Sunday, March 27, 2011

Danny K's Hoping Not to Scratch

Danny K's
1096 North Main St.
Orange, CA 92867

We have been using the hockey season to find the best places to eat around the Honda Center.With many mixed results. This is our last game of the season, and for it we chose to go to Danny K's.

Danny K's has been around for a long time. The owner Danny Kuykendall is a big time pocket billiards player, so that is the main emphasis for this place. They have a bunch of pool tables, all are in pretty good shape, and they hold lots of tournaments and leagues here. Aside from billiards, they also have 33 TVs  spread throughout the place. So, there is always a wide variety of games on in this large sports bar. The atmosphere is right up our alley, but let's check out the food.

To start off we went with the #3 Potato Skin Platter. Three potato halves topped with cheese and bacon, and served with sour cream and salsa. To be honest these were not the best potato skins ever. They had too much potato, which made these very starchy. I know, wow a potato being starchy, what did I expect? Okay, guilty as charged, but when it comes to potato skins, the toppings are what make them great. There was too much potato on these , so the toppings could not shine. These really should be sold as a baked potato, and not a potato skin. I would not get these again.

Katie felt like a sandwich, so she went with the Danny's Turkey Sandwich. This turkey sandwich was served on squaw bread and came with lettuce, tomato, avocado, onions, and mayonnaise. Katie also chose a dinner salad as her side item. She really enjoyed this sandwich, but felt that there was too much onion, so she took some of it out. She was not too impressed with the salad.

From the, Why don't more restaurants offer this sandwich department?, came the Jamie's Sandwich. The hat trick of great meats, (pastrami, bacon and turkey), are served on cheese bread with tomato, lettuce and onion. The mellowness of the turkey contrasted beautifully with the salty, more direct taste of the bacon and pastrami. My only complaint about this sandwich was that they put too little of the thousand island dressing on this. The fries are average, nothing special.

Danny K's serves its purpose. They offer a sports bar that is within a fifteen minute walk to the Honda Center, they serve decent food, and have plenty of TVs so you can watch a game. The service was good this night, but it was not overly crowded. You are not going to go out of your way to eat here, but to take advantage of the free parking, and avoid getting gouged for mediocre food at the Honda Center, this sports bar is a prudent option.

Out of five racks, (because this is primarily a billiards bar, and you can not play pool unless you have a rack), five being best to zero being worst, Danny K's gets 2.5 racks.

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  1. Danny K's is bar food at it's best. Love the sandwiches and the service is always good.
    I would have rated it a little better, perhaps a 3.5, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!
    I'm on my way to the big apple, any suggestions?

  2. Anonymous - Hope you had a great time in New York. I just got back as well and will be posting reviews of some great restaurants. Thanks for the comment.