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IHOP's Bacon Temptation Omelette = Delicious

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

IHOPI did a bit of traveling through the Midwest recently and having some time for a sit-down breakfast, I ventured into an IHOP in Iowa.

It's been quite awhile since I've eaten at an IHOP.  I'm not a big pancake or waffle kind of guy so that's the main reason why it's been so long between visits, but IHOP is a specialist at the breakfast thing so why not check out the current menu, right?

I was seated without wait after entering the establishment at about 9am.  The restaurant wasn't busy as I took a seat but it wasn't empty either, with a sprinkling of folks enjoying their first meal of the day and a few more trickling in as I opened the menu.  The waitress asked what I wanted to drink.  "Coffee please," I replied and off she went to fill up that IHOP traditional tableside pot of java.  In checking out the menu and coming as no surprise, everything in the first couple pages featured pancakes or waffles.  It was in-your-face unavoidable and I had to remind myself that I was at the Ihop Bacon Temptation OmeletteInternational House of Pancakes after all.....  But I am a bacon and eggs for breakfast eater, so to my pleasant surprise, towards the back of the menu, IHOP now features what they call the Bacon Temptation Omelette.....  I had to have it!

The waitress returned with the pot of coffee, took my order and I then proceeded to doctor up my cup of Joe with some cream and sugar.  Shortly after stirring and enjoying a few slugs, my order arrived.

What a delicious breakfast!  The omelette was perfectly prepared, the eggs were fluffy and I got hickory smoked bacon in every bite.  The Jack & Cheddar shredded cheese coupled with the White Cheddar cheese sauce was another dose of YUM and topping everything off with the diced tomato complimented it all quite nicely.  IHOP's Bacon Temptation Omelette rocks!

Ordered with a side of whole wheat toast the bill for my breakfast came to just over $13.  That's not exactly Bachelor on the Cheap friendly, but on this occasion, I'm OK with it.  You just won't get something like this at a fast food joint.  It's OK to splurge once in awhile.

The restaurant was clean, the service was friendly and fast, and most importantly the food was excellent!

IHOP gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars

4 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends.....

 


The Frisco Burger from Hardee's delivers premium, gourmet taste

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Needing some lunch while on the road and traveling through the Midwest, I pulled into a Hardee's for a burger.  It's been awhile since I've had a burger at Hardee's, I usually order the ham & cheese combo.

I went with the Frisco burger on this visit to the nation's 15th ranked fast food restaurant chain based on sales.

20180223_145508The Frisco Burger has a long on-the-menu, off-the-menu history at Hardee's dating back to the early 1990's.  The current form is a 1/3 pound, charbroiled Angus beef patty, combined with bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato, a unique onion-flavored mayonnaise, all served on a buttered and grilled sourdough bread.

The burger was served up hot and fresh, along with fries right out of the fryer.  Part of the Hardee's 'Thickburger' menu, the Frisco delivers on flavor, it tasted great!  The burger was juicy, the bacon was crisp, the Swiss cheese was melted just right and the tomato combined with that onion-mayo was a perfect compliment.  Whoever developed this burger did a really nice job marrying all those flavors and the Hardee's restaurant I visited prepared both the burger and fries perfectly.

I enjoyed my to-go meal, but it came at a fairly steep price for a fast food restaurant.  My Frisco Burger, medium fries and medium drink cost me $9.53.  And while that Frisco provided premium, gourmet burger taste, for that kind of money I'd rather be enjoying it at a tavern or a place like Red Robin with a cold beer to wash it down with. 

This burger is not Bachelor on the Cheap friendly, nor is it a smart eat while driving down the interstate.....  There was shirt spillage involved.....

The Hardee's Frisco Burger gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends......


Arby's Two Fish Sandwiches for $5 deal - Food Review

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

This 'fishy' deal is something I've been wanting to try since the Roast Beef King announced it about a month ago. 

Fish sandwichesI'm a sucker for a good fried fish sandwich, so I asked myself, "Self, how well do they do fish?" 

For a limited time, Arby's is venturing into the fish sandwich world with its Crispy Fish Sandwich and a spicy version of that called the Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich.   Simply named (and what else would you expect, it's a fried sandwich....), the Crispy Fish Sandwich is a classicly prepared Alaskan Pollock fillet crispy-fried to a nice golden brown, topped with tartar sauce, shredded lettuce and served on a sesame seed bun.​  The Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich also features the crispy, Alaskan Pollock fillet, but it's coated in a spicy seasoning.  Also served on a sesame seed bun, the sandwich includes dill pickle slices, lettuce and Parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce.

So does Arby's do fish sandwiches as well as they do roast beef?

Nope.  You know how their new slogan is "We have the meats?"  They don't have the fish.

I tried the Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich first.  I was disappointed.  To repeat, I love a good fried fish sandwich and I also like a little heat, so I was really looking forward to that combination....  Winner, winner fish dinner, right?

Nashville Hot FishNope.  While that Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich did provide that little kick I was looking for, it lacked that crispy crunch.  Maybe it wasn't in the fryer quite long enough, the preparation wasn't quite right, but nonetheless it lacked that definitive crunch.  The restaurant wasn't all that busy at 1:45 in the afternoon, my sandwich was made to order, not already under a heat lamp.  The pickles and lettuce were nice texture accents to the fish, but the Parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce actually took away from the fillet.  When I eat something like this I really want to embrace the heat infused into that breading.  Arby's should have kept things simple with just a straight tartar sauce for that cooling-of-the-heat effect.  That flavored Ranch just complicated the heat, rather than complimenting it.  It's a big sandwich, the fish fillet to bun ratio is good, but overall, this sandwich comes out flat.

Arby's version of a classic crispy fried fish sandwich is a nice attempt, but the sandwich is just a good, average rendition, rather than an extraordinary one.  This sandwich provided far more crunch than the Nashville Hot, so the preparation was spot on with this fillet.  The tartar sauce, lettuce and sesame seed bun all complimented the fish nicely.  Again, this was a good sandwich, but I've had better.   For fast food, Dairy Queen puts out a better fish sandwich.

Arby's gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars for its attempt at fish sandwiches.  You get full on just $5, but the flair, just isn't there.  You don't have to mix and match the sandwiches to take advantage of the Arby's deal.  If I had to do it over again, I would get two of the regular crispy fish sandwiches, the Nashville just doesn't deliver.  Bottom line, I'm not going back to Arby's for a fish sandwich.

Three stars

Crispy Fish

Spend Wisely My Friends.....


Save money by buying seeds instead of starter plants

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The seed purchases I made through catalog and online orders back in December are starting to arrive in my mailbox.  Why such a delay?  Most seed companies don't ship until it gets close to planting time and they take starting seed indoors into consideration.

Starting plants from seed is a great way to not only save money vs. buying over-priced starter plants in the spring, but you get to customize what will be in your garden.  You get to choose what goes in your garden rather than having to settle for what a garden shop has in stock.

Every spring, you see all those pop-up garden centers being put up in parking lots, whether at the local grocery store or Walmart.  I still frequent those, but they are limited in plant variety and even bonafide garden centers might not have a particular plant variety you're looking for.  And again, you'll pay a premium for starter plants, it's spring time after all....

20180211_074647Enter seed packets.....

I received an order from Park Seed the other day.  My order included:

  1. Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
  2. Italian Large Leaf Basil
  3. Salad Bowl Mix Organic Greens
  4. Peppermint
  5. Radish Park Beauty Blend
  6. Dill
  7. Greek Oregano
  8. Chives
  9. Organic Arugula
  10. Organic Roma Tomato
  11. Cilantro Calypso

That total for that order cost me just $15.94 and that includes shipping costs.  I would have spent at least five times that amount for starter plants and I wouldn't have found all those varieties in just one garden center location, pop-up or otherwise.  In the past I've done the garden center hop thing...  Pick up a few plants at Walmart, go to Lowe's looking for what I couldn't find at Walmart, check out the plants at the pop-up garden center at the local grocery store, travel to the local garden center for a look/see....  The end result is always spending more than desired and still not finding everything I want to put in my garden.

20180211_083033Now, armed with a bag of dirt, some egg cartons, a few containers I've got on hand and some lighting, I can get a great head start on an herb and salad garden.

"But Mike," you say.....  "Won't you spend just as much on dirt and lights that you would on starter plants?"

That first time purchase that an avid-gardener-in-the-making makes, perhaps.  But lighting is really pretty cheap if starting plants is all you're doing, you don't need fancy plant lights.  A southern exposure window (east exposure if you don't have one) and a little fluorescent lamp will go far in starting seed.  And I would contend you can still spend less on starting seed in that first year than you would in the equivalent in starter plants and spending FAR LESS in years thereafter.

"How much space do I need?" You ask....

Not much, not much at all.  Have a window sill big enough to hold an egg carton?  Start some seed.  Have some space on your desk by that desk lamp?  Start some seed.  Heck, I've been known to pull some small appliances off my kitchen counter to make room for starting seed.  Being an avid gardener though, I've since bought some shelving dedicated for such a purpose.

After planting and caring for those seeds per the instructions that come with your seed order, you will have all the starter plants and then some you'll need for a custom garden in about six to eight weeks, perfect timing for spring planting!

Spend wisely my friends.....


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Cereal Battle Part 2 - Cheerios vs. other toasted oats cereals

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I always have some kind of cereal on hand.  Sometimes it's for breakfast, sometimes with a little fruit and a heavy dose of cream, it makes for an impromptu dessert.  And although Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries is my all time favorite cereal, that's not what I typically have on hand.  My pantry is routinely stocked with corn flakes, toasted oats or bran flakes. 

Do you pay the premium price for the name brand?

If you do, you might think twice about doing so after reading this article.

20180208_125913I recently did a piece on corn flakes, today I'm doing a similar review of toasted oats cereals.  In conducting this 'Cereal Battle, Part 2', I purchased THE name brand, General Mills Cheerios; a store brand version, in this case Kroger; and a discount brand called Millville, a.k.a., Aldi.

I compared price, weight, the look, taste (both dry and w/milk) and the 'sogginess' factor.

Cereal #1, the name brand - General Mills Cheerios:

This cereal has been a family favorite for over 70 years according to the General Mills website.  I have to agree, a box of Cheerios was always in my house as a kid.  

Price:  $2.79 for 12 ounces of cereal

That price is actually fairly low for a name brand cereal.  In the first cereal battle, Kellogg's Corn Flakes came in at $3.39 and in a non-battle purchase, Wheaties was priced at $4.47 (Ouch!, over $4 for a box of cereal?).   Also noted in that first battle, was how much taller the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box was even though the weight of the cereal was the same as for the store and discount brands.  Only a very slightly taller box, General Mills doesn't seem to be playing the 'bigger box' game here, a marketing gimmick. 

For the look, taste (both dry and w/milk) and the sogginess factor, I'll summarize all three cereals in a bit.

Cereal #2, store brand - Kroger:

Price:  $1.49 for 12 ounces of cereal

Look how much cheaper the store brand is, a savings of $1.30.  That's about 11 cents an ounce for the store brand vs. about 23 cents per ounce for the name brand.  

Cereal #3, discount brand - Millville, a.k.a., Aldi:

20180210_071239Price:  $1.49 for 14 ounces of cereal

This is the cheapest cereal of the group because you get more cereal in the box.  Per ounce, Millville costs 10.6 cents.  And just an interesting note and Millville does this with all their packaging it seems, check out how 'Millville' tries to closely mimic the name brand with the look of the box, but the store brand, Kroger, does not..... The question becomes, how closely does Millville mimic Cheerios, the look, the taste?

When it came to the look, there are a few notable differences.  Cheerios appears to be smoother, then Millville - a little less of a smoothness factor and the store brand, Kroger, looking to be the drier oat, the more porous of the bunch.   All the 'O's' look to be about the same in size.  In the taste test, they all tasted the same, sampled dry and with milk, none more sweeter than the other.  But the crucial part of the test, the sogginess factor......  Cheerios comes out on top on this one, I got through most of the bowl before sogginess set in.  Millville came in second in this factor and the store brand, Kroger came in last - about 3/4 through the bowl.  Hmmm, there's something about that smoothness factor......

Cheerios gets top nod when it comes to marketing and the sogginess factor, but that's not worth the premium price.  For my money, I'll take the Millville version of Cheerios.  If you have been a buyer of the name brand, there's really no reason to continue doing so.  Save yourself some money with the discount brand from Aldi.

Other uses for toasted oats.....

Cheerios and the like aren't just for the breakfast bowl.  These things are versatile.  Toasted oats are a great addition to granolas, cookies and as a topping for dessert crisps.  My mom used to include them in home made party mix, I loved how the O's would soak up the Worcestershire.     Toasted oats are also a great base for home made cereal bars. 

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

 


Gambinos 'Out pizzas' The Hut, Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.... Yes, Better Than Papa John's too!

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Today is National Pizza Day and being the Foodie that I am, it is my honor, no, my 'duty' to celebrate this day......

Pepperoni and mushroom pizza is my favorite and I'm a thin crust kind of guy.  I don't want to chew on a bunch of bread when I eat pizza.  I want to enjoy that savory sauce, the spice of the pepperoni, the heartiness of the mushrooms, with all of that goodness served on top of a crispy, flaky crust.  

But I have a dilemma, I'm not a fan of Pizza Hut (they are inconsistent with delivery AND product), Domino's sucks and Papa John's is so-so.  I'm in need of a pizza joint that can provide consistently great pizza and I haven't found that place in Wichita yet.

20180209_150225Until now.  A friend of mine recommended Gambino's, a regional chain that recently moved into the Wichita market - about six months ago.

I ordered my favorite for carry-out.  How else to better evaluate a pizza joint I've never frequented before, then by ordering what I know right?  I need a baseline, ordering a specialty pizza on a first visit wouldn't be a proper assessment.

The order was ready in just 20 minutes and my timing was perfect, with the pizza guy placing a box in the warming bin just as I was walking in the door and it had my name on it.   The price was $20.40 for a large - a 14 inch pie - and I got what they call the "Pepperoni Cravers" which comes with extra pepperoni, extra mozzarella and I built on that by adding the mushroom.  That price is high, especially when considering what competitors in the area are offering, but I'll let the taste be the final judge.

I took a peek under the lid before leaving the restaurant, the pizza looked fantastic and smelled even better!  With the aroma tempting me something fierce (eat a slice, eat a slice, eat a slice.....) during the drive home, I somehow managed to behave myself, parked my truck without incident and opened up the apartment door with the pizza box still intact, all slices accounted for.

20180209_150622After pouring myself a soda and grabbing a plate, it was time to enjoy the great looking pie.  That first bite and every bite thereafter delivered!  The sauce Gambino's puts together is awesome, packing great flavor with the pizza not being over or under sauced, it was sauced just right.  The pepperoni portion was huge, as was the amount of mushrooms and I could have taken a couple of stretchy-mozzarella-strings-in-that-bite selfies but I've got a face made for radio.  The crust was perfectly done, a nice crispy, flaky bite, without being dry.  Everything was complimented nicely with a dusting of oregano and other spices.

Overall, this was a great pizza experience.  My pizza was ready for pickup quickly, I was in and out of the restaurant in just a couple minutes and I thoroughly enjoyed the pie.  The only hangup I've got is the price, it's a bit high.  Without coupon deals or promotions - available on their website - I'm not sure enough people will come to learn how good this restaurant's pizza is.

Gambino's - You're going to love it!  And yes, they offer delivery.

Gambino's gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

4 stars 

Spend Wisely My Friends.....


Prevent scratches on non-stick cookware

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

20180209_130221Not many people have enough headroom or space in their kitchen to hang skillets and pots from hanging pot racks.  Most people have to stack their pots and pans in the cabinet and that means scratches and dings in that non-stick surface if you don't protect them.

Protect your pots and pans with paper plates.  It's easy, just line the insides of pans with thin paper plates, which have slightly curved edges which mates nicely with the shape of your cookware.  I like paper plates to 'nest' those pans better than paper towels for that reason, plus they're more durable and paper towels can leave those little fibers behind.

Prevent damage to your non-stick cookware, stack them with paper plates! 

Spend Wisely My Friends.....


A cereal battle - Corn Flakes vs. Corn Flakes: Kellogg's vs. store brand vs. discount brand

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I always have some kind of cereal on hand.  Sometimes it's for breakfast, sometimes with a little fruit and a heavy dose of cream, it makes for an impromptu dessert.  And although Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries is my all time favorite cereal, that's not what I typically have on hand.  My pantry is routinely stocked with corn flakes, toasted oats or bran flakes. 

Do you pay the premium price for the name brand?

If you do, you might think twice about doing so after reading this article.

20180209_071902In conducting this 'Cereal Battle', I purchased THE name brand, Kellogg's Corn Flakes; a store brand version, in this case Kroger; and a discount brand called Millville, a.k.a., Aldi.

I compared price, weight, the look, taste (both dry and w/milk) and the 'sogginess' factor.

Cereal #1, the name brand - Kellogg's Corn Flakes:

The visual of pouring these crispy golden flakes into a breakfast bowl is iconic.  It's almost as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and......  Ford.....  (That's what I drive, I hate Chevrolet).

Price:  $3.39

That price is interesting, not only because it's the highest one of the cereal battle, but check out the box.  It's the tallest box of the bunch.  Remember when I said I would be evaluating weight, as in perhaps a consumer is getting a few more flakes for the dollar?  It's just a taller box.  All cereals weighed in at one pound, 2 ounces.  Kellogg's is marketing people, specifically those who don't read labels.  One might think they're getting more value with a 'bigger box' of cereal.

For the look, taste (both dry and w/milk) and the sogginess factor, I'll summarize all three cereals in a bit.

Cereal #2, store brand - Kroger:

Price:  $1.49

Look how much cheaper the store brand is, a savings of $1.90 and remember, even though the Kellogg's box is taller making some folks think they're getting a better value, all cereals weighed in at one pound, two ounces.

Cereal #3, discount brand - Millville, a.k.a., Aldi:

Price:  $1.39

This is the cheapest cereal of the group, offering a savings of $2 over Kellogg's but just 10 cents over the store brand.  And check out how 'Millville' tries to closely mimic the name brand with the look of the box.....But how closely does Millville mimic the corn flake, the look, the taste?

20180208_214324When it came to the look, as you can see they all pretty much look the same, they're all golden with ever-so-slight variations and there's no distinguishable difference in flake size.  In the taste test, they all tasted the same, sampled dry and with milk.  But the crucial part of the test, the sogginess factor......  Unless you can shovel faster than a back hoe on rocket fuel, all cereals get soggy about 3/4 through, the crunch slips away at about the same rate for each.

Kellogg's gets top nod when it comes to marketing, but that's it.  The look, taste, sogginess factor, it's all the same.  If you have been a buyer of the name brand, there's really no reason to continue doing so.  Save yourself some money whether it's with a store brand or a discount brand from Aldi.

Other uses for corn flakes.....

Corn flakes aren't just for the breakfast bowl.  These things are versatile.  Crush 'em up and use them as a breading instead of bread crumbs, they're excellent with fried chicken and fish!  Crumble some up and use them as a crunchy topping for casseroles.  Put some in a food processor for a finer crumb to make muffins or cookies.  Have you ever had corn flake crusted French Toast?  It's another does of YUM!

Next up:  Cheerios vs. other 'toasted oats' cereals

Observation:  Did you know there is no faux Wheaties?  I didn't realize that until doing this cereal comparison.  You can find every other kind of cereal in a store brand or discount version, but NOT Wheaties.  I hate paying the premium price for a box of cereal, but since there is no other option, I have to, it is the Breakfast of Champions after all.....

Spend Wisely My Friends.....

 


Restaurant Review: Panda Express

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Needing some lunch while out and about running errands, I decided to stop in at Panda Express, the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the United States, according to Wikipedia.  Believe it or not, I've never eaten at a Panda Express, I hold a preference to local Mom & Pop shops.

My oldest son is a frequent patron of Panda Express and that's largely why I finally decided to give it a try.  It's fast casual American Chinese cuisine, with the food served cafeteria style, from warming bins.  Entrees come in 'bowl' or 'plate' sized portions and of course there are the traditional sides and appetizers to choose from to enjoy with that 'bowl' or 'plate'.

20180208_142800(1)I walked in and viewed the menu a bit before approaching the counter and until one of the staff greeted me, which took about a minute or so.   After greeting me, the gentleman offered me a sample of the 8 Treasure Chicken Breast to try,  which I accepted.  Liking the flavor, I ordered that entree as part of a two entree plate to-go.  I went with the fried rice to accompany the 8 Treasure Chicken Breast.  The staff member then asked what I wanted as the second entree and I decided on the Shanghai Angus Steak. 

"There will be an additional $1.50 charge for that, is that OK?" The staff member asked.

Apparently the Shanghai Angus Steak is a "premium" entree, above and beyond what qualifies as the second entree for no additional charge, I get it, it's Angus, but since the guy had already started scooping up the steak to put it in the box, I was like, "Sure, no problem."

I just got up-sold, a bit unwillingly with the premature scooping, but I didn't protest because I wanted the steak.    To go with my two-entree plate, I added an egg roll to my order.

The total cost for this meal was $12.85 after tax. 

So how was my meal you ask?

First things first, the egg roll....  I always order egg rolls when eating Asian and it's always the first thing I bite into to start the meal.  The egg roll I was served looked like it sat in the fryer a bit too long - beyond golden brown - and when biting into it, it was not as crispy on the outside as one would like.   I wasn't surprised by that though, the lack of that good outer crunch is to be expected since it was served from a warming bin.  The sweet and sour sauce I ordered to go with my egg roll was also a bit disappointing, it was so-so, flat.  It lacked the range of a really good sweet AND sour.   

In sampling the rest of the meal, the entrees were seasoned well and not over-sauced.  Some Asian places tend to over-sauce things, the sauce needs to compliment the entree, not overpower it and Panda Express did well here.  The chicken was tender, but the diced Chinese pork sausage that's on the menu description was not 'a plenty' in the dish.  Overall, it was a nice spicy, savory bite along with the red and green bell pepper, celery, Chinese black beans (a few tossed in for looks?) and whole dry chili peppers.  In tasting the Shanghai Angus Steak, this was the better of the two entrees.  The beef was tender and the combination of the tender crisp string beans, onion and mushroom in that sauce made for a nice bite.  Then there was the fried rice.  It was either over-cooked before it was placed in the warming bin or had been in the warming bin too long.  It was a bit gummy and under-seasoned.

Summary:  I got in and out of the restaurant with my take-out quickly, the service was adequate and the eating/service areas were clean.  But the price was a bit high for what turned out to be average food.   My dining experience reinforced my preference for local Mom & Pop inspired Asian fare.  Panda Express will do in a pinch, but it's not a go-to place for me.  It amounts to getting something made to order and wok fresh from a Mom & Pop, vs. the warming bins of a chain restaurant.  For the money I spent here, I can get a better meal at a good Mom & Pop.

Panda Express gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars

3 stars

Related:  Go China Grill

Related:  Teriyaki House

Spend Wisely My Friends.....

 


Restaurant Review: Terriyaki House

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

A friend of mine recommended this place to me awhile back and in the mood for some Asian cuisine for dinner tonight, I decided to check it out.

Boy am I glad I did and my friend was spot on with the recommendation!

You know how when you're trying a new restaurant for the first time and sometimes on those whims or recommendations you pull into the parking lot during dinner hour and there's just a couple cars in the parking lot and few patrons inside?  Not so with Teriyaki House.  I was already feeling pretty good about the place by the time I approached the counter and was asked what I'd like to order.

Since this was the first time trying this place, I went with a classic, Broccoli Beef with a side of egg rolls.  The way I see it, if a restaurant can't fix a classic right, then I'm not about to waste my time with their house "special."  The cost was a bit over $11 for my take-out meal, which is a bit higher than typical for such a place, but "sample the food before judging," I told myself and sat down while my dinner was prepared.

Referencing again that word 'typical' - that's what the Teriyaki House appears to be - one of those small little oriental places in a strip mall,  a Mom & Pop operation.  But this place is a cut above the typical, the restaurant was clean and orderly, the lady who took my order greeted me warmly, she even asked me if I wanted some ice water to drink while I waited for my order.  The aromas when I walked in were fantastic and everything just had a nice feel to it.  There were smiles on customer faces and employees alike.

20180207_183700(1)It didn't take long at all for my made-to-order wok order to be filled, I hardly had time to review my Facebook account on my phone before the lady at the counter was asking me if I wanted any additional sauces to go with my meal.  She neatly wrapped things up for me and I was on my way.... 

This meal was excellent.  I've done A LOT of Asian take-out over the years and this was well, damn good!  The portions were large, the beef was tender, the veggies were tender crisp.  Everything was seasoned well and prepared to perfection.  While I balked a little bit at the price initially, the size of the portions and the deliciousness of everything I sampled dismissed that notion outright.  From the egg rolls, to the rice, to the entree and YES, there were even pot stickers!.....  This meal packed value and flavor!

Teriyaki House gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  I've had better Asian take-out, but not in Wichita.  I think I've finally found my Asian cuisine go-to.

4 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends.....