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PANCAKE BALLS Are The Ultimate Form Of Pancakes In Bite Size

I love breakfast and everything associated with the meal. When savory items are combined with the sweet components, a perfect meal is born. On a recent food crawl with fellow Foodbeast Reach, we stopped by Grits in Fullerton, CA, to try what the chef proudly refers to as Pancake Balls.

While crude-sounding upon first impression, the pancake balls are so much more than their names suggest.

Chef Cody Storts, the genius behind these balls, prepares the staple three different ways.

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The first are the Maple Bacon Coco Puff Balls, for lovers of chocolate. They’re made with candied bacon, ganache, and topped with maple bacon syrup and Coco Puffs. The candied bacon adds the slightest amount of saltiness to an otherwise sweet-heavy dish. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Next there are the Toasty Balls made with a cinnamon pastry cream, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and roasted sweet apples. This dish tasted as if we were eating a plate of freshly baked cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but with less butter.

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Finally, the best of the bunch brunch, were the Thai Pancake Balls. These are made with fried pork cutlets, cilantro, shallots, jalapeño, fish sauce, and maple syrup.

Now before you lose your minds over the thought of combining fish sauce and maple syrup, Grits does it in a way that they pair so perfectly together, it’s a harmonious bite of sweet and savory.

Seriously, guys. We’ve yet to finish a dish and immediately order another box to-go for later in the day.

Reach had this to say:

Top 3 things I’ve eaten this year.

You can find the dishes available at Grits daily. The two sweet pancake balls are $13 and the savory costs $16. We advise eating them fresh. As awesome as they are, like all pancakes, they’ll get soggy once thrown into a box for a period of time.

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Here’s Where To Find The Only Poke Restaurant With A Drive-Thru

While the poke craze has been growing exponentially as of late, we just can’t help but grab some at least once a week. The problem is at the end of the day, we just don’t want to get out the car just to pick up food on the way home.

The solution: Drive-thru poke.

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Fins Poke Fusion, prominent in Mission Viejo, CA, just opened a new location in downtown Fullerton, CA. What sets the fast-casual restaurant apart from the original location, and other poke spots for that matter, is that they offer… A DRIVE THRU.

Before Fins settled in the current space, a taqueria with a drive-thru window built in was the previous occupant. Fins’ owners saw this as an asset and decided to keep the convenient feature for their new restaurant.

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We spoke to Moby Duncan, one of the three owners of Fins, who said that he knows customers only have a set amount of time to place their orders and get back to work or be on their way home. Because he stands by the quality of the fish, Duncan decided to turn the drive-thru into something Fins could capitalize on.

“We want to be the In-N-Out of poke,” he said.

While you have to go inside to get the full customizable experience of the restaurant, the drive-thru menu lets patrons order from six predetermined bowls. The bowls are then made to order and ready within 3-5 minutes.

In the world of seafood, the fresher the better.

You can find the drive-thru Fins Poke Fusion at:

513 N. Harbor Blvd

Fullerton, CA 

Tel: 714-519-3014

 

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Alcohol-Infused Cupcakes Are the Only Valentine’s Gift We Want Or Need

Hear that? That’s the sound of a million booze-loving significant others going OMNOMNOMNOM.

Southern California-based bakery Hapa Cupcakes takes its name from owners Hanayo and Akemi’s mixed-Asian heritage, and the splash of mixology magic that goes into making their signature alcohol-infused cupcakes and brownies. Though most of the alcohol is cooked off in the baking process (enough so that you don’t need to be 21+ to purchase), a single bite into any of their crème de menthe mint or chocolate whiskey-flavored treats is still enough to make your nostrils do that weird flare thing. You know, the one that lets you know, “yep, that is booze.”

$34 buys a dozen of the liquor-laden sweets, or just enough to keep your favorite lush feeling all warm and fuzzy. Check out a few of our favorites, below:

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry and Champagne:

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Crème de Menthe Mint Brownie

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“Nuts About You” — Chocolate Peanut Butter

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“Will You Remember Me In the Morning?” — Kahlua Cinnamon

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“My Cookies Make You Cream” — Chocolate Oreo

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“Gonna Get Lucky Tonight” — Chocolate Whiskey

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Hapa Cupcakes

105. W Amerige Ave.

Fullerton, Calif. 92832

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Les Amis [ADVENTURE]

Where friends gather for Lebanese food — when we saw that tagline, our wandering group veered off the beaten pub crawl path and grabbed a table. Les Amis in Fullerton, CA is as nonthreatening as ethnic Lebanese places come. They have a simple but expansive menu, an orderup desk accented by a beautifully decorated indoor seating area that makes you feel you’re spending a pretty penny on your meal, when in fact, you are not.

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Deep Fried Mushrooms

Many moons ago, we reviewed a well-frequented local diner of ours in Orange County known far and wide for their delicious breakfast burritos — Fantasy Cafe. Whenever we’re back in the Fullerton area, we like to swing by and get our fix. During all previous visits, we had apparently overlooked their “Deep Fried Mushrooms” menu item. Consider them your your proper french fry substitute! Hit it with a side of ranch dressing, ketchup and some hot sauce. Disappointment will not occur.

 

 

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Adventure: Which Wich (Fullerton, CA)

One thing that helps me persevere through the long days of being a student is the new and convenient sandwich joint right across campus known as Which Wich. The expanding sandwich chain makes use of its understanding that their customers aren’t all the same, allowing a level of customizability that rivals Subway.

Their business model may seem similar to rival sandwich chains, but the customizability is the last point of comparison the consumer has against the brand. Having more then 50 customizable “wiches”, this place takes the saying “The Way You Like It” to a whole new level, check out how!

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DRUNKBEAST: House Party Leads to Carl’s Jr.

Why not take to the streets? Victor, Taylor and Andrew decided we wanted a little Carl’s Jr., lucky for us there is a brand new location near our Anaheim HQ. Considering it was 11:00 p.m. on a Friday, we decided it was necessary to meet up with some friends in Fullerton, a few miles up the freeway, get our drink on, celebrate a birthday or two, and make sure our buzz was nice and heavy before we tested out the new drive-thru. Here’s what ensued:

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Adventure: Ginza Sushi (Fullerton, CA)

The homie Justin “Anthrax” Bazant is one of my longtime friends from high school, and whenever he’s in the OC area, this guy always is down for the Foodbeast adventure. Going against Yelp predictions (can’t always trust the masses), we took a break from a leisurely summer pool day to come check out Ginza Sushi in Fullerton, CA. These guys are still a relatively new joint, but they have some great prices, a nice location and interior and a killer happy hour.