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Tots for Thoughts

We go in depth on Sonic's new Sweet Potato Tots!

Price

Cost is very important these days, money conscious consumers hit hard by the great recession/depression are looking for more bang for their buck. The new sweet potato tot is actually is 88% more expensive than the traditional sonic tater tot. A medium order of around 20 standard tots goes for 1.59 at a cost of 7.95 cents a tot, and an order of around 20 of the new sweet potato tots goes for 2.99 a whopping 14.95 cents a tot! In 1950 you could buy a whole burger tot combo at Sonic for 15 cents. Now days for the same price you get one tater tot!

Nutritional Value

With the added price however we do get some added benefits. One order of the sweet potato tots will nab you 160% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin A, and 15% of your vitamin C needs. However you calories do go up by 70, but that averages out to just 14.5 calories per tot.

Taste

Delicious little fried morsels, good by themselves or even better with ketchup. I hope Sonic keeps them around for a while, but I guarantee they will disappear from the menu in a few months. Sonic has a way of snaking items off the menu, without anybody noticing. Case and point; what happened to Sonic’s salads? Last time I rolled through, I did not see them anywhere on their menu!

Some Tots Thoughts

I’ve always liked sweet potatoes better than the standard issue russet potatoes, and it excites me to see restaurant chains finally getting on the sweet potato band wagon. I would like to see other burger chains such as Wendy’s, and Burger King try out sweet potato options on their menu. The sweet potato tot brings up a lot of new questions. Does the added nutritional value make up for the extreme cost? Could sweet potatoes one day become more popular than russet potatoes? Is this sweet potato thing just a fad? Could we as the fried food loving public accept items that cost more, but are better for us? It’s a lot to think about!

Check out the chart below to see a tot for tot comparison!

The Great Burrito Run

of 2012

Saturday morning, I rounded up a few friends in Midland for the Great Burrito Run of 2012.

The plan was simple:

 Taste test several Midland breakfast burritos

Breakdown each burrito by taste, presentation, and cost

Gauge each restaurant for its service, cleanliness, and crowd size

The Mission was Clear: 

Order one burrito from each place.

Burrito must be bacon, egg, and cheese.

Each order must come with salsa.

The morning went off without a hitch, it was perfect burrito weather a little chilly, light fog, not a lot of traffic. The team set out with assignments, retrieved its respective burritos, and convened at 0900 hours back at the hideout. Each burrito was then put under a microscope, so to speak, and things  got serious real fast.  Pictures were taken, notes were scribbled, arguments insured and once the smoke cleared, only the  winners remained. Be forewarned Midlanders, you might not agree 100% with our findings. To each his own I say, after all, some people can be pretty passionate about their favorite burrito. By all means, continue to support the burrito place of your choice.

Just read these few words…take it as food for thought.


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Speedy Pak Grocery – 1201 Garden City Highway

Best Burrito for the Buck

Spiciest Salsa

Best Flavor

Best Tortilla

Speedy Pak blew away the competition; they were the cheapest, best, and one of the biggest burritos of the day. 3 bucks cash only, that sold us all. After I ordered my burrito, I watched the lady cook it up for us on the flat grill, and I could just tell by the weight of the bag that I had got my money’s worth. They used a white Mexican cheese in place of the standard cheddar cheese.  Speedy Pak had a wonderful green salsa, but to be honest, it really didn’t need it. This burrito was the clear award winner for the day.

It felt a little bit like Adele at the Grammys…

Speedy Pak Grocery
1201 Garden City Hwy
(432) 683-2600

Payment Accepted: Cash only
Open for Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Parking? Yes plenty of parking spaces
Take out? Yes

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El Burrito -1106 North Big Spring Street

Best All Around Burrito

Best Salsa

This burrito was the biggest one we tasted all day. It had huge strips of crispy bacon, lots of egg, plenty of cheddar cheese all perfectly cooked on a homemade tortilla. The salsa was a perfect complement to a burrito that was already really good on its own.

 

El Burrito
1106 North Big Spring Street
(432) 683-9701

Payment Accepted: cash or checks only, atm located inside restaurant
Open for Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
Parking? Yes but very few parking spaces
Take out? Yes

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El Super Burrito- 703 West Wall Street

Best Late Night Burrito

Best Decor / Friendliest Staff

El Super Burrito is a really good place to eat, convenient for both downtown workers and high school students. The owner also owns a burrito place in Odessa. The place has a retro chic feel to it and can only be outshined by the friendliness of the worker who greeted us at the front counter.   She also mentioned that they will be open on Saturdays till 3 a.m. from now on. Now in Midland that’s a big deal. For a town that rolls up its sidewalks at dark, any place willing to stay open late is alright in my book!

El Super Burrito
703 West Wall Street
(432) 218-6818

Payment Accepted: cash, checks, credit cards
Monday – Friday 7am-2pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm
Saturday 10:30pm -3am
Meals served: Breakfast and lunch, and dinner on Saturday night
Parking? Yes several parking spaces, plus downtown parking available
Take out? Yes

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 In conclusion, we all walked away very impressed with the burritos we tasted.  All in all it was a pretty good Saturday morning.  Midland has some really good places to eat, sometimes you just have to get out there and try something new!


 
 
 
 
 
 

“Meet the moment” reads a cleverly placed ad on the back of my mini cliff bar. In packing my gym bag this morning, I noticed this clever phrase, written to inspire, energize with words, seize the day, go west young man, you only live once, but if you do it right once is enough!!

Maybe these three words are all I need today “Meet the moment”, get ready here comes Wednesday! I think it as a sign, a foretelling of what might happen, Maybe i’ll take the momentum from my mini sized energy bar three word inspiration, and put in some work on this new website. I’ve dreamed and haggled with starting a local food website for a couple of years, but just couldn’t find the theme, the idea, or the time. Now this one is looking good, menus for local restaurants, hours of operations, restaurant reviews. I hope this will be a place for Midlanders to answer their food based questions, learn about new restaurants, hear news about Midland. find out about daily specials and deals. The facebook and twitter page will be up later on in the week, with a whole lot of other things to follow. I live and work in Midland, and really enjoy this place. It has a small town feel, friendly people, and some good places to eat.

meet the moment

Seven days in Midland” or “How to gain 15 pounds in a week”

So you’re stuck in Midland for seven days. Where do you eat?

Take this as a guide, to some of the best West Texas cuisine that Midland has to offer.

Monday

Start things off with a burrito, any place on Florida Avenue will get your morning started off right. My recommendation would be, JoJo’s Eatery, Oscar’s Super Burrito, or Mary’s Burritos & More.

Note:  Midland is home to four different food places with the word “super” in them: El Super Burrito, Oscar’s Super Burrito, Super Tacos, and Super Mercado. All excellent and …pause… wait for it…Super places to eat.

Tuesday

Join the majority of Midlandoians, Midlanders, or Midlandites in the revered, ohh so sacred Taco Tuesday weekly ritual. Heed my warning though that getting discount tacos on a Tuesday in Midland is quite popular, and you might have to wait in line. Rosa’s Cafe & Tortilla Factory has three locations to feed your fancy. Tip of the day, for lunch go early. During the school year 11:00 will beat the high school rush, even though it is worth mentioning that Rosa’s service is extremely fast and no matter the line, you won’t wait that long.

Wednesday

For lunch get the special at Graham Pharmacy, every week it sells out fast. No week is the same, and you can even call as early as Tuesday to ask what it will be. Even if you miss the special, take time to eat lunch in its old timey soda shop all of their sandwiches, burgers, and salads are exceptionally wonderful.

For dinner head over to Pizzeria Venti, and get the best deal going. A crisp twenty dollar bill, will buy you and three others, drinks, salad, and pizza. The pizza and salad are incredible, very authentic Italian food. Grab some homemade Gelato on your way out, it is the best and only Gelato in town.

Thursday

Go get a burger, Murray’s, Burgers Fries and Cherry Pies, or the Harvest Café all will satisfy your carnivorous appetite.

@ Murray’s eat the Super Burger, on the jalapeno bun. Bacon, Avocado, Swiss, and Cheddar cheese frame this wonderful creation.

@ Burgers Fries and Cherry Pies eat the Big Bird, on the jalapeno bun. The burger of your dreams topped off with a fried egg. The incredible edible egg.

@ The Harvest Caffe order the Southwest Chipotle Burger,
Spicy green chiles, cheddar cheese, bacon, homemade chipotle sauce on a sourdough bun. It’s got a Texas Sized kick, but trust me you’ll like it.

Friday

Friday is unofficially Fried Catfish day in West Texas.  Tater World or Eddie’s Catfish will feed the need for this deep fried delicacy. I highly recommend either venue anytime during the week, but for Tater World they only have catfish on Friday, get the fried catfish and tater twist special. Note: Friday is the only day you can’t get the Boss Tater, the incredibly unique chicken fried steak inside a baked potato. At Eddies only order the one piece catfish, trust me when I say this, two is one filet too many. You get your meal in a brown paper bag, with plenty of lemon wedges, tarter sauce to go around. Ohh I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

Saturday

Eat and drink your hangover away at “The Bar Breakfast Brunch”. Crawl, down to “The Bar” located at 606 W. Missouri Ave, downtown Midland. Every Saturday from 10-2, they serve up the best brunch. The portions are huge, the drinks go down smooth. I highly recommend “the bar” brunch, get a mimosa or a spicy bloody mary to wash it all down. Take note however that the BEAR standing tall in the back, doesn’t like outsiders. It is customary during your first trip to “the bar” to pay homage to the BEAR, a token of your gratitude, would be to tip your waitress or bartender very well. Weary travelers over the years have attempted to bribe the BEAR, by laying cash, coins, or gold at its feet, and this does seems to please the BEAR.

Sunday

Skip over to my favorite restaurant in town, Wall Street Bar and Grill, and prepare yourself to be blown away. One of the few finer dining establishments in Midland, this place has endured the years. Through boom or bust, Wall Street has remained a constant in the ever changing landscape of Midland. Go on Sunday morning for the brunch, or any time during the week for EXCELLENT food. Try the Chicken Fried Steak, and always get the house salad, trust me!.

 

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield“.

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