My husband and I were in Northridge late this afternoon, and decided to stop at Brent's for dinner on the way home. We'd only been to Brent's a couple of times before.
Hubby ordered a grilled sandwich - brisket, Ortega chile, grilled onion, and muenster on sourdough - it's totally his type of sandwich and he said it was fine.
I had 1/2 corned beef sandwich and a cup of the most delicious hot cabbage soup I have ever eaten. You know how some cabbage soups are that magenta color, like bottled borscht but watered down some? This one has a nice brown color with only a slight reddish tint. The soup was really rich tasting, like it was made with a good stock, with a distinct sweet and sour tinge but not overly sweet. The soup was laden with nice pieces of cabbage and some tomatoes. But what surprised and thrilled me was that it was chock-full of bite size hunks of beef...like pot roast, or stew beef (chuck?). The beef bites were extremely tasty and tender, and not at all fatty or gristly. I don't think I'd ever had cabbage soup that came with beef. In fact, I ordered it because it seemed like a lighter option than mushroom-barley or chicken-kreplach or chicken-matzo ball. This cup of soup that came with my "lunch special" dinner of 1/2 sandwich, cup of soup, and plastic thingy of coleslaw, was practically filling enough for dinner by itself. A bowl would certainly make a fine meal on a chilly night.
Now the not-so-good part: the corned beef on my sandwich was sliced pretty thin, not too fatty but not too flavorful either. It was quite disappointing, just blah, although the rye bread was good. The half-sours were nice.
I'll be back for the cabbage soup.