Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Mug N' Bun
Deciding that we basically wanted to order the entire menu, picking only a "few" items was a challenge. After much discussion, we decided we would share everything and graze our way through the menu. The lil' reviewers came up front with mom and dad to share in the bounty.
As soon as we rolled the window down for our tray o' health, that wonderfully familiar fried drive-in smell wafted into the car. This was going to be good!!! To start, we ordered one regular root beer and one diet, unwisely choosing the 24 oz size, missing out on what we later learned was a frosty mug for the 16oz or a collectors cup if you order the 32. Dag nabbit! Rookie mistake. After several sips of each, we were happy to find that we actually preferred the diet. It's much heavier on the root beer flavor and visibly darker than the regular. Not that anyone enjoying Mug N' Bun is watching their figure, but at least we wouldn't have to add even more calories to the meal next time...
Fred's first pick, the catfish sandwich, was spectacular. It had a great fry on it with no hint of fishiness. Even Stella's eyes perked up with a quick taste. Of course the Oz would have none of it -- Boy just doesn't know what good is...
Libby decided for two "main" dishes, a single burger with cheese and a regular dog with sauce & cheese. The burger, while basic with only ketchup& mustard (lettuce or tomato are $.40 extra), was exactly what a greasy spoon should serve. Nice 80/20 patty straight off a flat-top. Perfectly cooked and juicy, it made Fred openly wonder how the fast food restaurants can stay in business serving patties from a factory. There's just no comparison.
The dog was also simple. Either boiled or steamed, it was nothing special but still solid. Libby would have liked the sauce/chili to be a little sweeter, more like a coney. But it was just right for Fred, who prefers a chili dog to a coney.
For sides, we chose the Buffalo chips, seasoned fries, zucchini sticks, hot pepper cheese balls, and mac & cheese wedges (Ozzy's, of course).
The mac & cheese wedges were really the only miss for the entire meal. Ozzy just didn't get it and ended up picking out the macaroni from inside them and then moving on to the rest of the deep-fried evil. The rest of us agreed that they were edible, but certainly not up to the level of the other greased up grub.
The fries were solid as were the buffalo chips (battered &fried silver-dollar sized slices of potato). The hot pepper cheese balls were interesting, especially with a quick dip in some ranch sauce. They had a nice heat that only hit you at the end. But seriously, how can deep fried cheese be bad, especially if there's some spice to it?
The real star of the sides had to be the zucchini. The fry was much lighter than the other items and they still had a hint of crunch to the veggie itself. Perfect in the horseradish sauce! Unfortunately for mom & dad, Stella found these to be her absolute favorite, finishing off 3 of the 6 sticks. Rats!!
After dinner we decided we couldn't do a review of a drive-in without sampling the shakes. So on went the headlights! One vanilla, one chocolate please! No idea the level of prep, we decided again, these are solid shakes. Not over the top, but definitely the sweetness you crave after a savory trip down memory lane. Next time, must do the float action and try the tenderloin!
Price-$,-Definitely cheap eats. Our smorgasbord came to a grand total of $35 with a good tip.
Atmosphere***-Just what you expect and remember from any drive-in...only thing missing was roller skates!
Service***- A fast, feisty waitress told Ozzy how it is..."Life lesson--Mug N' Bun=Fried"
Fred- A, Dammit, now I have to try each and other every one of the frieds on the menu. Excellent zucchini!
Libby- A-, Good burger, good dog, excellent catfish, great root beer. I like my fries a little toastier and I was jonesin' for a coney sauce rather than a chili. The menu just says "sauce." Really enjoyed this and look forward to a future family date with carry-out Mug N' Bun at Tibbs Drive-in!
Ozzy- A, Other than his confusion with the fried mac, Ozzy was a happy camper. While enjoying his vanilla shake, he exclaimed,"This is soooooo good!!!"
Estelle- A, Daddy is still kinda peeved that the girl scarfed down half of the zucchini. ;) She happily sampled whatever we would let her try.