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Union de Tula
609 East St
Woodland, CA 95776
Have you ever heard of the phrase “you’ve never lived until you’ve (insert any event that is supposed to be life changing)”? There are only a handful of things that come to mind that could appropriately be inserted into that blank. I wouldn’t be so audacious as to say you’ve never lived until you’ve tried a freshly made churro. Well, maybe I would. But to say the least, you definitely haven’t experienced what churros were intended to taste like until you’ve had a fried golden masterpiece from Union de Tula.
The churro truck is a little gem located in the middle of nowhere, AKA woodland, CA. I love the simplicity of the truck and how genuine the people who own it are. The experience is not about the nice ambiance or impressive décor, rather it is simply about eating quality, home made food. What you will find at the churro truck are a myriad of food items from tacos to Mexican hot chocolate. I have never tried anything else at the truck because the churros always take the spot light. They are always freshly made to order so the texture is what makes these babies far superior to your average carnival churro. I can’t tell you how excited I am when I take a bite into the crispy, flaky sugar coated exterior and my teeth sink into the soft chewy center. And guess what? They are only $1. I know. And yes, it does get better. You can also purchase a nine foot churro roll if you really need to satisfy your cravings (I told you it got better).
If you couldn’t tell already, I love the churro truck. It is hands down the best churro I have ever tasted and the price definitely fits into a college student’s budget. After one bite from Union de Tula, you’ll never be able to look at a churro the same again.
Pho King 4
226 3rd St
Davis, CA 95616
Fuzzy socks, thick scarves, and dry skin… yes, winter has finally arrived full force in Davis. Lately, the weather has been dropping to staggering low temperatures, making it almost painful to walk to class in the numbingly cold wind (it’s official, I can’t feel my face). So what does one turn to in such dire conditions to ease the pain? Nothing seems to hit the spot quite like a hot bowl of pho. It’s really amazing how the combination of broth, rice noodles, and beef seem to warm your soul. Combine it with fresh lime and basil, sweetness from the hoisin sauce, a kick from sriracha and the experience is simply magical.
This week a few friends and I decided to eat Pho King for lunch. We were seated immediately when we arrived and the waiter was efficient at taking our orders. After glancing over the menu, I ordered the #6 large, which includes sliced steak, brisket, and flank. I have been at Pho King a few times before and during those visits I’ve tried the Bun Bo Hue and the spring rolls. In general, Pho King is your run of the mill Vietnamese restaurant. The food here is not horrible by any means, yet it does not exactly completely satiate your Vietnamese food cravings. One particular aspect that stood out to me was that the pho comes with a generous amount of noodles, more than what most restaurants typically provide. However, multiple times I have experienced an oily broth, making the pho slightly unpalatable. Also, the steak at pho king is dry and the texture makes it difficult to eat. The spring rolls are also mediocre and the rice wrapper lacks the soft chewy texture fresh spring rolls often have. The first time I have tried Bun Bo Hue was at Pho King, and I was sorely disappointed. I have heard great things abut Bun Bo Hue, but the broth from Pho King lacked flavor and depth. I would never order the Bun Bo Hue here again.
Davis may be known for cows, hot summers, and fresh organic produce; unfortunately, one thing Davis isn’t known for is great Vietnamese cuisine. If you find yourself in Davis and want to eat pho, sadly, Pho King is the best option there is. Although Pho King may just be average, it is enough to satisfy those cravings on a cold winter’s day. But I suppose if you douse anything in Sriracha it will taste good.
Burgers & Brew
1409 R St
Sacramento, CA 95811
Burgers & Brew thrives in the happy medium between the current, ears-pinned-back pursuit to advertise grass-fed, cage free, French-speaking beef that is occasionally prioritized above texture and taste and the old school, singular goal to present a juicy, flavorful burger with little regard to ingredient quality. Both causes are successfully united in the chef’s ability to present the fresh patty in its juicy, seasoned, and medium rare glory.
B&B’s Mushroom & Onion adaptation features an abundant blend of carefully caramelized onions and a bushel of succulent fungi that synergize with the tasty patty and warm, chewy bun to offer well-proportioned bites from start to finish. The Bacon Cheeseburger, on the other hand, contains the same patty and unarguably crispy slices of bacon, but its parts struggle to elevate the whole, leaving an uninspiringly ordinary, if still well-cooked burger that can be found in diners worldwide.
B&B’s slightly salted, crispy fries acceptably complement the burgers, but are too stout and starchy to ascend to the plane of satisfaction reserved for their shoestring cousins. Also still striving for shoestring greatness are the overwhelmingly crispy curly fries that are devoid of flexibility and twang, and inevitably brittle.
While culinarily comparable to its sister Davis location, Sacramento’s B&B at dinnertime is like sk-lift lines on a blacked-out, three day holiday weekend, while Davis’s B&B is the same ski resort on a Wednesday during finals week, with more attentive servers able to make more frequent rounds.
2191 Cowell Blvd Suit E
Davis, CA 95618
For me, growing up in the bay area, one of my weekly staples included boba. There’s something so wonderful about the simplicity of it all, the combination of chewy tapioca with a sweet creamy drink. But simple does not necessarily equate to boring. Personally, I enjoy the versatility that comes along with choosing different flavors, jelly, tapioca size, hot or cold, the list goes on. So naturally when I heard that Teabo was opening up in Davis, I was ecstatic.
Tonight, Stacy and I decided to try Teabo because it’s conveniently located across the street from where we live. We ordered a green milk tea with tapioca and a passion fruit black tea with tapioca, both with normal sweetness. At Teabo, they let you customize how sweet you want the drink, which is a plus because other boba places in Davis don’t have that option. The drinks cost $2.50 each for a small size. Immediately, when we were handed our drinks I had to take a sip because I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about the boba. I took a sip of Stacy’s passion fruit black tea, and I was pleasantly surprised! The sweetness from the passion fruit balanced nicely with the tea’s bold flavor. It also tasted refreshing and didn’t leave residual sugar lingering in my mouth. Next I tried the green milk tea and after taking a sip I was speechless. To make myself clear, I was not experiencing a lack of words due to the sheer mind blowing, life changing flavor of the drink. I stood there not knowing what to say because I was confused if I was even drinking boba. My primary critique is that the milk tea was not sweet even though I requested the normal sweetness. Secondly, it lacked a nice blend and balance between milk and tea, something most customers expect to taste. The milk tea tasted like a drink I could make at home by throwing together milk and tea in random proportions. Also, after a few minutes I tried the passion fruit again and it tasted really bland, essentially like water. However, one positive thing about both drinks was that the tapioca had a nice texture and wasn’t over cooked.
Overall, the drinks were less than average. So if you’re trying to satisfy your boba craving, I would suggest getting gas and driving two hours to San Francisco because you won’t be satisfied at Teabo. The drinks aren’t horrible because at it’s bare minimum they can quench your thirst. But to be blatantly honest, what we drank tonight simply cannot be classified as boba. Despite our mediocre experience, Teabo is a relatively new store and definitely has room to improve. We hope to see positive changes in the future!
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