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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Free Chicken! Free Chicken!

Two places are giving away free chicken this week with no purchase necessary! The first is KFC. KFC is giving away one free piece of the new Kentucky Grilled Chicken to everyone that comes to their restaurant on Monday April 27th. Valid 4/27/09 only, limit one free piece per person. Free piece selection is at manager's discretion and may vary by location.

On Tuesday April 28th, El Pollo Loco is having an amazing deal! They are offering a free 2-piece meal with tortillas and salsa to everyone that comes in to their restaurant. Here are the official rules of this offer.

Official Rules

  • The Taste the Fire® Offer (“offer”) consists of one flame-grilled leg and one flame-grilled thigh, two tortillas (choice of flour or corn) and fresh salsa.
  • Offer is available upon request only.
  • Valid only at participating locations.
  • No coupon necessary.
  • Limit one offer on April 28, 2009 until 8:00 p.m. per customer.
  • Must be present to receive. Sides, drinks and breast substitutions are extra.
  • Available for walk-in orders only (dine-in or carry-out). Not available for delivery or drive-thru. While supplies last.
So make sure to head down to KFC and El Pollo Loco to get your free chicken! Then come back here and let me know what you thought of it. Happy eating OC!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Strike - Tustin

The District at Tustin Legacy
(Jamboree Road & Barranca Parkway)
2405 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782
Tel: (714) 258-BOWL (2695)

I was recently in the Tustin District with J and S running some errands around lunchtime. We were looking at the directory trying to find something to eat. After some discussion, we decided to eat at Strike. Strike is a bowling alley that has a rock and bowl environment all the time. There is a dining room and bar inside as well as an arcade. There are waitresses that will serve you in the dining room or directly at the bowling lanes. We weren't there to bowl, we were jut there to eat. We found a nice table in the mostly empty dining room.

We looked over the menu and found your average american fare. I decided to order the Bacon Cheeseburger ($9.45) medium rare. J ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($9.25) and S ordered the Chicken Strips Appetizer ($9.25).

We waited about 20 minutes for our food. We were one of only three tables occupied in the dining room, but there were many people ordering food in the bowling lanes. Our food arrived and I cut into by burger. I was shocked! It was actually cooked medium rare, just like I ordered it. It is very uncommon for me to actually receive my burger the way I order it in a restaurant. More often than not I will receive a well done burger no matter how I order it. I was very pleased to find some pink in my burger. The burger itself was pretty good. It was a tad bland but much better than many other restaurant burgers. I would definitely order this again.

J liked her buffalo chicken sandwich pretty well and thought that it was pretty spicy. Her sandwich had two fried chicken breasts, covered in hot sauce and melted cheese. It was also served with fries and bleu cheese dressing.

S said that her chicken strips were nothing special. She said they reminded her of chicken strips from McDonalds. She felt that they were a little overpriced for what she got. I would have to agree. She got 4 chicken strips, with one of them being smaller than the other 3. $9.25 seems like a lot to pay for this. If they are going to charge this much, they should give you more chicken strips or at least some fries or something. I think $5.99 seems like a more appropriate price for this.

Overall Strike seems like a great place to get a casual meal. You can eat there while bowling or just when you want a casual meal. The environment is fun even if you're not bowling. It's kind of like eating at Dave and Busters. I will definitely come back and eat here sometime again. I may even do some bowling next time....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tax Day 2009 Specials

**As always, participation may vary by location. Please double check with your preferred location to make sure they are participating**

A lot of local restaurants and national chains are having tax relief specials this year. Here are some of the deals that I have heard about. All of these deals are valid Wednesday April 15th, 2009 only unless otherwise stated.

Visit a participating restaurant April 15 and hang onto your receipt. The “Tax Relief Day Special” lets you return before April 30 to receive the same order for free.

Stop by Cinnabon from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 15 for free cinnamon-roll bites (regularly $2.49 for four).

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery

On April 15, get one free scoop of ice cream.

McCormick & Schmick’s
On April 15, the chain offers a $10.40 menu of entrees. (Entrees regularly range from $16 to $33.) Each diner also receives a $10.40 “tax relief” gift certificate for a future meal.

PF Chang ’s China Bistro
Dine at one of P.F. Chang's 130-plus restaurant locations across the country on April 15, and save 15% on the total bill.

T.G.I. Friday’s
On April 15, diners receive a $5 gift card when they spend $15 to $25. They earn a $10 card for a purchase of more than $25.

Noonerz Sandwiches inside Javatini's at Lake Forest and Moulton

Employed Individuals receive 1.50 Off your order if you walk in or call in your order
2.00 Off your Noonerz order if you text (949.351.4000) OR Email your order


Print a copy of this Noonerz offer and bring in to restaurant to redeem.

Monday, April 6, 2009

First Annual Orange County Happy Hour Week

April 12th marks the beginning of the first annual Orange County Happy Hour Week. During this week you will be able to visit some of your favorite restaurants for some fantastic happy hour specials. The best part about this is that most restaurants will be offering these fantastic happy hour special all day long for the entire week! No more rushing to try and get your order in before happy hour ends! I say we all just take the week off and try to hit up as many happy hours as we can all week. Who's with me?

Here are some of the participating restaurants and the menus that they are offering. More may be added soon.

If the restaurant name is clickable, you can view their special happy hour menu.

***Many of the restaurants are offering their happy hour specials all day, some only have extended hours though. Please check the page for the restaurant you are going to before going down to the restaurant.***

  • 118 Degrees - Costa Mesa
  • 21 Oceanfront - Newport Beach
  • Ambrosia - Santa Ana
  • Avilas El Ranchito - Newport Beach
  • Bistro West - Tustin
  • Bluewater Grill - Tustin and Newport
  • Brix Wine Bar - Sunset Beach
  • Chaparosa Grill - Laguna Niguel/Tustin
  • Citrus Fresh Grill - Aliso Viejo
  • Commonwealth Lounge - Fullerton
  • Daily Grill - Irvine
  • French 75 - Newport Beach
  • HUSH - Laguna Beach
  • JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery - Anaheim/Tustin
  • Karl Strauss - Costa Mesa
  • Kimera - Irvine
  • K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
  • Leatherby's - Costa Mesa
  • Lucca - Irvine
  • Mozambique - Laguna Beach
  • O’Neill’s Bar and Grill - Mission Viejo
  • Orange County Mining Company - Orange
  • Pinot Provence - Costa Mesa
  • Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Anaheim
  • Royal Hawaiian - Laguna Beach
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House - Irvine
  • Sage - Newport Beach
  • Sage on the Coast - Newport Beach
  • Savannah at the Beach - Huntington Beach
  • Simply Fondue - San Juan Capistrano
  • Sorrento Grille - Laguna Beach
  • Stonehill Tavern - Dana Point
  • Summit House - Fullerton
  • Sundried Tomoto - San Clemente
  • Sundried Tomato - San Juan Capistrano
  • TAPS Fish House and Brewery - Brea
  • Terra Nova - Costa Mesa
  • The Clubhouse - Costa Mesa
  • The Loft Bistro at Montage - Laguna Beach
  • The Melting Pot - San Clemente/Irvine/Brea
  • The Ranch Sports Grill - Ladera Ranch
  • The Red Chair Lounge - Huntington Beach
  • The Rooftop Lounge - Laguna Beach
  • The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar - Tustin
  • Tommy Bahama's Island Grille - Newport Beach
  • Zov's Bistro - Tustin
  • Zov's Neighborhood Cafe's - Irvine/Newport Beach