Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Q Up BBQ. The Greatest Food Truck Ever.

I've always been wary of food trucks. I don't know why. Just always seemed weird to me, my food from a truck. And whenever I eat from one of those standard food trucks I would get a stomach ache. But when I saw the Q Up BBQ truck pull up to the event I was at for Skunk Creek Flats, I had to try it.

I am a huge fan of BBQ. So whenever I come across a new BBQ place I have to give it a test. They have some pretty good sounding sandwiches, but I opted for some pulled pork BBQ nachos. The result was....incredible.

These are seriously the best nachos I have ever had in my entire life. No joke. Many places have some good nachos but Q Up BBQ is now the nacho king of Arizona. The BBQ sauce, the cheese, the chips, the pulled pork, oh so good.

The thing I hate about writing for this site, is coming across places with great food, and writing first thing in the day, it makes me insanely hungry.

You can check out Q Up BBQ on Facebook to see where their food truck is going to be. Seek them out. Get the nachos. Thank me later.

Rock Springs Cafe in Black Canyon City AZ

After spending the day in Sedona, we decided to stop at Rock Springs Cafe for a slice of pie. This place is famous all around the state of Arizona for their amazing pies. So we decided to make a pit stop. We sat down and I looked through the menu for the desserts but while doing so I came across all the other food and my stomach shifted, it knew what was up.

I had only eaten there once before, when I had a cold from hell that was taking a beating on me, so nothing was enjoyable. I decided that I would have a steak, with some mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Some places are very hit and miss with steak. Some are delicious and easy, others its nothing but fat and gristle. But this steak. Perfection. The gravy and potatoes? Amazing. Some of the best gravy around.

I think I am going to make this place a regular visit, only a 15 minute drive north from our house. And its got that down home country cookin feel. And of course, pies, AMAZING.

Red Planet Diner in Sedona AZ is...OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Yeah yeah, could not resist that for the title, but seriously, this place is awesome.

Tuesday I informed my wife that we were taking a day trip, no idea where we would go, we were just going to go. I decided we would just head north until we came across something interesting, and that was Red Planet Diner in Sedona AZ.

Sedona is a pretty awesome place. All the rocks and mountains there are red. Its a very beautiful place to visit. I would even wanna live there someday. I always go there once a year during Christmas but its at night to check out the huge Christmas light exhibit. So I've never seen Sedona much during the day. All Sedona appears to be to me is UFO stuff and psychics. Really you can put a blindfold on spin in a circle and throw a rock and you'll hit a psychic shop. They're everywhere.

We came across Red Planet Diner after using Urbanspoon and finding it on there. The geekness that runs deep in us could not resist.

They have a pretty massive menu with a crazy choice of burgers. Most of the burgers I read on the menu were unlike any that I have ever seen before. They have something for everyone here. Burgers, steaks, meatloaf and shrimp, ribs, sandwiches, awesomely named alcoholic concoctions. This place has it all. We decided to keep it simple and try the signature Red Planet Burger. Charbroiled with some cheddar cheese on a toasted bun. That pretty much owned my heart with that. One of the best burgers I've had in quite a long time.

This place has a fun atmosphere, is easy to find, and has a large variety of food that Im sure tastes great. If you ever find yourself in Sedona AZ, you owe it to your stomach to check this place out.

Who Has the Best Fast Food Value Menu?

We've all been there.  Money is tight, no food in the house, so the only quick option is hitting the closest value menu (or dollar menu depending on the place) and loading up.  Almost every fast food restaurant has some sort of value menu, but there are many factors like variety and actual cost that can put some places above the rest.  I figured it was time to take a look at some of the top value menus out there.

McDonald's Dollar Menu is the first one that comes to mind.  They have a small selection, but a good value for your buck.  The McDouble is a decent sized burger with two pieces of meat so that is probably the standout item.  Aside from that, they have the McChicken which is the only other sandwich on the menu (as you may recall, the 2 sandwiches on the McDonalds dollar menu also comprise the "McGangBang."  Another big thing is that ANY size drink is a dollar, so that's a big plus (although I don't know why anyone would get a small drink when the price is the same for a large.)  They have a few other items and even some deserts so McDonald's is a good choice even with the small selection.

Next up is Wendy's.  Wendy's has a nice variety on their value menu, with a couple of burgers and a chicken sandwich, as well as spicy chicken nuggets, a baked potato, a small drink, a frosty, and other items.  You can really get a decent lineup here with some choices since there is a choice of small fries or banked potato (and the potato is a decent size.) 

Taco Bell is another well known value menu.  My only problem here is that all the items on their value menu are fairly small, therefore you would probably need 4-5 of an item to get filled up.  A good choice for something to grab in the car when time is an issue.

I've heard about KFC, Sonic, and Arby's also having value menu's, but have yet to try them out.  Seems like Jack in the Box has a few items like the Breakfast Jack that is always a dollar.  I think McDonald's and Wendy's are the top 2 choices personally.  What are some of your value meal favorites?  Is there a value menu we're missing out on?  Let us know your opinions below.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Dorito Locos Taco. Taco Bells McRib?!

Once in a blue moon, a fast food place comes up with something so insanely genius, it becomes legendary.

The Big Mac.

The Whopper.

The Double Down.

And now.... The Dorito Locos Taco from Taco Bell.

This taco is so legendary, that it could be the McRib for Taco Bell. The one thing so good, that if it ever goes away fans will begin to protest and riot. It is an instant cult hit. I learned of this new taco not by a commercial, but because the local news here had a story on it! That is how important this taco is.

It's a very basic, and simple concept that I am surprised it hasn't happened sooner. Basically the taco shell, is coated with the nacho cheese powder used on nacho cheese doritos. Thats it. But the results are amazing. And if you are worried about getting that powder all over your fingers, fear not, it comes with a handy little sleeve to hold it with!

This is Taco Bells finest moment. My hats off to you Taco Bell.