Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper sandwich—consists of flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and Hershey pie keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
For more than 40 years, Rich & Charlie’s menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and classic Italian pasta, seafood, and chicken has fostered higher states of romantic consciousness and the ability to communicate with meatballs. Bid hunger adieu with a baker’s dozen of toasted ravioli pieces ($9.99) or cheese garlic bread ($4.29), then scarf a serving of Rich & Charlie’s famous salad with pimentos, red onions, artichoke hearts, and a generous dose of secret salad dressing ($4.39). Lunch specials include eggplant parmigiano drenched with meat sauce and molten Italian cheese ($7.99). During dinner, weigh the spheres on a classic Italian meatball sandwich ($7.59), or calculate the exact circumference of a deluxe pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and a slew of health-restoring vegetables ($13.49/small, $15.69/large). After rescuing a plate of fettuccine alfredo ($10.99) from a cheesy mortality, sample the rich ice-creaminess of peanut-butter friazo ($4.49), topped with chocolate sauce, peanut mousse, Reese’s peanut-butter cups, and a signed page from George Washington Carver’s recipe book.
Hunan Garden's menu fills plates with regional Hunan and Szechuan cuisine, all crafted with fresh ingredients, traditional cooking techniques, and a complete lack of MSG. Convivial relatives can dine in suitable style with the Three Happy Family, featuring delicious shrimp, chicken, crab sticks, and veggies ($10.40). General Tso leads a drill team of honeyed, deep-fried chicken chunks ($9.15) in a capture-the-flag tournament held on diners' taste buds. Stellar Chinese standards, such as noodle-loaded lo mein ($5.05–$7.95 for large) and savory fried rice ($2.75–$5.95), offer a choice of choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp, ensuring that mealtime combos go unbroken.
Since its August 2010 debut, Caitlin's friendly staff and upscale pub fare have vaulted it onto the pages of Sauce Magazine and into the bellies of countless gracious guests. The pub's most storied edibles, the stuffed burgers, turn heads and whet appetites by boasting 12 ounces of beef packed with anything from bacon and feta to southwest-guacamole, tomato, and pepper jack cheese ($12). Aged steaks—including a 10-ounce New York strip ($14) and a 20-ounce rib eye ($24)—are made to order and arrive tableside with pairings such as tater tots, smashed potatoes, or slaw. For other palm-pleasing fare, snag an order of beef-wellington bites dressed with veal and scallion demi-glace ($9), or bypass the fangs by slurping a farmhouse cheddar-ale soup ($5 a bowl).
The chefs at Pizza World, a franchise stretching from Missouri to Pennsylvania, top freshly made dough disks with artful combinations of tame and exotic toppings. Specialty pizzas bear monikers such as Ole Mexicana or California Spin-Dip and come decorated with refried beans, sombreros made of jalapeños, alfredo sauce, or artichoke hearts. Pie sizes range from 8 inches in diameter to the grandiose 24-inch Big World pizza, which covers 452 square inches of mouthspace. Cooks also pull calzones and baked subs out of the hot ovens and toss crisp salads with ingredients that include italian meats, feta cheese, and hard-boiled egg. Located in Maplewood's Deer Creek Center, this casual strip mall eatery boasts indoor tables as well as some outdoor seating for alfresco noshing.
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