Hof’s Hut – Casual Diner

Hof’s Hut
23635 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

Hof’s hut is a typical local coffee shop style restaurant with an extra twist in the bakery department. Any bakery item you order from Hof’s is a world better than your typical coffee shop. Seating is comfortable with booths making up the majority of seating. There is also an outdoor patio with more casual tables and chairs for those wanting an (almost) outdoor experience. The menu consists of the usual coffee shop favorites from eggs in the morning to sandwiches at lunch to heavier meals for dinner. Prices are typical for a coffee shop.

CARL: I love Hof’s Hut. I go there once a week with my mom for breakfast and I am very very familiar with the breakfast menu. Lunch at Hof’s is a bit newer to me as I have had only a few lunches there over the years. Hof’s offers a page of lunch specials that include sandwiches, a side and a small individual pie for dessert – all for $9.99. I opted for the breakfast sandwich with onion rings and an apple pie for my dessert. The sandwich was huge and delicious. The onion rings were awesome – possibly the best I’ve every had. The sandwich and onion rings were very filling and I wasn’t able to eat the whole sandwich so I got my pie to go. Once I got around to it, I discovered that the pie is amazing mostly – because of the light fluffy crust.


Here is a shot of the pie. Yummy!

The lunch special is a good value for $9.99 but after adding on the $2.50 bottomless Diet Coke – it starts to get pricey. My suggestion to Hof’s – if you are reading this – include the drink to make it a bit more affordable. After tax and tip Oliver and I each dropped $16 – a bit much for a lunch even if it was a big lunch. The food was great, ambiance was great, just the price was a tad high. Because of price I have to knock Hof’s down a bit but they still get a very good rating of 4 Pigs on the Lunch Pig scale of 1-5 Pigs.


 

Oliver: Hof’s hut is an old favorite for me dating back to my childhood. Great bakery and great burgers. Today they had a lunch special menu and being a good Lunch Pig I ordered off of that. I will say this right away, I am not really a big on pork. As far as a meat goes it I find it sort of bland. so for this meal I decided to go with their Parmigiana Pulled Pork sandwich. I have been hearing about pulled pork for a while now and was wondering what all the fuss was about it, so I gave it a whirl. The price for the special was $9.99. More on this later.

The sandwich comes with your choice of sides, french fries, mashed potato or fruit. I got the onion rings. The bread on this was really good and had the parmigiana flavor. The pork was good, and seasoned with bell peppers and onions. There was a good amount of meat and it was as described, pulled.

 

I asked for some ranch dressing for my onion rings and they were very generous!

The  Onions rings were very flavorful and were just the right amount of crunchiness for eating. Bottomless cokes, but at $2.99 was no bargain.

One of the big bonuses was that it comes with its own mini pie. You can choose between Cherry, Apple, Dutch Apple, Strawberry and Boysenberry.

If you love pie you will love this  pie, if not, you can bring it home with you in these nice boxes and give to someone who will definitely appreciate it.

I got the Boysenberry, which has a interesting story behind it. A boysenberry is a cross between a European Raspberry, a Common Blackberry , and a Loganberry. In the late 1920s, there were reports  of a large, reddish-purple berry that had been grown on the northern California farm of a man named Rudolph Boysen. George M. Darrow of the USDA with the help of Walter Knott, a farmer from Southern California who was known as a berry expert. Knott was unfamiliar with  the new berry, but he agreed to help Darrow investigate this berry.

Darrow and Knott learned that Boysen had given up his growing experiments years earlier and sold his farm. Instead of giving up they went to the old farm where they found several frail vines surviving in a field choked with weeds. They took the vines and transplanted them to Knott’s farm in Buena Park, California. He was able to nurture them back to fruit-bearing health. Walter Knott was the first to commercially cultivate the berry. He began selling the berries at his farm stand in 1932 and soon noticed that people kept asking for the large, tasty berries. When asked what they were called, Knott said, “Boysenberries,” after their originator. The small restaurant and pie business eventually grew into Knott’s Berry Farm. Mrs. Knott began making preserves, which ultimately made Knott’s Berry Farm famous.

Boysenberry pies are one of most popular fruit pies.

Everything really good, the service, teh parking and the food, and it was a good amount of food which you might wind up with a doggy bag for later. The price was my only real issue. This was the costliest Lunch Pig to date and that sort of hurts. Like Carl said, the cokes could have been part of the deal, but sadly is not.

I will give them 3.5 pigs, it could have been 4, but the cost hit is high.

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