March 12, 2012

The Red Wagon

The Red Wagon
Featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives
Famous for their Pulled Pork Pancakes
Long line ups

Pork Confit (on the side)

Red Wagon has gained rising popularity after their TV appearance on Food Network's Diners Drive Ins and Dives. It's a popular place for locals just to grab a morning bite as well as the curious.
We lined up 10 mins before opening and there was already a line up. The seats were filled quickly and within half an hour, line ups were going out the door.

After watching Red Wagon on TV, ChilliPepper and TakoyakiChef wanted to try and out but it took a while for us to eventually trek out there as none of us wake up early enough, before the line ups were 30+ minutes.

In case anyone was wondering, the dishes featured on Diners Drive Ins and Divers were:
  • Jack Daniel pulled pork pancakes
  • Crisp pork belly sandwich
  • Crisp pork belly confit
The Crisp Pork Confit (toast, pork, 2 eggs) was delicious. The pork was melt in your mouth tender, and the crispy skin was a delight to eat. The downside was the portion. In my standards, it was tiny. The eggs and toast were standard. The highlight of the dish was the jalepeno jelly on the eggs. It was tart but spicy. 
I would love to get a jar of this!
 Of course, we ordered the Pulled Pork Pancakes (pulled pork, with Jack Daniel Maple Syrup). The pancakes were fluffy and were great on their own. The syrup tasted exactly like the description, Jack Daniel's+Maple syrup.The pulled pork was tender, lacked flavor. Not enough BBQ sauce? The pancakes didn't live up to the hype and were a bit of a let down. There was little pulled pork and nothing particularly special about them.
We noticed compared to other orders of the Pancakes, theirs' were bigger, the pancakes were nicely browned and MORE MEAT.
As you can see, it was just a little bit of pulled pork in the center of each layer.

 We also had a Pulled Pork Sandwich to go and it was good but nothing special. The bun was fluffy and moist with the pulled pork beinghe same as the pancakes. There wasn't enough sauce in it for me. I wouldn't order this again just because it was just "meh."
I didn't enjoy the fries very much. Over salted and dry. We drowned them in ketchup!

Over hyped and overpriced, the total came ~$60 for 3 people. The food was nothing memorable, and it had its high and low points. Would I return? Probably not. The food is pricey, I didn't feel like it was good value. Plus, none of us felt truly satisfied with the meal. However, I would recommend it to people who were curious and had seen it on Diners Drive Ins and Dives.

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  1. Agree. We didn't think it's all that great...

  2. @Buddha Girl
    I don't understand why people line up 30+ minutes here..
    I went to Fraser Park...SO GOOD! So much meat to ehehehehe.

    1. I know!!! So much meat at Fraser Park...and it's all made in-house!!!

  3. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (DDD, The Triple D) are a United State American food television series show. The host of this show is Guy Fieri.

  4. Hrm... looks like they're inconsistent, as I've had the Pulled Pork Pancakes, but they had a LOT more meat than what you were served above. If I was served what you were served, I'd complain.

  5. I guess I was just unlucky that time (or had a stingy cook)!

  6. I live in the area and have seen the place many times; this past weekend there were 20 people lined up to get in.

    IMO, no restaurant is worth waiting that long for, it's just a huge waste of time, but I guess if you have the time to waste, sure. I don't.

    Also, the building it's in, looks so decrepit that you wouldn't pay me to eat inside it. Gross.

    But I guess good for them for being so successful.