Friday, May 14, 2010

The Blue Plate Diner

Blue Plate Diner
2041 S 2100 E 
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Ph# (801) 463-1151

Blue Plate Diner on Urbanspoon

I don’t know what it is about eclectic, quaint stylings of 1950’s throw back diners, but I feel at home there. What I didn’t know was that after I left I would need a full cardiac work up, and I should have scheduled my angioplasty after I ate there. Let me tell everybody now, if you’re on a diet this isn’t a place for you! Don’t get me wrong, fat is the essence of flavor and there was a TON of flavor! In the reviews that are out there about the Blue Plate Diner they rip on the service. Now, I do have to admit that my dining experience was rushed. I missed a movie show time, went there to eat, and then realized that I only had 30 minutes to order, eat, and get back to the theater. After being there for 5 minutes I knew that 30 minutes wouldn’t be enough time, not because of the service, but because of the relaxed atmosphere. I wanted to stay, but the movie schedule haunted me.

On to the food. For my first time ever I ate a Ruben sandwich. My Ruben virginity was lost that day, and it was good. Stacks of beautiful thinly sliced corned beef enrobed in Swiss cheese and graced with sauerkraut hugged between two beautiful rye bread slices starred up longingly from the heavenly white platter. I snuggled the Ruben in my hands, inhaled deeply, and sank my teeth into its tender flesh.

That was either homage to trashy romance novel or Hannibal Lector’s last meal. Any way you look at it, the Ruben was delicious. The only thing that did put me off a little was the Bar-B-que flavor that was in the sauce. Hickory in a Ruben, it didn’t seem right and it really wasn’t needed. The flavor was also in their homemade fry sauce. I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s a little much and masks the true flavor of the sandwich. If you order the Ruben have the sauce on the side that way YOU can decide how much you want if you like it.

If you go, make time to relax and enjoy your experience. This is a place where food shouldn’t be rushed! Sit! Enjoy! Take your time. If you’re in a rush, go to McDonalds or some other regurgitated fast food debauchery with bright colors and cartoon spokes-people where food is shoveled onto a conveyer belt then down the throats of willing victims. Just calling it like I see it.
Rating 4/5

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Barbacoa, Bountiful UT

273 West 500 South #1
Bountiful, Utah 84010

Barbacoa Mexican Resturant on Urbanspoon

With that said the first restaurant on the chopping block is "Barbacoa" and, yes, there is a story behind this. In my non-blogging real-world life, my office sits behind what used to be Hogi-Yogi & Teriyaki Sticks, a sandwich/yogurt/Rice Bowl shop. Weird combination, I know! Now, I am not one to indulge in frozen yogurt. I see it as taking a shower in your jeans. You want to get wet, but don't want to take off all your clothes, which leaves you unsatisfied and now wet from head to toe. I did hear that they did have some good sandwiches and that their teriyaki bowls weren't that bad either. However after witnessing some behaviors from the staff on their breaks behind the building, I became so disgusted that I could never enter the building to order anything. Even thinking about it now makes me want to vomit. Uggggh, down stomach, down! Needless to say Hogi-Yogi died! All I have to say is, good riddance!?
    Barbacoa is a Fresh Mex style restaurant that serves burritos, salads and tacos. Monday April 26th was this location's first day of operation in Bountiful, Utah and I decided to put them to the test.
    The dining area is simple with the standard bench booth set up with available seating out on the patio. I did have to laugh however at the Disney style line corral in front of the bar where you place your order. It had me looking around for a Fast Pass line and a sign that said how long the wait was. I ordered a basic burrito with their signature Barbacoa Pork, rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and mild salsa on one half and hot on the other. Once all the ingredients were put together, the tortilla was wrapped together and then wrapped again in a silver paper wrapper. It looked like a black powder charge for a cannon, thick, rectangular, and packed to the gills. This should have been exciting, but the presentation was severely lacking. Now I know that this is a standard fast food tex-mex establishment, but come on! Give the burrito some pizzazz!
    Due to the size of the burrito I was relegated to the standard knife and fork. I know my mouth is big, but it isn't that big! The first flavor to hit me is a mandatory staple for any style of Mexican food, either tex-mex or traditional, is cilantro. I know of people that hate it, but to me there can?t be enough of it. It is the aroma of Mexican food, without it, it's just an American rip off. Sorry Taco Bell. The Barbacoa pork was juicy and had a sweet note that combined well with the two different types of salsa. I would say that the guacamole is a definite must.  As I ate my burrito I became increasingly impressed with the fresh salsa. Too often in fast food you are given packaged, processed, re-hydrated powdery...well...shit, that is boiled, fried, un-thawed, or comes out of a 17 step processing plant. Just when I begin to think that there is no hope, something brings me back from the brink. Overall, it was a very satisfying meal. My only suggestion is regarding their pricing. If you want to add anything to your meal, like guacamole, it costs extra. Now I understand that it's only $0.99, but it makes you feel like you are being ripped off. Why not just role all the extras into the original price and leave it at that?
    So, here is the bottom line. Would I eat here again? Yes. Don't be discouraged by your cannon charge of a burrito. I enjoyed it. The cost? Well it may be a little more than your Taco Bell, but you can expect a better meal too. 4/5 Stars.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In the beginning...

Oninous title, I know, but where else do you start?! Welcome to my restaurant blog. I have been rolling this idea in my head for some time and now I am getting it off the ground. Let me let you in on a couple of basic opinions of mine before we get started.
  1. Am I addicted to food? - Yes
  2. Do I see food as socially acceptable porn? - Yes
  3. Do I love creating food porn? - Yes
  4. Do I get excited at a beautifully cooked fillet minion? - Yes
  5. Have I ever had a religious experience while eating fantasmic food? (fantastic and orgasmic slammed into one!) - Yes
  6. Do I hate boxed Italian restaurants, i.e. Olive Garden - Yes, with the white hot passion of 1,000 suns!
  7. Last but not least. Do I hate Rachel Ray? - Yes, I believe that there is a dark place in hell for her filled with cheese whiz, crackers, and a looped recording of her saying, "Yummm-o!"