Mar52 and I do 80 mile round trip, "L.A. County Roadfood" !!!

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Mar52 and I do 80 mile round trip, "L.A. County Roadfood" !!!

Marlene (wonderful Roadfooder "Mar 52") and I took an "L.A County" Roadfood Trip on Sun. Aug. 9th ...
We drove 80 miles round trip !  (starting near LAX)
 
Our first stop was the OINKSTER in Eagle Rock

The OINSKTER is known for their "house cured" PASTRAMI.... there are tons of YELP.com reviews on the place...mostly good..
It's been around about 3 years..   it's on Colorado Blvd, near PASADENA
 
 
The "house cured" PASTRAMI from the OINKSTER.... neither one of us liked it!  It was $8.49
 
The pastrami had NO TASTE, IMO ...(and whatever little taste it did have, was more like a roast beef)
 
Marlene looks adorable here!
 
About the only thing we liked was the CHOC SHAKE... although I would've liked it to have been colder!!
(but we were sorry we had it, cause it was too filling!)
 
MORE pig out stops coming!!!

post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/23 12:59:47
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 08:34:38 (permalink)

    Ellen..... you have a way of making bad pastrami look good.  That is one thing I didn't have on my trip.  I didn't make it to Canter's or Langer's.   Although I did park right in front of Canter's for one of my stops.

    I haven't even started my trip report yet.  I took about 300 pictures, I'm going to have to delete some of them!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 08:48:48 (permalink)
    Sorry we weren't able to meet up , Ellen. Looking forward to the rest of your report.
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 09:40:20 (permalink)
    Is The Oinkster in a new building that was designed to look retro, or did it take over an existing structure?

    Bummer about the pastrami.  Guess it looks better than it tasted...

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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 09:46:29 (permalink)
    <<Guess it looks better than it tasted... >>

    It doesn't even look that good to me. And what's up with that roll, where's the rye bread??

    And, come to think of it, "Oinkster" is an odd choice of names for a place that's noted for Pastrami...
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 10:04:07 (permalink)
    Caught me with my first and I think only bite of that sandwich.  It really wasn't good.

    My shake was a malt with extra malt.  Ellen was right in that it could have been colder, but it was a Malt!  A chocolate malted as my mother would say.  I drank the entire thing and it really ruined my appetite for the rest of the day. 
    Didn't stop me from eating, of course.

    The fries don't look that good in the picture but they weren't bad.  They wre home made fries served with their "famous" ?? aioli garlic sauce.

    The fries were a little underdone for me.  I like them to have some crispies in the bunch.

    The garlic sauce was nice.  Not outstanding, but nice.  The other sauces available for the fries were catsup, chipotle catsup and a mustard similar to Zatarains with the whole mustard seed showing.

    I think they must have put plain catsup in the chipotle dispenser.  I couldn't taste a difference.

    The building was once something else.

    Cute place with a good crowd.  Maybe their burgers are good.

    Nancypalooza prompted our next stop with one of her delicous reports.  I thought I'd never get there!....
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 11:23:18 (permalink)
    Foodosaurus 
      I didn't make it to Canter's or Langer's.

    I haven't even started my trip report yet.  I took about 300 pictures, I'm going to have to delete some of them!

    Mar52 and I wanted to go to Langer's ...but we found out beforehand that they were CLOSED on Sundays ..(good thing we knew, or else we'd get "Travelin'-manned"..)
     
    I did hit Canter's with my buddy, Arnie, on my last full day in L.A. , Aug 10th..
    I'll post pics on yelp and and perhaps on here, too..
     
    No, no , no, try not to DELETE those pics , foodosaurus..
    I rarely delete much anymore, cause memory is SO cheap!
    I know how you feel, as I noticed my grand total when I transferred them to my computer..
    looks like I took 500 pics during my 7 days in Southern Cal !!
     
    p.s.  I agree with you, Mar52, as I like my FRIES crispier as well... those just did'nt do that much for me...  and I did'nt think those dipping sauces were all that..
    (I'd been really looking forward to their garlic aoli; it was "okay")

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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 11:27:16 (permalink)
    Brad_Olson

    Is The Oinkster in a new building that was designed to look retro, or did it take over an existing structure?



    It started life as a Der Wienerschnitzel drive-thru restaurant.

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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 11:45:00 (permalink)
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    Brad_Olson

    Is The Oinkster in a new building that was designed to look retro, or did it take over an existing structure?



    It started life as a Der Wienerschnitzel drive-thru restaurant.


    Yeah, they don't look like anything else. Can you still drive thru the middle at this one?
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 11:55:04 (permalink)
    Sorry I didn't know about it, or I would have been delighted to join up with you both!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 11:58:54 (permalink)
    Nope.
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 13:17:44 (permalink)
    "Weiner-Dude" has a sort of easy-recognition factor built into its buildings, doesn't it? Not quite on a par with Howard Johnsons Red Roof, or the Golden Arches, but if you see one, you know what it is/was !!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 15:32:02 (permalink)
    Pilar!  Next time!  We had a lot of fun, but I didn't fit in my vehicle by the end of the day.
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 20:53:33 (permalink)
    Our next stop was AUNTIE 'EM'S, also in Eagle Rock..
    Mar was intrigued by the nice write up that NANCYPOLOOZA had given this place!
     Marlene was excited about trying the APPLE CUSTARD PIE....
    but sadly, they did not have apple custard pie that day..
    Meanwhile, I was looking forward to their CUPCAKES !
    Mar had to settle for a few of those....(How were they , girl?!?)
    We took the cupcakes to go, and I had mine the next day!

    I give a "Thumbs Up" to both their CHOC. CUPCAKE and their COCONUT CUPCAKE...
    I also had the RED VELVET which was just fine, but I think I'm getting burnt out on red velvet..
    (maybe the novelty has worn off for me....       however, coconut cupcakes with vanilla icing is kind of new to me!)
    Here's their specials for Sunday, Aug. 9th....

    It was early afternoon, and the Sunday Brunch crowd was in full force..!
    The secret was that Mar and I ALREADY had OUR "Sunday brunch"....  my super good buddy Arnie insisted on making us some homemade cheese omelettes and KILLER home fries when Mar came to pick me up...
    So were were stuffed before we even left on our Roadfood Journey...(but don't tell anybody!)
     
    SUNDAY BRUNCH over ARNIE'S, LA, CA 90045
    ...before our Roadfood journey..

    ...
     
    Don't go anywhere!!  We've still got a few MORE PIT STOPS (aka PIG STOPS/pigout stops!)
    post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/14 21:08:01
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 21:23:13 (permalink)
    Looks like you all are having fun!  Coast to Coast
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 22:32:38 (permalink)
    Thanks, to Marlene and Ellen!

    I always enjoy your travel reports, and all the travel reports here on Roadfood, for me as a german, a very interesting insight to America, the landscape,  the People, the Food.

    Thank you all so very much!

    Regards from Germany


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    post edited by Michael_Germany - 2009/08/14 22:36:16
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/14 23:47:26 (permalink)
    Thanks, Michael...

    When I realized that we'd be around the corner (sort of) from Auntie Em's that Nancypalooza so temptingly described I asked Ellen if she minded stopping there.  What was I thinking?  Of course she'd stop!

    I was so excited that I left my camera in the car and would not go back to get it.

    I REALLY was disappointed that they didn't have the custard apple pie.  I could almost taste it.

    However those cupcakes were excellent!  I bought 2 of the full size, fully leaded red velvet.  I'm not for sure tired of them yet.  Moist and delicious!

    Thank you, Nancy!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/15 10:45:13 (permalink)
    Hey Roadfooders, you'll have to take our word on the cupcakes..
    (no pics!!)

    p.s. Hello Germany!!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/16 09:24:31 (permalink)
    Ellen, you have such great food adventures! Being a pastrami lover myself I'm sad that you were disappointed; I hate anticipating that first fabulous bite and then not getting the follow through - can't wait for the rest of the trip!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/16 21:14:21 (permalink)
    Ellen -

    You're my go to person for pastrami!  You casn always find it!

    Great start to the trip...looking forward to more!

    Thanks for sharing and to you also Marlene!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/17 16:27:21 (permalink)
    WOW!  I love that you girls had to stop at Auntie Em's.  Marlene, you should go back for the apple custard pie for sure; I bet there's an email contact at their website and they should be able to tell you when it's on next.  Hell, call my mother--she'll go with you.  :)
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/18 01:25:41 (permalink)
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    Ellen -

    Great start to the trip...looking forward to more!


    Thanks , ChiTown Diner !
    And nice hearing from my CT buddy, Tn Tin !!
     
    More coming ASAP !  There will be a "part 2"..
    Wait till you see me dig into my beef ribs !!
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/18 12:32:47 (permalink)
    Thanks for the great report so far.  Sorry that the pastrami turned out to be so tasteless, but I am hoping that the ribs have a better report.  Maybe I can use that information for my trip next week to Bakersfield and Ontario, depending on where you all ended up eating.
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/19 23:42:01 (permalink)
    TOPS Burgers, Pasadena is our next stop !!!
    This was a true pit stop, as it was'nt on our "original" schedule..

    More coming soon !!  
    Hey , Buffalo Tarheel, check out Joey's BBQ while you're in the Ontario , CA area...(4 locations, including Upland, Pomona, etc)
    www.joeysbbq.com... ( this is a hint of what's next to come after my TOPS burger pics!
    ..
    post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/20 00:04:18
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/20 08:40:26 (permalink)
    Marlene took this next pic with her camera ...I think it's an award winning pic!
    These onion rings at TOPS in Pasadena were the REAL thing!
    And ever see onion rings that BIG before?!?
     
    Another view of those homemade onion rings.  I loved the crunchy batter on them... just my type...
    (it took me a while to admit that "beer battered" does'nt really do that much for me... and THESE onion rings were NOT beer battered)

    TOPS verdict: Loved the onion rings; but wished  they had thicker burgers available, so I could have a little PINK...
    but the burger still had a real nice flavor.  It was typical of many of the L.A. County burger places: THIN burgers...
    and if you order a double, you just get 2 THIN burgers... 
     
    The ingredients and toppings were all fresh and yummy , though...nice toasted bun, nice homemade thousand island sauce, etc..
     
     
    post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/20 08:48:29
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/20 11:47:17 (permalink)
    If you're in to onion rings which I could become if I lived in Pasadena or whatever city along Route 66 Tops resides in theirs have to be the best ever.

    I've really never had any better, anywhere.

    However, I've been ruined by the Awesome Blossums and onions flakes or whatever they are called.  I now crave something to dip the rings in to no matter how great they were on their own.

    These really didn't need anything more than a bigger appetite.  I was still stuffed before we ever got here.

    I ordered a self-serve lemonade that I doctored up with Seltzer.  Very refreshing.

    Not a lot of people notice, but on a good percentage of self-serve soda machines there is a tiny button for plain soda.

    Great stuff for the stuffed!

    Great stuff just 2¢ Plain.
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/20 14:37:11 (permalink)
    looks like you 2 girls are having a great time.
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    Re:Mar52 and I make a pit stop at TOPS burgers ....we're starving! (LOL) 2009/08/20 15:47:42 (permalink)
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    However, I've been ruined by the Awesome Blossums and onions flakes or whatever they are called.  I now crave something to dip the rings into

      I was still stuffed before we ever got here.

    I , too , love those "blooming onions" ...!  I love to dip, etc! (and I'm so bad, that I actually like the ones that are a little greasy)
     
    Yes, Marlene was so stuffed when we got to Tops (it was a "let's stop here!" on my part, very impromptu)   ...so Marlene just had her selzer, and tried a ring or two ...
    (and got her camera out to take a great pic: "me vs. my onion rings!")
     
    Final view of TOPS  ...(there's Mar52 on the right , taking her final pic, as well!)

     
    Stay tuned for JOEY'S BBQ, our last meal stop ....www.joeysbbq.com...
    4 locations in the Inland Empire...
    Wish I had places like that for beef ribs near ME here in AC ! 

    post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/20 15:49:15
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    Re:Mar52 and I pig out at the OINKSTER ! 2009/08/20 15:54:50 (permalink)
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    Marlene took this next pic with her camera ...I think it's an award winning pic!
    These onion rings at TOPS in Pasadena were the REAL thing!
    And ever see onion rings that BIG before?!?
     



    No, I haven't... but you can rest assured that situation will be rectified as soon as I find myself near a Tops restaurant.


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    Mar52 and I make a pit stop at JOEY'S BBQ on old Highway 66 !! 2009/08/20 17:49:35 (permalink)
    And now we are approaching our last meal stop of the day !
    Joey's BBQ in Upland, CA...(the restaurant is about 50 feet to the right of this pic!)
    I love getting in signage in my pictures!
     
    And I feel one can't get better SIGNAGE than THIS!
    (Incidentally, we are on old Highway 66... this part is called Foothill Blvd)
    post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/20 17:53:52
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