Perry and Sophia Potiris opened the Original Perry's in 1968 at the local Arco station. The eatery, then known as Trukadero, was the first of Arco's coast-to-coast chain of truck-stop diners. When lines began to form for their fluffy omelets, fried chicken, and gravy-smothered meatloaf, Perry and Sophia opened Mr. Perry's in 1973. They placed it just across the way, preferring to compete with themselves than a brood of pancake-flipping octopuses. While both eateries have similar menus, Mr. Perry's has a more upscale edge. When Perry and Sophia decided to retire from the restaurant world, they turned over the reins to a longtime employee who began his own career with them as a busboy at age 16.
The cooks at Eggie's Restaurant have become known over the decades for the downhome diner fare they serve up daily for breakfast and lunch. Since 1977, the crew's been slinging hearty four-egg omelets stuffed with fillings such as avocado, chicken apple sausage, or chili con carne, and flipping signature buttermilk pancakes. As lunchtime patrons filter in to sit at the restaurant-long counter, the cooks swap out sausage patties for burgers on the grill, or build club sandwiches and leafy salads. Diners can grab their meals to go, or cozy up to one of the plush booths that line the enormous windows.
Though the pictures that hang on Yo-Go Yogurt's walls depict a few of the fruits customers can sprinkle atop their desserts, a far larger space would be required to encompass all of the available treats. More than 80 toppings await in neat bins, including fresh berries, cereals, sauces, and sour candies. These tempting morsels complement a rotating selection of creamy frozen yogurt, with flavors ranging from key lime pie to strawberry banana. Hot cocoa or snow ice both provide a flavorful alternative, and floats, tea, and smoothies satisfy those who prefer straws to spoons or their bare hands.
Inside Espanol Italian Restaurant, wood-paneled walls, floral curtains, and checkered tablecloths transport guests to a homey Italian kitchen. Friendly servers dote upon guests who tuck into heaping portions of tender pork chops or pastas such as ravioli and fettuccini alfredo. Once meals end, servers deliver cannoli and other traditional desserts, and whisk away plates to be licked clean by hungry dishtowels in the kitchen.
Una Mas Mexican Grill entices customers with high-quality, traditional Mexican cooking delivered with a modern flair and appetizing attitude. Incline your eyes to the menu and try a small bowl of tortilla soup with marinated chicken, avocado, cheese, and broth-soaked tortilla shreddings ($2.79 for a small). Margarita salad tantalizes teeth with fresh Romaine lettuce, jicama, cabbage in reds and greens, carrots, radishes, pinto beans, and mexican cheese, all flicked by the flavory fingers of salsa fresca and lime vinaigrette ($6.29). Volunteer your mouth for the task of dismantling a foghead burrito, which wraps chicken in a chili-tomato tortilla and accessorizes with cheese, guacamole, rice, black beans, sour cream, roasted pasilla, corn salsa, and barbecue sauce ($6.59).