Recipe: My Favorite Carrot Cake

My Favorite Carrot Cake

I’ve had the pleasure of eating this carrot cake all my life. I’ve tried many other carrot cakes, but this one is by far my favorite! My mother got the recipe from her roommate in college, whose parents had a bakery. It has the perfect texture and isn’t too moist nor too dry. It doesn’t have the addition of raisins in it (which I’ve never preferred to have in my carrot cake), nor a layer of apricot preserves (which I’ve had a couple of times layered under the cream cheese frosting – not for me). You can add nuts if you like.  Somehow, carrot cake ends up being this amazing cake with a hint of cinnamon and a rich depth to it unmatched by any other spice-type cake.

The Best Carrot Cake

Of course, who could have carrot cake without amazing cream cheese frosting?  Not me – I like a generous layer, but according to Wikipedia, the United States is alone in this trend.  Europeans eat their carrot cake with icing sugar with lemon juice or Kirsch (hmmmm….doesn’t sound as good to me; what about you?).  For those of you out there who think it’s absurd to have a vegetable in a cake (I’ve got someone right in my house with the same view), give it a try!  It really doesn’t taste at all like the vegetable and ends up being a very flavorful and moist treat that you don’t feel quite so guilty about eating – hey, it’s got vegetables in it!

My Favorite Carrot Cake
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Icing:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (low fat is fine)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 3¾ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan..
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, oil, carrots, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the carrot mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour into the 9x13 pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out fairly clean. Remove and set on a cooling rack until cool and ready to frost.
  6. For the icing: Cream the cream cheese and butter or margarine together until well combined and smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and smooth. Add the vanilla and mix.

 

Average Fork Rating: 4.4
Mrs. Diner:
4.5
Amazing Diner:
4
Sweet Diner:
5
Little Diner:
4

Hawaii Restaurant Review: Thai Thai Restaurant

If you’re in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park area on The Big Island, there really are not too many dining choices.  But if you like Thai food, you can satisfy your craving with this family-owned and operated restaurant in the village of Volcano, Hawaii.  Thai Thai Restaurant is decorated with many Thai decorations and a lot of family pictures.  Even the menus have family photos on them, and you may recognize your host or server  in some of them as we did.

We were warmly welcomed and everyone was very attentive to our needs, making recommendations, filling drinks, and making sure that all was well.  They were thoughtful with our children, as well.  We were very impressed by the friendly service at Thai Thai.

The menu is nicely varied with full meals, as well as family-style dishes and kids’ meals.  The kids meals include some Asian flavors, as well as some typical American kids menu options.  We like to share and try a bit of everything, so we went family-style, as we usually do at Asian restaurants.  All dishes include a choice of jasmine or sticky rice, most offer choices of protein, and many offer a choice of spiciness.  There are four levels of spiciness and customers are warned multiple times that “Thai hot” is extremely spicy and “recommended only for the experienced.”  We went with mild and medium spiciness, which both seemed right on.  I would have preferred medium, but we wanted to be sure it was mild enough for the kids.

Thai Thai Restaurant Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls ($10.99) – Five large pieces of deep fried spring rolls filled with carrots, cabbage, & long rice.  Served with sweet & sour sauce with chopped peanuts.  Delicious and nicely presented.  The sweet & sour sauce was unique and I really enjoyed it.

Thai Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai with Chicken ($12.99) – Fairly typical ingredients with rice noodles, egg, carrots, bean sprouts, ground peanuts, and chicken.  Very good and slightly sweet.

Thai Thai Restaurant Beef Short Ribs Thai Basil Stir Fry

Thai Basil Stir Fry with Beef Short Ribs ($17.99) – This was delicious with tender beef, garlic, vegetables, and that fresh Thai basil – yum!  It was a bit spicier than the other dishes we had ordered and very good!

Thai Thai Restaurant Jumbo Shrimp Thai Garlic & Pepper Stir Fry

Thai Garlic & Pepper Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp($25.99) – I loved these black pepper-garlic shrimp, but there were less than ten shrimp on the plate and an abundance of cabbage.  Although I really loved the flavor, they were quite expensive and just not worth it.

Thai Thai Restaurant Chicken Massaman Curry

Masaman Curry with Chicken ($14.99) – Delicious with all the wonderful things that make Masaman Curry amazing:  kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk, potatoes, onions, peanuts, and chicken.

I don’t know what happened to the picture for it, but we also ordered Yellow Curry with Chicken ($14.99), which was actually my favorite dish of all!  So sad I can’t show you the picture.  Of course, it also has coconut milk, potatoes, and onions.  It was a spicier curry than the mild Masaman, and it was just SOOO good!

Thai Thai Restaurant Thai Tapioca with Taro & Coconut Milk

Thai Tapioca with Taro and Coconut Milk (Single Serving – $3.99) – This was something unique that none of us had ever heard of nor tried.  I am not a big tapioca person, so I wasn’t sure I’d love it, but it was a delightful surprise!  It featured soft taro root, green Thai tapioca pearls, coconut milk, and sweet corn.  Quite refreshing and mildly sweet; a perfect ending after curries and other spicy foods.

We really enjoyed our meal at Thai Thai and highly recommend it when you’re in the Volcano area.  All the food was delicious, well presented, and featured fresh ingredients plus the service was excellent.  Definitely get the Yellow Curry and the Tapioca, my two favorites from this delicious meal!  We thought the food was on the expensive side, but most food is more expensive in Hawaii anyway.  Take out is available.

Thai Thai Restaurant
19-4084 Old Volcano Road
Volcano, HI

(808) 967-7969

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Entree Price:  $$
Average Fork Rating: 4.7

Mr. Diner:
4.5
Mrs. Diner:
4.5
Amazing Diner:
5
Sweet Diner:
5
Little Diner:
4

Guest Diner M:  5
Guest Diner D:  5

Recipe: Chicken & Asparagus Stirfry with Pistachios

Ginger Chicken and Asparagus Stirfry with Pistachios

Are you ready for a new, tasty stirfry dish? I always am.  I love stirfrys because they are quick and delicious!  Ginger is a prominent flavor here with the sesame oil balancing it out.  A bit of chile-garlic sauce adds a little kick, but it’s not very spicy, so don’t hesitate to serve it to the kids.  The addition of pistachios (one of my favorite nuts!) is perfect and a little bit unexpected.  I have used cashews, almonds, and peanuts in Asian dishes, but this is the first time for pistachios, but not the last.  They are so good!

Chicken and Asparagus Stirfry with Pistachios

Add this to your weeknight dinner rotation.  It’s an easy dinner that’s really flavorful, and unlike a lot of Asian stirfrys, this one requires no marinating time, so you can decide to throw it together last minute.  Don’t you love that for nights when you forget to do your dinner prep?  I always need a few of these in my weekly dinner line-up!  Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy!

Ginger Chicken & Asparagus Stirfry with Pistachios
 
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1½ pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound chicken breasts or tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 green onions, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1½ tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons oyster-flavored sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce (or sriracha)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add asparagus; saute, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and stirfry for 4 minutes, until browned, but not thoroughly cooked.
  3. Stir in green onions, ginger, and the two sauces. Continue to stir and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 1-2 additional minutes.
  4. Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle pistachios over the top.

Average Fork Rating: 4
Mrs. Diner:
4.5
Amazing Diner:
3.5
Sweet Diner:
4

TacoTime Launches the Crispy Chicken Flatbread

This post is sponsored by TacoTime and is part of a campaign offered through Blog Meets Brand.  All opinions are my own.

TacoTime has a brand new item on its menu: the Crispy Chicken Flatbread!  How does this sound:  all-white crispy chicken, cheddar cheese, lettuce, chipotle ranch dressing, and salsa fresca wrapped in warm flatbread.  If it’s making your mouth water, then you’ve got to head over to TacoTime to try this latest creation.  That chipotle ranch dressing is calling me….I love that cool, but spicy combination!

Taco Time Flatbread Frenzy

To celebrate the launch of the Crispy Chicken Flatbread, TacoTime is giving away a $100 TacoTime gift card every day through October 20!   Go enter to win now!  That’s a lot of Flatbread!

If you prefer a burrito, we’ve got you covered.  TacoTime is also offering a coupon for $1 off a Chicken Ranchero Burrito (expires 10/11/2014).  Grab it here.

Haven’t heard of TacoTime?  It’s a Mexican fast food restaurant that started in Eugene, Oregon in 1960.  There are now over 350 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  They freshly-prepare their ingredients and hand-roll their crisp burritos.  The locations I’ve been to have an open salsa bar, where you can help yourself to a variety of salsas, limes, and peppers.  So nice to customize!

Have you tried the Crispy Chicken Flatbread yet?

Restaurant Review: Cubby’s Chicago Beef

Cubby's Chicago Beef

It is a rare joy when you discover a restaurant that serves 5 star food for not much more than fast food.  I love those places ’cause they are perfect for a casual date night, for take-out on a lazy cooking night, or for just about any reason you can come up with.  Cubby’s Chicago Beef is exactly that kind of gem.  Oh, I love it!  We’ve been a few times and have never been disappointed.

Cubby's Chicago Beef Interior

Cubby’s has two locations:  Provo and Lehi.  We’ve only been to the Provo location.  It has a rustic industrial feel to it.  Walk in and head toward the counter in the back.  The menu is on the big chalkboard walls and features hot sandwiches, salads, and fries….and believe me, that description does not do the menu justice at all.  There is also a limited kids menu with either a hot dog, grilled cheese (with bacon!), or macaroni & cheese.  Just place your order at the counter (make sure to remember to order any sauces you want, too) and they will give you one of these cute metal cows with a number to place on your table.  Your food will be delivered to you at your table.  You can also get your food to go if it’s one of those take-out nights.

Cubby's Chicago Beef Numbered Cow

Now what you’re waiting for….the FOOD!  And believe me, it’s worth the wait!   They use grass-fed, local beef, free-range chicken, & organic produce (and locally-sourced, when possible).

Cubby's Chicago Beef Regular Tri Tip Steak Sandwich

 Tri Tip Steak Sandwich (Regular – $7.49) – I think this may be all Mr. Diner & Amazing Diner will ever order here because they are madly in love with it.  It really is amazing with tender pieces of tri tip steak, caramelized onions, & smoked bacon drizzled with garlic butter and barbecue sauce on a toasted roll.  You can choose to get it with sweet, spicy, or mustard BBQ sauce.  They always get it spicy.  You can also “style it up” for $1 by getting extras on it:  Cali Style (avocado & cheddar), Bacon Bleu (Bleu Cheese & Extra Bacon), or El Caliente (Jalapenos & Pepper Jack).

Cubby's Chicago Beef Dragonslayer Burger
Dragonslayer Burger ($6.99) – This is probably the best burger I’ve eaten in Utah.  The beef patty is freshly ground sirloin and hand-formed with bleu cheese and topped with red onions, spring mix, bacon, tomatoes, pickles, and their own buffalo sauce served on a toasted bun.  Oh, a toasted bun makes all the difference, doesn’t it?  The only thing I would do differently is request the avocado spread to go on it next time….mmmm, heaven!

Cubby's Chicago Beef Tri Tip Steak Salad
Tri Tip Steak Salad ($8.49) – This salad is just as amazing as any sandwich at Cubby’s, so don’t pass over the salad menu lightly.  The greens are a mix of fresh romaine and arugula with roasted red peppers, grape tomatoes, slivered almonds, dried cherries, scallions, cilantro, and feta cheese topped with their amazing trip tip steak and drizzled with lemon cilantro vinaigrette.  The flavors were so fresh and wonderful together with such a balance of fruity and peppery ingredients with the addition of the steak and dressing.  It’s really perfection. 

Cubby's Chicago Beef Rosemary Peppered Fries
Rosemary Pepper Fries ($1.99) – These were delicious….seasoned just right with the perfect not-to crisp, not to soft texture.  Served with your choice of sauce (and they have some good ones).  This is the chipotle fry sauce.  Next time I’m trying the Sweet Potato Fries….oh, yea!

Cubby's Chicago Beef Buffalo Bleu Cheese Fries
Buffalo Bleu Cheese Fries ($3.29) – No sauce needed here with these smothered in both bleu cheese and buffalo sauce.  They were delicious, but I preferred dipping them myself in my choice of sauce.

Cubby's Chicago Beef Kids Hot Dog Meal

 The Kid Hot Dog ($3.49) – With ketchup & mustard served with a fruit cup and juice box.  

If you haven’t been to Cubby’s, go today!  I haven’t really heard a bad thing about any of the menu items, so try whatever excites your taste buds.  It’s all delicious!  What have you tried from Cubby’s?

Cubby’s Chicago Beef
1258 N State St
Provo, UT

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Entree Price:  $
Average Fork Rating: 4.8

Mr. Diner:
4.5
Mrs. Diner:
5
Amazing Diner:
4.5
Sweet Diner:
5
Little Diner:
5

Recipe: Garlic & Herb Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

As my neighbors can attest, these garlic & herb roasted potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes to bring to barbecues (try them alongside this delicious Asian BBQ Chicken!).  Most people love them (except Little Diner who doesn’t like potatoes….let’s hope they grow on him!), they are easy to make, and still taste good when they’ve settled to room temperature (although, fresh from the oven is best).  All the ingredients are regularly in my fridge & pantry except the potatoes, so a quick trip to the store and I’m ready to go!

I like my roasted potatoes with a little bit of crispness on the outside and a super-soft center.  If you prefer them all soft, try leaving the foil on the whole time.  They have a nice buttery garlic flavor with the addition of your choice of herbs.  I regularly use rosemary for a classic flavor, but I also love to use dill and parsley.  Use one or a medley of multiple herbs!  Of course, those are better fresh, too, but I go with what I have on hand, which is typically dried herbs.

Garlic & Herb Oven-Roasted Potatoes
 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds red potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, dill, or parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash potatoes and cut into 1" cubes. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and spread the potatoes in a single layer in the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the garlic, salt, pepper, & herb(s) over the potatoes and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Cut the butter into 8 equal pieces and place evenly on top of potatoes.
  5. Cover with foil and roast in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and flip potatoes with a spatula. Return to oven uncovered for an additional 20 minutes until lightly browned. Recover with foil until ready to serve.
Notes
Use one or a combination of herbs of your choice. If using fresh herbs, increase to a Tablespoon. For softer potatoes, keep covered the entire time; for crisper potatoes, roast uncovered for a total of 25-30 minutes.

 

Average Fork Rating: 4.1
Mr. Diner:
4
Mrs. Diner:
4.5
Amazing Diner:
4
Sweet Diner:
4

Hawaii Restaurant Review: Cafe 100

Aloha!  I’m back with another review from paradise.  Local Hawaiian food isn’t known for being health-conscious, and this well-liked eatery in Hilo is artery-clogging, but well-known for their local food.

Cafe 100

Cafe 100 has been around for over 60 years, serving up cheap plate lunches and their specialty, Loco Moco. What’s Loco Moco, you ask?  The basic Loco Moco is white rice topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy.  There are quite a few variations and Cafe 100 serves up at least a dozen different kinds.

It’s a super casual walk-up cafe with just a couple order windows and some covered outdoor seating.  Food is served on paper plates and in plastic to-go boxes.  The line wasn’t long when we were there, but I hear it can be sometimes.  When we were there, there were several friendly regulars, all ordering the Loco Moco.

Cafe 100 Portuguese Sausage Loco

 Portuguese Sausage Loco Moco ($3.55) – Rice topped with brown gravy, fried egg, & sliced of Portuguese sausage.

Cafe 100 Spam Moco No Egg
Spam Loco, No Egg ($3.55) – Rice, brown gravy, & Spam.  Yep, you can order it however you want it, but I think if you’re going for Loco Moco, get the egg!

Cafe 100 Beef Teriyaki

Cafe 100 Beef Teriyaki


Beef Teriyaki with Rice & Tossed Salad or Potato Mac Salad ($7.45) – I love Teri Beef, but this was a little on the dry side.  The portions were huge, though.  I wouldn’t recommend the “tossed salad” at all…as you can see, it’s shredded similarly to a cole slaw, but with a different dressing.  The Potato Mac Salad is a hybrid of potato & macaroni salad.

Cafe 100 Keiki Bento
Keiki Bento ($4.75) – Nice combination of Beef Teriyaki, Fried Chicken Drumettes, Smoked Sausages or Spam, Rice, & a sampling of fish cake, ume fruit, & takuwan.

If you’re in the Hilo area and want to give Cafe 100 a try, I’d stick to the Loco Moco.  You could go for the classic with a hamburger patty or choose from several different meats.  It’s definitely a Hawaiian comfort food.  For plate lunches, go somewhere else.  I thought Zippy’s  and L & L Hawaiian BBQ had better plate lunches than Cafe 100.  And actually, we weren’t really impressed with anything at Cafe 100.  Other Hilo eateries that serve Loco Moco include Blane’s Drive Inn and Ken’s House of Pancakes.  I’ve heard great things about both of these, but haven’t been.  Have you?

Cafe 100
969 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI

Entree Price:  $
Average Fork Rating: 3.3

Mr. Diner:
2.5
Mrs. Diner:
2.5
Amazing Diner:
4.5
Sweet Diner:
4
Little Diner:
4

Guest Diner M: 2.5
Guest Diner D: 3

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Introducing Texas Pete CHA! Sriracha Sauce

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My son has a hot sauce addiction. He loves it. He puts it on all sorts of things. Yes, he puts it on eggs, but also on everything from steak to spaghetti and even tuna. I think it’s a bit much, but he loves it. Its presence on our dinner table is as common as salt and pepper. I know he’d love to try the latest Texas Pete hot sauce:  CHA! by Texas Pete Sriracha Sauce.

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It was released less than a year ago and fits right in with the Texas Pete line of hot sauces, which has been a Southern staple for decades. Texas Pete CHA! is a garlic-chile sauce that also has a bit a sugar and vinegar.  It’s the perfect addition for those who want to add a spicy tang to their burgers, hot dogs, or fries, but is can also be used in a variety of recipes.  Would you be more likely to use it as a condiment or an ingredient?

Curried Chicken CHA! Stew with Golden Rice

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Food Truck Review: Art City Donuts

With all the food truck craze going on around here and all over the country, I really can’t believe this is the first food truck review we’ve posted.  The food truck trend lives in abundance here with food truck round-ups and a great number of trucks at farmers markets….in addition to hardly being able to drive very far without running into one.

Art City Donuts Food Truck

Today we’re spotlighting Art City Donuts, which serves up fresh hot mini donuts with a variety of delicious toppings.  They feature a few specialties each day or you can choose your own toppings.  The specialties this day were The Blueberry Crumble (blueberry frosting & crumb topping), The Southern Belle (bananas, chocolate icing, cream cheese icing, & whipped cream), & The Sweet Pig (maple icing with bacon crumbles).  Specialties run $6-7 a have 18 mini donuts…plenty to share!  Standard donuts cost $3 for 8, $4 for 12, and $5 for 18 donuts coated in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or icing (chocolate, glaze, maple, sprinkles, or coconut crunch).

This day we went with a classic:  Maple!

Art City Donuts Maple

See those babies?  Yum, yum!  They were hot and melt-in-your mouth.  This is the large basket of 18 donuts.  They reminded me of a really light, super fresh pillows of yellow cake.  The maple icing was perfect, too!

Art City Donuts

The only downside was the wait, at least on that day.  The line was not that long at the truck, but the wait seemed like forever.  I think it was 10-15 minutes.  It seems like it would be pretty fast since the donuts all seem the same and it’s just the toppings that are different.  I’ve heard others say that were impressed by how fast they got their orders, so maybe this was unusual.  I hope so.

I would love to try one of the specialties, especially one with fruit…hello, it’s like a donut sundae!  If you have a list of food trucks to try (Is that weird?  Yes, I have one.), definitely put Art City Donuts on there.  Since they’re a food truck, you’ll have to keep up with their constant movement on Facebook or Twitter to see where they’ll be next.
Entree Price:  $
Average Fork Rating: 4

Mrs. Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner:
4

Restaurant Review: Wild Mustang Grill & Bakery

Wild Mustang Grill

I tried the pies from Wild Mustang Grill & Bakery long before I tried their dinner menu.  The pies are delicious…especially the Sour Cream Lemon.  Yum!  Wild Mustang has a big banner proclaiming them the “Best of Utah Valley”, so we had to actually go in and try it for ourselves.  I guess they’ve been voted both Best American Restaurant in Utah County in 2013 (Daily Herald readers’ poll) and Best of State for a Southwestern Restaurant in 2014 (Best of State magazine).

Wild Mustang is right off the University Parkway exit of I-15 right across from Utah Valley University.  Unfortunately, you can’t access it from University Parkway and have to drive all the way around the corner and down through the adjacent hotel parking lot to get to it.  I guess they can’t help that, but it is still annoying.  The restaurant opened in December 2012 and is “endorsed by” country singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, who is also part-owner.  Its focus is barbecue and steak with other American foods, a little fresh Mex section (that seems to be run as a separate restaurant), and a nice selection of pies.

Wild Mustang Grill Nedra's Famous Rolls & Honey Butter
Nedra’s Famous Old Fashioned Rolls with Murphey’s Honey Butter – I’m always excited about complimentary rolls with honey butter.  However, the rolls were a bit boring…they seemed like ones I could buy from the grocery store.  The honey butter was good, but the rolls were not warm and the butter was cold, so it didn’t spread well.

Wild Mustang Grill Hillbilly Nachos
Hillbilly Nachos ($9.00) – Our server touted these as unique, and I have to say he was right.  Never seen anything like this concoction of thinly sliced grilled potatoes with a slew of toppings including grilled onions, pico de gallo, green onions, bacon, jalapenos, cheese, & “Wild Sauce” which seems to be their signature fry sauce.  It was really messy, but delicious like an overloaded potato.

Wild Mustang Grill Salad Bar
All You Can Eat Salad Bar ($10.00) – The salad bar is a fairly average small salad bar (both sides serve the same thing), so I think it’s a bit overpriced.  You can also add one trip to the salad bar on to an entree for $4.

Wild Mustang Grill El Paso Pulled Pork Sandwich
El Paso Pulled Pork Sandwich($9.00) – Our server suggested having the chopped pork instead of pulled on this sandwich, and it was delicious topped with barbecue sauce on a toasted onion roll.  Served with a choice of one side.

Wild Mustang Grill Fries
French Fries (Side Item or $2.99 a la carte) – I love battered fries and these puppies were just about perfect, except a little over-salted.  Still, I loved them and  I could use one right now.  Yum!

Wild Mustang Grill Chisolm Trail Brisket Platter
Chisholm Trail Brisket Platter ($15.00) – This brisket had good flavor, but was quite fatty, which is a problem I run into with a lot of brisket.  It’s served sliced over a piece of toast and topped with a barbecue sauce.  Served with 2 sides.  The coleslaw is really sweet thanks to the addition of pineapple.  It wasn’t my favorite.

Wild Mustang Grill Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries (Side item or $2.99 a la carte) - These were just about perfect…crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.  A few were a little too salty, but most were just right.

Wild Mustang Grill Wild Mustang Burger
Wild Mustang Burger ($9.50) – Sorry for the blurry burger.  It was huge and topped with all the good stuff like bacon, red onion, lettuce, tomato, cheddar AND swiss, and Wild sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun.  Good classic burger.  Includes one side.

Wild Mustang Grill Kids Cheesy Quesadilla
Kids Cheesy Quesadilla ($3.99) – Little Diner is happy whenever he finds a quesadilla on the menu.  This one was HUGE…I didn’t know tortillas could be so big!  Pretty standard other than the size, but our guy loved it.  This is another one that I think is overpriced since it doesn’t come with any sides. 

Wild Mustang Grill Pies

I’ve only had the Sour Cream Lemon pie (three times!) and it is really good with a flaky crust, a sweet-tart lemon filling, and topped with a creamy layer (a slice is $3.89).  I’ve heard other pies are delicious, too, but have heard especially good things about the Coconut Cream and Banana Cream.  The bakers were trained by the well-praised Croshaw Gourmet Pies in St. George.  They have since tweaked the recipes to make them their own, but I haven’t noticed any changes in the Sour Cream Lemon pie.  It is just as delicious as ever.  Seasonal pies are coming for the holidays.  They do have a few other dessert items in case you’re not a pie person, but if you are, make sure you save room or at least take some pie to go!

The service was very good.  Our server was very friendly and had lots of ideas on how to stretch a dollar and menu recommendations.  We love that!  Overall, we found Wild Mustang to be kind of hit-and-miss.  Some items were good, others were average.  We thought it was a bit pricey for what it was and have had better barbecue and burgers for the same price or less at other places.  Favorites were the Hillbilly Nachos, both kinds of fries, and (of course) pie.  Since this visit, I’ve heard good things about the ribs, so if I went back, I’d probably try them.  As of now, though, there’s not enough to lure me back except the pie, which I can take to go!

Wild Mustang Grill & Bakery
860 West 1250 South
Orem, UT
(801) 226-9067

 Entree Price:  $$
Average Fork Rating: 3.1

Mr. Diner:
3.5
Mrs. Diner:
2.5
Amazing Diner:
3.5
Sweet Diner:
3
Little Diner:
3

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