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Cheesecake Factory: The Farmhouse Cheeseburger

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The Skinny:  I went to a birthday get together at a Cheesecake Factory in Irvine and I haven’t been to one of these restaurants in over 3 years.  When I got there I ordered the Farmhouse Cheeseburger which has a Runny Egg, Beef Patty, and a smoked Pork Belly packaged into one meal.

The Good:  The Pork Belly was delicious, and as my brother would say, “it’s very hard to fuck up Pork Belly.”

The Bad:  The Farmhouse Cheeseburger was dry, the cheese was the shredded version you find at the Sizzlers salad bar, and the Beef Patty wasn’t seasoned well if at all.  The Fries also sucked ass.  After reading the menu’s nutrition handbook provided by the Cheesecake Factory at each table, I was even more pissed that I wasted 1530 of calorie intake on that piece of crap.  I now officially hate the Cheesecake Factory.

Would you come back again?  Fuck no.

More Info: www.thecheesecakefactory.com

MJ


Irvine: Fukada

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The Skinny: Fukada is a very popular, local, Japanese spot in BFE Irvine. They’re known for their healthy and fresh ingredients and greatly-priced combos.  You can pair a hot/cold udon or soba noodle with a variety of different donburi bowls with brown/white rice, i.e. Oyako don, spicy tuna don (the most popular), curry don, etc. If you’re not in the mood for noodles, you can also get a seafood salad with a donburi bowl or sushi roll.  Unlike other places, they are VERY generous with the amount of sashimi they give for the price.  The salad comes with tuna, salmon and albacore but they’ll even let you substitute for one kind of fish without an extra charge. They also serve a plethora of izakaya items which are fairly priced and very delicious. Overall, the prices are great, the food is even better and the décor is peaceful and soothing to the eyes.

The High: One word…combos! For people who love variety but don’t want to order the whole menu and look like a piggy (like me), this is the perfect place.  They give you just the right amount of food so you can finish both items in the combo, if you’re super hungry, or take one to-go for later.  The seafood salad is definitely worth trying here.  If you like sashimi salad, this place will definitely not disappoint.  They give you huge chunks of tuna, salmon and albacore tuna on a bed of organic spring mix salad and topped with a pepper onion dressing. Their donburi bowls are also very tasty and you can get it with brown rice for no extra charge!!  The first time I went, I tried the oyako don which is chicken pieces folded into an omelette and placed over brown or white rice.  I loved it.  The spicy tuna don is the the most popular bowl and they give you a good amount of tuna without all that mayo. The noodles that come with the combo are simple but still delicious. I’ve tried their hot udon and thought it was very tasty as well.  Their fried squid legs are crispy and not covered in batter.  Everything tastes fresh and you feel healthy even if you stuffed your face.

The Low: The only thing that was disappointing was the shrimp roll that comes with the combo.  It’s tempura shrimp and asparagus wrapped in too much rice and not enough flavor and fillings.

Would I come back again? Hell yeah!! I’ve been here twice in the past month and I can’t wait to go back.

More Info: www.fukada2go.com 8683 Irvine Ctr Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 | (949)341-0111  | They also have Fukada2Go if you don’t want to wait.  Fukada2Go also offers brown rice for their rolls which they don’t do at the restaurant.

– Nom Nom Bobbie