Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cheese E. Wagon, Philadelphia, PA

Overview
Today post will not be for a restaurant, but instead a food truck. If you live in a city or going to an big university, chances are you have tried food trucks before. They are usually cheap and fast. Occasionally there are also gourmet food trucks which are most expensive and fancier. The truck I went to today fall in between the two.
The name of this truck is called Cheese E. Wagon, located on Market St, between 33rd and 34th St. Since I skipped breakfast today I went there at 11am for some brunch food.
     Pictures of its menu

Food
The food I ordered was the steak breakfast burrito for $5. I would've bought the chicken quesadilla since it was great when I had it last time but I figured I would try something different this time. As stated on the menu, it has steak, blended cheese, roma tomato, egg, and some hot sauce since I asked for it to be spicy. 
Overall, the burrito was fresh, as the chef cooks the food when you place your order. The size of it was okay, personally I would like it to be a little bigger. If I order this again I would probably ask for more hot sauce since that gave it a better flavor and help distinguish it from your normal egg and cheese sandwiches. 

Final Thoughts
I don't go to Cheese E. Wagon often. This was probably the 4th time I bought food from it. The chicken quesadilla is definitely what you should try if you are there for the first time and I will try to take a picture of it when I get it. But for the burrito, I would say that it was good but I don't think I'll get it next time. I'll probably stick with what I know and get the quesadilla :).


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Wait time: about 5 minutes
recommendation: Chicken Quesadilla

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tokyo Sushi Buffet Hibachi & Bar, Mays Landing, NJ

Overview
Continuing for the last post, we were in Atlantic City, NJ for Thursday. After we check out on Friday, we decided to take a short drive(15 minutes on the expressway) to Tokyo Sushi Buffet Hibachi & Bar, which is in Mays Landing, NJ for lunch before we go our own way. My friend spent a year teaching abroad in Japan, and I love Japanese food, so this is naturally a good place for both of us. We got there around 12pm which is when the place opens.

Food
Since we only went for the buffet, I won't be commenting on the hibachi & bar portion of the restaurant. The buffet has a wide selection of hot food, sushi, salad, and ice cream (they have red bean and green tea ice cream, which aren't easy to find).

First let's talk about the hot food. There were 3 aisles of them and they were either Japanese or Chinese styles of cooking. You can see on my plate the food I tried that day.


What stood out was the walnut shrimp and the fried squid. The sauce of the shrimp was sweet but not overwhelming, which was perfect for me. The squid was fried just long enough so it wasn't dry or chewy. The clam was disappointing, they simply boiled it and was bland.



Next, we hit up the sushi. They were lined up nicely on a plate over ice, which kept them chill. The selection were mostly standard, with the usual salmon, tuna, crab meat, fish roe, and so forth. Depending on the sushi chef, they also make different specialty rolls. On that day, they had a seaweed hand rolls, and a spicy salmon layered sushi (at least that what I'll call it), just to name a few.


Overall the sushi was fresh, I had my favorite spicy salmon rolls and spicy tuna rolls, which were both up to my expectation. The seaweed hand roll wasn't that great, however, since they only have seaweed in it and nothing else.




Other things that were there but I didn't try include the shrimp cocktail, raw clam, and majority of the salad and dessert selection, as they weren't too appealing compared to what I had at Caesars the night before. However, I did have some ice cream and that was a fitting end to my buffet trip.

Final Thoughts
For only $10.99 per person for lunch on a weekday, you really can't ask for much more. While the hot food wasn't great, the main point of going to this place is for the sushi, which I was completely satisfied with. As far as I know, they have two other locations in Deptford, NJ, and Freehold, NJ, and this was the newest one. If you like sushi but don't like to pay so much for it, this is a place for you.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Caesars Court Buffet, Atlantic City, NJ

Overview
Two days ago my friend and I went to Atlantic City for some fun and stayed at Caesars. Since Caesars gave us a BOGO buffet, we decide to go try it out. We were there around 6pm and there were plenty of seats available. Our busboy was friendly and explained to us the layout of the buffet as it was renovated recently. The buffet is divided into 6 sections, Chinese, Italian, seafood, carving station, desserts, and wine station (not included in the buffet price).

Foods
One thing that I always tell people is that when you go to a buffet, you are picking quantity over quality. So when I rate them I should do so accordingly. Here are a couple pictures that I took (sorry the pictures aren't that great. I'll get better at it eventually!) .




Chinese food section. Your typical egg roll, chicken, beef, and dumplings. the kimchi in the basket was a nice touch.

Italian and seafood section. Sausage, stuffed shell, meatball, steaks, and broccoli rabe. The soup was New England clam chowder, and a bucket of buttered clams for the seafood section.
I also tried their raw oysters and plenty of desserts, which unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of.


Final Thoughts
Overall I was happy with the food I tried. It was definitely not cheap as it was about $32 a person before tax and tips. The food tasted good for a buffet, and the desserts were really good. I regret that I was too full to try the carving station, it looked really nice. If you are at Caesars Casino and can't decide on what to eat, this can be an option for you.

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