For over 20 years, Austin’s Sanger menu has inspired mouths to stop talking about their screenplay and dive into a hearty waffle breakfast with bacon or sausage and an egg ($6.65), Austin’s classic half-pound burger ($7.45), or an ultra-tender pot-roast platter smothered in gravy and roasted iron cauldrons and served with carrots, onions, and mashed potatoes ($10.45). Hopelessly lost University of Texas students, meanwhile, can find solace in Austin’s Downtown Grill and Sports Bar's menu, starting with the black-bean chili cheese fries ($6.99) or the bacon-, cheese-, and spinach-stuffed mushroom caps ($7.99). After appetizers, carnivorous customers can try out a slow-roasted half chicken ($12.99) or a 12-ounce coffee-rubbed rib-eye steak ($17.99) while seated on a large coffee beanbag chair. In Sanger, slake a terrible thirst with domestic and imported beers along with wines from the local Fresno State, Gibson, and Cedar View wineries. The downtown pub, on the other tentacle, boasts 17 beers on tap and in gilded spittoons scattered throughout the spacious interior.
Camino Real Restaurant treats its patrons to traditional Mexican meals of chicken stew, grilled pork chops, and tortas, as well as fresh seafood in the form of fish fillets, spicy shrimp cocktails, and garlic-smothered lobster. Diners feast on Dungeness-crab rellena, fried perch, and breaded milanesa sandwiches in the large, sun-filled main dining area, or hold private banquets with up to 30 guests in the separate party room. Like an apple pie smothered in chile verde sauce, the bill of fare brings Mexican and American cuisine together, with patty melts, fries, and grilled cheese sandwiches served alongside plates of huevos rancheros and bowls of menudo.
In 1985, a little drive-in burger joint called Rally's was born in Louisville, Kentucky. A year later, a similar drive-in burger joint called Checkers opened in Mobile, Alabama. After nearly a decade of competition between the more than 200 Rally's and Checkers franchises, the two merged in 1999. There are now more than 800 Rally's and Checkers double-drive-thru burger spots across the country.
At each location, patrons cruise through the drive-thru lanes or head to the walk-up window to request made-to-order burgers, creamy milkshakes, and, of course, Checkers and Rally's well-seasoned fries. In 2012, Checkers and Rally's CEO said that they sell more than 300,000 fry orders per day, which doesn't even include the 100,000 sent to Paul Bunyan's house.
Slice into the menu with a cool, cold sandwich ($3.39–$13.79) such as the veggie sub, with your choice of three cheeses and avocado, the salami-turkey-provolone, or the ham-salami-capicolla-pepperoni-provolone. Load a gastronomic cargo carrier with a medium fountain drink ($1.39) or chips ($1), or turn on the mouth heat with a stomach-warming griller, such as the 12-inch New York steak ’n’ cheese on ciabatta ($4.99–$7.99) or the 8-inch barbecue pork ($4.99–$7.99). Any sandwich can also be made into a wrap ($4.99–$6.29).
Owner Rosalinda Tovar has been delighting Fresno-area eaters with authentic, award-winning Mexican cuisine since opening the first Rosa Linda's in Selma in 1997. Whipping up each delectable dish from scratch, Rosa Linda prides itself on fresh-to-order flavor. On weekends, patrons can partake of the accolade-earning menudo, or hominy and tripe soup ($6.25 for small bowl). Many a blushing taste bud has fallen prey to the tamales, a seductive selection of pork, chicken, or beef wrapped within a tailored waistcoat of fresh corn masa and an elegant corn-husk dinner jacket ($10.95 for plate of two). The popular Selma special features two crispy tacos stuffed with generous portions of grilled steak, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and guacamole ($10.95), and the fajitas deluxe showcases a sizzling triumvirate of beef, chicken, and shrimp with mixed veggies, guacamole, and sour cream ($14.95). For chronic coin-flippers, the list of combination plates stumps the stodgiest statisticians with its overwhelming set of flavor coefficients (up to $10.95). All entrees come with rice and beans.
The food aficionados at Reedley Sandwich Shop swaddle their best meats, veggies, and condiments with chewy, golden bread, then accompany the yeast-framed eats with warm soups and crisp salads. To activate creative juices without ingesting powdered tempera, patrons can build their own sandwiches, designing handheld hunger-busters using bold ingredients such as roast beef, salami, provolone, and pepper jack (4.25/half, $5.50/small, $7/large). For a bun-based snack loaded with protein, gobble up a chili dog ($4.50), or for a clam-based dessert loaded with chowder, savor spicy slurps from a sourdough bread bowl ($8.50). Sweeter meal finales include milkshakes and root-beer floats ($4.50).