Saturday, July 13, 2019

Is Burger King The Taco King Too?


Recently, I wrote a review of a local $1 taco deal.  Practically as soon as I posted the piece, Burger King introduced a $1 taco of their own, for a limited time.   Intrigued by they're timing as much as anything, I visited my local Burger King at 18975 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy. in Aloha, Oregon.

| Subject: Burger King’s $1 Crispy Tacos |
| Date: 07/12/2019 | Photographers: James Kiester & Bonnie Kiester |
Burger King has a single variety of taco, Crunchy Beef, which consists of seasoned ground beef, shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, and savory taco sauceon a crispy-ish taco shell.  Except for the shredded cheddar replacing the slice of American Cheese, it’s a visual clone of a Jack In The Box taco.  It pretty much eats like one too.

The moisture from the seasoned beef and sauce makes the filled part of the shell pliable and somewhat greasy while leaving the edges perfectly crisp and crunchy.  While some in my party were put off by the dual texture of the shell, I didn’t mind it since it prevented the taco from crumbling upon taking a bite.  In fact, it held together better than many hard-shell tacos I’ve eaten, or tried to eat.

As for the taste, the seasoned beef and sauce made for a pleasantly spicy bite.  It wasn’t tongue searingly hot by any means, but there was enough spice to make it enjoyable.  The lettuce provided a cool crisp countenance to the warm peppery aspects of the dish.  Yet, while I love cheese, the few shreds of cheddar Burger King graced my taco with may as well have been absent, since it added nothing to the flavor or texture of the taco.

All things considered, Burger King is selling a good taco for a buck.  It’s not a great taco, but it’s a good taco.  I give Burger King’s Tacos a solid 7 out of 10 stars.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Are Don Pedro’s $1.00 Spicy Pork Tacos A Good Deal?

My best friend has told me about the tacos at Don Pedro Mexican Food (527 SE 10th Avenue in Hillsboro, Oregon) for some time now.  Since I was running errands in Hillsboro the other day, I went through their drive-thru window for lunch.

| Subject: Don Pedro Mexican Food’s Spicy Pork Tacos |
| Date: 06/06/2019 | Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell |
Don Pedro’s $1.00 tacos come on two soft corn tortillas with a choice of meat; beef, beef tongue (I think), chicken, pork, or spicy pork; and can be ordered with or without cilantro and onions.   Spicy pork sounded tasty, so I  ordered three of those with the accompanying aromatics.

The tortillas were small, but I liked the two ply approach in that it prevented breakage and leaks.  The tortillas were loaded with marinated seasoned pork, onions, and cilantro.

The veggies were fresh and crisp, balancing nicely with the pork.  As for the meat itself, it had been well seasoned and was undeniably savory.  I simply wouldn't call “spicy.”  I also thought it could have used a touch of crema or salsa for moisture.

Still, for $1.00 it was a pretty decent bite of food.  I give Don Pedro Mexican Food’s Spicy Pork Tacos 7.5 out of 10 stars.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Is The Burger King King Of The Chicken Parm?

Burger King has come out with a line of Chicken Parmesan sandwiches.  The sandwiches consist of white meat seasoned chicken filet, (fried crispy, spicy fried crispy, or grilled) topped with marinara sauce, melted mozzarella cheese and shaved parmesan cheese on a toasted potato bun.  Both fried versions sell for $4.99 and the grilled version is $.50 more.

| Burger King’s Crispy Chicken Parmesan Sandwich |
| Photographers: James & Bonnie Kiester | Date: 06/01/2019 |
When I head about this, I visited my local Burger King at 18975 S W Tualatin Valley Hwy in Aloha, OR.

Since it's most like the classic sandwich, I ordered the regular crispy chicken filet.  I say, “most like,” since the genuine article features a chicken filet coated in seasoned breadcrumbs and fried, rather than, “chicken fried.”

The original Chicken Parmigiana doesn't actually feature any Parmesan cheese.  The recipe originated in the northern Italian city of Parma – hence the name, which means “In the style of Parma.”  Nevertheless, the sandwich delivered a generous helping of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses as well as a healthy portion of tomato sauce.

The first thing I tasted was the sauce, which mostly sweet with a vague hint of seasoning, offering the same flavor profile as ketchup.  Next, I could definitely taste both distinct cheeses.  The salty Parmesan balanced nicely against the mild gooey Mozzarella.  The cheese lover in me was digging what I was eating.

Sadly, I couldn't taste the chicken.  I knew it was there, since I was biting through a crispy crunchy something.  However, it was dry, severely under seasoned, and just…, kinda…, there.

All things considered, it's a good sandwich, not a great sandwich.  I give Burger King’s Crispy Chicken Parmesan Sandwich 7 out of 10 stars.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Are KFC's Cinabon Inspired Biscuits A Dessert Must?

I love Cinabon’s cinnamon rolls.  Those sweet ooey gooey confections of joy are some of the best things on Earth.   So, when I heard KFC was offering a new dessert based on said sweet rolls I had to try it.

| Subject: KFC's Cinabon Biscuits |
| Date: 05/02/2019 | Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell |

I ordered lunch from the KFC at 18735 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy. in Aloha, Oregon.  For $3 I got a box of 4 biscuits.  They're also available individually for $1 each, which, in retrospect, is probably what I should have done.

As advertised, they were KFC’s buttermilk biscuits covered in a cinnamon glaze and sweet white icing.  The glaze and icing definitely tasted like Cinabon's.

The first bite along the edge was delicious.  However, as I worked my inward I found the biscuit to be dense and dry.  I knew going in the biscuits wouldn't have the wonderful gooey core of a cinnamon roll.  Yet, I hadn't expected such density either.

KFC’s Cinabon Biscuits aren't a bad dessert per se.  They're simply not a dessert I’d go out of my way for again.  I'd give these dessert biscuits 6 out 10 stars.