In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
Red wine bottles stand at ease against deep orange walls and the weathered wood of the bar. Under hanging lights that resemble downturned tulips, staff carry out stuffed pitas and burgers made with feta, pineapple, and even chili. In the morning, the kitchen rolls out sausages and Taylor ham beside omelets and warm pancakes. While chewing through a hoagie, guests can catch football games on the eatery's flat-screen TVs or start their own full-contact football game on the expansive outdoor patio.
Dream Dinners’s registered dietitian and family-physician duo provides cuisine crafters with the ingredients and directions necessary to assemble healthy, palate-pleasing meals during fun on-location sessions.
All chopping, sorting, and recipe-dreaming is done in advance by Dream Dinners’s crew, with family cooks choosing from an ever-rotating menu of gourmet concoctions such as herb-dijon chicken breasts with garlic bread and cheese-lover's manicotti.
After assembling the ingredients at a Dream Dinners location in a music-filled, party-like atmosphere, customers cart their bounty home, armed with easy-to-follow cooking instructions for piecing together the edible jigsaw puzzle without worrying about sharpening knives, cleaning stovetops, or converting grams into degrees Celsius. For those with smaller watches and consequently less time, the Fast Lane menu offers dinners that need only to be cooked or baked.
Omega Coney Island of North Carolina transplants traditional Detroit-style hot dogs and deli fare to their southern location and serves the Americana for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chefs crack eggs and whip them into protein-rich omelets, breakfast platters, and sandwiches, decorating the yellow, yolk-laden canvas with gentle brush strokes of sausage links and arabesque bacon strips. Detroit-style Coney Island dogs arrive at tables dressed with multifarious fixings, such as chili, ground beef, onions, and mustard, and burgers made from 1/3-pound Angus-beef patties create an edible measuring device for converting dollars into British currency. Rich reubens and patty melts also vie for table space, and cake and pie change their appearance and sports team affiliations each day.
In it's own words, Cafe Bliss strives to serve as an extension of it's clients' own home kitchen. That homey quality is readily apparent the moment patrons step inside. In the lobby, they're greeted with built-in bookshelves studded with quaint potted plants, china, and other knick-knacks, not to mention a glass pie case filled with decadent desserts like baklava and carrot cake. The feel-good vibe permeates the menu as well, which features comfort foods ranging from Belgian waffles and create-your-own omelets to quiche, creamy alfredo penne, and house-made tuna salad, which chefs happily stuff into croissants or diners' outstretched palms. A dedicated gluten-free menu provides nearly a dozen options from chicken kabobs to quinoa pasta, and an espresso bar features a long list of classic coffeehouse favorites including sea salt caramel mochas and hot chocolates with raspberry drizzle.