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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
1067 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 927-4693
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

March 3, 2017

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is a small sized chain of fried chicken restaurants dotting the United States. Gus’s traces it’s origins to over 60 years ago in Mason, TN. The modern version of Gus’s that reopened in 1984 is now comprised at the time of this writing to 17 locations spread across mostly the South and Midwest with a few outliers such as Los Angeles, CA. The Fort Worth location opened in Fall of 2016 bringing the craving for Gus’s hot and spicy chicken to Cowtown.

The focus here is on fried chicken. Gus’s “Nashville Hot” as I call it is a spicy version of chicken setting back even the most brave of those among us. This fiery version would make just about anybody pause between bites to savor it and hopefully briefly tame the smoking hot chicken as it challenges the palate. Besides various selections of chicken in 2, 3 or half chicken combinations of white versus dark versus mixed Gus’s also offers a other items such as fried chicken tenders bearing their trademark spicy profile. Snacks are chicken only with a piece of white bread, meals are snacks with standard sides of cole slaw and baked beans. There is a good selection of sides that can be ordered individually or substituted for standard sides for a nominal charge per side.

We started our meal with an appetizer of Fried Pickle Spears ($6.50). These made from scratch pickle spears are coated and deep fried to a firm crispness on the outside, warm and tangy pickle inside. It is accompanied by a side of ranch dressing for dipping. Be sure and bite straight down and through these pickles. The spear inside is still firm and will literally pull away from the crunchy crust outside if you pull instead of biting. This appetizer is recommended. There are other southern staples to start such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Okra.

My entree for the evening was the Three Piece Dark Chicken Dinner ($8.95) consisting of one leg and two thighs. The chicken coating is spicy and crisply fried to a perfect crunch on the outside with juicy, flavorful meat on the inside. Each dinner is accompanied by two sides of Cole Slaw and Baked Beans. I substituted for a .50 cent charge the Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra. Both of these made from scratch sides were well prepared with good seasoning. The fried Okra was crispy fried as expected and the Mac and Cheese was a savory bowl of homemade comfort food. This entree and sides are recommended.

We each ordered a slice of pie and shared each around the table to get a good sampling of Gus’s desserts. I had the Chess Pie ($2.95) which was one of the best slices of chess pie I’ve had in recent memory. It was easily the best pie of the evening. Still good and right on it’s heels is the Chocolate Chess Pie ($2.95) full of chocolate goodness melded together with a chess pie. Rounding out our desserts was the Sweet Potato Pie ($2.95), another good rendition of a southern staple in pies. All of these desserts are recommended. Our only regrets were we didn’t have enough room for the Pecan and Coconut pies.

Gus’s is a casual restaurant so jeans or shorts are perfectly fine here. Major credit cards are accepted. Parking can be a bit of search in the always popular medical district. You’ll likely have to park on a side street and walk a block or walk a few blocks from the parking garage.

Conclusion: Gus’s is good southern cooking. I’ll be back but I’ll definitely bring my fire extinguisher. Man that chicken is hot!

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Mariachi Loco Restaurant
719 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4747
No website

Mariachi Loco Pollo y Mas

Mariachi Loco Pollo y Mas

February 23, 2017

Mariachi Loco Restaurant is a quirky little Mexican food restaurant billed as a Latin American Restaurant located in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The interior appears to be a bit dated and could use some sprucing up consisting of slightly worn floors, wooden railings and matching wooden tables and chairs dotting the smallish restaurant. Off the shelf posters and framed mass produced art line the walls. Cutouts of Mariachis and Cowboys are situated here and there throughout the restaurant providing opportunities for you to snap a photo of your loved one pimping for Cerveza Corona.

The menu offers basic Mexican food choices for lunch. Combinations are your selection of an item from a list of options paired with sides of rice and beans for $7.50. There are plenty of burrito plates as well as some grilled items such as Carne Asada. There are also a few specials available that change occasionally. The dinner menu is a bit more extensive on selections or repeats of the lunch entrees with slightly larger portions (i.e. billed as a 7″ tortilla at lunch; 10″ at dinner). The items appear to be Tex Mex oriented but the flavor profile appears to be more true Mexican in orientation. Read less spice, more bland here.

For my entree I ordered one of the specials. The Pollo y Mas ($11.50) consists of a pounded and spice rubbed Grilled Chicken filet paired with a battered dipped and pan fried Cheese Chile Relleno. The chicken was flavorful and moist, particularly when wrapped in complimentary corn or flour tortillas topped with excellent fresh sour cream and a little of their homemade guacamole. The Chile Relleno that is topped with a ranchero sauce and crema leans towards a bland presentation. The dish comes with black beans and Spanish rice. The rice was very tasty but the beans were bland tasting and al dente in firmness. This dish was OK but I much preferred the Chile Relleno I had on a previous visit. I’m not sure why that aspect of my dish has declined over the past 4 months.

Attire is casual, jeans do the job like all places in Roseburg. Parking is free on the street in the roughly 3 x 5 block free parking zone of downtown businesses. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: Mariachi Loco is OK but I wouldn’t go out of my way to dine here again.

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Brix Grill
527 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4901
No website

Brix Chicken Noodle Cheese Soup

Brix Chicken Noodle Cheese Soup

February 22, 2017

Brix is a Grill / Bistro styled restaurant located in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The menu is focused on New American and American Classics. There is a good range of selections from soups to salads to specialties to burgers. Breakfast can be ordered until 3 PM if you’d like Breakfast for either Breakfast or Lunch. Lunch and Dinner entrees vary between services providing added variety depending on time of day dining. There is a nice bar available if you’d like to just pop in for a drink and maybe a quick bite to eat without sitting in the main dining area.

Brix Baja Burger

Brix Baja Burger

I ordered the Baja Burger ($13.00). This juicy, flavorful burger served on a ciabatta bun consists of as ordered burger patty, bacon, grilled jalapenos, avocado and pepperjack cheese along with standard toppings of lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions. There are plenty of sides to choose from such as soup, salad, fruit, fries and the like all of which are included in the price of the burger. I opted for the daily soup special of Chicken Noodle Cheese Soup. This soup was an excellent soup packed full of cheese and cream flavors topped with crisp cheese straws for some added texture of crunch. Both the burger and soup are recommended.

Attire is casual. Jeans get the job done around these parts. Parking is free on the street if you park in the downtown parking free zone that spans roughly 3 by 5 blocks around the restaurant. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: I enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Brix. I’ll return.

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O’Toole’s Pub
328 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 673-5152
O’Tooles Pun

O'Tooles Grilled Cheese

O’Tooles Grilled Cheese

February 21, 2017

O’Tooles Pub is a neat little pub in downtown Roseburg. Old World style pub with good drinks and tasty, homey pub food. Wooden floors, booths and tables throughout. The menu is solely focused on pub food with lots of interesting starters, salads, soups, classics and burgers. Plenty of great local micro brews available on tap to while the evening away.

I ordered for my lunch the O’MAZING GRILLED CHEESE ($8.50) which consists of smoked mozzarella, candied bacon and house-made tomato jam served on grilled sourdough bread. The sandwich was a great little savory sandwich packing lots of flavor. Included with the sandwich are your choice of fries, soup, salad, cottage cheese, fruit or for a slight up charge onion rings or tater tots. At the suggestion of Casey the owner/operator I went for the onion rings which were a good sized portion of rings coasted in a thick pepper laden batter. They were some of the most interesting and packed full of flavor onion rings i’ve had in quite some time. This dish is recommended.

Service was quick and attentive. Our orders were taken and presented in a timely manner with regular follow up visits on refills from the drinks and whether all was well with the food and service. Just your typically friendly pub environment.

Attire is casual. Jeans or shorts get the job done here. Parking is metered street parking along the road in front of the pub. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: Like Arnold Schwarzenegger I’ll be back.

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Loggers Pizza & Growlers
1350 NE Stephens St #10
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 672-5234

Loggers Tap House
2060 NW Stewart Pkwy
Roseburg, OR 97471
(541) 671-2206

Loggers Tap House & Pizza

Loggers Hook Tender Pizza

Loggers Hook Tender Pizza

February 20, 2017

Loggers is a local pizza operation comprised of two locations in tiny, small town Roseburg. The first is Loggers Pizza & Growlers. This smaller of the two locations seems focused more on pizza delivery & take out. There are dine in tables but the atmosphere is stark and dated, similar to a 1970’s Waffle House layout and decor. The other location is Loggers Tap House which is more in style with a sports bar atmosphere. Located across town near the shopping center Loggers Tap House provides more of a sit down and dine in atmosphere.

The pizza and beer theme is basically the same at both locations. There are several gourmet pizza options as well as the tried and true standards available at any pizza restaurant. The crust here is a little unique, made from a sourdough charger. This provides an added level of flavor to the pizza in addition to the toppings of your choosing. The Tap House location provides additional dishes beyond pizza such as burgers, sandwiches, baskets and additional appetizers not available at the Growler location. The Growler location has Growlers that are available for carry out so you can grab a pizza and growler to go.

I’ve eaten at both locations, the Tap House location back in October, the Growler location on this date and have to say the pizza is uniformly good at both locations. The chicken wing appetizer I had at the Tap House location previously was also quite tasty. The beer selection at both locations is quite good with plenty of local micro brew selections on tap and by the bottle.

On this occasion I ordered the Hook Tender 10 inch ($10.50) which is billed as a pepperoni Lovers pizza consisting of three types of pepperoni: Signature, Spicy & Cupping Pepperoni. The pepperoni combination was flavorful with a preferred slight crisp to it from the oven. Crust was firm and flavorful as well made from a sourdough charger. Previously I ordered the Create Your Own made with Pepperoni, Bacon & Jalapeno (PB&J) with similar results. Both pizzas are recommended.

Atmosphere at both locations is very much casual. Jeans or shorts get the job done at both locations. Parking is available at both locations in the lot fronting the locations. Major credit cards are accepted except for American Express.

Conclusion: Loggers is recommended for some of the best, casual pizza in Roseburg. If you dare order Dominoes your pizza ordering privileges should immediately be revoked.

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McMenamins Roseburg Station Pub & Brewery
700 S.E. Sheridan St.
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 672-1934
McMenamins Roseburg Station Pub & Brewery

McMenamins T-N-T Basket

McMenamins T-N-T Basket

February 20, 2017

McMenamins is Pacific Northwest chain located in Oregon and Washington States. Consisting of a little over thirty locations McMenamins takes buildings of historic or interesting value and renovates them into restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues for a full evening of pleasure out with family and friends. I visited the Roseburg location which is one of the few that focuses solely on being a Pub & Brewery venue.

The menu is focused mainly on McMenamins Specialties, Sandwiches and Burgers. There are a decent selection of Starters and Salads from which to choose to round out your meal. There are also daily specials and a specialty burger of the month to add in a little variety for repeat visits.

I had the T-N-T Basket ($13.25) which consists of fried chicken tenders served with a generous amount of tater tots. There is a very tasty peppercorn ranch for dipping the chicken which frankly made the meal for me. There is also buttermilk coleslaw to round out the meal. The chicken strips looked on the surface like they might be pre-fab food service provided but they had pretty good flavor and were fairly moist on the inside so they might’ve been handmade. They were close enough I couldn’t definitively tell which is obviously a good sign. I substituted the garden salad for the coleslaw which I felt was a tasty and wise choice. I might order this entree again but will likely press onto something else on the menu next time.

There is a full bar and brewery on sight if you’d like a beverage of your choosing to relax into the meal.

Parking is available in a side lot. Dress is casual as are most spots in Roseburg. Major credit cards accepted.

Conclusion: Good food and service. I’ll be back.

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Junkyard Extreme Burgers & Brats
95410 Highway 99E
Junction City, Oregon 97448
(541) 998.3232
Junkyard Extreme Burgers & Brats

Junkyard Burgers and Brats

Junkyard Burgers and Brats

February 19, 2017

Junkyard is a funky, eclectic drive thru and dine in burger joint located just north of Junction City, Oregon. Featured in an episode of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives this busy spot attracts locals and tourists alike. The funky and eclectic interior is littered with Bric a Brac including engine parts, a mannequin holding court over diners, signs, miscellaneous oddities and old license plates nailed to the walls throughout. Car seat styled benches and wooden chairs serve for seating at the mish mash of tables dotting the restaurant.

The main restaurant is small on the inside with room for I’m guessing 20+ people to dine. The outside tables and benches at least double the dining capacity of the restaurant but this being Oregon the cold and rain can drive you inside at any time. Be flexible accordingly. Ordering and pickup is counter or drive thru. The line can be long at times I understand so you should have plenty of time to review the large menu but you still might want to review it online in advance if it is your first visit because the menu is fairly extensive for such a small focused restaurant running from burgers to brats to hot dogs and beyond with a half dozen selections in every category.

Junkyard Extreme Burger

Junkyard Extreme Burger – Notice the hubcap sized fried cheese at the bottom

I ordered The Junkyard Extreme Burger ($12.50). This behemoth of a burger features Junkyard’s Signature Fried Cheese with Pepperoni and Jalapenos. This spicy combination is topped off with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle making this juicy, tasty burger a minimum six napkin burger on the “Dripiness Scale”. I say a minimum of six napkins because I could not finish this monster before throwing in that final sixth napkin. It might’ve commanded more if I could’ve finished it. This isn’t even their largest burger. Their signature burger is The Big Block which is a two patty burger that impresses one and all whenever it is served. I saw five served while I was there and I also saw five to go boxes with half a burger leave in every single case. This massive burger big enough for two meals sets you back a mere $13.50.

Parking is a little scarce. You might have to wait for a spot or perhaps walk a ways assuming you can park along the side of the road running beside the restaurant. I was fortunate enough to get a parking spot near the back door of the restaurant.

Cash is preferred. Credit cards are accepted but you’ll pay an additional .50 cents to use your plastic.

Conclusion: Junkyard Extreme Burgers & Brats is highly recommended for a casual, filling meal.

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