The cooks at Sammy’s reinvent American diner classics by piling 1/3-pound beef patties with unusual ingredients and blending numerous varieties of pie into gourmet milk shakes. Burger behemoths include Ben's Big Belly Burger, with a meaty base that hides beneath swiss cheese, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, guacamole, teriyaki sauce, and mayonnaise. Other treats include the Hey Nikki You're So Fine grilled-chicken sandwich and the Something About Mary, a black-bean patty caught in a farcical love hexagon of sautéed onions, pepper jack, pico de gallo, avocado, lettuce, and tomato.
In addition to concocting signature pie shakes in flavors such as mint Oreo and four different types of cheesecake, the team at Sammy's blends smoothies, regular shakes and malts, and cupcake shakes in flavors such as spiced carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting. Alongside the reformed diner fare, Sammy's regularly serves up live music events and a hip, relaxed atmosphere.
"Once upon a time a bearded man had a dream, a dream to make the best chicken wings on the planet," begins the Wing Nutz story. That man spent years experimenting with sauces and techniques, and many would agree that he achieved that dream with his wings?which are crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and coated in sauces such as apricot teriyaki and southern honey barbecue.
At various Wing Nutz franchises, chefs follow his same wing recipe, using cage- and hormone-free meat that is never frozen, and then baking, never frying, the wings. They also whip up fall-off-the-bone hog wings (better known as pork ribs, eaten wing-style) and lighter options, such as smoked salmon wraps and salads. The restaurant's own line of brews, Nut Job Beers, stands ready cool mouths set aflame by one of the spicier sauces.
Since 1975, cooks at this family-owned, Western-themed eatery have been slinging homestyle comfort fare crafted from scratch. House favorites, such as meatloaf fashioned from freshly ground sirloin or pot roast accessorized with pan gravy, share plate real estate with Western-style specialties, including chili with cowboy beans and Mexican entrees. Bakers forge warm rolls and corn bread to pair with dinners, and also roll out flaky pie crusts to fill with meats, gravy, and potatoes. The kitchen prides itself on its house-made ingredients, taking the time to blend salad dressings, barbecue sauce, and cocktail sauce from secret recipes. Cowboy Grub hosts live cowboy music on select evenings, as well as a children's playroom loaded with free rides, games, and the rascally spirit of Billy the Kid.
Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.
After selling his Brazilian import store, Brazilian-born J.R. Lopez opened Braza Grill, a rodizio-style steak house reminiscent of the barbecue restaurants in his home country. Servers tote skewers loaded with pork sausage, garlic-infused tenderloin, and other meats from table to table, offering unlimited portions and variety to hungry diners. An open fire pit cooks the bacon-wrapped chicken and pork loins along with pineapples for a sweet sidekick. Patrons can stretch their legs and nonchalantly loosen their belts during trips to the hot and cold buffet stocked with pastas, salads, and a brazilian black-bean stew called feijoada, according to CityWeekly.
Walking into Juicy Berry, customers might be struck by one particular design element?hundreds of bare bulbs hang from the ceiling, effectively turning the restaurant into one large minimalist chandelier. In the bulbs' ethereal purple glow, visitors pick from a rotating selection of yogurt flavors, from wild berry to white-chocolate mousse. Each yogurt dollop comes with a choice of toppings, such as cookie crumbles and kiwi chunks, which complete the personalized sundae.