Family owned and operated since 1971, Caesar's Italian Delicatessen boasts a menu of classic sandwiches and sides and is famous for its pickled tongue, available by the pound ($11.49/lb) or in a handheld version ($5.95) bookended by bread and topped with lettuce and mild peppers. Enjoy namesake nourishment with the Caesar's Special ($5.75), pairing two kinds of salami with ham, mortadella, pepper cheese, lettuce, mild peppers, and sauce until it is fit for a ruler or any eater with a century-bridging hairstyle. For the strong-armed, the Deep-Pit Beef ($5.95) carries beef crowned with barbecue sauce or salsa, while the veggie sandwich ($5.50) combines avocado, tomato, lettuce, peppers, mayo, mustard, and provolone into a palate-pleasing product. Sides of marinated navy beans ($2.09/lb), a baked potato ($2.59/lb), and orzo pasta salad ($4.99/lb) play nice with main dishes despite secret ambitions of stardom. Feed a party of five or another television cast with a party platter ($15 for five servings) encompassing a tour of four meats and four cheeses with pit stops for olives, pickles, peppers, and bread.
Though the Waldo family?proprietors of The Grill Hut?specializes in all things barbecue, chicken and tri-trip remain their two points of pride. Before they?re tossed in the smoker, both meats are marinated and seasoned with a secret recipe known only by the Waldos and a spy stuck behind the family?s refrigerator. Next, the meats are piled onto platters and sandwiches such as the Carnivore, a chicken and tri-tip double-header served on Pyrenees sourdough bread grilled with garlic butter. During breakfast, tri-tip even works its way into three-egg omelets alongside cheese, beans, and salsa.
Besides these main meats, the Waldo clan crafts barbecued favorites such as hot-links sandwiches and baby back ribs served atop housemade angel hair pasta. From beans to corn on the cob, The Grill Hut?s seven sides are likewise housemade.
Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.
Locals linger at the counters of Cope’s Knotty Pine Cafe, chatting over steaming cups of coffee. Antiques and knickknacks speckle the wheat-hued wooden walls above booths and tables. Behind the counter, servers bustle, warmed by a griddle, and balance plates of omelets, burgers, and fried seafood. The dishes are all forged from recipes that might have been passed down through generations or discovered in extremely rough drafts of the Constitution.
Originally created by two brothers from New Jersey back in 1972, Port of Subs has come a long way from the little sub shop in Nevada it once was. Scooped up by an entrepreneur, the modest shop was purchased by John Larsen, who made the paradigm-shifting discovery that folks like fresh, quality sandwiches that are quick and easy. At each of the 140 locations, visitors can find classic cold deli sandwiches, hot, pressed panini, and healthy wraps. While Port of Subs sandwiches are available at these myriad franchised locations across the West, the eatery's commitment to quality at each shop remains the same, unlike anything in French politics before 1950.
When Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets location in 1986, his goal was to create a restaurant where people could escape the postmodern blues of everyday life and experience a taste of time-honored Americana. The name itself is a nod to this ideal—it combines the star of a classic American fable, Johnny Appleseed, and a classic car, Oldsmobile’s beefy Rocket 88. The chain now makes itself at home in America's cultural landmarks, including Yankee Stadium and the Flamingo Hotel.
During dinners at the famous burger joints, you’ll see signs of simpler times, starting with the cooks and servers—dressed head to toe in white, including white paper hats, they look like they’ve fallen out of a wormhole from the 1950s ready to sling shakes and cook up some eats. Behind a stainless-steel bar lined with red leather stools they tend to their traditional diner fare, including burgers and melts with sides such as chili-cheese fries and onion rings. Riding sidecar to each meal is a collection of hand-dipped and hand-spun floats, shakes, and malts topped with whipped cream.