If you wanted a McDonald's burger in the spring of 1955, you needed to travel to Des Plaines, Illinois, and find the burger joint with the golden arches on the outside. Today, however, those arches mark more than 34,000 locations in 118 countries. Equally ubiquitous are the items on the restaurant's menu, which include the Chicken McNugget, the Happy Meal, the Egg McMuffin, and the Big Mac. In recent years, the restaurant has introduced healthier eats, such as its Premium Salads and Premium McWraps.
As it serves customers across the world, McDonald's continues to focus on local communities, whether it's through the company's Ronald McDonald House Charities or its quest for sustainability.
Somo @ 722 pairs its American eats—burgers, pastas, and seafood—with domestic beers on tap. Pad your stomach with boneless wings or parmesan truffle fries before indulging in hearty entrees such as beef goulash and chicken pot pie. Jumbo lump crab cake forms the base of the crabby patty sandwich and the turkey triple decker sandwich intimidates lesser food items with layers of Virginia ham, turkey, cheddar, and bacon.
Cornucopia's Noshery, selected as Newsday's Best Pancakes in Long Island, pelts most of the food pyramid at brunch-goers. With a menu that rotates in tandem with the axis of the Earth, Cornucopia turns out inspired spins on daytime meals. Yolk-swimmers can dive into a pool of three-egg omelettes ($8), such as the Corny Big Boy, an exceptionally large lad dressed snappily in sausage, bacon, and ham. The special pancakes, topped with granola and yogurt or a choice of fruit ($7.50), have been known to sidle up to the toast ($1.50), cheesy hominy, or Irish oatmeal ($3.50 each). Get your own goat with the veggie goat sandwich, grilled veggies, herb goat cheese, mixed greens, and roasted onions living under a focaccia bread bridge ($7.50). An open, sunny eatery that blossomed from the stems of an old flower shop, Cornucopia's supports local farms, organic and fair-trade coffees and teas, and spurring endorphin release with a cascade of comestibles.
Classic American Restaurant's flame-wielders only grace their grills with freshly ground meat patties, whipping up a selection of succulent burgers and serving them on freshly baked bread. The Classic American burger (up to an $11 value) wears a chic coat of melted farmhouse cheddar, and the turkey burger (up to a $10 value) sports a frock of muenster cheese, arugula, and the condiment double-whammy of cranberry mustard. Midday munchers can lunch on a veggie burger (an $8 value) with red onions, ranch dressing, and honorary vegetable swiss cheese. Like an absconded spoon to a runaway dish, french fries are a time-honored companion to bun-swaddled meat and are included with each burger. Or, for an extra cost, indulge in the sweet-potato fries, derived from tubers crossbred with pixy sticks ($1 extra when regular fries are included with selected burger).
A tightly written but well-balanced menu of classic steak, seafood, and pasta dishes emphasize simple recipes and virtuosic preparation. Blue Lagoon's chefs craft familiar dishes—including grilled Atlantic salmon and filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes—that let guests relish the experience of upscale dining. A wine list longer than the dinner menu further heightens the meal as servers recommend bottles and glasses of sparkling whites, pinot noirs, merlots, and other sips to pair with entrees. The chefs also cater events—weddings, birthday parties, and pet-rock-adoption anniversaries—and the staff frequently hosts buffets, music, and special events at the restaurant.