Lunch 5/25/12

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Lemongrass chicken tacos
Nom Nom truck
Stanford, CA

Vietnamese fusion tacos, made with lemongrass chicken, daikon radish, cucumber, carrot, cilantro and some sort of chipotle sauce, on corn tortillas. It’s a very nice idea, well executed. I put a little hot sauce on it, but I think I would have preferred a little more chipotle instead. But, I will probably get it again.

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Lunch 5/20/2012: the Great Patty Melt Challenge

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Patty Melt and Fries
Joanie’s Cafe
Palo Alto, CA

The Great Patty Melt Challenge

The bread, the bread, the bread was perfect. Yes, perfect. Crunchy until the last bits, grilled with butter, great quality rye. Wow. And the onions, sliced well, with a generous portion – the whole circle slice, actually, and grilled until soft but not burnt. But everything else about the sandwich was subpar. I asked for it medium, and it was well done. And, while the patty was seasoned nicely, I still couldn’t get over eating beef that hard. It was served with a tasteless cheddar (two slices, but not gooey). I even tried to taste the cheddar, but nada flavor. And the fries were the typical cafe fry, with that slight breaded flavor, but they were over cooked or they needed to change the oil. As for the overall experience, there were so many major factors that were bad, I’m not sure such good bread could make up for it. Good bread, though.

On a side note: my server, Susan was a doll. She even suggested another place for me to try. Good job, Joanie.

Patty: 2
Cheese: 1
Onions: 3.5 (still a little stringy)
Bread: 4.5
Side: 1
Experience: 2

Overall: 2.33

Lunch 5/7: the Great Patty Melt challenge

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Patty Melt with greens
The Palo Alto Creamery
Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford, CA

The Great Patty Melt Challenge

This one was classically good with good quality ingredients, but by my standards, it was not a home run. While the quality of the patty was wonderful, it was also quite thick and greasy which diminished from the overall experience – the thicker the patty the more bread is left over and soggy, and therefore is rendered inedible. But, it sure tasted good. The cheese was average American, two slices, and the onions were nicely grilled, cut to a nice bite size. I think they know how to do grilled onions, since a lot of menu items come with them. Besides absorbing the grease from the patty, the bread was toasted to a nice crunch. I should have ordered the fries, to go with the classic diner experience, but my friend ordered Caribbean French toast, and I didn’t want to destroy my calorie count for the day. So, I ordered the greens, which I know are boring, but they were extra boring: just romaine lettuce, not a shaving of carrot or red cabbage in sight!

Patty: 2.5 (tasty but not the right size for this sandwich)
Cheese: 2.5
Onions:4.5
Bread: 4
Side: 1
Experience: 2.5

Overall: 2.83