Before the review/opinion, here's the epiphany: Oinkster is NEITHER a fast food restaurant, coffee shop or something in between. It is to my mind simply a rather obvious attempt at setting up a franchise operation where the product happens to be food. It's sort of like The Counter's business plan - the food is secondary. Forget about Langer's having nothing to worry about - I'd say once the hype dies down, Troy Burgers, Rick's, Jim's, or just about any other ubiquitous drive-thru will be fine.
On the the Chow.
I finally went this evening, in spite of the lukewarm (to be polite) reviews here. One would think what with Carter extolling its virtues for the last year, that the owner would have addressed the opening days issues by now (at least in terms of the universal complaints about sandwich size). Apparently not. Ordered the Pastrami combo for $11. The sandwich was meager, more bread than meat, and arrived slathered with mustard that wasn't requested. The fries were forgotten - a surprise considering the more than abundant crew. I went to the counter and returned with lukewarm,and fairly tasteless fries, with whatever flavor coming from the salt. It wasn't until leaving that I saw on the menu that the sandwhich comes with pickles, and the fries with the garlic aoli - neither of which I was served. Maybe the burgers and chicken are a different and more successful story.
The entire ambience was sort of a strained attempt at a hip drive thru.