Dueling Dishes: Battle Funnel Cakes
Habibi's is at one end of El Camino Real (where it meets Redhill); Jack in the Box is at the other (where it meets Newport). Both are equidistant and within walking distance to Tustin High School, which supplies the majority of their funnel cake consumers.
|Jack in the Box|
Meanwhile, Habibi's funnel cakes are true funnel cakes. They're made to order, employing a gigantic metal spout in which the batter is slowly weaved around in a stream to form the matrix that solidifies and browns in hot oil. A liberal dusting of sugar and some fruit topping later, and your crispy nest of fried dough can easily become a dessert that eclipses your dinner. Fork and knife are often required. At last check, their cheapest model, a 4-inch mini funnel cake, retails for $1.99--a more than fair price for a proper funnel cake.
So who's the winner? I'm not going to pick one. I like both. But I'll give the slight edge to Habibi because of the fruit option. When you add fruit to funnel cake, it automatically becomes good for you right? Right?
Habibi's Funnel Cake, 1450 El Camino Real, Unit B, Tustin; Jack in the Box, 14002 Newport Ave., Tustin.