Caballo Viejo Latin Grill Update

Last month we did a post on a nice little latin grill called Caballo Viejo.  We gave you zero pictures of the food.  Well we are going back and updating old “Featured Restaurant” posts with new food pictures for those posts that were bare.  

Click on the pic below to check out the update.

Chips/Guac at Caballo Viejo

Observations: Something for the Ladies…

Pull up to the drive-thru window, order your Famous Star with a side of machismo and check out “Target Women: Carl’s Jr.”

(Thanks Whitney)
Carl's Jr. Paris Hilton Ad

Fast Food Review: Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee’s

Rarely can I pass up a western-style burger.  The Rodeo Cheeseburger from Burger King is a personal favorite of mine.  So when Hardee’s added to their line of Thickburgers with a western version, I had to make the stop.  Introducing the Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee’s.  

Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee's

Padma Lakshmi and I might be soul mates.  She was all over the Western Bacon Burger in that Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. commercial.  You won’t be seeing me in a sexy dress having BBQ sauce spilling all over the place, but there’s just something about onion rings and BBQ sauce on a burger that makes it extra special.  So I can definitely relate to Padma’s “love affair” with food.  On a recent road trip, I drove passed at least 8 signs pointing towards a Hardee’s restaurant.  Only on my return trip did I decide to stop by and sample the Western Bacon Thickburger.  This burger is billed as, “A 1/3 lb. 100% black angus beef Thickburger topped with beer-battered onion rings, spicy sweet BBQ sauce, melted cheese, diced onion and strips of bacon.”  

Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee's (close side)

The Thickburger beef patty is definitely hearty clocking in at a 1/3 pound.  I was happy it wasn’t overly greasy and had a “real burger” taste.  A lot of fast food burgers to me seem to get their flavor from being overly greasy.  This burger was able to maintain a nice burger flavor without dripping with grease.  The BBQ sauce, on the other hand, was definitely dripping from this beast.  It made the burger extra sloppy and the fact that the BBQ sauce wasn’t that great made it even worse.  The BBQ sauce is supposed to be “spicy sweet” and that’s just the way I like it.  What I got, in fact, was just a BBQ sauce taste which was neither spicy or sweet.  The strips of bacon on this burger overlaps everything and sticks out from the rest.  It was decent but didn’t really add or take away from the meal.  The cheese was melted well over the burger but really did nothing to add to the taste and just added to the calories and fat (warning this thing is 900 calories with 53 grams of fat!).  On the bottom of the burger there are a couple of pretty thick beer-battered onion rings.  The onion rings had a nice crunch to them but I couldn’t find their specific taste.  Where the onion ring lacks in flavor, the diced onion provides the backup.  Too bad the diced onion flavor overwhelmed the entire burger and I found myself scraping off some of them.  I think the diced onion really worked against the other flavors of the burger.  The sesame seed bun struggled to keep all the ingredients intact.  The Western Bacon Thickburger carried a price tag of $4.19 for the burger alone and $6 and change for the combo.  I must say, it’s a really nice sized burger but not worth $4.19.  I actually got sick of it three quarters of the way through and didn’t finish the entire thing.

Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee's (open)

If I were to ever get this burger again, I would hold off on the diced onions and get a better idea of the flavors from the other ingredients.  I just hate when a meal is almost completely dominated by one of the ingredients, and that ingredient turns out to be your least favorite.  So I’m going to say that with a little customization, this burger holds some potential.  I won’t go as far as saying it was poor, but it’s really close.  As is, it wasn’t very impressive and had me longing for a Rodeo Cheeseburger from the BK value menu.

  • Pros– Nice crunch to the onion rings.  Hearty and big.  Has potential if you hold the diced onions.  Burger not overly greasy.
  • Cons– BBQ sauce wasn’t very spicy or sweet.  Too much onion taste.  Not cheap.  Sloppy.  900 calories and 53 grams of fat!

Western Bacon Thickburger from Hardee's (close side)

Taste: 5.25/10

Value: 5.00/10

Grubbing on the Go: 4.25/10

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GrubGrade:  5.00/10  (Mediocre)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $4.19

Hardees.com

Nutrition Facts: Western Bacon Thickburger

Calories – 900

Total Fat – 53 grams

Saturated Fat – 20 grams

Cholesterol – 100 milligrams

Sodium – 2040 milligrams

Carbs – 72 grams

Sugars – 19 grams

Dietary Fiber – 3 grams

Protein – 34 grams

The GrubGrade Channel and Classic McDonald’s Commercial with Willard Scott

For only $1.00 you can squeeze and tickle Willard Scott.  Sorry, slow day. Although this might be a good opportunity to let everyone know that GrubGrade now has a YouTube account. YouTube.com/GrubGrade. Nothing much to see there right now, but The GrubGrade Channel will be the future site for our exclusive video content. Don’t worry, the vids will still be posted here but The GrubGrade Channel on YouTube will archive everything. So sometime in the future we can bring you a video review from time to time. Also planned is the “Cheeburger One Pounder Challenge” at Cheeburger Cheeburger between James and I. We’ll keep you posted.

Enjoy the creepiness of 1971.

First Impressions: Midnight Truffle Blizzard from DQ

Just sampled the “Blizzard of the Month” for April over at Dairy Queen.  The Midnight Truffle Blizzard is overwhelmingly chocolaty.  I figured by the pics released on the DQ website that it would be chocolate ice cream and chocolate truffles.  Well it’s vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and a TON of small chocolate truffles.  The fact that the ice cream was vanilla and not chocolate does absolutely nothing to cover up the fact that this thing is so packed with rich chocolate taste.  It seems like with each bite there were at least 2 small truffles/truffle pieces.  So rich…if you are in to chocolate you will look passed the fact that there isn’t chocolate ice cream in it.  Here are some pics.

Midnight Truffle Blizzard from Dairy Queen (closeup)

Midnight Truffle Blizzard Collage

Food News: Boston Market Crispy Country Chicken Commercial + Coupon

Boston Market has recently expanded it’s menu with Crispy Country Chicken items.  Actually it was back in February but I’m just now starting to see TV spots for it.  

The Crispy Country Chicken meal is a breaded and baked chicken breast topped with gravy and served with cornbread and a choice of two sides for $7.29.  The Crispy Country Chicken sandwich comes with a creamy Dijon spread, lettuce and tomatoes on whole-grain bread or a white baguette and is $6.49.  This new Crispy Country Chicken can also be added to a Caesar or chopped salad.  

Crispy Country Chicken Sandwich from Boston Market

Crispy Country Chicken in a sandwich

While the self-proclaimed “chicken experts” at Boston Market are primarily known as a rotisserie chicken place, I’m liking this expansion into new territory.  

Here’s a coupon if you’re interested

Buy One, Get One

Buy One, Get One

Food News: Free Grand Slamwich at Denny’s April 8

On February 3rd, Denny’s gave away around 2 million Grand Slam breakfasts.  Now, coming to a Denny’s near you, the “Pass Along Grand Slam Kindness” promotion hopes to bring in some extra customers.  From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, you can get a free Grand Slamwich for “a friend” when you order a Grand Slam for yourself.  So in a nutshell, just bring in a party of at least 2 and get hooked up with free food.  

Denny's Logo

The Grand Slamwich consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, mayo and American cheese grilled on potato bread with a maple spiced spread. It is served with hash browns, and costs $4.99 at most Denny’s locations.  It’s “everything you love about the Grand Slam.  Now in a sandwich.”