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.
Armed with more than 20 years of in-kitchen expertise, the chefs at Ginger Bistro seamlessly intermingle the flavors of French, North American, and Pan-Asian cuisines to create a menu of updated classics. Inside the restaurant's modern dining room, which twinkles under star-like ceiling lights, golden tabletops grow heavy with bowls piled with shrimp, scallops, and lobster meat tossed together with spicy kimchi and fresh veggies. Blue light floods the lounge area as patrons sip on Asian-inspired cocktails such as the asian mojito with Bacardi, fresh mint, and cucumber-infused sake. Flat-screen TVs enable diners to catch up on the latest car commercials while they dine.
Within the recently renovated historical Temtor Building, artisan sandwich makers craft their menu's masterpieces and build-your-own sandwiches from regional ingredients supplied by local farmers and merchants. Atop each hearty slice of bread, which can include bread varieties such as pretzel rolls and flatbread, the deli pros pile bacon, hot pastrami, or other meat selections before adding crowns of cheese. A house-made sauce such as rosemary olive oil assures each sandwich has a flavor distinctive of Davis Street Market Deli. More than a lunch spot, the deli also serves breakfast and dinner, and guests on the go can also pick up groceries, craft beers, fine wines, and household goods.
Subtle flavors pair with an elegant ambiance inside Trattoria Toscana's new Gravois Road location. Beneath framed prints of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and other Italian landmarks, the tops of high bar chairs taper out like the shoulders of an evening gown. White tablecloths are creased in evenly pressed squares and hold plates of authentic Italian pastas and chicken, veal, and seafood saut?ed in delicate wine sauces. Amid the gray-stippled walls, diners can question the manager about reserving a 75-person private party or rally the servers, busboys, and bartenders into a philosophical discussion on what it's like to be one who waits.
Featured on the "Deli Delights" episode of the Food Network's The Best Of program, the team at Kopperman's Specialty Foods & Deli works hard to deliver a classic delicatessen experience. They serve breakfast all day as well as overnight on Fridays and Saturdays, poaching eggs for benedicts and frying potato pancakes for orders of latkes. Smoked salmon and trout top bagels with cream cheese and housemade chopped chicken liver dresses up slices of rye bread. Carnegie Deli salami, corned beef, and pastrami come in from New York City, as do cheesecakes, black forest cakes, and apple crumb pies baked in the Statue of Liberty's torch.
No matter the time of day or night, the kitchen staff at Gingham’s Restaurant churns out any meal—be it breakfast for dinner or lunch at 2 a.m. —that their customers crave. Famous buttermilk pancakes speckled with everything from blueberries to bits of bacon hush grumbling stomachs, as the friendly wait staff shuffles around bottomless pots of Ronnoco coffee and homemade dinner rolls. Chefs scramble farm-fresh eggs into nine different omelets, masterfully fry chicken, and drown homestyle meatloaf in rich gravy. The eatery doesn’t forget about dessert, satiating the child that nests in everyone’s molars with ice-cream sundaes and cherry crisps.