After years devising his ideal pizzeria, David Davydd Miller dispensed his first slices in 1984 to patrons in College Station, Texas. Back then Dave recruited the help of a flourmill and cannery to generate customized blends of his crust and sauce formulas. These days, within DoubleDave's Pizzaworks restaurants' 30 Texas and Oklahoma locations, chefs concoct Dave's signature honey whole-wheat crust daily from hand-tossed dough along with batches of sauce made from scratch with Escalon tomatoes. Those ingredients join hand-cut veggies and meats from Tyson and Burke to collectively form a delectable disk that proves once and for all that pie can be divided evenly. Along with half a dozen specialty pizzas, DoubleDave's Pizzaworks appeases palates with signature pepperoni rolls, sandwiches, and Dave's favorite dish, the philly-cheesesteak stromboli.
One might feel compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance upon entering All American Cafe, whose exposed brick walls are strewn with stars to represent the United States. Of those 50 states, the café’s menu draws most heavily on the proud state of Texas. Sunlight filters in through large windows to illuminate fuchsia tablecloths lined with fried and grilled fish fillets, pork chops, and aged Angus steaks served alongside fried okra and mashed potatoes. After two-handing a juicy half-pound burger, diners can question servers about the all-day breakfast offerings or ask for a napkin made from an authentic piece of the Declaration of Independence.
New York–style, thin-crust pizzas topped with meatballs, anchovies, and green olives roll out whole or by the slice at New York Pizza & Deli. Though its name is a nod both to New York City’s finest and the legal right of the city's prisoners to one phone call and a slice of pizza, NYPD goes beyond pies. Its slate of classic subs comes stuffed with havarti cheese, thinly sliced beef, and spicy capicola from Boar’s Head. Big Apple memorabilia dots the walls of the casual eatery, where a Lady Liberty mural watches over patrons as they down salami-stuffed calzones or creamy new york cheesecake.
Bayou Twist’s chefs celebrate the spicy melody of Cajun food while remixing it a dash, like culinary DJs, by integrating it with Laotian cuisine. Several of their dishes are firmly planted in Cajun tradition, such as shrimp boils and baskets of fried catfish, while others, such as larb beef, use fish sauce, lime juice, and fresh herbs to evoke traditions born halfway around the world in Laos. In plates of barbecue shrimp, homemade lao sausages over sticky rice, and in the sauce that covers crawfish tacos, the two cuisines meld harmoniously, unlike peanut butter and a carburetor.
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q’s sauce-soaked menu teems with classic dishes made with chopped and smoked meats, plus a medley of hearty sides. Carnivorous concoctions including pulled pork ($7.99) and chopped beef brisket ($8.99) join sides such as sweet ranch beans and carrot-raisin salad, giving jaws a workout while toning tongues’ six-pack abs. Sandwiches stack one protein ($4.89) or two ($5.99), and a cavalcade of smoked meats including boneless chicken breast ($10.99/lb.) offers unadorned taste that far surpasses an all-dough pizza or an ice sandwich. Cousin’s Alliance Town Center location, known as Cousin’s Urban BBQ, boasts additional sandwiches and eclectic entrees, such as the Texican tacos plate, a border-blurring pile of chipotle-mango salsa, coleslaw, and cilantro atop brisket, pulled pork, or chicken ($7.99 for 2, $8.99 for 3).
IHOP's first pancake was flipped in Toluca Village, California, in 1958. More than 1,500 locations later, IHOP's kitchens still grill their signature pancakes next to a surfeit of omelettes, stuffed french toast, and other inventive breakfast creations. Though syrup is IHOP's condiment of choice, diners can squirt ketchup onto an assortment of meaty burgers or french fries that share plate space with country-fried steaks and french-onion pot roasts made with USDA-choice beef.