Friday, June 12, 2009

More Taco Tuesday Bargains in North OC

Cantina Lounge on Nutwood and Commonwealth in Fullerton has a three taco for $2 deal! No minimum drink purchase required! The tacos are small, but are packed with meat. They give you free chips (pretty good quality, somewhat dry) and delicious salsa with large chunks of sweet tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and diced Jalapenos. Most importantly, the quality of the taco fillings is better than at most Taquerias! Carne Asada was the best, followed by Pollo and Carnitas. The Carnitas were a bit too dry, however they were very lean-one thing I dislike about most Taco Tuesday carnitas are the globs of fat attached to them!

Taco Boy on Euclid between Orange and Ball has 75 cent tacos, plus they're open until Midnight! They have all of the usuals: carnitas, lengua (tongue), pollo, asada, chorizo, and pastor. I think the pollo is the best. It's marinated (mostly) white meat, very tender and tasty. Carnitas and chorizo are a bit more variable but can be quite good. The pastor is good but is sometimes dry and/or fatty. The carne asada is a bit tough and also sometimes fatty but can also be pretty good. Their horchata is creamier and has more cinnamon than the watery versions found at most other taquerias i.e. Festival brand. They also have fairly good dulce tamales, tinted a nice shade of pink, with a sweet coconut flavor, also not that common at other taquerias (my favorite are at La Casita LC in Orange, El Gallo Giro in Santa Ana, and Los Golodrinas in Laguna Niguel).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Taco Tuesday bargain in North OC

Actually, the best Taco Tuesday bargain is not a taco but a good ol' American burger! Where? At Bar Louie inside the Anaheim GardenWalk. For $1.00, you get a full-sized 1/2 pound burger on a fairly good crispy bun with shredded lettuce! What's the catch? Firstly, it begins at 7 PM and ends around 1:45 AM when they close the kitchen. Secondly, you have to buy a drink. You can buy a refilllable soft drink or lemonade for $2.49 or go for alcohol at their special prices. Thirdly, all of the toppings are extra. Dressings such as their excellent toasted onion ranch or blue cheese) run 25 cents each, cheeses are 50 cents and other toppings run 50 cents to $1.00 for stuff like guacamole. Still, if you don't go crazy, you can get two burgers, two toppings, and a drink for $5.50! The only other caveat is that on my first two trips there, the burgers were cooked medium well, thus somewhat dry and charred. The last time I went, I wrote Medium on the order menu, and although it clearly states "all burgers are cooked Medium Well", it seems that the chef didn't char my burger and it was cooked a perfect shade of medium, along with the attendant juiciness! Next Tuesday, I'll list some taco bargains on Taco Tuesday!Bar Louie on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Welcome to OC Dining & Entertainment!

This is a companion to my show of the same name on Time-Warner Public Access channel for North Orange County. The first show will be completed soon and will feature Surf City Saloon in Huntington Beach and three local bands. I've also shot four restaurant segments: Regina's (Argentinean-Garden Grove) Mil Jugos (Venezuelan-Santa Ana), Victory Bakery & Rest. (Middle Eastern-Anaheim), and Andaluz Bakery & Rest. (Middle Eastern-Anaheim) which are being edited now. However, this blog will encompass much more than can be included in a 30 minute TV show and will have many tips and bitys from my daily gustatory endeavors!