From humble beginnings as a single donut shop in Lakewood, California, in 1953, Denny's has grown into a nationwide destination for classic American diner food served around the clock. After starting off as Danny's Donuts, the shop quickly expanded to a second location and began offering sandwiches. In just six more years, Danny's Donuts had morphed into Denny's and split into 20 franchises. Today, more than 1,700 locations thrive across the nation, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time that diners walk into or gleefully roll through their eatery.
Since 1997, families and friends have gathered around the timber-topped tables at H.R. Singletons for fresh, hearty American meals and frothy brews. Servers navigate checkered floors and leather barstools, securing the attention of diners with fat burgers, piles of pasta, and succulent dishes of fish, steak, and ribs, which come slathered in a barbecue sauce that makes them immune to ticklishness. Dark wooden paneling lines the walls surrounding a British-style bar, where 25 beers reach for the brims of glasses and five large plasma televisions display the most romantic sporting events to appeal to both halves of dates.
Ozumo's décor of polished-wood floors, railings, tables, and chairs preps guests for the fresh fish feast to come. The menu rolls out dishes such as the Dr. Kapoor roll, which combines spicy salmon, avocado, and tempura flakes ($9.95), and the Harvey roll, a handheld marriage of chicken tempura, cream cheese, and fried garlic ($12.95). For those who prefer raw lettuce to lovingly encircle their seafood, the tataki salad smothers seaweed salad, tuna, and salmon tataki in a spicy Ozumo sauce ($13.95). Using advanced cube-to-table technology, Ozumo also serves dinner bento boxes stuffed with delectable edibles, including a house salad, a California roll, marinated seaweed, shrimp dumplings, rice, fruits, and miso soup ($18.95–$26.95).
The treats may be frozen, but that doesn't mean they're not flexible. That's because the colorful self-serve dispensers that line Yogurt Crazy’s bright purple walls are equipped to send a rotating lineup of 12 different frozen-yogurt flavors into cups, including nonfat, low-fat, and dairy-free varieties. Guests mix and match their own creations, choosing from flavors as diverse as pomegranate-raspberry tart and Heath toffee. Each swirl of yogurt can then be outfitted with kiwi, Reese's Pieces, and other selections from the topping bar’s 36 mix-ins, which means that patrons can customize their frozen desserts without the gooey mess of branding them with a hot iron.
Kansas City Smokehouse’s hickory-wood smokers slow-cook succulent meats in the tradition of Missouri barbecue masters. Barbecued meets, including beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked kielbasa pile on plates by the quarter pound. Tender st. louis ribs or one half of a barbecued chicken share platter space with cornbread and classic sides, such as Cajun rice, collard greens, baked beans, and sweet-potato fries. Chefs dust catfish and skewered shrimp in their signature kansas city dry rub, searing in the spices on a cast-iron griddle heated with their laser vision. Nineteen craft and domestic beers accent the smoky hues, or pair up with a bevy of burgers or steaks.
Johnny B’s Coffee Shop serves up classic American eats in a classy '50s-style diner, layering modern sleekness over doo-wop ambience for locals looking for homemade goodness away from home. Breakfast is served all day, so get an early start to an afternoon by chowing down on made-to-order pancakes with peanut-butter chips ($6.99) and chasing them with freshly ground coffee ($1.25). Or grab a take-out-only commuter special to arrive at work fortified with two eggs, cheese, and bacon, ham, or sausage on a roll ($3.99). Lunchtime brings customers together on old-fashioned red barstools to unfold vengeance plots over a monte cristo sandwich, which encases ham or turkey and melted swiss cheese between twin french-toast slices ($8.95). Soups satisfy stomachs in different ways every day, and a rotating menu of daily specials means patrons are often graced with guest appearances by celebrity edibles ($3.95). If all the nostalgia floating around causes your throat to choke up mid-swallow, loosen it with slurpable desserts such as a soda float ($3.50) or an old-fashioned egg cream ($3.50).