One of my two favorite restaurants here in Porterville, the Flaming Kabob on Henderson (between Starbucks and Quiznos), is planning to offer a buffet menu soon in addition to the existing menu.
Steam tales are in place, and it looks like the change is set to occur next week sometime.
Why are the Flaming Kabob and Vientianne (on Olive across from Porterville High School) my two favorite places to eat in Porterville?
- Both have friendly staff and owners who will ask you sincerely if you are enjoying the food and go out of their way to make sure you do.
- Both offer excellent and authentic regional cuisine using fresh ingredients, and do not shy away from using the correct amounts of spices. Most restaurants in Porterville, even the Mexican ones, avoid spice like the plague. I don’t know why, but Porterville restaurants uniformly serve the blandest food on earth. On this score alone, any restaurant using spices could make it into my top 5. So far there are only 2, maybe 3 candidates I am aware of. I don’t mention the third here, because I am not sure they pass the next point.
- Both serve food that is not a slopped-together combination of stuff you can buy in giant cans at Smart and Final.
- The prices at both are extremely reasonable, you can eat well and still have food to go for the price of a single meal.
Please patronize both Flaming Kabob and Vientianne and also please encourage the folks at your favorite restaurant to step it up and stop skimping on spices in their recipes.