating area.

The food was excellent. The carnitas tacos for $7.50 was a steal considering how much meat was in each taco. I felt like this was more pulled pork than taco but splitting hairs. Moist, delicious and porky without being greasy. The guacamole and salsa were a perfect pairing.

My wife loved the beet terrine with goat cheese, radish and frisee. She said it was the best beet salad/appetizer she has ever had. She literally orders a beet dish at almost every restaurant menu we see beets and we've been to a lot of restaurants so take it for what its worth. A nicely composed salad that had a good portion of goat cheese in every bite. Beets alone were delicious.

The burger was a tad over cooked but had great flavors. Not too fussy with a great char on the outside. Still juicy and easy to eat. We enjoyed the cheddar and bacon jam. I didn't notice the aioli for better or worse.

As others have mentioned the fries were just ok. With all the effort they make with their own ketchup and all the other great cooked meat I was kinda expecting some excellent thick cut double cooked fries in duck fat but this is just a shack.

Aug 18, 2014
js76wisco in San Diego
1

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

How are the tacos there? We miss Taqueria 2 guys. Taqueria Zamora has taken its place but not the same type of taco. We like the little street tacos.

Aug 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Wheat & Sons at the Anaheim Packing House

Have you had just the rotisserie chicken? I haven't seen the pot pie on the menu when I've went but will certainly order the next time. W&S has the best food in the packing district. The only other consistently good store front is Iron Press. Although it's hard to tell since I only get beer but they have a great rotating selection.

Aug 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

XLB in OC?

Do you know how many tables? I assume its pretty large considering the space they're taking over. Did they combine McD and Rain Forest Cafe?

Aug 15, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

XLB in OC?

Thanks. Haven't caught up with Eater today. I'm in SD until Tuesday but will go to DTF for lunch on Wed or Thur and report back on wait times, menu and quality.

Aug 13, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

Settle in air quotes. The Belcampo cheese burger is as good as advertised. My only complaint is that I had to split it with my wife. it's the best thing I've eaten at GCM.

Aug 12, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

The $3 valet is the best thing that happened.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

They closed early on Saturday at 4pm. They ran out of food. Had to "settle" for the cheeseburger at Belcampo.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Should Orange County have their own board?

I concur with OC Steve. I don't think there is quite enough content or commentary for the OC to have their own board yet.

I also don't mind having to search or scroll through all the posts to find OC specific restaurant info. Plus I'd never be able to read through Kevin's posts to get me through the day.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Site Talk
1

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

The porchetta sandwich at Wheat & Sons was fantastic. It's a different type of porchetta sandwich as the pork is cut much thinner than other versions. Still very moist with good balance of fat and crispy skin. Like mrsjoujou said it had a great porky flavor. It was a well made sandwich with quality ingredients. For $10 it is truly a great sandwich.

My wife who does not like porchetta sandwiches loved this version. She said it was much more well balanced and less fatty. For the record she hates the version at Mozza, Eataly and Porchetta in NYC.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

XLB in OC?

I'm sending out some interns to wait in line when it opens. Don't worry I'm not heartless they'll be allowed to eat with us.

Aug 04, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

XLB in OC?

DTF is listed in the store directoy at south coast plaza site already. I read another site that said its going to open in August. I hope they still open this year.

Aug 03, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Santouka raised their prices

Ate at Costa Mesa branch for lunch today. Ramen was great as usual. Who doesn't like ramen when it's 90 degrees out. The special pork was extra luscious and porky today.

The ramen was $1 extra per bowl for the special pork ramen. Here was the cost depending on the type of broth.
S - $10.49 to 10.99
M - $11.49 to $11.99
L - $12.49 to -$12.99

Aug 01, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Jury Duty Downtown - Where Should I Eat?

I take no offense to the name but the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich didn't live up to its billing. I found the smoke on the bacon to be a bit overwhelming and too sweet for my liking. I also didn't care for the chipotle ketchup sauce. I didn't get chipotle but got a lot of almost sour notes. The bun was great and I wish I knew where to source these to make egg sandwiches as home with. I love the way the cheese is melted over the egg but wouldn't get the sandwich again.

The slut - coddled egg over the potato puree was amazing. Expensive at $9 but a delicious little jar of egg and potato. Maybe the best mashed potato/puree concoction I've ever had.

Jul 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

Thanks we'll try to go there right when it opens. We're anticipating a decent amount of Del Mar traffic. We realized Comic Con was this weekend so we're going to give it a go this weekend.

Pizza is an easy choice with the kids but Hillcrest looks good.

Jul 29, 2014
js76wisco in San Diego

In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

I've seen Yamazaki at Total Wine in several stores in the OC.

Jul 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Meet Fresh - Irvine (Diamond Jamboree)

This place has been pretty hyped up. A Taiwanese dessert, shaved ice, and tea type place. I went yesterday and tried the Mochi Q - 8 tubes of mochi in brown sugar and original flavor. The mochi was very soft and chewy. The brown sugar had a strong caramel flavor. To be honest it was not my favorite based on the texture.

I've heard their shaved ice with taro balls, mochi and half n half is great. It sounds odd to use half n half instead of something sweeter like condensed milk. Anybody have any opinions of their other desserts?

Jul 24, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Knish anyone?

I only had it once too and never again. Takes up too much space in my stomach. My wife usually gets the tuna melt so I end up having a pastrami on rye and about 1/4 of her tuna melt for dessert.

Jul 24, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Knish anyone?

Langer's has round knish. I know not what you are looking for. They are expensive and ok. I always preferred the square ones too but it might be worth the trip. Then you can have a side of pastrami sandwich.

Jul 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

Different sandwiches. The Kroft and Wheat & Sons are next to each other.

Wheat & Sons was sold out of the porchetta by 4pm on Sunday.

The Kroft looks great. They have a huge window looking into the spit where the porchetta is being cooked and assembled. But by several accounts (A5 Kobe) the porchetta at The Kroft is very dry and not good at all.

Jul 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

We're coming down on Sunday from the OC. Starting at the zoo at 9am then heading up to Del Mar. We'd like to grab lunch and wanted to see if the lines would be long on Sunday around noon?

We have 2 little ones (4 and 2 year old) so not interested in waiting on line with all our travels. The other options we're looking at in the area are Pizzeria Bruno and Pizzeria Luigi. I've been to Luigi a bunch of times and it would hit the spot. Not as good as Vito's in LA but still a good NY slice. Anybody have other good suggestions near the Zoo?

Jul 22, 2014
js76wisco in San Diego

Where Should I Have Lunch?

For good burger on Fairfax or Sepulveda go to Plan Check or Golden State. Both also have good beers on tap.

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

My wife commented on the mix as well - very heavy concentration of Asian with small pockets of Mexican and white people. A lot of of the restaurants were being run by Asians too as you mention.

The Kroft (place next to the butcher) had the 2nd longest line in the place but I was forewarned not to be tricked by their porchetta. Some of the other sandwiches looked good but not worth the wait.

The Chippy fish and jumbo fried shrimp were good. We used malt vinegar on both.

I forgot we also had some Han's. They are doing a brisk business being 20 steps from Popbar for the people not willing to wait on line. They were running out of flavors left and right. The vanilla was delicious.

The butcher had the best food and we'd probably go back there but we want to try the Indian place and the hot pot place too.

Jul 22, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

Parking here can be challenging but really liked this place. The packing district reminded us of The Camp (not surprisingly) and the downtown Culver City area where Father's Office and HD Buttercup are. There are a bunch of patios with table seating, rocking chairs and plenty of tables to eat at. Some of the places were still not open - Ecco, Vietnamese place, seafood place and soul food place.

Great beer selection at Iron Press. They had around 20 local craft beers with excellent selection from Bottle Logic, Noble, Stone, Valiant, Bear Republic, etc... Tater tots were good beer food.

The longest line was at Popbar. The line moves pretty quick though. I can see this being the next hot dessert trend. The bar far exceeded my expectations. We had a peanut butter bar dipped in dark chocolate with waffle cone and almonds. Good texture, excellent peanut butter flavor and not overly sweet. My son's mandarin orange bar was outstanding. It tasted like a less sweet but more authentic citrusy version of the Dole's mandarin oranges.

Fried shrimp and fish at the Chippy were great. Good amount of batter and piping hot. Crispy and delicious. They know how to fry.

Jul 22, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

They ran out of the porchetta sandwich this past Sunday when I arrived around 4:30pm but I ordered 6 oysters and a charcutterie plate. The oysters were from Carlsbad Aquafarm. Nice briny medium to small sizes oysters served with a chorizo oil or smoked shallot mignoette. The shallot mignoette was better. Oysters were $2.50 each. The charcutterie plate was fantastic.
- blue cheese
- house made mortadella
- fennel salami
- serrano ham
- 3 different pickled vegetables
- 6 rounds of toasted brea
- excellent grainy mustard

Nicely laid out and everything on the plate was delicious either by itself or together with accoutrements. $15 for the plate and a nice appetizer.

Jul 22, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Near Burger Records you could do The Bruery for some good beers. I don't know if food trucks are around during the day though. There is a good burger place in downtown Fullerton not too far called Burger Parlor. Great fries and onions rings too. They usually have about 5 or 6 beers on tap.

Jul 22, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
1

Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

Thanks will have to try it. Anything else on the menu at Bruno's you recommend?

Jul 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area