Small sombreros dot the menu at Las Piramides, differentiating the kitchen’s special creations from more traditional Mexican plates. For a slightly updated chimichanga, chefs pack succulent lobster into a tortilla before frying the bundle and smothering it with a housemade cream sauce. They also stuff un-fried burritos with interesting ingredients that go beyond chicken and beans, such as juicy philly cheesesteak fillings. Tacos, enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, and vegetarian combos cater to more classical tastes.
Las Piramides’ environment is just as colorful as its menu, with richly pigmented murals painted over dandelion-yellow walls. Cushy red booths cradle diners as they eat, as well as keep it a secret whenever there’s an accidental salsa spill.
Hot sauce isn't normally served with belgian waffles, but it is when the waffles are served with chicken. That's the case at Cafe 125, The Coffee House & Waffles, where the specialty is chicken and waffles. If the combination of sweet-and-spicy flavors forms a wedge among your taste buds, Cafe 125 also serves cappuccinos, lattes, and other coffee drinks to accompany its housemade soups and desserts.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
At The Butter Cafe, every dish that chefs create maintains their commitment to sustainable cooking and eating, from the fluffy, golden pancakes topped with organic sweet-cream butter to the omelets made with locally sourced, free-range eggs. This dedication to sustainability extends to ensure respect for animals and workers. Along with their all-day breakfast, which includes gluten-free and vegan options, lunch and dinner caters to meat lovers and vegans alike with hearty meatloaf served along with vegan hot dogs and spaghetti.
With more than 20 frozen-yogurt flavors, upward of 50 toppings, and the freedom to combine them in any combination, the variety of treats that Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt's customers can devise is virtually infinite. Customers grab a cup and head to the treat dispensers for yogurt, all of which carry the live-culture seal. Though the flavors may change frequently, the shop always offers nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added options to let health-minded customers indulge without guilt and to let frat boys save room on rowdy frozen-yogurt crawls. Once flavors are selected, visitors sidle up to the toppings bar to customize their treat with strawberries, Oreos, or morsels of mochi.
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Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.