I love food, and I am constantly on the lookout for new restaurants and food joints to satisfy my craving for good food. Recently, one joint that I have heard about a lot is The Oinkster.
I have seen it featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives where Guy Fieri is the host. I have also seen it in the “Hot on Yelp” section of Yelp, and it got featured on a list of the best burger places in Los Angeles. Curious to know what the fuss is all about, I decided to take a detour (with my colleague) after work and sample The Oinkster.
Andre Guerrero owns this restaurant, located at 2005 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock. It was my first time there but finding it was a walk in the park. The simple decor of the restaurant, the clean interior, and the friendly service impressed us.
Having watched the Diners Drive-Ins and Dives episode featuring The Oinkster, I ordered the Oinkster pastrami sandwich which is the signature offering of the restaurant. Plus, I am a huge fan of pastrami ($8.50). My colleague was more interested in Chicken, and so he ordered half Rotisserie Chicken accompanied with fries and coleslaw ($7.50).
The Oinkster pastrami was sizeable and had quite a lot of meat. The pastrami was thin to my liking and diced rather than sliced. It also features melted gruyere cheese, caramelized onions (also diced) and red cabbage all of which combined to create a juicy, messy and flavourful sandwich. However, I wasn’t able to finish it as the meat was too peppery for me.
My colleague complained that his rotisserie chicken was too salty and so I bartered in my pastrami sandwich for his chicken. It is true that the chicken was a little too salty but I love salty food, and I enjoyed finishing it up for him.
My friend liked the garlic aioli fries and coleslaw that accompanied the chicken. I hate garlic, so I wasn’t even interested in the fries.
However, given that we had both not eaten to our satisfaction, we ordered some Piggy Fries which we shared. I didn’t like the fries, and so I opted to go with sweet potato fries and a Classic Burger; an order I regretted not making earlier.
The burger was delightful and satisfying. The buns were soft, and the 1000 island dressing used in the burger was simply out of this world. The meat was also well cooked and very flavorful.
I also really loved the sweet potato fries upon which I splashed their home-made ketchup (which was finger-licking good). I will have them again the next time I visit The Oinkster – which I will after eating the classic burger and the sweet potato fries.
After filling our stomachs, we decided to order drinks just to wash down the food. My colleague chose to go with an Oinksterade which is simply an orange flavored lemonade drink. I ordered an Ube Milkshake made from purple yam. It was cold and refreshingly delicious. In fact, it reminded me a little of coconut.
I loved the casual atmosphere at The Oinkster, and while I didn’t particularly like their Piggy Fries or the pastrami, I am planning on going back for the classic burger, the sweet potato fries, and the Ube shake.