If you've ever had a grilled cheese that wasn't "cheesy" enough, you probably didn't get it from Aces Haus Of Cuisine. The grilled cheese sandwich there melts together cheddar, swiss, and american cheese inside two pieces of parmesan-grilled texas toast. The dish even includes a side of cheese dipping sauce for good measure.
The ultra cheese sandwich is just one of the American dishes on Aces' extensive menu. The kitchen also serves up classic German dishes such as sauerbraten pot roast with housemade dumplings, locally sourced sausage wrapped in a pretzel bun, and housemade German chocolate cake. Aces caters to vegetarians, as well, with such entrees as The Turn—grilled texas toast smothered in avocado-artichoke dip, corn, and black beans.
Don’t let the shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, and draft beers fool you. Though Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery snatches up the best cultural fragments of Scotland, England, and the Emerald Isle, the eatery started in Las Vegas. Restaurateur Mark DiMartino sought to combine the communal, rousing feel of pubs in the British Isles with the campy fun of American sports bars, pairing hearty food and traditional trappings with televisions and waitresses clad in mini kilts and alluring plaid halter-tops modeled after William Wallace’s eveningwear.
Since its founding, Tilted Kilt locations have popped up in 25 states and two Canadian provinces, serving all manner of hybrid dishes such as the Scottish cheese steak and the Tilted Guilt, an ice-cream sundae perched atop a cookie.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the "International House of Pancakes." Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001. Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
John and Holly McManus preside over three Heidelberg locations, which fill with the jangle of silverware, the snap of ricocheting billiards balls, and the click of toasting glasses. Chefs craft more than 90 items, ranging from traditional fish and chips and rib-eye steaks, to half-pound beef, elk, or bison burgers. They toss dough, which they roll into crusts for specialty pizzas or wrap around a signature burger. The dough forms a crisp shell around the burger, allowing the flavors of bacon and barbecue sauce to bake into the bun and patty. Heidelberg's also promotes revelry with pool tables, video games, and big-screen TVs broadcasting sports or showing the popular show Friends in its original Gaelic.
As little as 12 hours after fishermen pull in their lines, their catch arrives on the iced shelves of Surf and Turf Food Company. The diminutive marketplace conserves its shelf space for gourmet seafood, with a rotating inventory that may include lobster, Alaskan halibut, and New Zealand mussels one day, and Copper River salmon and yellowfin tuna the next. Near the cases of tempting aquatic fare, fine Nebraskan beef and rare meats such as elk brats beg to be tossed onto a grill. Much of the food is available at an online shop, which ships out edibles packed in dry ice, the cousin of also confusingly named wet fire.
Upholding a tradition of adroit sandwich crafting since 1987, the staff at Brown Baggers assembles hearty customizable sandwiches on house-made bread. Patrons mix and match nine meats, seven cheeses, and 16 toppings, with foundations such as roast beef, bacon, and genoa salami supporting the likes of provolone cheese, dill dressing, and banana peppers. The eatery's catering service zips dozen-sandwich platters and trays of two dozen cookies to meetings, parties, or sandwich-burning protests. Soirees can also be hosted at the restaurant's 84th Street location, which houses a 20-person conference room ideal for sharing slideshow presentations or video of the boss’s most recent DIY drywall installation.