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I finally checked out Oinkster last night and while I really, really wanted to like it, I was very disappointed. I ordered the regular combo which consisted of the bbq pork sandwich, regular fries and a soft drink. To add to my order, I also got a side of red cabbage slaw and a peanut butter and jelly cupcake. The only thing I really liked was the peanut butter and jelly cupcake.

First, my bbq pulled pork sandwich was a bust! There was more red cabbage slaw and onions than actual pork. While the pork was reasonably moist, it had no flavor. They also didn't add the bbq sauce to the sandwich and when I got some in a little cup to add to the sandwich myself, the bbq sauce was so watery that I decided to forget about it.

The Belgian fries weren't crispy enough. It's almost as if they fried it only once and not twice which is the standard way of cooking Belgian French Fries. They reminded me of In-N-Out Fries and that's not to say that I don't like In-N-Out Fries, but for something that's touting itself to be Belgian French Fries, that's what I should have gotten.

This red slaw was too vinegary and had too strong a flavor that I couldn't identify until my friend mentioned that they added too much celery seed.

As for the peanut butter cupcake, while I would have liked the frosting to be a bit creamier, the flavor was good and plus I loved the fact that there was grape jelly inside.

Overall, I won't be making my way back to The Oinkster anytime soon.

To see pics, go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addic...

Thanks,
Abby

The Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd.
Eagle Rock, CA
323-255-oink
http://www.oinkster.com/

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  1. Thank you for that. It's becoming increasingly obvious that I can get food of equal or better quality, much greater quantity, and more consistently and for less money, if I just go down the street to The Hat. Though I'll admit the pastrami looks to be much better...

    1. Sure doesn't sound like you had the same experience as the poster who was there the same day as you and said they "fixed" some of your concerns.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      1. re: monku

        Maybe, it's just one of those hit-or-miss kind of restaurants. Either you really like the food or you don't. Unfortunately, I'm in the latter group.

      2. The food looks too good to not try at least once. At the very least it shows they are trying.

        I'm wary of the so-so reviews, but I think I need to taste for myself.

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        1. re: ozzygee

          "Trying" should have been done before they opened for business. It shouldn't be a "work in progress."

          Sometimes it only takes one item to make you think the whole experience is a bust.

          Fries-Belgian or whatever you want to call them are a volatile item, either they're perfect or lousy there's no in between. The moment they're out of the fryer they're deteriorating.

          We await your review.

          1. re: monku

            I'll agree that Belgian fries are not a light undertaking, although we're getting conflicting reports that these are real Belgian fries. I doubt they would devote the time and fryer space for true Belgian fries, especially since they're frying other things such as onion rings.

            I'm still willing to give it a fair shake, but I must admit that the concept would trouble me if I were the owner. Higher-quality fast food is an oxymoron and seems a quixotic pursuit in a region where there are such well-established fast food cults.

        2. As one of the naysayers, I can honestly say that the Pastrami sandwich pictured was NOT what I experienced. The pictured sandwich is quite the opposite of what I had, and is what I'm hoping to see the next time I go back.

          It appears they have more work to do, but at it also appears that there's something to look forward to.

          1. went yesterday...

            Classic HAmburger - Just OK. Had to add ketchup and mustard to "enhance" flavor
            Belgian Fries - terrible. Ate 5 fries and chucked the rest
            Coconut Cupcake - will not be winning any awards soon