Bbq combination – Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

Bbq combination - Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse
1/3 rack baby back ribs, 2 chicken thighs, baked beans, brussels sprouts. $17
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, Rancho Mirage CA

Hmm, this wasn’t very good. The ribs had a weird texture and so did the chicken for that matter. The bbq sauce wasn’t very good either. Lame.

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String bean Szechuan style – China King Restaurant

String bean Szechuan style - China King Restaurant
Stir-fried string beans in Szechuan sauce. $5.95
China King Restaurant, Herndon VA

I liked these, but they were certainly greasy! I think they had too much oil in the wok and the wok was too hot when they cooked these. I did like all the chiles in the sauce though.

Mr. Brisket sandwich – Roadside BBQ

Mr. Brisket sandwich - Roadside BBQ
Soaked for up to seventeen hours and topped with coleslaw and bbq sauce. Served with brisket baked beans. $8.95
Roadside BBQ, San Rafael CA

Mmm, this sandwich was delicious! The brisket was tender, flavorful, and had a nice smokey flavor. It was also great with the slaw on top. I think the bun was a little on the thick side – I like less bun for bbq. The baked beans were very tasty.

Lemonade and Diet Coke - Roadside BBQ
Lemonade and Diet Coke. I like the little jars that they came in!

Guadalajara combinacion – Casa Azteca

Guadalajara combinacion - Casa Azteca
Chicken enchilada and tamale served with Spanish rice, refried beans, and salad. $12.45
Casa Azteca, Milpitas CA

I usually get the enchilada/chile relleno combination option when it comes to Mexican combos, but for some reason I was craving a tamale. Maybe masa seemed a bit healthier than a deep fried chile stuffed with cheese, but I’m pretty sure they’re both pretty unhealthy overall, lol! Regardless, this was yummy and it hit the spot.

Salad - Casa Azteca
Salad. Not the prettiness salad I’ve had, but I do appreciate that they threw in some beets.

Enchiladas suizas – Casa Azteca

Enchiladas suizas - Casa Azteca
Two corn tortillas filled with beef, covered with a mild red chile sauce and cheese. Topped with guacamole and sour cream. Served with Spanish rice, refried beans, and tortilla soup. $12.95
Casa Azteca, Milpitas CA

This was a great value for only thirteen bucks and everything was pretty good, but all the textures on the enchilada plate were soft. I didn’t mind too much but I wish they would have thrown in something crunchy to balance things out. I think that’s why other places thrown in a small pile of that cheap iceberg lettuce “salad”. You all know what I’m talking about. The tortilla soup was also on the salty side.

Tortilla soup - Casa Azteca
Tortilla soup.

Pork rib and catfish combo – Sandra Dee’s Barbeque & Seafood

Pork rib and catfish combo - Sandra Dee's Barbeque and Seafood
String beans, mac & cheese, hush puppy, cornbread muffin. 2 item combo $16
Sandra Dee’s Barbeque & Seafood, Sacramento CA

I liked most of the items on this plate. The bbq pork ribs were delicious, tender, and the bbq sauce had a nice heat to it. The mac and cheese was oozy-gooey and just the way I like it! The catfish strips were tiny and not properly cleaned (there was a lot of that gross silver crap that gives it a metallic flavor), and the muffin was a dense, dry hockey puck. The beans were fine, and the hush puppy was slightly greasy. I don’t know if I’d go running back when in the Sacramento area because there are other bbq places to try first.

Painted Hills top sirloin and pork belly – Roxy’s Cafe

Painted Hills top sirloin and pork belly - Roxy's Cafe
House cured bacon, sprouted beans, red pepper, okra. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Aside from the beautifully cooked and delicious proteins on this plate, the sprouted beans were my favorite part! I’d never had them before, and they had a wonderful texture and tasted great! I will say that my cut of beef had a lot of connective tissue, so while it was still tasty, I really couldn’t cut through it very easily. Lame.

Weathered mailboxes
Weathered mailboxes, The Castro.