Stadtgarten Fullerton

Downtown Fullerton’s newest addition, Stadtgarten, serves up “artisanal wurst & bier” – so naturally, I wanted to try it.

Located at what I call “the end” of Downtown Fullerton, where the Fox Theatre building is, there’s a new little corner area which is the home of Dripp (coffee, ice cream, etc.) & now, more recently, Stadtgarten.

It seems to be the first location in Southern California, so it’s pretty cool that Fullerton was the lucky winner of the home store. A short distance from Cal State Fullerton, and an eIMG_1165ven shorter drive from Fullerton College, this place is sure to get a lot of business.

The decor is very modern, mostly wood, and is epic in it’s Instagram worthiness. There is an outside seating area with picnic benches, lights and a fountain. You can also choose to eat inside on long communal tables. Very LA, it reminds me a lot of Wurstkuche.

I tried a bite of the Bratwurst (pork) and had a Polish (pork, beef) sausage to myself. A friend tried the Rabbit (w/veal), and boyfriend tried the Hungarian Kolbasa (pork). The sausage of your choice comes with two toppings, so I went for grilled onions and hot peppers. I wasn’t expecting two large red peppers laying across with the stems still intact, but I can’t say it wasn’t bad because I enjoyed it.

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It seems as though everyone enjoyed their sausages. They were fresh, juicy and had a nice snap to them. The bun was warm, soft and delightfully crusty. As for condiments, there are large squeeze bottles of mustard and ketchup on the tables. The spicy brown mustard was by far the best out of the bunch.

I wouldn’t call myself a beer person, based on my knowledge of which beers are good. However, I really liked the two I drank and it’s cool that each beer has it’s own unique branded glass to go with it.

The disappointment of the night was the giant German Pretzel. It was obviously stale, very tough and not even warm. To add, the special sauce we got to choose to go with it – avocado ranch – was still defrosting. There was literally ice in it. Never again!

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So, to end, would I go back? Probably, but mostly for the beer and to try the Frites which I now regret not ordering. The food overall was okay, service was eh, but I personally don’t find myself craving sausage over burgers anyway.

I would love to come back with a group of friends to have some brews while enjoying the outdoor garden. If you decide to spend some time here, let me know what you think – but maybe I’ll give Stadtgarten some time to work out the kinks before I return.

The Burnt Crumbs Experience

You know that show, Best Thing I Ever Ate, on the Food Network?

I’m having one of those moments right now.

Let me say this slowly for you – SPAGHETTI. GRILLED. CHEESE. 

I spent this past weekend in Huntington Beach & I’ve been wanting to go check out Pacific City for awhile. It’s a new outdoor shopping experience with a great restaurant selection right across the way from the sand. They’ve recently opened Lot 579, similar to a food court but with a similar concept to the Packing House, Union Market, etc. Meaning, it’s the trendiest of restaurants all under one roof with dessert staples like PopBar and Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream.IMG_1103

After poking around on Yelp a bit, I came across Burnt Crumbs. Knowing that it was related to Burntzilla, I couldn’t pass it up. Located in the back corner, it was by far the place with the most customers. My boyfriend and I decided to split the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese after he had seen a photo of it on Instagram. This was not a mistake.

It’s cheesy, it’s melty, and it’s carb-y times two. For goodness sake there’s a whole serving of pasta inside! Also, props to them because not that it would have mattered, but that pasta was ON POINT. The meat sauce was delicious, I’d have it as a side if that was an option.

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I can’t wait to go back. Their avocado toast with ricotta & fried chicken biscuit is on my radar! Honestly, I’m just going to shut up now because the photo speaks for itself.

 

Sliders & Tiki Drinks at Hatch

IMG_1036For anyone that knows me personally, they know how I feel about sliders. I love appetizers, and I love burgers – therefore I’m obsessed with sliders.

My favorite places for sliders are The Pint House, DogHaus and Yard House (because they’re cheap during happy hour and you get three). Well, Hatch has been added to the list. Here’s why:

The Look & Feel: If it’s hipster, chances are I’m going to fan girl over it. Located at Union Market at The District (Tustin), this place is right up my alley. If you haven’t paid a visit to Union Market – you should! Lots of DELICIOUS, trendy food options in there. Hatch is located in the back, look for the sign and go left into a littler corner. IMG_1039The place is small, there’s about 5 booths inside, bar seating and an outside patio. Luckily, I was seated right away. The decor is 1950’s kitchen meets Hawaii. With classic surf songs playing in the back, it really is a treat. Such a pleasant atmosphere!

The Drinks: Who doesn’t love a good tiki drink? I would definitely take advantage of their 13 option cocktail menu instead of having a beer or something. I had a Donn’s Dream: Rum based, with other alcohols mixed together to create amazing-ness. Fruity, not too sweet, lime-y and strong. SO GOOD.

The Food: The deal here is you can choose 2 sliders and get 1/2 a side and a special sauce of your choosing for $14. They also offer Loco Moco for $10. You choose a slider from the following categories: Moo, Oink, Flap, Swim & Sprout. I went for The Hatch – beef patty, fried onions, hatch sauce, and cheddar. A classic approach, but outstanding! My second choice was the Fried Soft Shell Crab – fried crab, tomato, greens and togarashi aioli. This slider had so many textures and flavors within each bite. It’s definitely a must try! So crispy!

I was able to sneak a bite of a few others: Skirt Steak, Tonkatsu, Duck and Fried Oyster. Gotta eat ’em all – go with friends! Their fries are pretty good. I’m not a fan of shoestring fries, but they were crispy which I can appreciate. Oh and the sauces are a great addition, their Sriracha ketchup is a must!

If you happen to give this place a try, invite me.

 

The Hype – Raising Cane’s

Alright everyone, I’m going to start a new segment here on OC Grub. I promised in my first post that I’d let you know if a place was up to the hype or not (in my opinion, obviously). So, let’s start with the ever so popular Raising Cane’s!

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What do you know about Raising Cane’s? Without googling, I know it originated in Louisiana and that their fresh and never frozen fried chicken made it across the US slowly over time. And now, we have a couple locations in OC that have really sent foodies into a frenzy. For weeks all I saw on Instagram were photos of chicken strips and “crack” sauce.

Now, this place was all the rage probably more than a couple months ago. I was on a healthier…diet…at the time but I found myself at Raising Cane’s recently as a treat and decided I still wanted to share my thoughts.

The chicken: IS GOOD. They’re not lying. It’s freshly fried and not frozen. Not greasy, just golden, crispy deliciousness. The amount of seasoning is perfect, and the breading to meat ratio is on point. The best part is that when you take a bite, you see actual chicken, not mystery McNuggets. I will not be comparing Raising Cane’s to Chick-fil-A because you can’t. They’re different entities.

The sauce: IS OK. I’m unapologetically a sauce boss, I love sauces!  Everyone was about to faint over this sauce and to me, it’s not THAT good. It’s tasty, I used two of them LOL, but I expected it to be better. It kind of tastes like ketchup and mayo mixed together with tons of black pepper. Let me know what you think if you give it a try! IMG_1033

The sides: ARE GOOD. The crinkle cut fries were crispy and they’re a good size. The Texas toast was a real treat. It was oddly sweet, but also garlicky which in the end won me over. The coleslaw, I honestly had one bite and didn’t attempt to eat it after that.

The verdict: Raising Cane’s does NOT live up to the hype it received. But it does deserve recognition.

Honestly, I’m going to eat here again so I can’t say that it’s bad when it’s not. However, the hype they received was WAY over the top. This is still fast food, there’s a drive thru! With that said, knowing that I can get quality chicken strips without getting out of my car is dangerous!

 

The Big Cheese

Literally. Thanks to Del Taco!

If you haven’t heard, Del Taco has spruced up their tacos that everyone knows and secretly loves. Now called, The Del Taco, these new tacos are meatier and cheesier! They were nice enough to bring some of their new tacos to the OC Weekly offices during lunch time last week.

In honor of this promotion, they also delivered a 40 lb. edible work of art. WOW. IS THIS REAL LIFE?

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As I chose a taco (or three) out of the brown paper bags, you could immediately tell it’s a little on the heartier side. There’s more freshly grated cheddar cheese, more beef (or turkey, which I LOVE) and they’re crunchier!

Of course, you get the tomatoes and lettuce per usual. And let’s not forget about doubling up on Del Inferno sauce.

If this post made you hungry, and you have $1.39 then I’ll meet you at the drive-thru.