Restaurant Review: California Crisp

Full Disclosure:  I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post.  The opinions are completely my own.

Often times I find myself in the area of a mall or shopping center while I am here in California.  Mostly because there is usually pretty convenient parking, and generally at least some type of entertainment.  Even if I don’t feel like spending all of my time at the mall, there is usually some other food or coffee options in the area where I eat lunch.  This time, while I was spending time at the Beverly Center mall, for whatever reason, I decided to eat at the food court.  Yes, I’m sure that there are other food options in the area, but basically I got lazy.

I chose California Crisp because even if it was a chain it looked like unique food local to California, and I was in the mood for a sandwich.

California Crisp

I should have known when there wasn’t really a line at this place and it was in the middle of lunch time.  I ordered a grilled chicken breast panini without tomato.

California Crisp Panini

I also ordered a soda…but when I tasted my Sprite it tasted pretty bad.  Like it was missing the soda syrup.  I then asked them if I could have another kind (this took a minute because there was clearly a language barrier) and I chose lemonade.  When he tried to fill up the cup with lemonade, he realized that the whole machine was having a problem and told me the machine wasn’t working.  But he didn’t offer me a refund……I had to ask him for one….and then wait for about 5 minutes before he and the other associate figured out how to refund my money.  So, I ended up without a drink – which was not too big of a deal because I had some bottled water in my purse.

After this situation, my hope that my sandwich would taste delicious had fallen.  I sat down and tasted my sandwich.  As I suspected, not very good.  The bread was probably the best part, but the only other thing that I could taste was whatever the spread that was on it (which as definitely NOT pesto like it said it was) and the chicken.  I had to search for the mozzarella that was supposedly on it and I did find two thin slices.  Needless to say, I will not be eating here again.

Taste: C-, the bread was really the only slightly redeeming factor.  It was really not good.
Cost: D, the poor quality in combination with the poor service does not make for worthwhile food.

Would I go there again? Definitely not.  Well, maybe if it was my only option.  Maybe.

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