In 1975, Rosina Gallardo, a native of Zacatecas, Mexico, opened her first Amapola Rico Taco. Initially a drive-in, the eatery has since transformed into five restaurants with indoor seating and drive-thru windows. Rosina's dedication to popular and lesser-known Mexican flavors, however, remains unchanged. She fills burritos and soft-shell tacos with not only classic meats such as steak and pork, but also with goat, carne asada, and chicharr?n. Other Mexican staples such as cheese enchiladas and breakfast platters of huevos rancheros round out the menu.
Bo Bo's Pizzeria doesn't see any reason to mess with timeless classics. Instead, the cooks fully embrace the rustic charm of familiar and satisfying Italian-American staples. Pizzas emerge from the oven laden with any number of the 16 available toppings, including everything from salami and jalapeños to sausage and bell peppers. Toasted sub sandwiches brim with chicken parmesan or savory meatballs, and each of the pasta entrees arrives with a hearty slice of garlic bread.
As its name implies, Chow Pho Noodle & Grill's flagship dish is pho—a savory, full-flavored soup made of rice noodles, fresh veggies and basil, and morsels of tender chicken, rib eye, and beef brisket. In addition to this treasured Southeast Asian dish, Chow Pho Noodle & Grill serves up bubbling hot pots full of glass noodles, tofu, and eggplant; stir-fried baby bok choy smothered in garlic sauce; and appetizers of crispy spring rolls and zesty fried chicken wings.
All-American staples abound at Gus Jr. The chain of restaurants specializes in classic burgers, prepared quickly for meals on the go or numerous attempts at speed-eating records. The kitchen also branches into Mexican territory with taquitos, preps omelets for breakfast, and decorates piles of fries with chili and cheese.
Wake snoozing taste buds with a hearty starter such as mozzarella suprema breadsticks adorned with natural cheese and herbs ($3.95 side; $5.95 large) before moving onto a signature fire-roasted pie. An authentic terra-cotta oven blasts RedBrick's prided circles with more than 1,000 degrees of heat, alchemically transforming their base dough into crispy gold in less than three minutes. Enjoy stationary drive-in dining with a bacon-cheeseburger pizza topped with ground beef and three kinds of cheese ($17.95 for a 14"), or graze on the veggie gourmet works, which comes loaded with a Peter Piper's worth of fresh vegetables including bell peppers, artichokes, and mushrooms, swaddled in your choice of a vegetarian red or white sauce ($17.95 for a 14"). Create-your-own pies are also available, providing palate-pleasing fill-in-the-blanks for the munching mad-libbest. Yowling sweet teeth can be silenced with a dessert of gourmet gelato or a surprise dinner visit from the dentist's wife, the librarian.