From a menu featuring one-pound, build-your-own burritos to a series of colorful murals depicting the dish’s origin and ingredients, it’s clear that Bad Azz Burrito takes burritos very seriously. The eatery challenges customers to match their ardor with burrito challenges that offer spots on the shop's wall of fame for consuming 3–11 pounds of tortillas, meat, rice, and cheese. The open-minded chefs are also receptive to customers' burrito-filling suggestions, such as obscure combinations of meat or crushed candy corn.
When the titular owner of Mr. Jim's Pizza founded his first eatery in 1975, he wasn't planning to be there for long. Instead, he hoped his business profits would help him to open his own franchise of McDonald's, where he'd worked part-time to put himself through college. Soon, however, the success of his shop led to the opening of several more locations in Garland, as well as franchises across the state. Today, Mr. Jim presides over dozens of Texas pizza joints, where chefs hand-stretch freshly made dough to create their trademark D'Luxe pizzas. Loaded with fresh mozzarella, crisp veggies, and real meat toppings, these pies fill tables and takeout boxes alongside appetizers such as wings and bread sticks dipped in fresh tomato sauce.
Mike French and Todd Hoffman, inspired by the burger joints and Mexicali burritos of their native Southern California, opened OC Burgers: a sit-down eatery where diners can dive into voluminous selections of both culinary offerings. Half-pound Black Angus burgers come topped with scoops of guacamole or teriyaki pineapple, and 14-inch tortillas envelop carnitas or carne asada. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Patricia Rodriguez called the bacon cheeseburger “very good indeed … with charred edges and a juicy interior.” She also marveled at the size of the carne asada burrito, which she described as having, “strips of tender flank steak … marinated in orange juice and cilantro” with “more complex flavors than other carne asadas.” On the restaurant’s large TV, a looping video of the sunrise prompts roosters to continually announce the all-day breakfast menu, which includes breakfast burritos, omelets, and plates of pancakes or french toast.
Though Papa G's Sports Bar & Grill churns out a menu of hearty eats—from decadent cheese-stuffed burgers to spicy buffalo wings—the real draw of the joint is its fun, laid-back atmosphere. A spacious patio lined with shaded tables welcomes guests to sip on one of the daily drink specials, shoot the breeze with friends, or catch a live show. Inside, a tall, lofted ceiling overlooks multiple pool tables, dartboards, and a dance floor that, during weekly events, becomes packed with swaying customers and antsy former boy-band members looking to strut their stuff one last time.
Try east-coast eats without leaving the state and order the Jersey Shore’s Favorite; served Mike’s Way, generous slices of provolone, ham, and cappacuolo get layered with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, vinegar, and a sprinkling of oil and spices. Cold subs come in three sizes: mini ($4–$4.75), regular ($5.75–$6.75), and giant ($9.75–$10.75). Hot options ($6.25–$6.75 regular, $10.25–$10.75 giant) include various takes on the famed cheese-and-steak combination, as well as a chicken parm and meatball and cheese. On a lighter note, Jersey Mike’s also serves wraps and salads. The Watauga Jersey Mike's also serves a kids' meal consisting of a mini-sandwich, a drink, and chips or a cookie for $4.
With a name like Pickles BBQ & Icehouse, it's not really surprising to see such dishes as fried pickles and pickled slaw on the menu. But what about fruity pickles? The eatery surprises tongues with its specialty pickles in watermelon, sour-apple, grape, mixed-berry, and even mango-con-chili flavors. Guests enjoy the unique creations and savory barbecue, including oak-smoked baby back ribs and hickory-smoked brisket, bobbing their heads to live music.