Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with its internationally known original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
Since 1971, Trupiano’s Italian Restaurant has served diners a slice of Italy made of delectable pasta and superb pizza; the pizza won second place at the 2007 West Coast Pizza Championships. The dinner and lunch menus are stuffed with classic Italian pasta, chicken, fish, and veal dishes. Try the tongue-massaging vitello Milanese with breaded veal cutlet, lemon, and white wine ($16.95) or the scampi Livornese with jumbo shrimp, capers, Kalamata olives, and freshly chopped tomatoes ($18.95). Prepare for a marathon or a lazy afternoon of marathon watching with pasta dishes such as the fettucine Alfredo ($12.50), ravioli di carne ($12.95), and spaghetti vecchio mondo with eggplant, mushrooms, basil, and tomato sauce ($12.75).
Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years, Chick-fil-A sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, dill-pickle chips pickled from the freshest of cucumbers, and an optional golden wheat bun that is both golden and made of wheat ($3.35 including tax). Like gambling on horse racing, the original chicken sandwich is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.
Super Juice Smoothies pairs 100%, all-natural smoothies with piping-hot panini sandwiches. Marvel at the superhero moxie of the menu, where blends of soymilk, yogurts, and organic fruit assume a distinctive muscular moniker. Thor bolsters bodies with a mixture of berries, bananas, nonfat yogurt, creatine, and a winged helmet made entirely of condensed soymilk ($4.25+). Invisible Woman slims visual vantage points of waistlines through a mix of mangos, bananas, nonfat yogurt, and soymilk ($3.95+). Add-ins, such as ginseng and vitamin C, promote workout recoveries, treat colds, and energize bodies for upcoming battery-commercial casting calls (first one free, $0.50 each additional). With several drinks fewer than 200 calories, bellies may crave additional made-to-order attention of superhero-savvy paninis. Sandwiches include the Cyclops, which keeps hunger in plain sight through smears of light tuna salad served with cheese, pickles, and an x-ray monocle ($5.99).
Mad Maui BBQ Fusion patrols the streets of Oceanside in its mobile food truck, rolling over hunger by slinging a slew of barbecue creations. The Mad Maui burger combines a sweet-chili-marinated beef patty with tropical fruit salsa, grilled onions, sesame seeds, blue cheese, and red cabbage, perfect for backyard games of edible Frisbee ($8). Diners can snack on two salsa-coated pulled-pork tacos ($5) or munch on Volcano nachos ($7), made with chipotle cheese and kalua pork. The cooks also dispense orders of sweet-potato fries or pineapple poppers to bolster meals and match behemoth appetites ($2.50 each).
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