December 5, 2009

On The Border Loaded Carne Asada Tacos

OTB.jpgI’m a creature of habit. I packed the exact same lunch to take to work every day for about three years straight. I’ve also ordered the same thing every time I ate at On The Border for at least the last five years, a Shredded Beef Enchilada Combo. When I find something I really like, I just stick with it because I am not an adventurous eater. On a recent visit to On the Border, I noticed that there were some new items on the menu. One of these was Loaded Carne Asada Tacos, which I ordered. The tacos are made with grilled flatbread tortillas (really thick tortillas that have more substance and flavor than a regular tortilla) filled with carne asada, cheese, and onion strings. They also come with a creamy red chile sauce that is unique and delicious. If I could buy it by the gallon, I would take it home and put it on everything I eat. My only minor complaint was the amount of meat. Considering that the name includes the word “Loaded,” I was hoping for a little more carne asada in the tacos. Oh well, at least the meat was very tasty and juicy. I’m glad that I finally broke the habit and ordered something new, because the Loaded Carne Asada Tacos are an excellent dish. I know for sure that I won’t be ordering Shredded Beef Enchiladas ever again.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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September 5, 2009

Applebee’s Brewtus Steak Burger

brewtus.jpgIt's no secret that I love big, tasty burgers. By big, I mean at least a half-pound of meat (note to cardiologist: I don’t eat burgers this big very often). Applebee’s should be commended for offering a burger with a ten-ounce patty made from chopped sirloin, the Brewtus Steak Burger. The thick patty of the Brewtus I recently ate was a lot of meat, and it was pretty tasty. I could tell that it was better-than-average meat and it was also seasoned well. It was overcooked, but that was my fault for ordering it “no pink.” I should have gone with “pink,” the other option that the server offered. Unfortunately, the patty was the just about the only positive aspect of the Brewtus. The bun was much too small for such a thick patty and wasn’t all that flavorful. And the small slice of cheddar cheese wasn’t enough for the huge patty. The cheese essentially disappeared amongst all the meat. Worse of all was the missing bacon. I was supposed to get “crispy Applewood smoked bacon,” but the cook forgot to put it on the burger. How can you forget my bacon? There’s simply no excuse for this and according to Phoood rules, automatically results in a one-level reduction in the rating.

Phoood rating: So-so

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May 22, 2007

Ruby Tuesday Triple Prime Burger

tripleprime.jpgI had seen the television commercial for months. What could be better than a hamburger made with 100% USDA prime prime tenderloin, prime ribeye and prime sirloin? The Triple Prime Burger looks delicious on TV, but I am pretty disappointed with the real thing. It is much, much smaller than I expected, and the one I was served was slightly overcooked. For a burger made with such fine meat, I thought it would have much more flavor. Better (and less expensive) burgers are easy to find – just go to almost any fast food joint.

Phoood rating: So-so

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