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.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
The folks at Farmer Boys Food believe that "great food comes from local farms and hard work." Firmly rooted in the belief that everyone should know exactly where the food on their table came from, they source ingredients straight from the farm to craft big beefy burgers or hand-battered fish and chips. Chefs prepare hearty breakfast burritos lined with housemade salsa, and scoop fresh strawberries into hand-spun milkshakes to make the berries dizzy so they taste better.
My Buddies Pizza celebrates 20 years of dishing up the hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, and sandwiches on its extensive menu, served in a family eatery furnished with blinking arcade games. Pepper the cheesy base of an extra-large pie with two toppings, choosing from a veritable cornucopia of fresh ingredients, including chorizo, candied pecans, and refried beans. Iceberg verdures shroud fresh bushels of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and pepperoncinis within large salads, and diners irrigate arid palates with frosty chalices of Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Sprite. Afterward, patrons can admire the eatery’s wall-mounted TVs or take their 20 tokens to the spacious game room in pursuit of My Buddies’ prizes and 8-bit contenders.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with welcoming touches such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staff roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and roll out lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include Oreo bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.