Monday, January 30, 2012

The Oinkster: Eagle Rock

On our way home from Santa Barbara the other day we stopped for dinner at The Oinkster located at 2005 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles (Eagle Rock), CA 90041 (phone: 323-255-6465). 
I'd heard that Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives had done a feature there, featuring the pastrami sandwich, so we decided to check it out. It was busy and we couldn't really see the menu until we got to the counter to order, so we mostly relied on the person at the counter to guide us to the most popular items. Judy and I could not agree on getting different sandwiches, and I refused to share one with her, so we both got the Oinkster pastrami sandwich. It consists of pastrami cured for two weeks, smoked with applewood, then the addition of Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and red cabbage slaw. 
I have been to a number of Triple D restaurants and not been extremely impressed, but this was a home run with the bases loaded. An absolutely unique sandwich with amazing, amazing flavor. Pastrami is not usually high on my list, but this was incredible. The pastrami was juicy and full of flavor and the add-ins provided both different textures and taste. 
Then we shared an order of Piggy Fries and there again, absolutely unique. 
1000 island dressing, carmelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese on the fries, and we're not talking small quantities of onion, but massive amounts. It was more like a potato and onion casserole, I had to eat mine with a fork. 
On the healthier side, I also got some tomato soup. I ended up taking it home and eating it the next day. Even with some distance between it and the flavorful sandwich and fries, the tomato soup remained bland and unexciting. This is a Triple D hit that is on my list to try again. I subsequently watched the Triple D show and now need to try the pulled pork sandwich and the chicken salad sandwich (as well as another Oinkster). 


  1. The place is certainly appropriately named. If it were closer to Redlands, I'm pretty sure we'd have to have a weekly dose, and we would be letting out the seams on our clothes. Just looking at those fries has me planning another trip north.

  2. OH MY GOODNESS! I am almost ready to get in the car and start driving. I ADORE pastrami, and that sandwich has me absolutely drooling. Can we go there next time we visit???

    1. We're open to any excuse to go back. Just let us know when.

  3. Going to definately have to try that place one day.

  4. You've convinced me I've got to get out there!!!