It was a bold idea?opening a restaurant in the midst of the Great Depression. But the founders were truly convinced that if they maintained a clean space with low prices and friendly service, they'd drum up more than enough business to support themselves. And on October 24, 1932, when Krystal's first customer walked out with six Krystals and a cup of coffee for 35 cents, the restaurant's remarkably successful run began.
More than 81 years later, Krystal reigns as one of the oldest fast-food brands in the country. Their namesake creation remains their biggest draw, snack-size burgers topped with diced onion, mustard, and pickle on a soft, square bun. Over the years they've added other hugely popular menu items, including breakfast scramblers and MilkQuakes made from 100% real ice cream. Even after eight decades, enthusiasm from customers has hardly cooled: Krystal gets so much fan mail, the staff have a Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame, for which inductees have their illustrated likeness printed on more than a million burger boxes.
Unsurprisingly, pizza is the main event at Moondoggy's Pizza and Pub. With both thin-crust and deep-dish options and dozens of toppings, there's something for every pizza lover?and that's before you even consider the specialty pies. The kitchen's creations include the Greek-influenced Chicken Athens, with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, and feta. But you'd be remiss to stop there. The restaurant also offers spicy mussel fra diavolo and baked ziti topped with a layer of gooey cheese, as well as wealth of entertainment options. Chill out with live blues and soul, party with karaoke, or root for your favorite NFL teams.
Aboard the Emerald Princess II cruise ship, two gaming decks host bingo, roulette, craps, and slot machines. Dealers also facilitate card games including blackjack, Texas hold'em, and stud poker—which is always played between two layers of drywall. A bistro grants a restorative break from the gambling, also attainable on the Emerald Princess II's open-air observation deck. Here, scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean abound as the 200-foot vessel cuts through the water. The staff approximates the dress code to that of a nice restaurant, so guests should refrain from wearing cut-off shorts or beachwear.
The spirit of a traditional Irish public house lives on at McGarvey's Wee Pub. Aside from serving up pot pies and amber brews, there’s a devotion to maintaining a rollicking, lighthearted atmosphere. The occasional sounds of Live music also fills he air on weekends, while a full bar boasts draft beer, premium ESPN and NFL programming plays on the big screens, and the kitchen dishes up onion rings and beer-battered fries. Boisterous crowds often spill over to the awning-covered patio dotted with picnic tables.
Tony’s dishes out foldable slices of New York–style pizza made from hand-tossed dough. The extensive menu satiates ravenous appetites with massive circles such as the extra-large Super Supreme, a crispy 18-inch disk bedecked with pepperoni, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, ground beef, black olives, meatballs, and salami ($18.99), and personal-size hunger with 11-inch pies such as the white, with Tony's homemade ricotta white sauce ($8.99). The sauce-filled strombolis, ensconce tasty treasure such as pepperoni, sausage, steak, and fresh garlic within a deliciously doughy embrace ($9.99–$15.99). For authentic Italic flavor, homemade pasta specialties, such as lasagna, ship taste buds back to the Old World with noodle sails, savory, beef cargo, and italian-sausage deckhands ($8.99).
Substituting fat for more healthful probiotics, Yobe refreshes taste buds with guilt-free spoonfuls of all-natural self-serve yogurt. Made with organic milk, real fruit, and no artificial sweeteners, each ounce of yogurt packs just 25 calories, letting diet-conscious taste-testers engorge stomachs while tightening belts. The shops' soft-serve machines dish out 31 classic and exotic flavors such as açaí berry, passion fruit, lychee, and vanilla ($0.49/oz). After piling bowls high with toppings, such as fresh banana, kiwi, pineapple, or m&ms, cookie dough, or peanut-butter cups, tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.