There are a few quick giveaways that designate Sandy's Country Junction as a true down-home restaurant. One is the western decor, complete with antiquated ads for iced tea and a statue of a cowboy atop a bucking bronco. Another is the service, which is replete with easy smiles. The menu is what truly cements the rustic vibe, though. Here, you can find beverages in two sizes: regular or boot. And if you opt for a boot of milk, you'll have to choose from standard milk, chocolate milk, or buttermilk, which is produced by cows who exclusively eat movie theatre popcorn.
The venue has been serving up breakfast and lunch in Clovis for nearly 20 years, enough time to develop a knack for country specialties. These include chicken-fried steak, biscuits with gravy, and more than 10 types of omelettes, which can arrive stuffed with fixings such as chili beans and chorizo. A large selection of afternoon dishes features sandwiches named after famous westerners. The Calamity Jane, for example, piles roast beef and jack cheese onto grilled sourdough. For kids, the kitchen preps junior quesadillas and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets.
The staff at Dinner MyWay takes on the tasks of menu planning, ingredient chopping, grocery procurement, and mess correction for all-but-cooked family-style dinners. Pick up ready-to-go dinners, or construct them yourself at the fully equipped assembly stations, where you can modify the meals to suit your family's taste preferences, allergies, or the food-color demands of a complex game of edible Uno. Unlike the cover of Shape magazine, Dinner MyWay’s menu visibly changes each month and features 14 entrees every four weeks. July's menu features such summertime feasts as peach grilled chicken, New Orleans shrimp, blue-cheese- and pecan-rolled steak, and chicken Sonora casserole. Each meal includes nutritional information and preparation instructions so that you can move swiftly from meeting to heating to eating. Call Dinner MyWay at least 24 hours ahead of time to schedule a meal-making or pick-up time, or drop in and select from what is available.
Photographs of trains cover the burnt-red walls of this family-friendly establishment, which cooks up all-American cuisine with a creative twist. From the Red Caboose's outdoor patio, patrons can enjoy a view of the saloon's surrounding pastures while dining on down-home evening eats, such as the pot-roast dinner served with mashed potatoes, gravy, caramelized carrots, and onions ($13.95). On Friday and Saturday nights, waitresses sidle swiftly through a maze of red checkered four tops, carrying the current evening specialty: prime-rib dinner accompanied by mashed potatoes and an unruly band of steamed vegetables ($18.85).
Slice into the menu with a cool, cold sandwich ($3.39–$13.79) such as the veggie sub, with your choice of three cheeses and avocado, the salami-turkey-provolone, or the ham-salami-capicolla-pepperoni-provolone. Load a gastronomic cargo carrier with a medium fountain drink ($1.39) or chips ($1), or turn on the mouth heat with a stomach-warming griller, such as the 12-inch New York steak ’n’ cheese on ciabatta ($4.99–$7.99) or the 8-inch barbecue pork ($4.99–$7.99). Any sandwich can also be made into a wrap ($4.99–$6.29).
Flamous Grill serves an eclectic mix of fired-up favorites, mixing barbecue grub with Asian-sauce-infused meats. Choose a region to your tummy’s liking and check the menu for its respective culinary creations. On the Western side, the cowboy sandwich corrals nearly a half-pound of succulent, marinated beef, tossing it in the house barbecue sauce and slapping it between a bunkbed of garlic bread ($7.99). Complement entrees with a baked-potato side, such as the cheesy variety, topped with extra cheddar and a constellation of bacon bits and green onions ($5.49). Travel across the Pacific without having to rev up the family aqua-motorcycle with an order of spicy California rolls ($3.25), or satiate taste buds with the Mongolian pork quick wok ($6.49). Drinks add another regional twist: you can guzzle down a creamy coconut smoothie ($3.25) or crack into a pineapple juice ($1.50). Drive up to Flamous Grill’s warm, convivial storefront to get your grub to-go, or have Flamous deliver straight to your laser-guarded bio-dome.
The California Restaurant Association voted Colorado Grill's burger as the Best of the Valley in 2006, and it's no surprise that the eatery is best known for its fresh, never frozen, mountain-sized hamburgers. The menu boasts a bevy of burger possibilities, such as the aptly named half-pound Boulder burger ($4.69), which you can challenge yourself to ruggedly ascend with a double, triple, or two-pound quadruple Boulder burger ($6.99, $8.99, $10.99). Diners ready to tackle a Mt. Burgermanjaro with the gaping, underground caverns of their stomachs can grab Sherpas and delve into the nine-pound Aspen burger ($45.95). Suffers of vertigo can keep their feet on the ground with a BigBurger ($2.99). Turkey and veggie burgers ($3.99 each) are also available, as are grilled chicken sandwiches ($4.69) and hot dogs ($2.69, $3.69 with chili). With a wave of a ketchup wand, any burger, sandwich, or dog can be transformed into a combo meal, served with steak fries and a beverage.