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October 10, 2012

Pioneers Western Kitchen - Restaurant Review 9

Recently I got a promotion in my email for a new restaurant that is part of the Pita Pit family.  The promotion was for $5 any meal, no strings attached, at Pioneers Western Kitchen. Apparently the restaurant had recently opened up and they were trying to attract business.
Now I have to say, I am a big fan of restaurant coupons.  I am in the e-clubs for several places including Sweet Tomatoes (where you don't even have to print the coupon, you can just show them the email on your phone - talk about convenient and being green!), Pita Pit, Tijuana Flats, Popeyes, Long John Silvers, and more.  I figure, why pay full price for a meal, especially if I was going there to eat anyway. I don't consider it being cheap or frugal, I consider it a way to save so I can try the next great restaurant.
From what I gather, there is only 1 location of Pioneers in Orlando at the moment.  In fact from looking at their website, this may be the only location so far.  I love being one of the first people to at a new place, while they generally still have kinks in their systems to work out, the food is usually fresh and the staff generally tries really hard to make a good impression.  Who doesn't love well-made food and good customer service?
But back to the Kitchen.
It was a little hard to find when I arrived (it's in the Publix shopping plaza on the corner of Colonial & Alafaya - it's more on the Alafaya side, if anyone remembers where the old Blockbuster was, it's on that strip), but that's ok.  When I pulled up I saw a very nice outside seating area and beer signs in the window.  Turns out they have craft beers on site, which I know some beer enthusiasts will enjoy.
I walked in and was immediately greeted by someone (who I'm assuming was a manager).  He was very nice and explained their concept, how everything is made from scratch, the hamburger patties are hand done, and they are famous for their Prickly Pear BBQ sauce.  He told me the girl at the register would help me with my order and assist me with any questions I had. 
I perused the menu, which are situated between the door and the register (laminated, one sheet, breakfast on one side, lunch/dinner on the other).
Breakfast is only served on Saturday's and Sunday's from 7:30am to 12pm, but I think it's nice that they serve breakfast.  They have sandwich, omelette, pancake, and french toast options.
As far as lunch/dinner, they serve it Monday-Friday from 11am-12pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm-12am.  So they are open pretty late at night, which is also nice, especially since they are in a college area.
The restaurant itself was clean and smelled new. The decor was purple and browns and some metals, with wooden tables that included booths, regular tables, and high tops.
You decided what you want to order and then order at the register.  When I went (on a Wed around 6, 6:30pm) there was only one other table seated there.  After I ordered, the girl told me to have a seat wherever I liked (I chose a booth, I usually do when given the option).  They brought the food out to me, but I noticed that there are numbers on the tables so I'm not sure if when business picks up they'll seat you or if you pick your number and tell them or if they'll give you a number for you to put on your table.
The lunch/dinner menu has soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and vegetarian options.  They also have some fun sides.  You can add soup to an entree for only .99, which is something I might do on my next visit.  Sandwiches and burgers are served with what they call "country fries", and those are basically regular french fries. All the options were 8.99 and under, and if you get soup (or chili) those are only 3.49.
I chose to order the Globetrotter Sandwich, a "grilled chipotle marinated skirt steak, sauteed peppers and onions, goat cheese, and topped with Prickly Pear vinaigrette drizzle" for 8.99.  I adore goat cheese, and thought it would be nice to see how their steak is.  Plus the manager had talked about their prickly pear specialty, and although I did not get the actually BBQ sauce, I thought this would give me a taste.
It did not take very long for me to get my order.  The food was served on a metal plate, which the server informed me was hot.  I'm not sure metal plates are the best choice, especially if they're going to be hot, but I guess it's keeping with the western theme.  My silverware was wrapped up in brown, made from recycled paper, napkins, with a piece of yarn tied around it.  I can't decide if this is a cute detail keeping in with the theme, or a bit of a waste of time and money (to tie all those silverware rolls and then dispose of the yarn).
My sandwich was delicious.  The bun was toasted, but still soft (like I like it!).  The steak was flavorful and tender, and had a bit of a kick from the chipotle, but was not overwhelmingly spicy.  The peppers and onions were sauteed nicely.  The goat cheese was fresh, creamy, and tart, and the vinaigrette had good flavor.  All in all it was a good sandwich, one that I would not go out of my way for, but would order again if I was there.  There could have been a tad more meat, especially in ratio to the amount of peppers.
The fries were thin like McDonald's, but had peels on (which I like).  They were crispy and hot, cooked properly.  They were seasoned nicely with salt and pepper, and I enjoyed them quite a bit.
After adding a drink to my meal, and having the the $5 voucher taken off I paid about $6 and some change for dinner.  Not bad, about what you would pay in a normal fast food place.  But if I didn't have that $5 voucher I would have paid over $11, so keep that in mind.
It's a nice alternative to some of the places out there.  The staff was friendly (the server checked on me 3 times, plus the helpful manager).  The restaurant is clean and well-decorated.  The food that I ordered was cooked correctly, and certainly better than what you would get from a drive thru.  I like the concept that they make things from scratch, and that ingredients are locally sourced. 
We'll see in a few months how they're coming along.  It will be interesting to see how service and the food is when (hopefully) they're a little bit busier and not so new.  I say, if you're in the area and want a new kind of sandwich check them out. 

You can find more information about them at Pioneers Western Kitchen.  They have a Facebook and a Twitter as well.  I saw 3 reviews for them on Yelp (all within the last 2 weeks), and 1 review on UrbanSpoon.

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