Monday, and my main nagging question was, "where to eat today?" Not being exceptionally motivated, I ventured a whole four blocks from my bed, to Eagle Rock's mainstay for, "slow fast food," the Oinkster, www.theoinkster.com.
Located at 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041, this establishment has long ago been honored with the presence of Guy Fieri when the Oinkster was featured on Triple-D, Diners, Drive In's, and Dives. However, that has never stopped me in the past from going where other foodies have gone before, and planting my own fork.
While the Oinkster boasts great burgers and pastrami, I thought I would focus on their pulled pork sandwich. Served on a very well balanced, slightly crusty on the outside, perfectly soft on the inside, the pork contained inside is moist, tender and very flavorful all by itself. Add the BBQ sauce, that is a Oinkster patented creation, you complete the trifecta of que'd sandwich perfection.
So what to go along with the pulled pork, in order to compliment and create another double play of flavor? I gave the Piggy Fries a try. These are the Oinkster fries, along the lines of, "animal style," fries found at In and Out, with a very nice subtly, light 1000 island dressing and camelized onions. The dressing is not overpowering, and if one makes sure to toss the fries a bit before consumption, you have a truly flavorful ecperience.
Of course, as always, and especially at the Oinkster, one must compliment any order with one of the many craft brews they have either on tap, in can, or bottle. I opted for the Figueroa Mountain Pale Ale. However, for the craft beer sect out there, Oinkster offers a huge selection of brews to choose from. Many selection from the locally brewed Eagle Rock Brewery. For the wine drinkers, they offer you a shorter list of fare, but they cover all colors of the vintner's pallet.
Other items on the menu include the Oinkster burger, with all the fixning of your choice, including the option of american, chedder, or gruyere cheeses, pastrami, chicken sandwiches, and roasted chicken.
The place itself, is very family friendly, with Friday and Saturday nights being the more 20's to 30's range. Oinkster offers a cozy atmosphere, complete with big screen TV's, showing all local and national sporting events. Happy hour run 3 - 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Come on by, when you are in Eagle Rock, or for that matter, go out of your way to get here, catch the game, a brew, and some good slow cooked, fast food.