The Great Foodini started out as a local food truck. It became so beloved and popular with locals and tourists alike that they recently decided to expand their business to a restaurant in Ransomville, NY. This week I was able to give The Great Foodini a try and here is how it went!
With the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we placed our order over the phone and ate our meals at home. The woman that took our order over the phone was very pleasant, informative and timely. The food was prepared and ready for pick up at the time we requested it to be done.
Due to the current situation that COVID-19 has caused, The Great Foodini is providing eggs, bread, and other food to those that need them! A special service that needed to be mentioned, for sure!
Overall, the service was on point!
Now, on to the main event, The Food!
The Great Foodini is known as a pizza shop but, they have so much to offer!
- Specialty pizza
- Chicken fingers
- Dinner specials
- Lunch specials
- And kid food!
My parents have eaten from The Great Foodini’s food truck before and knew that they wanted to order the Spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadilla. This dish is made with jerk chicken, pineapple, red peppers, and cheese on a quesadilla with sour cream and salsa as dipping options on the side. I have to admit that when I tried this dish, I stopped and actually savored it as I chewed. It was that good! I would happily purchase this quesadilla in the future!
The jerk chicken was cooked well but still tender and flavorful without being too spicy on the palate. The pineapple, red bell peppers, and cheese all paired well with the jerk chicken and added levels of flavor that keep you going back for more! I didn’t even try the sour cream or salsa dipping options because the quesadilla was delicious all on its own. I felt that this dish was unique but worth ordering! My one complaint was the soggy bottom tortilla to the quesadilla. However, it is worth overlooking as it was so delicious!
Now, I was not as impressed by my own order as I was with the quesadilla my parents ordered. I ordered the Mushroom Swiss Burger with hand-cut French fries. I was immensely excited about this dish because The Great Foodini makes their own burger buns, and I appreciate the time and energy to make the hand-cut fries. My excitement was very short-lived and followed by immense disappointment.
To start, I appreciate that they take the time to make their own burger buns, but it was far too large and incredibly dry. The sandwich consisted of maybe a ½ inch to an inch thick burger patty sitting between two homemade burger buns sitting at about 2 inches of bread for both buns! The entire burger was about 4 to 5 inches tall which sounds great except that each bite just tasted like dry bread.
The burger itself was flavorless and practically raw! I have ordered many burgers from many different restaurants and this was the rarest burger I have ever seen. It wasn’t just pink in the middle, it was gooey to the touch which means the meat was not cooked! However, I continued to eat it because it was so expensive that I felt it would be a waste if I didn’t eat it. Moving on to the other components of the dish, the mushrooms were clearly from a jar and not fresh. Luckily, due to the massive buns and raw patty, I didn’t even taste the jar mushrooms.
Finally, hand-cut French fries. They were indeed hand-cut which I appreciate. However, they were not seasoned at all, and they were not at all crispy like a proper French fry should be.
My final recommendation
I would absolutely recommend eating at The Great Foodini. However, I would either avoid the burgers or ask for them to be cooked for a longer time and would recommend to the chefs that the burger buns be made with a different recipe and at half the size to provide better proportions. I know what this restaurant is capable of simply by tasting the jerk chicken quesadilla so I look forward to trying other dishes on the menu and avoiding the burgers in the future.
|2564 Academy St Ransomville, NY 14131|
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