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.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Family-owned and '50s-inspired, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe specializes in self-serve frozen yogurt, custom milkshakes, and customized sundaes. Salted caramel, creamy cheesecake, chilled cubes of fresh pineapple, and whole blueberries and rasberries decorate frozen yogurt, whose flavors include strawberry, chocolate mint, hazelnut, pistachio, and pound cake. Like the color of trees and the fashion of chameleons, these flavors change with the seasons, with eggnog and pumpkin making appearances in the colder months. In addition to sating singular sweet teeth, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe hosts parties for all occasions.
Inventive combinations of locally sourced ingredients typify the fresh dishes that emerge from the kitchen at Zookini's. The cranberry burger brandishes ground beef mixed with dried cranberries and cream cheese, while the marinated margarita chicken rests on thick slices of ripe tomatoes. Pastas are all made in-house and serve as the foundation for the Zoo-preme carbonara and fettuccine alfredo. The eatery's eco-conscious, community-centered mentality carries over into the building itself, which is partially made from recycled materials, and the dining room walls bear the work of local artists.
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.