The first IHOP?the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin?opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001. Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Ruby Tuesday is in the business of quality—its recipes call for 100% USDA Choice beef, seasonal vegetables, and premium cheeses. The staff handcraft and cook burgers, slathering the patties in aged New York cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, and barbecue sauce. They heap mountains of fresh greens atop the famed Garden Bar, where customers can construct their own salad. The bar is kept stocked with beers and liquors, as well. A resident mixologist whips up signature cocktails such as the Ruby Relaxer, a tension-banishing blend of vodka, rum, and peach schnapps topped with pineapple and cranberry juices.
El Puerto Mexican Restaurant's website entices customers in the most straightforward way possible?by listing every item available on the menu. It's an extensive collection. Cooks kick off the morning with huevos con chorizo before moving into lunchtime specials, such as spinach-and-mushroom enchiladas. Dinner involves heartier dishes, including tamales topped with chili con carne and El Pollo Loco, a baked chicken sleeping on a bed of rice beneath a layer of queso sauce. Diners can also enhance their meals with ? la carte options, such as fish tacos and flautas.