Owner Parvesh fulfilled his childhood dream of stuffing the community with delightful Indian dishes when he opened Urban Curry - Indian Grill. In the kitchen, halal meats soak in spiced curries and cook inside a clay oven heated with natural charcoal. Chef Raj also stuffs homemade cottage cheese inside naan or the open hands of hungry passerby, and coats shrimp with biryani’s long grain rice, herbs, nuts, and raisins.
Mario Suffi has been in the restaurant industry for more than two decades. That know-how comes in handy at his latest eatery, Mario's Pizza, which is located in a space that has housed Snappy Tomato Pizza and a brontosaurus's bed long before that. In addition to giving the locale a face-lift, Suffi and his kitchen staff have expanded the menu beyond pizza. Case in point: they serve ribs.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic Drive In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
When Paul Russo moved from New York to Florida, he gained year-round beautiful weather. On the other hand, he lost access to his favorite food, New York–style pizza. So, he opened a new pizza joint to celebrate his home town and beloved food. He called it NYPD Pizza. His pies—discs of fresh dough topped with a housemade marinara sauce—thrilled the community, and have continued to win awards. Most recently, the eatery was ranked the #1 pizza place in Orlando according to Trip Advisor. His restaurant even earned 24th place on the same site out of all the city's 2,882 restaurants, much to the chagrin of 2,858 restaurateurs who now wish that they, too, could just make pizza like a proper New Yorker.
In the 40 years since the first Hungry Howie's opened, the restaurants' chefs haven't just focused on getting new and inventive toppings. Instead, they have also innovated the their pizzas in other ways, such as creating their eight signature flavors of crust. Crust options include sesame, garlic and herbs, Cajun seasons, or even onion, adding a subtle flavor to custom pizzas. Guests can choose which crust would go best with their mix of the house's 15 toppings, which include options such as bacon, feta cheese, anchovies, and pineapple. In addition to pizzas, chefs also create oven-baked subs and fresh salads to create full Italian meals.