A colorful sign juts from Manny’s El Loco, proudly proclaiming “World Famous Burritos Since 1971.” Inside, chefs busily pack the eatery’s claim to fame with carnitas, carne asada, and chicken, or up the ante with rib-eye steak or chorizo. Forks and knives find a place at Manny’s as well, thanks to taco salads tossed with meat and avocado and enchilada platters paired with authentic rice and beans. The kitchen crew incorporates hamburgers and french fries into its primarily Mexican menu, and helps customers tackle the morning or their nemesis with eggs prepared any style, which they can take to go or enjoy on the outdoor patio.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
There’s no knotty problem in life that can’t be easily untangled by cathartically twisting strips of fluffy dough. At least, that's what Anne and Jonas Beiler discovered when they offered free counseling services for struggling couples and families using funds earned at their fledgling pretzel stand. Although they didn't initially expect customers to fall in love with their labyrinthine treats, Auntie Anne's pretzels quickly caught on, expanding to more than 1,150 locations in 22 countries.
Auntie Anne’s caters to a variety of dietary needs with a select number of pretzel products. Its baking mix doesn't contain any animal or dairy ingredients and can be ordered without butter. However, Auntie Anne's advises people with nut or gluten allergies to abstain from consuming its products or catapulting them into a neighbor’s pool.
A pot boils at the center of each table at Ten Shabu, where customers can consume traditional shabu-shabu, or hot-pot, meals. Thin slices of dry-aged rib eye, lamb, and pork disappear into a steaming vat of Japanese fish broth, tom yum, or one of nine other broth choices. Pescetarians can dig into a seafood combo of shrimp, mussels, and sea scallops, whereas vegetarians can order a tofu spread with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, and napa cabbage. The heat spectrum ranges from zero to extra-spicy, and all meals include white or brown rice, fresh vegetables, and udon noodles that eliminate hunger and replace broken shoestrings.
Fried spuds are the primary focus at Potato Corner, where customers can pair their favorite potato product with various flavors and dipping sauces. Choose from original fries, spiraling loopy fries, puffy tater tots, or crispy potato chips before adorning fried tubers in one of four flavors: barbecue, cheddar, chili barbecue, or sour cream and onion. You can also make a meal of it by adding chicken tenders, opting for a chili cheese baked potato, or eating fries off of fancy china you brought from home.