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
The Skinny: Freds 62 is one of those joints that you first go to because you’re with your drunk friends….and someone says…HEY let’s go to FREDS! You probably went clubbing in Hollywood and its one of the closest joints that has good food and has a lot of street parking nearby. For a few years I was going to friends at night and only at night until I moved out to Los Feliz. I stopped going at night and then started going during the day, and guess what everything doesn’t always taste better when you’re drunk! Actually FREDS during the day is WAYYYYYY Better.
The High: I’ve tried a ton of sandwiches and breakfast items at this local favorite and I have to say that I love the burger’s here and the Cali California Omelet…oh yeah the Eggs Benedict is pretty amazing too. The Burger Medium Rare is perfect and not too messy unless you get avocado like I did( In that case it becomes a slippery mess of green goodness). The Cali California Omelet has avocado in it also and its just all around awesome…with savory chicken sausage and the sun dried tomatoes are a perfect addition. If you don’t like goat cheese you can ask for something else. This place is always busy and it has a great vintage diner decor. There are also “Patio” aka sidewalk tables that are nice to sit at in case you have a dog, want a smoke, or have a friend that’s about to puke in the gutter. Fred’s is open pretty much all day and all night so if all the markets exploded in the area….you’d still be able to get some food at anytime as long FREDS stays open.
The Low: Honestly the food during the day is WAY better, and well I guess it is true…making drunk for food for drunk people is probably the way they thing about cooking after 2AM in this place….after all no one is ugly after 2AM and nothing tastes bad either. The downside to this place is that…IT IS SUPER POPULAR. Anytime of the day there is a wait….so be prepared to chill out for a bit or jump back in the car for PLAN B if you go during peak times.
Oh Yeah! TRY THE BOSSA NOVA WAFFLE….its Mmm Mmmm GOOoooood
Mini Burgers w/ Egg on it’s Face
* Trader Joe’s Mini Burger Patties
* Trader Joe’s Mini Buns
* Parmesan Shavings
* Kosher Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
* Eggs cooked over easy (trick: Use a medium size shot glass to cut the egg yolk out.)