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The Oinkster, Spitz in Eagle Rock and Fosselman's in Alhambra


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The Oinkster, Spitz in Eagle Rock and Fosselman's in Alhambra

kevin | Oct 4, 2006 02:36 AM

anyways, got the word that oinkster was open, and heard so much about the much heralded homemaded, smoked pastrami. and belgian frites. so hightailed over there over the weekend.

there was some ballons outside. i think the chef was there too. But for some reason the place didn't look promising, it had the look of a bad imitation of all american burger, the 1950s suburban ennui coupled with those razor sharp red umbrellas.

anyways, they didn't have any of their roast chicken, and had a little menu insert that detailed a half dozen food items that they didn't even have. this must be a really really really soft opening. didn't look promising but anyways, i was there for the pastrami and the frites.

ordered and got the combo which was about 12 dollars and some change, very very expensive for a fast food joint but wait it gets worse.

the pastrami sandwich and frites arrived with a couple minutes. the sandwich looked like the hat, johnnie's variety with pastrami on a french roll, but alas with half the amount of meat and the flavor of the meat was really not all there and the sandwich was lukewarm at best yet i still at the whole sandwich due to hunger. it wasn't tiny but it was small.

The frites or rather the Belgain frites was a very sad affair altoghether. Cold fries. not much better than in n out's (which i hate). didn't seem at all like superb belgian, twice fried frites (for great ones go to the hitching post in buelton or casmalia). once again, the fries were truly bad. some of the fries were just the leftover crud that had been sitting there for hours.

an utter waste at close to 13 bucks. oh, and for what it's worth, the pastrami did have a hint of the smoking, so you might find that as a nice surprise.

anyways, still hungry, so headed to spitz for the doner kabab sandwich which if i'm not mistaken is basically another name for a gyro sandwich. so ordered up one of those, and it arrived. not bad not great, nothing necessarily special above and beyond your garden variety gyro.

Then off to Fosselman's for some dessert, really good ice cream, though not as good as a previous visit. ordered up chocolate rasberry mousse and taro, love that distinctive taro taste, but it wasn't butterfat-y nor creamy enough. i think fosselman's has some consistency problems, sometimes the get it right and the texture is perfectly smooth, but maybe it depends on the ice cream flavor.

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