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Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.

Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with its internationally known original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.

3186 Vista Way
Oceanside,
CA
US

Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years, Chick-fil-A sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, dill-pickle chips pickled from the freshest of cucumbers, and an optional golden wheat bun that is both golden and made of wheat ($3.35 including tax). Like gambling on horse racing, the original chicken sandwich is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.

3475 Marron Rd
Oceanside,
CA
US

One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. A bevy of rotating daily flavors includes tastes such as just chocolate, peanut-butter cup, café latte, graham cracker, and mango tart. Sample a small bit with a mini ($2.05 for 4 oz.), or take 32 ounces home to share in a quart ($6.25). Traditionally conical edible yogurt containers (small $2.90, waffle $3.30) make it possible for hands to hold the frozen delight. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the quantity of jumping jacks or flying starfish impersonations needed to offset it.

4160 Oceanside Blvd
Oceanside,
CA
US

Today's Groupon gets you $40 of some of the best pizza in Oceanside (476 miles west of the Mason-Dixon Line) for just $20. Capozzoli's Pizzeria & Restaurant serves crispy thin-crust pizzas with fresh meats, vegetables, and cheeses, and offers 15 different 18" thin-crust pies, each combining classic Italian ingredients packed with bursting flavor, bursting with packed flavor, and flavored with bursting packets. Click here to discuss Groupon the Cat.

3915 Mission Ave
Oceanside,
CA
US

In homage to Philadelphia, The CheeseSteak Grill transplants the City of Brotherly Love's authentic recipes, hearth-baked Amoroso's rolls, and liberating meats tenderized by Rocky's justice-laden fists. The menu tips its tri-cornered hat to taste with signature items such as the 12" steak or chicken cheesesteak, dripping in melted cheese and caramelized onions ($8.59), or its cousin, the foot-long cheesesteak hoagie, loaded with steak, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of cheesy topping—provolone cheese, white american cheese, or cheese whiz ($8.99). Making a layover in the Midwest, the chefs also serve up Italian beef dips with roast beef and Chicago-style sauce ($8.45 for a foot-long), as well as kid-friendly fare served with fries and a drink, such as home-style chicken tenders ($4.99) and classic corndogs made with real, all-beef Nathan's dogs ($3.99). Philly fanatics can pair any edible with a fine selection from a list of microbrews, draft beers, and wines, all of which pair nicely with the eatery's sporty satellite TVs and attentive, human-friendly staff.

1771 Oceanside Blvd
Oceanside,
CA
US

Self-serve frozen yogurt shop featuring over 100 kosher flavors, including tart, no-sugar added and sorbet products. Additional items including Yo-Cookie yogurt and cookie sandwiches, Yo-Pies and prepacked pints and quarts. Catering services are available. Happy Hour specials M-Th 5-7pm. Indoor and outdoor patio seating!

3837 Plaza Dr
Oceanside,
CA
US