When bartender Larry Raikes moved from Buffalo, New York, to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1982, he couldn't find a single sub—so he stopped mixing drinks and started making his own sandwiches. From that single sub shop, Larry's Giant Subs has mushroomed into an international fount of sandwiches. For each order, sandwich-makers pair provolone cheese with black Angus USDA–choice extra-lean roast beef, 98% fat-free ham, or other meats displayed in a 6-foot deli case. They also pile slices of all-natural, charcoal-grilled chicken breasts onto their signature bread, which is shipped in daily from Costanzo's Bakery in Buffalo.
Inside the shop, a huge statue of King Kong—the shop's mascot—towers over guests, secretly helping young diners to make their sandwich selection in exchange for bananas, and New York–theme memorabilia serves to remind them of their subs' heritage. For hosts and hostesses supplying their own ambiance, Larry's Giant Subs caters platters, 3-foot subs, and 6-footers that feed up to 30 people.
Throwing a frozen patty onto the grill is one way of making a burger, but the culinary team at Wild Burger Grille prefers a more hands-on approach. That's why they shape every patty themselves from Reserve-Choice Black Angus beef before crafting specialties such as the Jalapeno Burger?a medley of spicy peppers, chipotle mayo, and brown-sugar-pepper bacon. Of course, they also let patrons customize their own burgers?whether they want one dusted with a parmesan-and-garlic blend, served without a bun, or tossed like a Frisbee directly into their mouths.
Wild Burger Grille's DIY approach extends far beyond its namesake sandwiches. In the kitchen, chefs also make the sauces from scratch, cut the fries by hand, and whip up batches of chili to smother hot dogs. Dessert offerings receive equal treatment, from the cookies and cheesecake made in-house to the signature milkshakes, which blend local Blue Bell ice cream with spirited mix-ins such as Kahlua and Absolut vodka.
Set just a stone?s throw from Texas Tech University's Jones AT&T Stadium, Sharps Restaurant & Sports Bar entertains diners before, during, after, and in the big game by presenting an environment packed with inviting décor. As burgers and wings satiate appetites, a Budweiser lamp pours neon light over a green-felt pool table and wooden rafters crisscross overhead. A knotty wood bar gleams with a shiny finish and reflects the glow of six high-definition flat screens and a 100-inch projector?the same size as Ireland?streaming sports games with crystal clarity. On select nights, a host of live musical acts allow feet to switch from stomping out team chants to tapping toes to entertaining tunes.
Made-to-order, flat griddle-grilled burgers. Savory hot dogs loaded with chili, mustard, and onions. Crispy fries with seasoned salt. Thick, handmade shakes. Burger House has been drawing in customers with these classic offerings since 1951. While the company has now grown into an award-winning franchise, certain traditions stay true to its origins with original owner Prometheus ?Jack? Koustabardis. For one, the seasoned salt. It's what makes the burgers and crispy fries unique. Burger House also continues to stay active in its various communities, particularly through support of area high school sports teams.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the double cheese prime rib to the classic italian donning black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the honey-bourbon chicken, Baja-chicken, and small black-angus-steak subs or all flatbread sandwhiches. Quiznos' Toasty Bullets and Torpedoes offer slimmer versions of sub fare and flaunt supreme aerodynamics when shot out of T-shirt cannons and into mouths. A selection of Flatbread Sammies, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.
Jumbo Joe’s grills succulent burgers, hot dogs, and chicken alongside crispy french fries and refreshing desserts. Tongues treated to the chili cheeseburger delight in its blend of beans and spicy meat ($5.94), and a bounty of burgers, drinks, and fries for four ($21.99) tickles palates with a combination as classic as jury duty and feigning illness. An unassuming steak adopts the persona of poultry in the chicken-fried steak ($7.29). Bolster the eatery’s large-portioned entrees with a helping of french fries ($2.45), or punctuate meals with an ice-cream shake ($2.99) in strawberry, vanilla, or ice-cream varietals. Jumbo Joe’s welcomes diners to enjoy a leisurely meal indoors or to speed cars or low-flying hovercrafts past the drive-thru until 10 p.m.