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Big Burgers at Big Horn Bar & Grill

IMG_8971Our first night in Borrego Springs Katie and I arrived earlier than we had expected, but still late enough for the residence of Borrego Springs to have called it a night. We were hungry so we yelped a nearby restaurant, Big Horn Bar & Grill, which is inside the Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort. It had 4.5 stars and was one of the few places still open at 7pm, so we decided to give it a try.

When we walked in we could see a small store to the left and the dinning room ahead. It was completely empty except for 2 guys at a table eating dinner and the workers milling around. We sat at a high top and quickly read through the menu. Our waitress stopped by and took our order, nachos and burgers. We debated getting a drink or two since the prices were so cheap, but decided not to.

A few minutes later our food arrived. The nachos was the first thing we dove into. They had gooey cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, green onions, and chicken. It was amazing. Next I ate my Western Burger with onion rings, bacon, and BBQ sauce and sweet potato fries with maple syrup on them. Katie had her Jalapeño Burger and their regular seasoned fries. Both meals were so surprisingly delicious that there was none leftover.

We left Big Horn Bar & Grill stuffed to the max and extremely happy we had stopped. Next time we are in Borrego Springs we will be going back. Fair prices and big portions on awesome tasting food is always something we welcome.

Where are the Chips at Bobby’s Burger Palace

IMG_8973At Mohegan Sun, a casino in Connecticut, there are several places to stop and get food. One of the most well known restaurants is Bobby’s Burger Palace. With several locations on the east coast of the United States it is home to the Crunch Burger. They also sell shakes, salads and sandwiches to choose from. With so many options you will be sure to find something to satisfy your hunger anytime day or night.

After Aschlee and Jason’s wedding in Groton we headed over to continue our celebration at Mohegan Sun. As the night got later Becky, Dway, Michelle and I got hungry. Before going back to the hotel we decided to stop and get some burgers.

I ordered the Crunch Burger, a burger with potato chips on it and some 1/2 and 1/2 fries. We waited for our orders to come out and headed back to the hotel. We couldn’t wait to get back to eat so we picked at our fries. The sweet potato fries were delicious, super sweet and held their flavor even when they were cold. The regular fries were not quite as good.

The burger was ok. I think it would have tasted better if I had gotten to eat it right away. I had to wait until we got back to the hotel, about a 20 minute drive, until I could try it. The potato chips, which I expected to be crispy had turned soft from the heat and steam of the burger, but the taste was still good. The salty chips offset the sweet burger bun.

If you’re at Mohegan Sun and looking for a place to eat Bobby’s Burger Palace is definitely a good place to try. Home to the Crunch Burger, eating it right away will make a difference and make it taste better, but if you can’t it will still be ok. So go try it.

 

Lobster Rolls at The Local Peasant

IMG_8973One Monday early evening while Katie and I were watching her friend’s house we decided to make the short walk to The Local Peasant a bar next door for something to eat. While I had been to the one in Sherman Oaks, Katie had been the only one to have been to the Woodland Hills one before. With no sign letting us know that we were in the right spot except for a tiny menu at the front entrance Katie and I arrived. The weather in Woodland Hills that day was relatively cool so we sat down outside on their patio in a corner booth.

The outside was pretty busy, but inside it was quite empty. We got a menu and a menu for the special of the night which read that Mondays were Lobster Roll Nights. How exciting! I couldn’t pass up a lobster roll so I ordered the lobster roll while Katie ordered a Peasant Burger with cheddar cheese.

Our food came and the burger was good, but the lobster roll was absolutely delicious. It had a bit of spice and dill taste in it and I was super pleased with it. So pleased that I can’t wait to go back on another Monday night and get it again. The burger came with fried egg and onions and was one of the best burgers I had in a while.

Next time you’re in Woodland Hills and looking for a local spot to get dinner or a drink check out The Local Peasant. The calm environment mixed with the scrumptious food is worth giving it a try. They even have some gluten-free and vegan options on their menu.

Split Pea Soup Andersen’s in Santa Nella

IMG_8973On the way home from San Francisco Katie and I stopped at Pea Soup Andersen’s for my first ever pea soup experience. Knowing that I don’t really like peas and not knowing if I would like pea soup or not I was a little worried. I had heard such good things though that I wanted to give it a try.

Pea Soup Andersen’s original location is in Buellton, California just north of Santa Barbara. Anton and Juliette started a prosperous horse and cattle ranch and dairy farm named Rancho San Carlos de Jonata. R.T in 1924. They had 5 children and came up with the idea of opening a tiny restaurant. They named it “Andersen’s Electric Cafe”. The most popular recipe with the customers was the split pea soup.

In 1965 Pea Soup Andersen’s was sold the Buellton restaurant to Vince Evans. He had a vision to create a new “Service Town” off of I-5, similar to what had been created in Buellton by the Andersen Family. He eventually opened their second location in Santa Nella, California and that is where Katie and I stopped.

As we pulled into the restaurant parking lot I realized that it was much bigger than I had expected. The classic windmill was the first thing to catch my eye, from the highway but the building itself was huge. We took a moment to admire the windmill and then finally found the main entrance. We stopped to take a picture with their head cutout board of their classic cartoon of the two guys splitting the peas and then headed inside.

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Once inside I immediately noticed their bakery and gift shop. I was super excited to see what they had and snuck away to get a better look soon after we were seated. They had cookies, strudels, eclairs, and pies. It all looked so good. The gift shop had all kinds of memory and special event pieces. They even had a Scooby cookie jar which I found super cute. You can even buy cans of their pea soup if you want to take some home.

Back at my seat the waitress offered for me to try the split pea soup before ordering it as a meal. What a great idea and I really appreciated getting to try a sample. Not having to buy it if I didn’t like it was a plus too. Unfortunately I did not like the soup. Maybe I just don’t like peas so much that pea soup just wasn’t a good choice. We decided on a burger and some chicken tenders, both of which were very good.

For some reason, I couldn’t shake the feeling of it being very similar to a Crackle Barrel and I’m not a huge fan of Crackle Barrel so trying to get that out of my head was difficult. However, all in all as a rest stop for a long trip, Pea Soup Andersen’s is a great place to check out. Try their pea soup if you like it and if not there’s plenty of other option to try. Just to set the record straight though, I wouldn’t drive all the way to Santa Nella from Los Angeles just for their split pea soup. But that’s just me.

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company

IMG_8971After a trip to Lands End Lookout Katie and I were extremely hungry. We decided to try Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company just down the road from Katie’s friend’s house in San Francisco. We walked down her street and onto the main street. A few blocks later we arrived at the front door. We almost missed it as they don’t have a sign or anything posted other than a small menu in the window.

We walked inside and were seated right away in a wooden booth. It wasn’t that busy for a Saturday night. I had expected it to be a lot more crowded, but the small groups were generally relaxed and chill. We ordered the Sunset Burger and Bowl of Wings. Both of which were really good.

We split our orders. The wings came first and I thought the sauce was super spicy. Katie, however, thought it was perfect. With or without the sauce the chicken was scrumptious. Next came the burger and it was delicious as well, with bacon, cheddar cheese, and 1000 Island dressing. Katie got a sampler of their beer to try as well.

We finished our meal and drinks and headed back to Cathy’s house, full of yummy food. If you’re in San Francisco and looking for a place to eat you should check Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company out.

Stacks of Burgers

IMG_8971After my friend and my hike at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks we were starving. An 8 mile hike to Lizard Rock and Paradise Falls will do that to you. Hardly able to think straight and completely exhausted we decided on burgers. We yelped the area and Stacked: Food Built Well came up. They had 4 stars and their burger pictures looked amazing. We immediately headed over there to get something to eat.

The employees at Stacked sat us right away and the hostess gave us a tutorial on how to use their ordering iPad since it was our first time. Here waiters and waitresses don’t take your orders like usual, you use a touch screen iPad to pick and choose what you want. We ordered our drinks with just a push of a button, sending them to the kitchen. We then browsed through the menus they gave us. You can order almost anything you want at Stacked. They have a variety of foods including pizza, burgers, salads and even mac ‘n cheese. You can even customize and create your own meals.

As we waited for our drinks to arrive we ordered our burgers through their touch screen service. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger and chili cheese fries and I can’t remember what Arpy ordered, but it was some kind of burger and onion rings I think. We waited patiently until our food was made and brought to our table. Boy did it look good. We quickly devoured all of it, leaving no table scrap behind. We were stuffed and in food comas before we left, but it was well worth it and we deserved it.

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Give Stacked: Food Well Built a try next time you are in Thousand Oaks. It’s innovating ordering machines, customizing food selections are sure to keep you satisfied and having fun throughout your meal.

Slater’s 50/50 Burgers

IMG_8971On my way home from a hike with Arpy in Pasadena we decided to stop at Slater’s 50/50. It is located on the corner of Raymond and Union. We pulled up and found a parking spot right on the street outside. A little money in the meter and we headed inside. We were seated by the bar and the atmosphere seemed a lot of fun with TV’s to watch the games, a bar, and a few seating areas.

Slater’s 50/50’s main draw is bacon. They put bacon on everything. In their burgers which are half beef and half bacon, on their burgers, in their ketchup, and even in their milkshakes. We ordered fries with bacon ketchup and onion rings to share and each got a burger. I got a milkshake too.

The milkshake was absolutely delicious! I had never tried a maple bacon milkshake and I was surprised by how good it was. I will be sure to have another next time I see it on a menu and doubly sure to get it when I go back to Stanley’s 50/50. The onion rings and fries were ok, but pretty much the same as everywhere else.

I ordered the 50/50 Frito Crunch Burger and came with a 50/50 bacon and beef patty, American cheese, bacon turkey chili, Fritos, and 1000 island on a brioche it bun. It was super yummy. It had a different texture than most burgers, but that can only be attributed to the bacon mixed in. I couldn’t finish the whole thing so I saved half of it for later.

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Next time you are in Pasadena and are looking for a place to eat and want to try something new be sure to head over to Stanley’s 50/50. You can’t get a burger like it anywhere else. You’ll be sure to want to go back time and time again.

Super Burger Heaven

IMG_8971I saw Super Burger on my way to a hike in Pasadena with a friend and decided to check it out on our way home. It has amazing reviews on Yelp, 4.5 stars! I figure it had to be good.

We pulled into the small lot, which I’m not exactly sure is really their lot, and parked the car. There was also street parking along the main road available too. We got out of the car to take a look at the place. It is super cute, all outdoors, and on the beautiful sunny day that we hiked it was perfect weather to have an outdoor lunch.

I took a look at the menu and ordered a double cheeseburger. I was too excited to try it. There’s not many good burger places in my area, so this was going to be special. My burger arrived at the window and it was huge! I couldn’t believe how much food they gave us. I took a bite and it was delicious. It reminded me of a home cooked burger. One you would make in your own kitchen.

There was definitely too much food for me to finish it all, but my friend managed to finish her burger, leaving a bunch of fries behind. I packed the second half of my burger and fries to go and had it later that night. I will for sure be going back there and if you are in the area you should try it out.

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