Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger?the Whopper sandwich?consists of flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and Hershey pie keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
Using high-quality kernels of corn harvested from farms in the Midwest, POPtions! Popcorn dazzles snack cravings with a dizzying selection of gourmet maize. Customers can invent their own custom popcorn flavors, first choosing a popcorn flavor, then adding on sweet and savory ingredients before deciding between a Bissinger's white, milk, or dark chocolate finish. POPtions creations make a tasty impression on any special event and have the amazing ability to top themselves with occasion-specific lids that celebrate special days with greetings such as "Father's Day," "Happy Birthday," "Congratulations," and "Happy Graduation," plus lids for sporting events. POPtions also creates wedding gift bags to make special days even more memorable, and corporate gift tins with personalized company logos.
Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.
Fortel's Pizza Den was founded more than 30 years ago by pizza enthusiast Bob Fortel, giving the restaurant plenty of time to develop a compelling formula for creating its hand-tossed pies. It starts with the crust: the dough is made fresh daily, and?since eating pizza, like playing Battleship against yourself, shouldn't involve too many tough decisions?it's formed into a single, medium-thin thickness. Chefs then slather this crispy foundation in one of seven sauces, including pesto, gravy, or Bob Fortel's original sweet-and-spicy tomato sauce. Topping choices number in the dozens, ranging from sweet chicken sausage and eggplant to corned beef and sauerkraut. While waiting for their pizza masterpieces to arrive, diners nibble on beer-battered mushrooms, toasted ravioli, and other appetizers.
Northern- and Southern-Italian cuisines collide on Trattoria Branica’s menu, which has won acclaim from local press for its culinary acuity and fiscal reticence. Italian cheeses, herbs, and homemade sauces accent tender nests of pasta, market-fresh seafood, and succulent cuts of beef, veal, and chicken. Inside, sleek black chairs clip crisp white tablecloths prepped to prop up more than 300 wines from around the globe. A Mediterranean mood slips over patrons on the expansive patio, where umbrellas guard against the sun and waters cascade at a nearby fountain. For private parties, a balcony surrounded by wrought-iron railings elevates the dining experience and provides a better launching pad to catapult leftovers home.
The menu is stocked with sandwiches, paninis, Phillys, wraps, and soups made from scratch in-house daily. Sandwiches, which are served on Sammy Scott's own freshly baked bread, range from "simple" selections such as the house-roasted turkey with mozzarella and veggies ($6.75) to more-creative creations such as the Cuban: chicken, pork, sliced pickles, and Swiss. Carb-conscious eaters can choose a salad or herbed-garlic wrap; try the sweet and sour Asian pork ($6.95) or the vegetable Caesar ($6.95). A selection of French dips, served with house-roasted meat and au jus (starting at $5.95); Phillys (starting at $7.25); and paninis wonderfully warms frozen cores when paired with Sammy Scott's made-daily soups.