The family that owns Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity. Since they opened the first of their three locations in 1991, they've been crafting burritos, seafood tacos, and steaks by drawing upon techniques honed at Mexico's food stands, rural kitchens, and guacamole rivers. Fresh produce and seafood, lard-free beans, and premium meats—like slow-cooked carnitas—join up with house marinade and daily made salsas. Every single corn chip lands on a plate the day it emerges from the fryer. Vegetarian options abound, too. The eatery's catering skills are praised by clients.
Jerry has dedicated his life to the pursuit of a good dog. After discovering the burst of flavor that resulted from roasting one of America's favorite foods, hot dogs, over a wood fire, he developed his wood-fired recipes with the help of a master sausage maker. Now, Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs serves an expansive menu of all-beef hot dogs, internationally inspired sausages, and hefty Steakhouse Burgers loaded with more than 30 free toppings and sauces. For enjoyment outside the dinning room, Jerry's goes a step beyond carryout by offering on-site catering services with Jerry's signature wood-fire grill.
A flurry of activity fills the kitchen at Ollie & Jax Pub 'n Pizza, where staffers prepare flatbreads, pizza crusts, pasta sauce, french fries, and other ingredients by hand in-house. These freshly baked flatbreads envelop sandwiches such as chicken parmesan and spicy steak and ranch, and the alfredo-and-marinara Ollie & Jax signature sauce tops plates of penne or angel-hair pastas. Pizzas with thin, traditional, or gluten-free crusts don specialty toppings such as spinach and ricotta, spicy chicken in honey-habanero sauce, or the Award-Winning White, whose blend of garlic sauce, cheeses, tomato, and onion can be pinned to diners' lapels next to their 4-H ribbons. Nine flat-screen high-definition TVs dapple the dining-room walls, where they broadcast sports such as NCAA basketball and NHL hockey games. Ollie & Jax also hosts special events, such as car-and-bike shows.
Craig Gandolph entered the deli business in Long Island, making the sandwiches he’d always eaten growing up in New York. When love brought him to Salt Lake City, he missed the flavor of his hometown. So he opened the first Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen and named his sandwiches after the Big Apple locales that he missed. Today, his little sandwich shop has grown to encompass dozens of franchises across the United States, slinging sandwiches from both brick-and-mortar joints and gridlocked food trucks.
The Mission Viejo location, one of four in California, is owned and operated by sisters Yami and Elizabeth Marin, according to a 2009 article in the Orange County Register. Yami's husband grew up in Queens and helped her discover deli food during many East Coast trips to visit his family. Inside the restaurant she shares with her sister, red accent walls, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors, and photographs of New York landmarks work together to transport diners to a New York deli.
Restaurateur Salvatore S. D'Abbusco was born in Naples, but traveled to the United States at the age of 24 to marry a woman from Philadelphia, with whom he'd fallen in love on a cruise. He wanted to bring the tastes of Italy to his new home and founded Salvatore Cucina Italiana more than 20 years ago.
His chefs toss pasta dishes made from traditional Italian recipes with italian cheeses, shellfish, chicken, and lamb. They handcraft tiramisu and blend, cut, and fold their own dough for manicotti. Sommeliers complement the extensive menu with an array of white and red wines from Tuscany, Sicily, and California, for a greater blend of international flavors than UN potluck parties. Each meal begins as servers lay complimentary bruschetta, in lieu of traditional bread, onto white-clothed tables arranged under ornate gilded lamps and pasta-covered walls.
Simply Fondue's intimate, chandelier-lit dining room plays host to tabletop pots that bubble with warm imported cheeses, oils, and broths. The restaurant's cheese fondues from Switzerland, the Mediterranean, and England allow diners to taste the world's flavors without having to lick every country's flag. The eatery also simmers traditional canola and broth fondue using individual "fondue grills," which sear each morsel for lighter munching. For each entree, chefs pair simmering helpings with platters of meat, seafood, or veggies, all of which can be altered upon request.
Many meals conclude with chocolate fondue, which features an impressive coterie of sweets such as pound cake, triple-chunk brownies, peanut-butter balls, and fresh pineapple chunks plucked from the hats of local conga dancers. The dining experience stays casual throughout with plush red booths and upholstered bar stools set against textured stone walls.