In 1954, Shakey's Pizza Parlor was created out of founder Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson's love of ragtime music, pizza, and fun. The eatery often incorporated live music and family-friendly arcade games into the mix, a tradition its descendants still hold today. At locations all across the United States and Mexico, beer flows from taps and pizzas emerge piping hot from the oven, the same way they did in 1954, a time when pizza and beer had just been invented by NASA scientists. Each location also cooks up crispy fried chicken and baskets of Mojos—lightly battered, sliced potatoes—to complement the pizzeria fare.
The staff at Le Monde des Crepes strives to make everything about the dining experience authentically French, from the delectable crepes to the countertop Eiffel Tower. Bedecked in red and black, the chefs roll chicken crepes such as the Opulence—marinated chicken breast mixed with artichoke, hearts of palm, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Their desserts include the nutty bananas-foster crepe, a sweet concoction of Häagen-Dazs ice cream with sliced bananas, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and a dash of Grand Marnier. Unlike most meals, which usually end in a solemn handshake, meals at Le Monde des Crepes end with a sweet milkshake or frappe.
More than 15 locations of Sal's Italian Ristorante grace the Florida panhandle like pepperonis on a sizzling pizza slice. In dining rooms designed to evoke the atmosphere of a small Italian village, plates of penne and linguine steam with alfredo, pink vodka, or light wine sauces. Skilled chefs sauté salmon and veal and top gourmet pizzas with shrimp, basil, and gorgonzola. House wines can be poured by the glass or carafe for the thirsty, or by the eyedropper-full for the curious.
The chefs at Del Sur Market aren’t trying to come up with new and crazy toppings for their dishes; they’re trying to enhance the dishes’ natural flavors with simple, complementary sauces and sides. The result is a fresh-tasting menu of artisanal dishes, ranging from the nuanced flavors of the cheeses on the house mozzarella bar to the grilled rib eye rubbed with rosemary sea salt and topped with kalamata olives and red potatoes. The chefs aren’t afraid to make unique choices when pursuing a dish’s natural flavor, however, and so they wrap grilled filet mignon in pancetta and serve it over cremini mushroom risotto and incorporate pears and gorgonzola into ravioli nestled in a marsala wine sauce. They can also recommend boutique vintages of wine that pair well with the dishes' natural flavors, creating well-rounded gourmet meals for both lunch and dinner.
The world’s a different place than it was in 1962, when the Beatles were kings, JFK was president, and the internet sounded like the name of some kind of obscure tennis equipment. However, despite a half-century of changes, at least one thing remains consistent: when they want a darn good burger, people still come to the Keg South. The sound of familiar greetings echoes against the wood-paneled walls of the 50-year-old establishment, mingling with the clatter of billiard balls and clink of frosted mugs. Neon beer signs and flat-screen televisions cast a colorful glow on the regular clientele, who munch thick beef burgers, freshly cut fries, and grilled wings. Throughout the year, the pub staff holds special events out in the parking lot, including a Christmas pig roast that was called out in the Miami Herald.
What originally began as a modest shop in the back of a home in Santiago de Cali has morphed into Sandwich Qbano, a sandwich chain with locations across Colombia and Florida. The eatery churns out wraps, salads, and sandwiches such as the italiano, the teriyaki, and the classic cuban.