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I spent my Sunday at Disneyland, also known as the happiest place on earth. It was an awesome day and I hadn’t been to the magic kingdom in the better part of a decade. Unfortunately, this trip wasn’t for pleasure. It was all about business. The business of sandwiches.
One of our great readers, Andy, read our review of Jack’s Deli in Westlake and recommended that I try the monte cristo sandwich at Disney’s Blue Bayou restaurant for a direct comparison. And that, my friends, is exactly what I did.
The Blue Bayou Restaurant – Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, Anaheim, CA
I thought it might be fun to hit up the Busy Bee Café in Ventura, down in the older part of town, off of Main St. They have been a staple of the community and a tourist hot spot for a very long time. Busy Bee is modeled after a 1950’s diner and tries and keep their food similar to that era. They are all about hamburgers, shakes, pie, and blue plate specials.
Busy Bee Café – Ventura Main St in Old Town Ventura
This part of Ventura is actually loaded with places to eat, so B and I will be picking them off, one by one. I chose this one because I had been there a few times many years ago and I remember enjoying the burgers, shakes, and the waitresses in little cheerleader outfits awesome jukebox. Continue reading
Jack’s Deli in Westlake has been around for quite a while, but I’d never been there. I’d only heard the mixed review from friends and acquaintances. At least until last week, when I had two reliable sources tell me that Jack’s has two things that I love, good breakfast and a nice Monte Cristo.
For those of you who don’t know, the Monte Cristo is the king of sandwiches. You might have thought pastrami would have the crown, or perhaps the philly cheesesteak, or anything not from subway. But you’d be wrong. The Monte Cristo is a triple-decker ham, turkey and swiss sandwich, which is dipped in egg batter, fried a golden brown that would make Scrooge McDuck blush, lovingly dusted in powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam. In essence, it is breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert all rolled into one.
Worth the heart attack? Um, Hell Yes!
For those of you who live in a cave, and tell time with a sundial, let me be the first to tell you that today is Cinco de Mayo. Today is a day of drinking giant margaritas, ice cold cervezas and gorging on carne asada street tacos by the armload. Of course, that is what is going to happen tonight. Meanwhile, Mikey and I still have work to do and therefore my review this evening will have nothing to do with Mexico, Mexican food or booze of any kind.
What you probably don’t know is that Germans make up one of the largest foreign groups in Mexico. The German people are also the reason why Dos Equis is so awesome, thanks to the import of their lager style beer. It is in honor of that contribution, on this largest of Mexican holidays, that I give you this review: a genuine German deli.
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At the urging of several friends, I ventured into the San Fernando Valley this afternoon to tackle health food from one of the original restaurants in the genre. This is the place that invented veganaise, which as you can imagine is the vegan equivalent of mayo. I don’t like mayo, and I don’t eat mayo, but I respect the fact that these peeps are breaking barriers.
Anyway, it was a bit of a trek, but since this week is weight reduction awareness week (see how I keep changing names) without further ado, I give you Follow Your Heart.
Follow Your Heart Cafe