Review – Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Los Banos, CA

Ordering Process

When I was ordering, it didn’t seem like they had any specials. My family and I usually order a special that includes an XL Pepperoni and some Breadsticks and drinks. I had to order everything separately. After being rung up, the price was kind of shocking me. I looked down at the receipt and was suffering from sticker shock for the price of an XL Pizza. I said, oh well.

Food Portions

We sat down and waited for the food to arrive. When the Breadsticks arrived, I was pleased with the flavor and texture. They were crunchy and tasted like something different versus dough.

Finally, the Pizza arrived and I didn’t pay attention to the Pan hanging over the counter. The XL Pizza was huge. On the pan hanging over, it says 20 slices, but my son counted them and they only gave us 18. It was still big. There was plenty for leftovers. The Pepperonis were small and they curled up like little bowls of flavor on the pizza. The sauce wasn’t too heavily placed making the pizza almost as crunchy as the Breadsticks.

The Cons

The only complaint I have about this place was that none of the games seemed to work. I started off with trying to get quarters for the kids to play games with using the change machine but it didn’t work. The guy behind the counter helped us out with that. I then went over to play the PacMan/Galaga game and it asked for 2 credits to play. I stuck in 2 quarters which gave me the amount needed to play, but when I pushed the Start button, it didn’t work. I tried to get my quarters back using the eject button, but that didn’t work either. The kids were then trying to play another game and I gave up as nothing seemed to work.

Overall

The Food and Service are great but there aren’t that many games for the kids to play. The place is big but all open, so once it started to get a little more people inside, it started to get noisier with the voices trying to compete with the Televisions in the place. I will be going again, but not sure about going to this same one.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Review – Wayback Burgers

 

Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers

The Location

I haven’t been out to Panoche for quite a few years now, and when I arrived, I was surprised to see this Burger Place.  We have all seen those sandwich chains inside of Gas Stations, but this was something different.  I must admit, the location is probably at sometimes, great on weekends because of the travelers along Interstate 5.  Then I realized how close it was to Oro Loma and imagine, that a lot of workers probably stop here for lunch during the day.

The Service

When we walked into the restaurant and looked at the menu, we were looking trying to figure out what to order.  The lady that took our order could have been a little friendlier or at least happy to see customers.  She didn’t bother to ask us anything about the way we wanted our order.  I even walked away without getting my cups and she didn’t even bother to remind me.  When the burgers were done, the another person from behind the counter came and delivered them to our table, which was great.  I went over after we were done to ask for a bag and saw how amazing the grill looked with all the meat on it being cooked.  I asked the chef if I could take a picture and he said sure.

Wayback Burger Grill
Wayback Burger Grill

The Atmosphere

The restaurant was nice, it had a diner look and feel to it.  They even had bottles of ketchup on every table.  And if you need extra mustard, they have bottles of those too by the soda fountain.  They have televisions which kept my son occupied as he watched one of his favorite movies.

The Negatives

I myself am a Veteran and do Honor our Nation and the Flag.  I didn’t like that the flag was sitting outside the door next to the trash can.  I don’t see why they haven’t just hung it up somewhere.

The girl behind the counter was the other piece but I imagine, she was probably just having a bad day or was not looking forward to the shift to start.

Double Bacon Burger from Wayback Burgers
Double Bacon Burger

Overall

I enjoyed the trip out to Wayback Burgers and the food was good.  The pictures look a little bigger than the actual food, but the taste was right on.  My family and I will definitely be going again and try out some other menu items.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Review – Sakura Chaya Restaurant – Fresno

Sakura Chaya - Yo-Mama Roll
Sakura Chaya – Yo-Mama Roll

Reservations

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our Anniversary and we had heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant in Fresno. I decided that was the place that we would go to. Sakura Chaya is located in Fresno on Nees Ave and is pretty easy to get to. Parking is good with lots of room. I called a couple of days ahead to make reservations. We drove all the way in to town after work and were starving by 5 pm. We showed up to the restaurant about 20 minutes before our reservations. There was a very large crowd inside. The place had Hibachi style area, a bar and an original sit down booth. We were there for the Hibachi as there was no reason to have it any other way.

Sushi and Hibachi

I have had my variety of Sushi from all the Las Vegas restaurants that I have been to where the guys have ordered Sushi. I have always expected them to order it as I was never used to ordering. I took a look at the Menu on Yelp ahead of time so I was familiar with what to expect. The Yo-Mama Rolls seemed to be the popular choice. We ordered the Edamame Appetizer and the Yo-Mama Roll. The Edamame’s were okay and seemed to be a little under cooked. The Yo-Mama Roll was amazing. It had a creamy filling which really isn’t my style but it was good.

Hibachi

If you have ever been to a Hibachi style restaurant, you know they bring you Miso soup, salad. The Miso soup was also okay. It needed a little more flavor but the salad was amazing. Because the waitress sat us down on a big section with another crowd they had to add a piece of table to the inside. This made it difficult to fit two chefs inside the cooking area. It also made it a little uncomfortable when I had to sit next to another crowd. The chef didn’t really put on a show. He started with the egg trick and since he couldn’t complete the egg trick, he decided not to do anything except for the flaming onion. They didn’t have a large variety of sauces like the other restaurants. Usually, they give you a large variety of sauces. No, they just asked if anyone wanted their version of hot sauce. It was some hot paste mixed with Teriyaki sauce.

Conclusion

Overall, the food was great and the sushi was amazing. I will probably go back again, but not any time soon. I would probably prefer Edo-Ya or Japanese Kitchen. The cleanliness of the griddle was not too great. There was a lot of small pieces of left overs on there prior to the chef showing up. The service was not too bad. The waitress was probably the nicest thing. She was nice the whole time.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez