When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
From the ninth floor, sweeping views of Arlington?s entertainment district fill the windows at Cacharel Restaurant. Cacharel?s menus list an array of steaks and seafood entrees to accompany the panorama, which includes views of Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, and acres of trees planted between them so the buildings would stop fighting. Pale earth tones and plenty of natural light decorate the space as the staff exits the kitchen bearing swordfish piccata and center-cut pork rib chops. At the other end of the restaurant, views of serpentine roller coasters glimmer in the twilight as the staff tempts diners with homemade desserts. The Grand Ballroom portrays the same picturesque scenery through its seventh-floor windows and can be rented for weddings, meetings, and other gerunds.
In 1996, the first Phil's Philly Grill introduced its signature hot sandwiches to Dallas from a single, modestly sized kitchen nestled into a bustling Metroplex. Because its founders brought decades of experience to the business, their sandwiches' of sauteed veggies and meats pleased anyone who got their hands on them. Soon, the concept steadily grew to occupy more than a half-dozen locations around Texas.
Today, sandwichsmiths at seven locations serve up everything from lena, certified rib-eye steaks?onions, peppers, cheese, and mushrooms included?to the Texas bacon barbecue burger, which understandably includes bacon, barbecue sauce, and a strange resemblance to the state of Texas. Phil's certified grill experts bring 40 hours of training to prepare chicken breasts marinated with 17-ingredients and hand chop fresh vegetables and cheeses. An array of Philly sandwiches, grilled salads, gyros plates, and wraps round out the menu. The ownership's commitment to hard work, passion, and fine meats have also spawned franchising opportunities for those looking to launch their own little bit of Phil's.
After more than a decade on the Fort Worth restaurant scene, husband and wife duo David and Ann Shaw founded Shaw's Patio, Bar & Grill. Within their eatery’s dark, wood booths or on the outdoor patios, guests dine on gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and gourmet hotdogs.These menu staples start as lean Angus beef patties and quarter-pound, all-beef franks, and they emerge from the kitchen transformed into specialties including the andouille-topped ShawSauge burger or the chili-cheese dog. Regionally inspired paninis such as Texas Grilled Cheese, a mix of warm Brie sandwiched between slabs of Texas toast, gain their stripes on the grill rather than by bartering with zebras. Shakes and malts hand-spun from Blue Bell Ice Cream pay wholesome complement to the diner fare, while a full bar that flaunts more than 40 beers and a family margarita recipe provides more grown-up refreshment. As the sun rises on Sunday mornings, a hearty brunch decks tables in chorizo and egg burritos, eggs benedict with portobello mushrooms, and fruit-laden French Toast, all paired with a parade of complimentary mimosas.
Jerry and Laura Lasco both agreed that they loved trying new restaurants and drinking great wine?but what they didn't like was the pretension that often accompanied these experiences. Taking matters into their own hands, they started Max's Wine Dive as a spot for enjoying carefully curated wines from around the globe in a low-key environment, all complemented by a kitchen that serves gourmet comfort food. The high-quality food and drinks served in a laid-back environment have garnered Max's Wine Dive a good deal of attention. Open for brunch, dinner, and winch?a mid-day meal of wine and more wine?the wine-friendly and wine-forward menu includes highlights such as 'max 'n cheese', Ft. Worth frito pie omelette, and PB&J wings.
The Benson and Brozgold families founded Ol’ South Pancake House in 1962 and have stacked mountains of the same griddle-kissed pancakes from the same menu ever since, sticking to original recipes with the addition of Southern diner favorites. Cooks pour fluffy disks of buttermilk-, buckwheat-, or corn-cake batter to forge the rich foundation for strata of sweet or fruity toppings, including spiced apples, peanut-butter chips, and strawberries. Like off-duty senators nestled safe for the night in the congressional warehouse, pancakes pile into short or tall stacks, or in a behemoth pile of eight for the diner’s Take the Pancake Challenge. Any intrepid eater capable of packing away the entire monument to fluffiness in 60 minutes gets the meal free.
In addition to pancakes, the menu features a familiar spread of hearty entrees and sides served all day long. The cooks hand-batter pieces of chicken-fried steak before glazing them with a layer of country-style gravy, or sear catfish and half-pound burger patties on the grill. For internationally inspired flavors, they can also whisk together huevos rancheros, griddle fresh crêpes, or prepare the german pancake filled with fresh lemon, powdered sugar, and whipped butter served with a side of maple syrup.