Posts Tagged ‘Pulled Pork’

Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the appetizers that you can share with friends or enjoy as an entrée. I have discovered five different shareable appetizers that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and you can either enjoy these on its own or share them among the table.

5. The Abbey‘s Roadkill Fries

With all this newfangled technology and modernism going on these days, sometimes it helps to go back to the basics. We turn to the originals to inspired us to prepare for the future. For the originals, we head over to The Abbey in Seal Beach. Dubbed as Seal Beach’s legendary gastropub, The Abbey takes some of America’s favorite restaurant meals and does them well. You can taste the quality of the food here while appreciating the food styles that we grew up with. The Abbey does not try to push the envelope or invent new foods – they take what exists and cooks it up right. Look at their Roadkill Nachos on their appetizers menu. The Abbey treats nachos the classic way here with tortilla chips piled high with ground beef, grilled chicken, black beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. You can order a small plate for $9.50, or go all-out for $13.50. Sure it may not seem like a new concept, but if you do not want to try something new and simply want to stick with what you know, The Abbey has the remedy for you.

4. Limerick’s Tavern‘s Irish Pub Nachos

More often than not, the hole-in-the-wall places have the best food that too few know about. From the outside, the restaurant may appear lackluster. Even once inside, the interior may appear dreary. As the old saying goes, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” While hole-in-the-wall restaurants represent a game of hit-or-miss, the people’s voice may help to steer others in the right direction, which led me to the discovery of Limerick’s Tavern in Upland. When I first heard about this Irish pub, I expected the typical Irish faire that I encounter at every other Irish pub that I had dined at. To my surprise, Limerick’s Tavern shattered that conception with an unbelievable menu with desirable food. At Limerick’s Tavern, they serve up great gourmet food that no one would expect to find at a pub or sports bar. The dishes may represent classics, but their use of high-quality ingredients and plating presentation make them shine above the rest. Take a look at their Irish Pub Nachos. This beautiful plate of fresh home-made potato chips comes topped with chopped corned beef, pastrami, bacon bits, Swiss & cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions. This $10 plate of food can feed a group of four, or you can go nuts and treat yourself to this mighty fine dish.

3. The Smoking Ribs‘ Pulled Pork Nachos

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

2. Meat Up BBQ‘s Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries

Ruling over their domain of meat, Meat Up BBQ does meat good and barbecue with their own culinary twist. The barbecue does not represent completely authentic southern barbecue, but rather barbecue with a slight Caribbean influence, evident in their use of tropical and fruity flavors. Sauces range from sweet to spicy to smokey, and meats include all the bases such as chicken, pork, beef, and even a few seafood items. Meat Up BBQ does not skimp on portion sizes, so when you order anything, even their appetizers, expect a huge plate, such as their Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries. $10 gets you a huge basket of BBQ-rub fries topped with pulled pork chili verde and a helping of cheddar cheese. You get some barbecue with the fries, and you get some Latin influence from the pork chili verde. This huge appetizer can easily feed a family of four, and I would not attempt to eat this entire thing as one person. However, after one bite, you may want as much of this as you can handle.

1. Súp Noodle Bar‘s Shaken House Fries

The United States promotes a mixed melting pot society. We take people from all nationalities and religions, and throw them into one country to unite them together. While many prefer to stick to the original ways and stay with their traditions, many of the younger generation want to see change and mixing of cultures. This has led to the creation of fusion foods, combining elements of different cuisines together. Plenty of fusion restaurants exist out there where you can taste the best of multiple worlds, such as at Súp Noodle Bar in Buena Park. Nestled in a large strip mall in a densely Korean area, Súp stands out from the crowd with their personal take on Vietnamese cuisine in a not-so Vietnamese area. Sure they have the traditional noodle soups, noodle bowls, and rice bowls, but for those not well versed in Vietnamese cuisine, Súp eases the transition with their versions of familiar foods, such as with their Shaken House Fries. This $13 massive plate of skinny fries comes topped with Súp’s shaken short rib, minced garlic, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy tartar sauce. This represents a calamity of flavors as you have the sweetness and savory from the beef, the sharpness from the garlic, more sweetness from the caramelized onions, creaminess from the cheese, and a bit of kick and tartness from the sauce. While this can feed up to four people, after one bite, you may want this all to yourself.

“Off the beaten path” – This phrase gets used very often, but it has lost some of its original meaning over time. Everyone has a different measure of how beaten a path will appear. To some, off the beaten path simply means not on a major street or path. To others, off the beaten path means out in the middle of nowhere. This phrase can have many other meanings too, such as something that feels out of place or does not fit in. For example, much of Westminster contains Vietnamese businesses due to its large Vietnamese population. As such, who would expect to find something completely out of the ordinary nestled in with all of these Vietnamese businesses? In fact, one such thing exists, as Westminster now hosts a southern barbecue restaurant away from anywhere that one would expect to find a southern barbecue restaurant. Right on Euclid off of Westminster Blvd, welcome to The Smoking Ribs.

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

If you crave some barbecue, perhaps you can go a little bit off the beaten path on to a different kind of beaten path to check out The Smoking Ribs. See what else The Smoking Ribs has cooking up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

When it comes to foods that people commonly mistake as unhealthy, white potatoes instantly come to mind. People blame potatoes on its high carb content, and also that people normally eat potatoes deep-fried. However, white potatoes actually contain a wealth of nutrients very vital to living. Served properly, potatoes provide us with nutrition and good health when not industrially liquefied and deep-fried. As such, despite how often we find potatoes deep-fried, it often helps to find potatoes with the most untouched white part, such as in thicker fries. Fresh-cut potatoes also lend well to retain its nutrients, as opposed to previously frozen potatoes. Problems arise when you drench said potatoes with lots of sauce and seasonings, spiking up the sodium content. If done properly though, it will taste great and not put as much of a damper on your health. For something like that, head over to Meat Up BBQ in Placentia.

Ruling over their domain of meat, Meat Up BBQ does meat good and barbecue with their own culinary twist. The barbecue does not represent completely authentic southern barbecue, but rather barbecue with a slight Caribbean influence, evident in their use of tropical and fruity flavors. Sauces range from sweet to spicy to smokey, and meats include all the bases such as chicken, pork, beef, and even a few seafood items. Meat Up BBQ does not skimp on portion sizes, so when you order anything, even their appetizers, expect a huge plate, such as their Mac Attack Fries. $10 gets you a huge basket of BBQ-rub fries, Hellbilly chili, mac & cheese, pulled pork, and barbecue sauce. Basically, chili cheese fries meet barbecue pulled pork fries. This huge appetizer can easily feed a family of four, and I would not attempt to eat this entire thing as one person. However, after one bite, you may want as much of this as you can handle.

Check out more of what Meat Up BBQ has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Ponder this for a moment: a farm-raised animal that exists solely for its meat with no other by-products. I mean, chickens can produce eggs, and cows can produce milk. However, farmers raise pigs only to later harvest the meat, with no additional products. Just like other terrestrial meats, pigs produce various cuts of meat, most of which the general non-specific-diet populace absolutely love to consume. From ham to bacon to shoulder (pulled pork) to chops, pork has a great reputation among gastronomes or just about anyone who cooks. People generally do have an unexplainable fascination with bacon, a small strip of meat with no real substance, meant for use as a topping rather than an entrée. Does bacon truly make everything taste better? Bacon ice cream and other bacon desserts exist, but some purists prefer bacon as part of an entrée, something that you can find a lot of at Slater’s 50/50.

When it comes down to who can boast the most roast, Slater’s 50/50 takes the crown. A local legacy, Slater’s 50/50 has gained quite a reputation in Southern California for their signature 50/50 burger, which utilizes a burger patty consisting of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon. Following the raging success of this product, Slater’s 50/50 has since expanded to six locations (Lake Forest location has closed permanently) and vastly expanded their menu. While you can still order various styles of their 50/50 burger, including the popular build-your-own burger checklist, Slater’s 50/50 now offers a plethora of other entrées, such as their Porka~Cola Sandwich. As the name suggests, this sandwich contains pork and cola – Slater’ 50/50 braises pork shoulder in cola for a succulent texture and flavor, then places a heaping mound of it in a telera roll. BBQ-spiced bacon, coleslaw, dill pickles, and barbecue sauce accompany this juicy pork sandwich to yield an amazing version of the classic pulled pork sandwich.

Have you visited Slater’s 50/50 yet? Keep in mind that they do have a unique Burger-of-the-Month every month, and fittingly for July, they have the ‘Merica. To see what else Slater’s 50/50 has cooking up, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Natural selection tells us that size matters. Among virtually all organisms, size determines the viability of any particular living thing, especially in males. Animals like fiddler crabs, lions, deer, and peafowl all sport an exceptionally large body part in order to attract females. In other species and cultures, size does more than flaunt a male’s viability to females – size determines strength and/or rank. This particular practice translates to human cultures, where men display size to broadcast their rank or strength. In ancient cultures, Vikings wore horns, with the higher-ranking Vikings wearing larger horns than the followers. In today’s world, this practice exists even in the kitchen, where the height of the chef hat determines the seniority of each staff member. What happens when you throw a Viking into a modern-day kitchen? You get the next chapter of The Viking Truck going brick & mortar.

The owners of The Viking Truck and Garlic Scapes truck have teamed up to open their own restaurant in Placentia called Meat Up BBQ. Over at Meat Up BBQ, they serve West Coast barbecue with southern influences, plus each chef’s own spin on barbecue. With multiple different backgrounds converging into one location, the menu will likely see many rotations as each chef adds his own influence not only from the respective food truck, but from their culinary background as well. For example, we have already seen certain food truck items make their way into the menu at Meat Up BBQ. Some new menu items also have a story to tell behind them, such as the Rotten Richard burger. I cannot tell you the story behind the naming convention, as I will likely butcher the story. However, I can tell you what I know about this dangerously serious burger. The burger consists of a half-pound beef patty, which they top with a heaping mound of pulled pork chili verde & melted sharp cheddar, then they sit that all on a fried panko-crumbled garlic mashed potato patty. If this burger sound hearty and warming, just try ordering it on a cold night, and you will feel nice and cozy. The pork gives off hints of carnitas with salsa verde, but the cheese and potato patty take this to a brand new level. Left alone, the chili verde will slowly ooze down the sides of the burger, and when they reach the potato patty underneath the beef patty, you end up with a mountain of meaty happiness.

Although Meat Up BBQ claimed to soft open last month, I have yet to hear if they have already officially kicked off their grand opening. They open for business almost every day of the week, so if you find yourself in the Placentia/Yorba Linda/Brea area, roll on over to Meat Up BBQ and slam the Rotten Richard for $11, which comes with your choice of side. While dining there, check out their rotating list of amazing craft beers, plus the rest of their great menu.

Two months into 2014 have come and gone, meaning that by now, the majority of people who resolved on New Year’s to get fit have already dropped their resolution. Stories about losing weight fast typically derive from get-rich-quick scams, because no known trick exists for rapidly losing weight. For those who have stuck with their resolutions and have lost some weight, kudos to you. For those who have dropped that resolution, or never made a resolution in the first place, you have free will to indulge yourself in the wonders of the world. Of course, over-indulgence can lead to severe health problems or, in the worst-case scenario, death. The word moderation comes into play here, as any human should always do and consume everything in moderation. Unfortunately for that notion, we live in America. We live in a country that boasts about size. Regardless of what the silent majority says, size matters, and Leadbelly’s Barbecue also believes that size matters.

Leading the way for BBQ so close to the Cal State Fullerton campus, Leadbelly’s Barbecue satisfies that BBQ craving that locals tend to not tend to. Now in the space of the former Shortstop BBQ, Leadbelly’s claims to serve up traditional Southern-style BBQ. While many people will picture meat with BBQ sauce, Leadbelly’s differs by emphasizing meat portions rather than sauce. In most of their dishes, the absence of sauce feels unknown to most palates. The absence of sauce allows customers to better taste the meat’s true flavors. For example, their Loaded Pork Garlic Fries comes with the sauce on the side by default. This massive mountain of fries gets smothered with minced garlic, pulled pork, chopped bacon, sliced pork belly, Parmesan & pepper jack cheeses, and chives. White gravy comes on the side, although customers may request the gravy on the fries. However, you should always take some bites at the start without the sauce. This pork attack contains enough meaty goodness that adding the sauce may muddle the flavors of the meat. Bear in mind that Leadbelly’s serves craft beer, so for a beer pairing for this monstrosity, you cannot go wrong with an IPA to cut through all that pork.

This dish can easily serve four and costs just $10. Pull up to Leadbelly’s Barbecue in Fullerton just off the 57 and 91 freeways, and enjoy large portions in a small space.

Much discussion has arisen over the nutritional value behind white meat and red meat. The general consensus tells us that the lighter the meat, the greater the ratio between nutrition and fat. For example, fish & seafood contain more protein and omega 3’s for its portion, whereas red meat from terrestrial animals may contain more fat. While clear categorization exists for most types, a grey area always exists, where we question how to categorize a particular item. Society accepts that chicken, turkey, duck, and other poultry fall in the white meat category, while beef, lamb, and bison fall in the red meat category. An age-old debate circulates the world regarding pork, however. While science tells us that pork should fall in the red meat category, practicality tells us otherwise. How does pork appear white despite deriving from a terrestrial animal? Despite scientific claims, society generally accepts pork as white meat, a claim sure to please anyone that finds themselves dining at Porko Rico BBQ.

Currently in their second month of operation, Porko Rico BBQ has carved out a solid following in such a little time. Their clever fusion of traditional Southern-style BBQ meats and Caribbean preparation techniques does not narrow their audience – it covers both grounds. Fans of BBQ will enjoy the variations that Porko Rico BBQ places on their dishes, while fans of Caribbean cuisine will enjoy hearty portions of meat in their items. For example, you will get a lot of meat in The Brig, a rather manly sandwich. This sandwich comes with pork three ways: pulled pork, ham, and bacon. These three meats get topped with pepper jack cheese and Porko Rico BBQ’s jerk sauce, which tastes similar to a sweeter, lighter BBQ, but with a light spice kick to it. In the end, you end up with a sandwich sure to please the carnivorous side in you. For maximum flavor enjoyment, place the top bun on the sandwich, flip it over, then remove the bottom bun. Doing so should keep all the meat in place, and you have half as much bread since bread tends to dilute flavors, allowing you to savor the meats’ true taste. Although it appears small, this sandwich will definitely fill you up, even if you remove the bottom bun as previously instructed.

Craving some meat? Once you hunt down Porko Rico BBQ, you can slam your own order of The Brig for $9. White meat or red meat, no one can deny – we all love us some pork, however we can get our hands around it.

Ask anyone about the three most important things about a particular place, and he or she will answer Location, Location, and Location. The location of any establishment ultimately determines the fate of the tenant. A location’s desirability takes into account more than just foot or vehicle traffic. Some places will see thousands of cars and pedestrians pass by daily, yet rarely see actual customers. For example, one of my favorite local establishments Shortnin’ Bread closed earlier this year, and in the span of just five months, that location has changed ownership twice. No matter how much love fans and locals will throw at a place, if said establishment exists in an inauspicious spot, the place may eventually fall. When we discover great businesses in less than desirable places, we naturally spread the word to friends and family about the place in hopes of driving business to the place to keep them in business. When I first discovered Beer Belly Deli tucked away behind an already popular restaurant, I knew I had to get the word out about this place.

Located at the back of a small strip mall behind the locally popular Eureka Burger, Beer Belly Deli takes a deli, a sports bar, a restaurant, and a gastropub, and mixes them all into one to form this modern deli restaurant. Like a deli, Beer Belly Deli serves the typical cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more, but with some modified ingredients to give this menu a more unique feel than standard delis. Guests can either order at the counter, or receive full service with a host and server. Beer Belly Deli also features a bar that not only has some televisions on the wall for the guests’ viewing pleasures, but stocks a grand selection of craft beer and wines. Servers here will not shy away from attempting to pair a craft beer with your meal, depending on what meal you order. For example, if you order the Double Whammy, a server may pair it with a pale ale. The Double Whammy sandwich costs $11.95, and consists simply of a heaping scoop of slow-roasted pulled pork & sliced mild Italian sausages, smothered with tangy BBQ sauce. All sandwiches, burgers, and wraps come with a side, which include chili, baked beans, sweet potato tots, and more.

If you seek comfort food in Claremont at its freshest, look no further than Beer Belly Deli. Remember to enter the building via the hall in the middle, and walk towards the back of Eureka Burger on the right. Although Beer Belly Deli serves beer and wine, guests of all ages may dine here, and Beer Belly Deli even has a kids’ menu, where every item costs $6.95. Beer Belly Deli may have landed an awkward location, but its wide dining area allows for private parties and for local musicians to play here. Check out Beer Belly Deli, and discover what small-town charm can do.

Welcome to 2013, a time of progress and innovation. In this day and age, society now accepts and rejects different things than last decade. For example, society now accepts same-sex couples instead of deeming them taboo. The prevalence of social media has allowed for instantaneous spread of information, a tool that existed last decade, albeit underdeveloped. We can expect that expectations will change over time, and the rate of change differs from year to year. As another example, the gourmet food truck craze really took off in 2009, and peaked largely in 2011. Since then, the trend has wavered off, mostly due to the sheer number of bandwagon people that did not live up to expectations, but simply started a food truck as a means of capitalizing on a fad. Not all food trucks start off equal – some start off with good footing, led by experienced people. When experience counts, you will want to seek out Porko Rico BBQ.

From the creative masterminds behind The Viking Truck comes Porko Rico BBQ, a food truck that specializes in southern-style BBQ with a Caribbean twist. Having just launched their grand opening this past weekend, they currently operate with a limited menu, as they test out their kitchen’s creations on the streets and parking lots of Orange County. The current offerings feature traditional southern-style BBQ dishes, such as pulled pork and brisket, but prepared with the tropical flavors of the Caribbean. For example, their Pulled Pork Sandwich features a generous scoop of their citrus-infused pulled pork, topped with mango slaw, and drizzled with citrus BBQ sauce. All sandwiches come with a side choice of coconut creamed corn, pineapple baked beans, or pulled pork fries. Pro tip: do not eat the top bun – eat the sandwich open-faced for maximum flavor. Why interfere with the flavor by adding more bread that would otherwise take away from the meat?

Expect to see new menu items rolling out in the upcoming weeks, as they fine-tune their menu and add more scrumptious dishes. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to always know where to locate Porko Rico BBQ.

The dictionary defines relocation simply as movement to another location. Without a broad picture to place relocation into context, the relocation can refer to the movement of anything, tangible or not, from one spot to another. The general populace regards relocation as moving something of a greater scale, such as moving an incredibly large object, businesses moving to another building, or citizens moving to another building. Without this generally accepted definition, relocation can apply to other concepts not normally conceived in that way. As a traditional example, following this year, the X Games will relocate to Austin, Texas. As far as non-conventional means go, take a look at the movie The Hangover. This movie’s initial success incited a sequel, which essentially consisted of the relocation of the first movie’s plot to another country. The second movie met a lot of criticism for rehashing the first movie’s plot, just in a different setting. As a result, the entertainment industry refers to this act of relocating a major element to another location and executing that same element as pulling a hangover. Luckily in the food industry, we rarely have to worry about anyone pulling a hangover, as relocating generally equates expansions. Speaking of hangovers, you can order this namesake food from The Sandwich Smith in Downtown Los Angeles.

Nestled at the corner of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, The Sandwich Smith crafts customized sandwiches utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Guests of The Sandwich Smith will find a list of all the ingredients as they enter the dining area, which they can fill out and create a sandwich to their taste. For those guests not wanting to think about building their own sandwich, The Sandwich Smith also prints their specialty sandwiches out on another menu, so guests can select a sandwich from that menu that already has ingredients selected. This menu contains a little bit of everything that The Sandwich Smith offers in different combinations. One such example combines two of their more unique ingredients, and they dub this sandwich The Hangover. The Hangover starts with a sliced doughnut bun. Unlike the conventional circular donut with a hole in the middle, this doughnut bun resembles more of an Asian style doughnut – a full round piece of a spiral bun. The folks at The Sandwich Smith then lather on a generous scoop of Dr. Pepper Braised Pulled Pork. The Dr. Pepper give the pork the sweet and slightly fruity taste that comes from the Dr. Pepper, but as the pork absorbs the liquid, the pork’s natural fat caramelizes with the Dr. Pepper during the braising process, leading to a uniquely sweet and savory flavor in the pork. The sandwich gets completed with pickles, arugula, creamy coleslaw, and pepper jack cheese. Not going anywhere for a while? The Sandwich Smith carries craft beer, with a few on tap as well. Pair this sandwich with an IPA for best results – they usually carry Stone IPA. Feeling bold? Create your own sandwich based on The Hangover! I personally like to stick with the doughnut bun and Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, but I top my sandwich with garlic aioli, swiss cheese, bacon coleslaw, pickled red onions, and spinach or arugula.

For those visiting The Sandwich Smith for the first time, make an important note that they only open for lunch until 4:30pm! After that, this space converts to Fickle Restaurant for dinner nightly. If you want to get your sandwich fixing for dinner or later, you will have to settle for the ever-changing menu of Fickle in the meantime. Do not get me wrong – I love Fickle for what they do by changing the menu constantly! But if you want to munch on a pork and doughnut sandwich, you will have to visit The Sandwich Smith during the afternoon.