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.
Drive Thru Philly curbs hearty appetites with mammoth philly steak or chicken sandwiches constructed on soft hoagie buns. Patrons can moonwalk up to the counter or motor through the convenient drive-thru to adorn a beefy behemoth with a choice of accouterments. Cheese-slice aficionados opt for provolone, while old-school, Philadelphia-trained palates prefer their cheese sauce, like their child prodigies, in "whiz" form. Five choices of toppings, such as grilled onions or mushrooms, complement meaty bites, and jalapeño relish adds fuel to mouth fires. Famished individuals or two hungry diners and their doppelgängers can also bedeck four sandwiches with various condiments, including mayonnaise, ketchup, and fry sauce.
Proudly bearing the name of the NFL's winningest coach in history, Shula's 347 Grill takes as much pride in its steaks as Don Shula took in being a legendary leader. Inside, dark wood reaches from corner to corner, creating a rich atmosphere awash in the aroma of cooked-to-order cuts. Settled in a booth or at the long bar, browse the menu to discover classic steak-house cuisine with flair, such as parmesan-dusted polenta fries, blackened sea scallops, and 8-ounce filet mignons cooked entirely by fireworks.
A philosophy of accountability and education guides master mechanic Luis Delgado, who pours 30 years of vehicle tending know-how into running B3nji's Auto Repair. A full range of motor services performed with a deft team alongside polite computers keeps vehicles running safely, efficiently, and in accordance with state regulations. The squad guarantees all handiwork with a one-year warranty on parts and labor, and a complimentary towing service fetches any car from a wayward roadside or bubble pit. In addition to translating each auto's maladies into conversational English or Spanish, the mechanics gladly give clients tours of their car's undercarriage to help them grasp how different parts interact when under duress.
Hogi Yogi and Teriyaki Stix band together to level a.m. and p.m. cravings with speedily served meals. Breakfast sandwiches and omelets come piled with egg, cheese, and morning-time meats such as bacon, ham, and sausage, and breakfast burritos envelop chosen mélanges in the protective embrace of paternalistic tortillas. A side of french toast awakens mouths, and two sausage links complete the final wall of a Lincoln Log cabin. Teriyaki Stix's bowls of Asian flavor come steaming over rice, such as the hot-and-spicy chicken bowl, which is marinated to tongue-singeing perfection. Breaded orange chicken is tossed in zesty signature orange sauce, and the curry bowl's potatoes, carrots, and onions form a stew around teriyaki chicken spiced with savory seasonings. A pair of spring rolls tucks into tummies' remaining corners, leaving guests more satisfied than tabby cats in laundry hampers filled with yarn.