At "The Taste of West Orange" Best Fest in 2013, That One Spot won "Best Food." Not "Best Burger," "Best Fries," or "Best Use of Feta On a Monday Night." Simply "Best Food." As one can see, the gourmet burger joint has a penchant for leaving fans at a loss for words. Even the typically verbose comfort food blog Burger Beast summed up their review with a single syllable: "Wow."
The mass praise is the result of That One Spot's imaginative burger recipes. The chalk board menu is erasable for a reason: the chefs refuse to hold their imaginations back. Beef patties, which are forged from a blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib, are often paired with surprise toppings such as roast beef, coconut curry, banana cream sauce, and even Spam. Plenty of traditional burgers are always on hand though, with add-ons that include everything from pecan smoked bacon to corn-encrusted mac and cheese.
The Original Cheesesteak House serves authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks and hearty sides in a casual, colorful atmosphere. Sandwich searchers can choose from a menu of cheesesteaks and chicken steaks, served with or without onions and a choice of american, provolone, or whiz cheese. Stick with the original cheese or chicken steak ($7.25 each), or venture into uncharted carnivorous lands with a marinara-laden original pizza steak ($7.50) or a chicken and broccoli cheesesteak ($7.50). Customers can custom-adorn all sammies with a dozen different toppings and finish off feasts with a basket of fries and an icy fountain drink.
Axum Coffee's philanthropic owners donate 100% of the profits from their flavorful drinks and toothsome fare to local and national charities. Friendly baristas employ four brewing methods to squeeze the magical essence from each organic fair-trade bean, including the shareable french press ($4 for 32 oz.), the pour-over method, and drip. Espresso classics such as steamed, foamy cappuccinos ($2.50+) rub elbows with specialties including the Cinnabee, which combines honey, cinnamon syrup, and milk ($3.45+ for hot or iced, $3.95 for blended). Guests can bite past ciabatta borders with assorted breakfast and lunch paninis ($3.75–$6.75) such as the Granny, stuffed with turkey, apples, and stories of how the buffalo nickel was invented.
Slinging heaps of hash browns and flipping piles of pancakes are IHOP's signature moves at its more than 1,400 locations throughout America, which serve a slew of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Thou shalt give in to the Bacon Temptation omelette ($9.29), a fluffy pancake batter shell commanding delicious compliance of its faction of bacon, cheese, and diced tomatoes. The recently reinstated All-You-Can-Eat-Pancakes (starting at $4.99; limited time only), accompanying a choice of combos such as the Pick-A-Pancake Combo ($8.29), stocks patrons stomach shelves with a never-ending supply of syrupy dough Frisbees. Evanesce into the pot roast melt ($8.29), a tender beef roast with caramelized onions swimming in beef and mushroom gravy and nostalgia. Waistline-watchers can select from a bevy of Simple & Fit options under 600 calories, including the veggie omelette ($8.59), the Simply Chicken sandwich ($7.99), or the house salad ($3.99).