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cassidy’s – newport beach, ca

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to be honest, i don’t really know where to start with this one.  i have a long history with Cassidy’s.  much of it good, some embarrassing, mostly blurry.  i’ve met many a character there, and probably been one of them, but none of them as truly breathtaking as their cheeseburger.

many would probably think twice before ordering food in this establishment, but they would be WRONG in doing so.  man, that burger.  it helps make up for the changes Cassidy’s has seen in the past few years (logo-ed pool tables, photo booth, dub step).  the burger is still the same: bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, the juiciest burger you have ever laid eyes on, a layer of REAL cheese, and bun.  you can elect for some extra fixins – bacon, avocado even.  but, the one thing that really puts it all over the edge: The Pepper Plant hot sauce.  you MUST apply generously.  it drips down your wrists as you lean against the bar, then wash it all down with beer in a heavy chipped mug.  and you’re satisfied.  and don’t even think of asking for fries – they don’t have any.

so, just overlook the shadiness, stickiness, saltiness, weirdness, dustiness.  eat the burger and have a beer.

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bbq two20 – costa mesa, ca

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this is one beast of a burrito.  not for the weak at heart…or stomach.  at the humble BBQ Two20 you can get your burrito filled several different ways: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken.  you can decide what level of heat you’d like: 1 – 5.  you can even pick a side: baked beans, mac and cheese (blows your mind), cole slaw, potato salad.  once you make all of these painstaking decisions you then have to sit down and gather yourself for the battle that is about to begin.  you vs. burrito.  this does conjure up images of the travel channel’s painful man vs. food, but this meal usually comes without cheering bystanders – though if that’s something you would like, the employees might just abide.

so back to this behemoth of a burrito.  it arrives at your table steaming with a side of chips and bbq sauce and a delicate garnish of cilantro.  you look that burrito in the eye and take a moment.  you both understand what’s about to go down.  will it be your win or the burrito’s this time?

well meaning, good natured, hard working folks go head to head with this monster and fail. i’ve seen it a thousand times.  and if the size of this burrito doesn’t get you, the heat will.  they aren’t joking around.  their hot sauce is, well, HOT.

but besides all that…..the meat is good.  the burrito is good.  the sides are good.  the heat is good.  but, i think i’ll stick to redneck taco tuesdays when the serving sizes are just a tad more manageable.