In 1963, Vita and Jay Totta opened up their cozy café with a small counter, three tables, and four booths. Within three years, the couple’s following of loyal diners had overgrown their modest space, and they expanded to a larger location with more than twice the seating capacity of the original café. Another steady increase in popularity led the Tottas to create V's Italiano Ristorante as it stands today, which includes a spacious dining room, three private banquet rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor patio. When designing and building the restaurant in 1971, Jay—a professional architect—focused on creating an Old-World atmosphere where guests could enjoy everything from Sunday brunch to romantic candlelight dinners with their tax auditors. Patrons may also venture out to the restaurant's garden patio, where they'll eat by a stone waterfall and under the vines of a grape arbor originally planted by Vita's father.
Since 1957, HiBoy Drive-In's retro neon palace has been grilling and frying meals on the go. The classic quarter-pound HiBoy burger ($4.50) stacks a quarter-pound patty with basic burger accoutrements, including the secret-recipe HiBoy sauce, kept in a vault guarded by braver sauces. Crisp onion rings ($3.19) and crunchy pickles ($3.19) emerge from the fryer, ready to be washed down with a sweet peach Nehi float ($2.79).
Thanks to Boulevard Grill - Kansas City Sports Complex, fans of Boulevard Brewing Company don't have to go far to pair their favorite brews with hearty pub cuisine. That's because the eatery exclusively features beers from the renowned Kansas City brewery that may include the 80-Acre Hoppy wheat, the Irish Ale, and the seasonal Tank - 7. Diners can sip on pints in between bites ordered off the menu, which includes the Smoke Burger, with barbecue sauce, bacon, and grilled onions, the pale-ale bratwurst sandwich, and the Kansas City strip steak.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Although Salvatore’s has changed hands three times, it never once strayed beyond the Garozzo family’s reach. Founded in 1991 by Mike and Alfio Garozzo, the restaurant bore the name Garozzo’s until 2003 when Alfio’s son—Salvatore “Sam” Garozzo—took over as full owner. Sam made several interior and exterior renovations, but he kept his family’s rich culinary traditions intact through a chronicle of Mad Libs and a menu of rich pastas, homemade gnocchi, and sautéed veal entrees. Sam’s vivacious personality earns the restaurant nearly as many loyal customers as the flavorful cuisine, as he makes an extra effort to check up on his customers throughout their meal.
Home Skillet's staff shares their love of all things homemade, whether they work as cooks, buyers, or interior decorators. The kitchen crew whips up biscuits and gravy for breakfast, philly cheesesteaks for lunch, and housemade lasagna for dinner, preparing each dish from scratch. Buyers stock the pantry with local goods, such as coffee from regional wholesaler Benetti's or meats from Chris and Dave??a pair of butchers who specialize in old-school, hand-prepared meats at The Store Old-Fashioned Meat Market. The decorators enhance that homemade feeling within the dining room, putting together an eclectic collection of gently used furniture and even secondhand artwork.