Well, no, I'm not making it a "habit" (pun intended) of eating here. The main reason for visiting the new location at that little corner of chain restaurantland....that would be Balboa and Genesee, was that FOY - Friend of Yoso, "SomTommy" mentioned that Habit Burger had a tri-tip sandwich on its menu in the comments of my Sweet and Savory Gourmet post. Sheesh, I hadn't even noticed! And being that the chain originated in .....Santa Barbara county, I thought it only right that I check it out.
Not much to say about the interior....if you've been in one, you've pretty much seen the whole spectrum of design and colors.
And yes, there was a Tri-Tip Sandwich on the menu. Which is what I got. It was nice and hot and served on a could have toasted a bit more french roll....lot's of bread on this one.
I'm not sure what to say about this......much like what I said in my previous post about the burgers, I've had worse and I've had better. The tri-tip was fine, on the tough side, straight forward flavors. The portion reminded me of their burger, thin and skimpy. The grilled onions weren't griddled enough. Not terrible, but pretty much....blah.....business as usual. This ain't nearly as good as Sweet and Savory about a half mile away. Though I prefer the French Roll to the ice cold ciabatta they serve.
I also got some onion rings, which were by the book.
Crisp and hot, these are about as good as thise gets. I prefer them to the fries.
Overall, I'll pass on the tri-tip, maybe it's time I try a burger again.....so I guess I'll stop by again soon since the prices are quite reasonable. Though I doubt that I'll be making a "habit" out of it.
The Habit Burger Grill 4175 Genesee Ave San Diego, CA 92111
Sweet & Savory is a little catering business that does sandwiches between noon and six pm or so during the work week. The location is a bit out of the way, on Mount Acadia Boulevard in Clairemont. There used to be a little produce stand in the this strip mall which closed maybe 8 years ago. I'd been wanting to try the place for a while, so I finally made some time to go there.
It is mainly a catering business; there's a table out front, but the usual drill is to order at the counter right inside the door and take your food to go. The lunch menu is a nice and tight collection of sandwiches and salads. I like that there's "smaller" versions of sandwiches, which at five bucks suit me fine. The larger sizes price out at seven dollar, and there's a size called ridiculous which is $25!
On my first visit; I could not help but take notice of the "Best Tri-Tip Sandwich ever". Ever.....hmmmm....that would mean better than Firestone Grill or even the Prime Smoked Tri-Tip I make at home, huh? Actually, I didn't expect that....and I gotta say, this was my favorite of all the sandwiches I tried.
I gotta say, the coffee rubbed tri-tip was very moist, mild in flavor, adequately tender. The gouda added a nice milky-smoky component to the sandwich, since the tri-tip was obviously roasted not smoked. The garlic mayo was fine, though I'd have preferred something with a bit more pungency. I'm kind of on the fence about the ciabatta....on one hand there's a yeasty component to the roll which adds to the whole package, on the other hand, it was ice cold and maybe a bit too chewy for me.
Overall, this was a nice sandwich!
The next time, I tried the "Cubano:
I'm not a fan of this one; the pork was too dry and gritty. The pepperoncini was too strong in flavor and over-powered everything else in the sandwich......just simple dill pickles would have done fine. The ham was there.......the Dijonaise was a nice touch, though plain yellow would do just fine and probably help stand up to the relish. Of course a ciabatta roll is not Cuban Bread, too yeasty, lacking the flakiness. I don't blame them for controlling costs.....
One of my guilty pleasures is a good turkey sandwich.....I grew up on hot turkey sandwiches....I know, not everyone's cup of tea, but I do like one once in a while. Sweet & Savory has three versions of turkey sandwiches, so I decided to check out a couple of them.
The "Brie" was my favorite of the two, though it's a bit too tart, the combination of of Granny Smith apples and cranberry kind of over did that for me. But if you like that flavor profile, you'd love this. I though all that tartness cancelled out the brie. Same deal as before with the ciabatta...the turkey is formed, but not processed....that is; they cut it from a round "roll"......it still was undoubtedly turkey.
On my most recent visit, I decided to order the "Thanksgiving".
For some strange reason; I love "stuffing" in a turkey sandwich....though I'd like some gravy to dip the whole mess in. This was a bit too sweet for my taste. I wish the Muenster Cheese stood out a bit more.
And while it may not seem that way; I do like this little shop.....I prefer visiting this place than one of those chains. Things are prepared better and the folks are very nice. Plus, you get a cookie with every take-out order.
And while the food ventured too much on the sweet versus the the savory for me; I'll definitely be back for the tri-tip, and maybe a sandwich/salad or two in the future as you can't beat the prices. I do wish they'd open at 11 though, since I usually eat early, but that's just me.....
Sweet & Savory Gourmet 3574 Mount Acadia Blvd San Diego, CA 92111 Hours: Monday - Friday 12pm - 6pm
Thanks for stopping by to read mmm-yoso!!! Cathy is writing a short post today, while Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are not writing and perhaps enjoying some cooler weather or something...
I wrote about D.Z. Akins in 2009 and had more or less forgotten about it until the other day until The Mister said he wanted a 'really good Reuben' as one of his birthday meals. This East County institution (since 1980) has been a regular place to get a quick breakfast and cup of coffee as well as some sort of sandwich to share on busy days.The restaurant has expanded five times since 1980 and the quality and home cooked flavors have never changed. This is consistent comfort food. The interior has murals and autographed photos on all the wall space There is sweet hot mustard, catsup and salt and pepper on each table and in addition, there is a crock with half sour pickles on each table.This is The Mister's Reuben ($13.95), with pastrami (you can have corned beef or smoked turkey as meat choices...but why?) with his chosen side of potato salad (other choices are fries, slaw, macaroni salad, three bean salad or fresh fruit). The kraut, grilled fresh rye, quality (and quantity) of the meat is exceptional. Swiss cheese was included as part of this sandwich. Yes, there were leftovers. Looking at the extensive (six page, large and detailed) menu, I spotted what would satisfy a craving - the chopped liver platter (small, $10.95). This is the small platter because there is 'only' one (very large, overflowing-see the carrots stuck into the excess of a scoop size?) scoop of chopped liver salad and 'only' three slices of fresh rye bread. Of course the gigantic scoop of cole slaw and all of those fresh vegetables completed the small feast I got eat there then take home to enjoy later that afternoon. (The 'large' platters of any of the salads (egg, tuna, whitefish, chicken as well as liver) are $5 more, have another (large) scoop of whatever salad, more bread, more vegetables and easily is a meal for two). The chopped liver salad is made of chicken liver, made fresh daily and *so* very good.
Hope your week is going well.
D.Z.Akins 6930 Alvarado Road San Diego 92120 (619)265-0218 Open at 7 a.m. daily website
mmm-yoso!!!, a blog about food. Kirk and Ed (from Yuma) are trying to stay cool. Cathy and The Mister went on a quick road trip North, stayed cool in the air conditioned vehicle and is sharing her one hour drive each way, just for lunch.
In an effort to run away from the stifling heat in our non-air conditioned home, The Mister and I jumped in the car one weekday morning and drove to see a place we had read about in the LA Times. The description reminded us of 'Food Halls' we eachgrew up with. We arrived around 10:30 a.m.See it? In the back, between the "P" and the "A". The Anaheim Citrus Packing House was rescued from demolition in 2000 and fully restored, opening to the public on May 31 this year. The two acre area just North of it, "Farmers Park", is used for a Farmers Market on Sundays, has an amphiteater and seating, a bocce ball court, public ping pong table and hosted outdoor film festivals this summer and will host other community events (a Fall Festival and Parade, Oktoberfest and a German Christmas Market) later this year. The rest of the 'Packing District' spreads over another five or so blocks, with various shops, stand alone restaurants, a small Food Court area and even a former library turned museum. There is public art, marked on the sidewalks within the District as part of Anaheim Artwalk, all 'Downtown' Anaheim, with City Hall in the midst. The entrance on the East side of the building. If you go in through the doors you see under the signage seen in the background of the second photo, The dual rooster greeters are on the inside on the second floor. Speaking of the inside... This open central/atrium area, giving views of the first and second floors is just so beautiful. You'll notice so many different seating areas, some for each restaurant and many, like a Food Court, out in the open. The individual tabletops (along the railing) each with an accompanying stool, have a hook on the back/center area to hang your purse or other bags. Notice that seating area at the bottom? Under the Pendelton Wool pads, the whole seat area moves; it is part of the original scale used in the plant. There's a seating area surrounded by history- orange crate labels, photos of the original Packing Plant, the scissors used to cut the opening ribbon... Places to eat and drink here? There are quite a few. Overwhelming choices, as noted by each porcelain tile... Adult beverages, behind that Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Fancy Frozens on a Stick, Coffee... Crepes, a 'comfort food' establishment that makes a variety of poutines as well as cheese curds, Southern Soul foods, even bulk foods, spices and seasonings (at good prices). There is a juice place, Indian, Japanese and Vietnamese, hot pot, another beer-centric place and a couple of not yet opened storefronts. Pick a craving; you can find a solution here or within a few blocks.
Then there was what we (finally) decided to order. Chippy's opened when the menu appeared on the screens. The items were properly fried, crispy and not overly greasy and the fish was a very large, moist piece. The squid rings were just OK; not bad, but not great. The onion rings were heavenly. The Chippy Fish and ChipsThe menu at Wheat & Sons was being written and would soon be open. We knew what we wanted. The Porchetta sandwich, still warm, served on a grilled ciabatta roll with a sort of pesto-esque/herby sauce, rocket greens, pickled radishes. Plenty of fresh garlic -no rosemary- infused pork, as you can see from the cross section. We also indulged in less than a half pound of fresh rillettes. If you can only choose one place for a meal, this is where I'd choose. Wheat and Sons butcher shop When we walked in, the first proprietor to speak to us was this nice young man who was chipping chocolate before his store opened. That's the whole menu. We ordered a small affogato with vanilla ice cream, regular chocolate sauce and the additional chantilly cream with chocolate shavings. This was THE best, ever. I don't care for chocolate and this was magical to me. Turns out the chocolate sauce is made from...chocolate, not cocoa, as other places use. Dark 180, another 'if you only can order only from one' place.
We will return. It was a fun adventure.
The Packing House in the Anaheim Packing District 440 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA Website
On a recent weekend, I drove down to the parking lot of RTA/Toys R Us in Chula Vista. It had been a while since I had a chance to check out the Mariscos el Pescador truck, once our favorite. Unfortunately, when I arrived at 10am, there was already a line......good for them, bad for me, as I wasn't willing to stand in line. Instead, I headed to the other end of the parking lot. To the El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas truck.
I remember first coming here when they actually had a lonchera, which has since turned into a trailer. As you can see, they really push on the fact that Andrew Zimmern has been here......I hope it has brought them a ton of customers, though I'm thinking, the serious torta ahogada lovers, those who love the real deal from Guadalajara wouldn't really care.....
I had a traditional torta ahogadas at heat level "9". This is what I got.
On this visit, the pork in the sandwich was moist and nicely flavored. The chili de arbol sauce, while singular in tone, delivered a slow crescendo of heat.... it truly grows on you. The birote, the "roll" was much harder and less crusty than I recalled....it was once my favorite part of the sandwich.
I consider eating this "dipped sandwich" a challenge, packing extra napkins..... always thinking it was some kind of personal short-coming, I felt some vindication on this day as I saw several locals struggling with the sandwich....somehow it made me feel better.
This ended up being quite the "wake-up call" for a late breakfast. The woman working here was so very nice, even checking on me to make sure I hadn't dropped dead while eating my sandwich, then offering more hot sauce!
So, if you're in the area and looking for something more than some caffeine on a late morning.....perhaps you should have a tortas ahogadas, heat level 9. I'm sure it'll eventually get your attention.
El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas 1008 Industrial Blvd Chula Vista, CA 91911
I was talking to someone about Chicago the other day and they mentioned a place called JK's in the Renaissance Towne Center....which kind of rang a bell. It really should have as this used to be Chicago on a Bun.
It wasn't the Chicago Dog's that drew me here. As much as I love a good Chicago Dog, heck a bunch of years back I even did a comparison post, I'm sort of an under-dog (no pun intended) kind of guy.. While I love a good Philly Cheesesteak as you can tell by the three part posts I did a while back, with subsequent follow-up posts, it was the Roast Pork Sandwiches that I remember from Philly. The same with Chicago, I really enjoy a good Chicago Dog, but absolutely love a good Italian Beef, with my favorite being Johnnie's Beef with Mr Beef running second. Yep, I was here for an Italian Beef....though I won't be ordering it "beef...juicy...hot" here. That might get me arrested.
I like what they've done with the decor. A nice fast casual look. Service on this first visit was interesting....the young man handing out, "bro'....dude" like Santa passing out candy at a Xmas parade. He was quite nice, if a bit too friendly and rather efficient though.
This was pretty much what I expected. In spite of the rhapsodic praises from my colleague, this was pretty much a glorified roast beef dip. The jus was lacking in beef flavor, the giardiniera seemed mass produced tasting like it had a base of Italian Dressing. The roll was much too hard....I like a little crusty, I appreciate the effort to stand up to wet beef, but this was much too hard. Speaking of hard, those tater tots were really fried "hard"....though it's hard to not enjoy tater tots, right? The onions were weird, heated but not soft....I say either saute them or serve them raw. I did enjoy the roasted jalapeno....not a classic addition to the Italian Beef; it's usually pickled hot peppers, but this did a some interest to the sandwich. I'd say Lefty's makes a better version of the "glorified roast beef dip in processed jus." To me, this really isn't a Chicago style Italian Beef, which I don't think exists in San Diego.
I did decide to return to try the Chicago Dog, I wanted to see how it compared to Chicago on a Bun. There was a bit of sticker shock with this one. The last time I had a Chicago Dog, it came with fries and a drink for $4.75. This dog was $5.24!
This was actually not bad....I thought it needed more celery salt, but I almost always think that. It was "dragged through the garden" and everything looked in order. The bun was fluffy, nice sport peppers, and of course the neon green relish. Mustard, of course. The dog itself seemed not quite up to snuff. The signs say Vienna Beef, but this was strangely gummy, and lacking in the "snap" I enjoy.
Not sure what to make of that. Overall, a decent Chicago Dog, not the best, not the worst, maybe the most expensive. Still, I think it was a vast improvement over the Italian Beef. I am wondering about the burgers....but I'll wait and see if anyone out there has tried them.
JK Burgers & Hot Dogs 8935 Towne Center Drive San Diego, CA 92122 Hours: Open Daily 11am - 9pm
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Broadway in Lemon Grove. A street filled with small storefronts and feeder road parking. Looks like small town America. Every fifth store with a similar footprint. Large side display windows leading into the main area.The inventory is behind the counter, not on display as at someother Fruiterias where The Mister and I enjoy various snacks and meals throughout the year. Fruitmania has been here almost ten years. Family run. Not air conditioned. Friendly people. Great food. We are so lucky to live here.The signage is self explanatory. Eight tables and a couple of couches with clean, comfy seating.Choices are almost overwhelming.
Raspado Tamarindo ($3)- shaved ice filled with fresh made tamarind 'tea', (including the pods) and a more authentic flavor than most syrups. Refreshing and a new favorite during this hot summer.
A small pico de gallo ($5.50). Watermelon, cucumber, jicama and mango, topped with fresh squeezed lime and Tajin make this an automatic order whenever I stop in. You may have noticed one of the front window signs mentioned 'monster sandwich'. They all are - enough to share. Above is a Cuban Torta ($7-worth it). A toasted torta roll, sliced pork, sliced ham, pickles, cilantro, cheese and Dijon mustard. It's served with the extra large pickled jalapenos and the slices of Tajin topped orange..truly a perfect meal.One recent humid day, The Mister and I decided we wanted a dessert...and not one made of fresh fruit nor a beverage. A scoop of ice cream here is $2- and it is a quality ice cream: the vanilla has specks of vanilla in it, the strawberry has real strawberries in the ice cream and the chocolate is very rich and not too sweet. However, a banana split is $6. So we did. It was good.
I hope everyone is staying cool!!!
Fruitmania 7941 Broadway Lemon Grove CA 91945 (619)463-0241 Open M-F 9-6:30, Sat/Sun 10-7
Welcome back once more to mmm-yoso!!! Kirk is still very busy and Ed (from Yuma) is similarly occupied, so Cathy is writing a post to keep you interested in stopping by our little blog.
Noticing that Kirk had missed a 'Sunday Sandwich' post and figuring maybe (based on vehicle traffic patterns) that some readers of our blog live and occasionally drive East, I thought an update to a post from 2010 was in order. I had planned to do a series of 'pastrami' only posts, but merely ate and stopped documenting.
Located in an industrial area of El Cajon, one block West and parallel to the 67 North of I-8, Antonelli's Deli, family owned and operated, has been in the same location since 1984.
The walk-up/order/pay area is convenient and there is plenty of seating inside and outside. The menu categories consist of Breakfast Sandwiches, Sub Sandwiches, Cold Sandwiches, Hot Sandwiches, Salads, Soup and Chili.
Above, a #41- Egg, bacon, ham, sausage, cheese Breakfast Sandwich (served all day) ($3.95) The sub roll is one of many bread choices here, and standard with the breakfast sandwiches. Fresh, warm, crispy and chewy and quite filled with the meats, cheese and egg, this is enough to share.
Some days, I just want a simple grilled cheese sandwich (#34, $4.25) and order it on the marble (rye/pumpernickel) bread, to make it a bit fancy (and tasty- rye is my favorite). Grilled on a flat top to crispy perfection, the melty American slices are part of the comfort.
Chili with cheddar and onions are available daily. The small ($4.15) is quite hearty, filled with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, green chili and a pleasant blend of spices. [There are also two 'soup of the day' choices, except on Saturday when Italian Wedding Soup is the available flavor].
Above, from the 'Hot Sandwiches' area of the menu, a Pastrami and Swiss on rye (# 22, $7.15) ordered without kraut this day...very good pastrami along with all the other quality ingredients. A favorite.
Above, a 4" sub sandwich- Capocollo and cheese (Provolone) (#3, $5.15). Subs can be ordered in 4, 8 and 12 inch sizes. As you can see, there is no skimping on the fillings (standard toppings on Subs include lettuce, tomato, onion, oil & vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano).
This local little Deli is another hidden gem in East County.
Antonelli's Deli 1354 North Magnolia El Cajon 92020 (619)440-8460 Mon-Fri 7-4, Sat 8-4, Closed Sunday Website
mmm-yoso!!!, a blog about food and the story prefacing as well as post scripting enjoyment of said food. Today's post is bookended by food and also centralized by books. Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are doing other things while Cathy writes.
A beautiful Saturday morning, waking while the sky was illuminated by the Supermoon and driving North to Pasadena was intervened with a quick stop for breakfast at Philippe the Original, which Kirk blogged about in 2007. (A recent post from cc here and from Elmo in 2007 here and a 2008 post from MiP here )This quintessential American Cafeteria, with a fascinating history, is famous for THE French dip sandwich.
There is also a breakfast menu. Walking up to the counter, The Mister ordered, paid and waited for our food to be prepared while I enjoyed the various miniature museum of displays surrounding the communal seating areas.
Soon enough, breakfast was ready. At the top is the Breakfast Combo Special ($7.50)- French toast, over easy eggs, bacon and coffee. The French toast batter has a bit of cinnamon in it, the bread is soft, thick and cooked just right (crispy on the exterior and soft and warm/fluffy interior). The bacon is thin and crispy and has flavor. Here's a better photo of the corned beef hash plate ($8.25)served with home fried potatoes and over easy eggs (again, coffee is included). The hash is wonderful -dry, not greasy- and has a great flavor. The Home Fries are made expertly, as are the over easy eggs and the biscuits (a classic baking powder/soda mix) - great short-order chefs.
We drove up the 110 to Pasadena and the Phoenix Decorating Company barn for the second 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade float maneuverability testing in less than six minutes.
There were ten floats being tested this day and quite a few were ready for their final tests before decorating (which begins in December) by having people on board to test weight bearing on the maneuverability as well as ability to escape efficiently in case of a fire. Above, Kiwanis International, with their float now color coded for the volunteers to decorate easily. So much prettier than when it was tested in its 'cocoon' stage last month (3rd photo).Similarly, last month's rebar/chicken wire/partial cocoon stage of the Lions Club International float, "Inspiring Challenges" (to the right in the first photo in that post), did no justice to this finalized version.
The City of Alhambra is titled "Go For Broke" and will also have a military theme.
The theme of the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade is "Inspiring Stories" and a good number of floats are taking that concept literally and depicting books on their floats. Above, the Donate Life float titled "The Never Ending Story".
Back to food, since Philippe the Original is only about seven miles from Raymond Street...
The ordering cases filled with a variety of sides, ten order/serving lines (there are only five at breakfast), ordered chaos, freshly sawdusted flooring, house made HOT mustard on each table. (Philippe is right next to Chinatown, which I'm pretty certain had an influence on the mustard recipe). Lunchtime.
Double dipped (each piece of crispy fresh French bread gently run through the jus; opposed to a 'single dip' with only one piece of bread dipped) sandwiches of roast beef ($7) roast lamb ($8.50), sides of house made potato salad ($1.35) and pickle ($1.30) along with two glasses of iced tea (65 cents each).
Because we had side by side comparisons, we liked the roast lamb considerably more than the roast beef (no complaints when we tasted the beef first) (There were also some nice crusty pieces of the lamb in the sandwich, which may have been a further influence). The kosher pickle was excellent as was the freshly made potato salad.
We also served ourselves water...so reminiscent of Elementary School...
and stopped to check out the gift counter, where some old fashioned candies are sold (Sen-Sen anyone?) (this area takes credit cards; the food counter is cash only)...
while getting a roast pork sandwich, double dipped ($7) and pickled egg ($1.15) (see the gallon jar on the counter in the second photo of this post?) to go. No worse for the drive, the pork also was very good. The pickled egg has a good old fashioned pickled beet flavor.
Philippe the Original 1001 N. Alameda Street Los Angeles 90012 (213)628-1731 Website open seven days 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
It's been a while since I've been here. One of my favorite non-menu items which I enjoy for lunch is the Hwe Dup Bop. Think of it as a sashimi salad rice bowl if you've never had it before.
Topped with spicy-sweet cho-jang and sesame oil, this is a filling, refreshing, and rather healthy meal.
It's always nice to see Sam as well.
Sushi Yaro 7905 Engineer Road San Diego, CA 92111
Lobster Roll from SuperNatural Sandwiches:
One of my first stop when I got back to work. I decided to go with the lobster roll, which ain't cheap at $15 and isn't quite your traditional Lobster Roll. This one is aggressively seasoned, but there were two whole claws in my roll.