Posts Tagged ‘Smoqued BBQ’

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. Out Of The Park Pizza‘s Pizza Poppers

No matter where in the world you may find yourself, certain foods always make their way to every corner of the world. From hamburgers to hot dogs to rice and more, ingredients play a major role in the coverage of certain types of food. Big corporate chain restaurants ensure the spread of many of the more common foods, lending part to the world’s love of these foods, such as pizza. Various types of pizzas now exist because people try to get creative with how they eat pizza instead of the traditional round pizza cut into slices. For something a little more portable and fun, head to Out Of The Park Pizza. Out Of The Park Pizza does not shy away from extravagant toppings on their pizzas, coming up with different types of pizzas such as a Western Barbecue pizza or a Buffalo Chicken pizza. While they have interesting toppings for their pizzas, they have turned their pizzas into an appetizer in the form of their Pizza Poppers. Imagine a slice of pepperoni pizza that they rolled into a ball that resembles a round pastry stuffed with cheese and pepperoni, and you have Pizza Poppers. It does not contain tomato sauce – they provide marinara sauce on the side as a dip. You can order Pizza Poppers as a five-piece snack for $6.99 or a 12-piece shareable appetizer plate for $9.99.

4. Abigaile‘s Pão de Queijo

As humans, we live for variety and diversity. Unlike animals that “eat to live,” some might say that humans “live to eat.” For example, a pet dog or cat feels perfectly content eating the exact same food everyday for his or her entire life. However, if a human attempted that, he or she would go insane from the thought of it. As an aside, this regularly occurs in prisons where inmates get no choice in what they can eat. Humans crave variety, and need something different in their lives instead of living a routine day by day, and people can find diverse foods at a restaurant like Abigaile. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their Pão de Queijo. A Brazilian classic, these Brazilian cheese puffs resemble a hybrid between a bread roll and a hot cheese snack. Chewy and gooey, biting into these cheese poofs feels like biting into a solid mass of warm cheese coated with butter and a slight fluff of bread. For $5, this heavenly appetizer at Abigaile comes with a side of spice honey to help complement the cheesy flavor.

3. Peter’s Gourmade Grill‘s Gooeys

How do you get the word out about your business if you do not do any marketing? You have to deliver something so good that the customers will spread the word about you. In this modern time of internet marketing and social media, all business owners need to utilize all available tools to get the word out about their businesses. Consider that many of these marketing tools have no cost to using them other than time to set up the information. Once set up, the people will do the work as long as you provide something that the people will want to come back for, such as the memorable food at Peter’s Gourmade Grill in Tustin. As a hole-in-the-wall that many people can easily drive by without ever noticing it, Peter’s Gourmade Grill only focuses on what they do best: grilling up foods with a twist, and each twist varies between each menu item. Perhaps the people continually return to Peter’s for these twists, since not many other places have the same combinations that Peter’s offers. Take, for example, their Gooeys. Originally intended as a shared dessert, this massive pile of sweet potato fries gets dressed up with brown sugar, maple syrup, and toasted marshmallows. Has anyone else ever thought of this combination? Perhaps so, but definitely nowhere else in Southern California can you find something like this. At $7.25, this can treat an entire family, as I cannot conceive any sole person devouring an entire order in one sitting.

2. Eat Chego‘s Ooey Gooey Fries

When a food truck converts to a restaurant, one can expect to find similarities between the food truck and the restaurant. When the founder of Kogi BBQ opened Eat Chego, food truck fans from all over flocked to this permanent Kogi fixture to experience Kogi in a more solid setting. As one of the originals, Kogi had one of the largest fan bases of any gourmet food truck, and continued to prosper in long lines for years to come. This popularity easily carried over to Eat Chego and also attracted countless more food fans to savor the flavor of what started a revolution. Although Eat Chego does not serve exactly what Kogi does, the flavors resemble each other, especially in the fan favorite Ooey Gooey Fries. This $6 bowl of beer-battered fries gets topped with sour cream sambal, three cheeses (Monterey jack, cheddar, and cotija), chilies, cilantro, and pickled garlic. Despite its vegetarian nature, people go nuts for this bowl, especially for the pickled garlic. The sauce adds a sour yet spicy flavor, while the cheese gives it a more gritty texture. The pickled garlic does not overwhelm the palate – it contains enough of a bite that you will immediately detect it, but the pickling essentially dilutes its potency. It adds the perfect amount of zing to this bowl. Although one can finish these fries as an entrée, because of the intense flavor profile, I suggest sharing this with a friend.

1. Smoqued BBQ‘s Burnt Ends

With a handle on what the people want, Smoqued BBQ ensures that they rarely run out of customer favorites. This BBQ restaurant in Old Towne Orange delivers classic BBQ dishes using their own recipes, while slinging out over a dozen different types of craft beers at any given moment. Their extensive food menu carries multiple variations of their signature BBQ meats, from brisket to pulled pork to tri-tip to ribs and more. Perhaps the one dish that brings customers back the most resides on their appetizers section. In the appetizers section lies the appropriately named Brisket Burnt Ends. Sure they list this in the appetizers section, and they present it in a way that multiple people can share it. However, after you bite into one of these juicy morsels, you will want the plate all to yourself. This half-pound mound of meaty goodness consists of double-smoked brisket cube ends, which they caramelize in their house BBQ sauce. For burnt ends, the pieces retain their juiciness, as the seared caramelization of the sauce on the outside seals the meat’s natural juices inside. As if the outside did not contain enough heavenly flavor, the meat itself gives a rich, hearty, beefy taste that only true grillmasters can produce. Smoqued BBQ vows to always have the Brisket Burnt Ends available for customers to order. However, if they get slammed on any given day, they may run out by the end of the day. As a result, if you desire some top-notch burnt ends, head on over to Smoqued BBQ in Orange as early in the day as possible, and order up some burnt ends for yourself for $13.49. The price tag may appear steep, but once you get hooked, you may quickly overlook that.

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2016 has arrived, and we welcome this new year with the reinvention and reintroduction of traditional world events. While the world will welcome the Summer Olympics and the United States will welcome a new president, the notion of bringing back something familiar spreads to other subjects as well. When something goes away for a while and returns much later, we refer to those things as classic. Some people say that the classics never go out of style, but eventually, all good things must come to an end, and classics do too. For that purpose, millennials must continually search for ways to improve or adapt methods in all aspects of life. Today’s culture revolves around two types of people: the safe, and the risk-takers. Safe people will find something they recognize and stick with it, preferring not to deviate away from the norm. Risk-takers feel adventurous and love to try new things. In general, safe people live a bland, boring life, while risk-takers live an exciting spontaneous life. Excitement gets your adrenaline pumping, so add some spontaneity to your life by seeking out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season.

5. Grinderz‘s Double Cheeseburger

When coming up with a winning product, two routes exist: you can invent, or you can reinvent. On one hand, creating something brand new comes with great risk that nobody will want said new item. On the other hand, you can only redesign something so many times. If attempting to redesign something poses a roadblock, why not just go back to basics and make the base item significantly better? Enter Grinderz, where they take a classic approach with an old timey burger shop and bring some modern flair into it. The bare bones menu at Grinderz resembles another overhyped Californian burger institution, with simply burgers, fries, and drinks. Grinderz does their own thing by doing food right with high quality ingredients and customization for your order. To taste the true flavor of Grinderz, go towards their Double Cheeseburger. This double meat & double cheese monster comes with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and your choice of thousand island or chipotlé mayo dressing. You can snag this cheeseburger for $5.50, or for $3 more, you can combo it with beer-battered fries and a medium fountain drink.

4. Smoqued BBQ‘s Hangover Burger

Many people have faced this problem before: they wake up on a Sunday morning with a massive headache, no appetite, lack of energy, and the need to vomit… maybe. Nearly every adult has experienced the dreaded hangover that results from overindulging on alcohol without other nutrients or hydration. Unfortunately, only time can cure a hangover, but a person hung over can take steps to alleviate some of the symptoms, such as eating greasy foods. Oily or fried foods absorb some of the alcohol that remains in our stomachs, so a hearty breakfast will generally hit the spot, such as that at Smoqued BBQ in Orange. Many locals regard Smoqued BBQ for their namesake barbecue meats, yet Smoqued BBQ carries many other items as well, such as their Hangover Burger. In this burger, Smoqued BBQ uses a patty made with ground beef brisket, which they then top with roasted red peppers, arugula, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and a fried egg between two slices of Texas toast. Just for the heck of it, you can order this burger with a side of more bacon. Relieve your hangover for just $12.99, or just come on in any time and enjoy this burger, hangover or not.

3. City Tavern Culver City‘s Brew Burger

When visiting any pub, one can expect to see familiar items present. As far as the drinks go, expect to see the typical beers on tap, house wine bottles, lines of whisky and bourbon, and the usual mixers. When looking at pub grub, one can usually expect snacks like pretzels, finger foods like nachos, or handheld foods like burgers. Why not combine some of these with a burger that features a pretzel bun? Make your way over to City Tavern in Culver City to find one of these. Although City Tavern has a second location in Downtown Los Angeles, this post refers specifically to the Culver City location because they have different menus. Although themed like a whisky bar, City Tavern represents your usual neighborhood gastropub with their craft beer selection and fancy menu items. However, one does not need to go extraordinarily fancy in order to enjoy a great meal here. For example, take their Brew Burger. For this burger, City Tavern uses a blend of beef and chorizo as the patty, which they then top with pub cheese, mustard aioli, and watercress in a pretzel bun, which they top with a fried onion ring on top. This savory burger can tickle your taste buds for $13.

2. Apollo Burgers’ Bulgogi Burger

Never neglect the hole-in-the-wall businesses. Small mom & pop shops exist all over the place, and most people simply drive right by them never noticing them. Some mom & pop shops can hold the greatest hidden gems ever, but it takes word-of-mouth to get the news out there, especially if that mom & pop shop has no website, no social media, or no internet presence at all. With no marketing power, mom & pop shops have to deliver something so good that the constituents will do the marketing for them, such as with Apollo Burgers in Garden Grove. Representing the typical neighborhood burger diner, Apollo Burgers appears to have the most basic menu and appearance of any mom & pop fast food restaurant. If you look at any typical menu item, nothing would immediately stand out. You have to know what to order here, such as their Bulgogi Burger, a regular cheeseburger with beef bulgogi in it. While it may not ever win awards for beauty, it has won awards for taste, especially with how tantalizing the bulgogi tastes. After a bite of this burger, you will want endless bulgogi from Apollo Burgers.

1. The Riders Club Cafe‘s DIY Burger

A corporate fast food chain business has a slogan to “have it your way.” Human nature dictates that people desire control over any situation, and want to control as much as possible without allowing others to do the controlling. When it comes to food, customization appeals to all customers. This explains why businesses that allow you to build an entrée from the plate up have gained a huge following, such as Riders Club Cafe. This local Orange County institution has faith in the customers’ decision, the decision to craft the burger just perfect for them. This has led to the Riders Club Cafe creating a menu revolved around their DIY Burger. Starting at $8.65, the base burger comes with lettuce, pickles, grilled or raw onions, and house spread on a Challah bun. Each burger comes with kettle chips, and house pickled beets upon request. Customers can choose the base patty between beef, veggie, chicken, or portabello mushroom. Cheeses cost $1 each, which includes cheddar, muenster, swiss, goat cheese spread, blue, or havarti. Additional toppings cost $1.25 each, which includes bacon, grilled mushrooms, roasted chili peppers, avocado, or a fried egg. Despite customization, each burger tastes incredible, as if the chef had to cook the best meal of his life.

Barbeque exists all around the world in multiple forms. Most Americans visualize barbecue as Southern style, such as smoked chicken, pulled pork, ribs, tri-tip, brisket, and so on. In Mexican cuisine, grilled meats have the word asado/a in it. Korean culture has introduced the western world to Korean BBQ. Pacific islanders have graced the world with their renditions of barbecue that include short ribs and Kalua pork. Regardless of the nation of origin, people worldwide recognize the general savoriness of barbecue foods. Due to the general craving of it, some crafty people have started to learn how to utilize every piece of the meat. While some methods go to rather extreme lengths to utilize all parts of the meat (see Rocky Mountain oysters), most people prefer to consume these extraneous cuts of meat. Commonly, Southern style BBQ restaurants may serve rib tips and burnt ends. If you have yet to try either of the aforementioned, you owe it to yourself to seek it out soon, such as at Smoqued BBQ.

With a handle on what the people want, Smoqued BBQ ensures that they rarely run out of customer favorites. This BBQ restaurant in Old Towne Orange delivers classic BBQ dishes using their own recipes, while slinging out over a dozen different types of craft beers at any given moment. Their extensive food menu carries multiple variations of their signature BBQ meats, from brisket to pulled pork to tri-tip to ribs and more. Perhaps the one dish that brings customers back the most resides on their appetizers section. In the appetizers section lies the appropriately named Brisket Burnt Ends. Sure they list this in the appetizers section, and they present it in a way that multiple people can share it. However, after you bite into one of these juicy morsels, you will want the plate all to yourself. This half-pound mound of meaty goodness consists of double-smoked brisket cube ends, which they caramelize in their house BBQ sauce. For burnt ends, the pieces retain their juiciness, as the seared caramelization of the sauce on the outside seals the meat’s natural juices inside. As if the outside did not contain enough heavenly flavor, the meat itself gives a rich, hearty, beefy taste that only true grillmasters can produce.

Smoqued BBQ vows to always have the Brisket Burnt Ends available for customers to order. However, if they get slammed on any given day, they may run out by the end of the day. As a result, if you desire some top-notch burnt ends, head on over to Smoqued BBQ in Orange as early in the day as possible, and order up some burnt ends for yourself for $13. The price tag may appear steep, but once you get hooked, you may quickly overlook that.