An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
The warm oranges and reds splashed across the walls at Kababish only hint at the chef's profound fascination with Indian spices. More direct evidence comes with every dish, from the chicken curry to the paneer tikka masala. Though there's no shortage of options to choose from at dinner, lunchtime finds all the classic dishes lined up for guests to take as much as their plates and top hats can hold.
White walls and a red-topped bar—this minimalist decor distinguishes Boga Taqueria's interior, but the restaurant's cuisine is anything but simple. The staff serves tapas South American–style, which means they’re shared. The kitchen staff may pack these plates with grilled pizza topped in panela cheese or the signature Boga ceviche: fish that chefs cook in citrus and serve alongside crispy chips. Solo dishes are also available—slow-cooked pork and tacos are stuffed like envelopes with everything from fish and steak to marinated credit card offers. Bartenders pour wine and other beverages to complement these South American meals.
Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine’s chefs unite India’s diverse regional cuisines on a single menu—a task nearly as difficult as eating a bowl of chicken curry without a glass of water at the ready. Their menu doubles as a culinary map of South Asia, focusing on Southern Indian delicacies but also encompassing a variety of Indo-Chinese fusion dishes. As if to demonstrate the scope of their knowledge, the chefs fill their lunch buffet with up to 20 unique dishes every day.
On the "specialty pizza" section of the menu at Johnny's Pizza you'll find hawaiian pies topped with canadian bacon and pineapple and italian specials with sausage and green peppers. But the restaurant's trademark pizzas were inspired by another region: New York. Thin-crust-style pies like those in the Big Apple come sprinkled with bacon, feta, sliced meatballs, breaded chicken, and dozens of other familiar and novel toppings.
Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Angus beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market. This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded to 160 restaurants in five years, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.