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    Bull & Finch Pub

    Bull & Finch Pub

    Cheers Beacon Hill, formerly the Bull & Finch Pub, is a bar/restaurant located on Beacon Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, across from the Boston Public Garden. Founded in 1969 as the Bull & Finch Pub, the bar is known internationally as the exterior of the bar seen in the NBC television sitcom Cheers which ran from 1982 to 1993. The show used the Bull & Finch exterior for the series' establishing shots of the namesake bar Cheers. No interior shots were used, and the interior does not resemble that of the Cheers bar. On May 20, 1993, the night of Cheers series finale, there was a large party held outside of the bar to commemorate the event. Many people gathered outside the bar, and watched the finale on two large TV screens specially set up for the event. The cast of Cheers watched the finale inside the bar. On the episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that aired after the finale took place live at the party outside the bar, with many celebrities including sportscaster Bob Costas in the bar, Jay Leno walked into the bar and interviewed them. Later, Leno played many games with the Cheers cast inside the bar, and at the end of the show, the Cheers
    8.33
    6 votes
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    Castle Hotel, Taunton

    Castle Hotel, Taunton

    The Castle Hotel at Taunton is a hotel and restaurant located in the centre of Taunton, Somerset, England. The business is located in a Grade II listed 18th century reconstruction of the former 12th century Norman fortress, Taunton Castle. In 1685 the Duke of Monmouth used Taunton Castle as a base before his troop's defeat by King James II at Sedgemoor. Judge Jeffreys then held his Bloody Assizes in the Great Hall of the Castle. The main building today, which was at one time known as Clarke's Hotel, was built in the late 18th century, and is Grade II listed. The building was then added in the 20th century, with a top floor addition. The building incorporates Castle Bow a Grade I listed building which originally formed the east gate to the Castle precincts. It still has 13th century chamfered arches, and corner buttresses with setoffs. The Chapman family have been running the hotel for 60 years. Catering is available in the restaurant and the BRAZZ brasserie. Head Chefs have included Christopher Oakes, Gary Rhodes, Phil Vickery. and Richard Guest. While Christopher Oakes was head chef the restaurant gained a Michelin star, but this was lost in 2008. The current head chef is Jamie
    8.00
    6 votes
    3
    Café Cartel

    Café Cartel

    The Café Cartel is a restaurant-chain based in Singapore serving American cuisine, particularly from the New York region. The Cafe Cartel restaurants serve sandwiches, pastas, pizza, snacks, pastries, coffee, ice-cream and hearty mains (e.g. seafood, beef, chicken, pork). The restaurants provide complimentary servings of fresh home-made bread at an additional cost. It currently operates eight restaurants across the island, i.e. Bishan (Junction 8), Tampines (Tampines Mall), Bukit Panjang (Bukit Panjang Plaza), East Coast Road (Springvale), Orchard Road (Plaza Singapura), Marina Square and Jurong East (IMM Building), Serangoon (Nex Mall). There are also three outlets in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    7.00
    7 votes
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    Ben & Jerry's

    Ben & Jerry's

    • Cuisine: American
    Ben & Jerry's is an American ice cream company, a division of the British-Dutch Unilever conglomerate, that manufactures ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream novelty products. These are manufactured by Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, United States, with the main factory in Waterbury, Vermont. It is best known as a premium ice cream brand, founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont. In 1977 lifelong friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completed a correspondence course on ice cream making from Pennsylvania State University's Creamery. Cohen has ageusia and so relied on "mouth feel". This led to the company's trademark chunks being mixed in with their ice cream. On May 5, 1978, with a $12,000 investment the pair opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in downtown Burlington, Vermont. After two months they closed down after realizing they weren't making any profits. In 1979, they marked their anniversary by holding the first-ever free cone day, now an international annual celebration. Ben and Jerry met in 7th grade gym class. In 1980, Ben and Jerry rented space in an old spool and bobbin mill on South Champlain Street
    7.83
    6 votes
    5
    Dome

    Dome

    Dome Coffee is a franchise chain of European-style café restaurants based in Perth, Australia. It was founded by Patria Jaffries and Phil May in 1990. It is a dominant chain in Western Australia, as well as operating in Dubai, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and at the Malé International Airport in the Maldives. The initial outlet was established in Napoleon St, Cottesloe in 1993. There are now over 100 Dôme cafés in seven countries. The corporate headquarters are in Maylands, Western Australia. The current CEO is Nigel Oakey.
    7.83
    6 votes
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    Ivar's

    Ivar's

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    Ivar's is a seafood restaurant chain based in Seattle, Washington, United States, with operations in the Puget Sound region and in Spokane, Washington. Ivar's was founded in 1938 by Seattle folk singer Ivar Haglund. Having built Seattle's first aquarium on what is now Pier 54, he decided to add a companion fish and chips bar to feed his visitors. The bar was short-lived, however. On July 22, 1946, Haglund opened a new restaurant, Ivar's Acres of Clams, at the same location. The aquarium closed ten years later, but the restaurant remains. Ivar's has two other full-service restaurants: Ivar's Salmon House in Seattle's Northlake neighborhood, and Ivar's Mukilteo Landing in Mukilteo, Washington, next to the Washington State Ferries terminal. There is a fishbar outside of all three full-service restaurants. All its other locations are seafood bars. Ivar's created the famous saying of "keep clam" that is posted all over each of the eateries. Nard Jones remarked in 1972 that Haglund was "not afraid to reflect Puget Sound tradition in the decor of his restaurants, whereas others of his profession seem intent on making their patrons forget where they are." In this respect, he singled out
    6.71
    7 votes
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    Chi-Chi's

    Chi-Chi's

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    Chi-Chi's is a Mexican restaurant chain in operation in Belgium, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Indonesia. Chi-Chi's operated in the United States from 1975 until a 2004 bankruptcy. Currently Chi-Chi's is also a brand of Mexican themed grocery foods (later purchased by Hormel) with an emphasis on salsa. Chi-Chi's was founded in 1975 in Richfield, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis by restaurateur Marno McDermott and former Green Bay Packers player Max McGee. From 1977 to 1986, the chain was run by former KFC executive Shelly Frank. When Frank came on, the chain moved its headquarters to Frank's hometown of Louisville. By March 1995, the chain had grown to 210 locations. Chi-Chi's Master Franchise belongs now to a Swiss company who franchises Chi-Chi's in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa, the most representative country being Belgium with 8 units. In 2001, Chi-Chi's applied for a trademark on the word "salsafication" but was denied by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The company's slogans were "A celebration of food" and, later, "Life always needs a little salsa." Chi-Chi's last owner while still in business in the U.S. was Prandium Inc., which
    8.60
    5 votes
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    Lombardi's

    Lombardi's

    • Cuisine: Italian
    Lombardi's claims to be the first pizzeria in the United States, founded in 1905 in Little Italy, Manhattan. The business started out as a grocery store at 53 Spring Street in 1897 opened by Gennaro Lombardi. In 1905 his employee Antonio Totonno Pero began selling tomato pies wrapped in paper and tied with a string. The original way of making a New York pizza in a coal oven is still used at the restaurant. Lombardi's is unusual in not selling slices, which are popular in New York but not traditional. Instead, only whole pies made to order are sold. In 1924, Totonno left Lombardi's to open his own pizzeria on Coney Island called Totonno's. In 1984 the original Lombardi's closed. In 1994, Lombardi's restaurant was re-opened a block away at 32 Spring Street by pizzamakers John Brescio, a childhood friend of Lombardi's grandson, and Gennaro Lombardi III, Gennaro Lombardi's grandson. This change in location combined with the 10 year gap in service has now cast doubt on which pizzeria can claim to be the "oldest". Papa’s Tomato Pies in Trenton, NJ opened in 1912 and has operated without interruption ever since, thus making it 3 years "older" than Lombardi's if the decade long hiatus is
    9.75
    4 votes
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    Eat'n Park

    Eat'n Park

    Eat'n Park is a restaurant chain based in Homestead, Pennsylvania with over 75 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The chain is known for its Smiley Cookies. Eat'n Park started on June 6, 1949 when Larry Hatch led a group to build a 13-seat restaurant in the South Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The official opening time for the restaurant on Saw Mill Run Boulevard was 2 p.m. The original location was serviced by 10 carhops. Four months later, the second location opened in Pittsburgh, and within 11 years, there were 27 Eat'n Parks. Since then, the chain has grown to over 75 locations across 3 states. Until 1975, Eat'n Park was the Pittsburgh-area franchisee of Big Boy. In 2011, Eat'n Park was awarded the Achievement of Excellence award from the American Culinary Federation. Despite accepting debit & credit card transactions, Eat'n Park is unusual in the restaurant business by having an ATM at each location. The ATMs were originally owned by SkyBank, and later Huntington Bank after the latter bought SkyBank in 2007. The ATMs are now operated by a third-party company.
    8.40
    5 votes
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    Harry Ramsden's

    Harry Ramsden's

    Harry Ramsden's is a fast food restaurant chain based in the United Kingdom which offers fish and chips and assorted themed dishes. The business has 35 owned and franchised outlets throughout the UK and Ireland and serves around four million meals annually. It is Britain's longest established restaurant chain. The business was started by Harry Ramsden (1888–1963) in 1928 in a wooden hut in White Cross, Guiseley, West Yorkshire, northern England. Three years later he moved into a new premises, complete with fitted carpets, oak panelled walls and chandeliers. The original hut still stands on the same site adjacent to the main restaurant, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest fish and chip shop in the world, seating 250 people, serving nearly a million customers a year. Harry Corbett of Sooty fame was a nephew of Harry Ramsden and played the piano in his uncle's original restaurant. In 1954 the business was sold to Harry Ramsden's long term business partner Eddie Stokes for GB£37,500, subsequently selling in 1965 to Essex based Associated Fisheries. In 1988, the company, which still comprised the original Guiseley fish and chips premises, was bought by Merryweathers,
    6.14
    7 votes
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    Lotteria

    Lotteria

    • Cuisine: Korean
    Lotteria is a chain of fast-food restaurants headquartered in Japan and with branches in South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. It takes its name from its parent company, Lotte. Lotteria opened its first shop in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan in September 1972. The company was founded on February 1972 in Tokyo, Japan by a South Korean Shin Jun Ho. After that, the company was established in South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam. The first restaurant in South Korea opened in Seoul on 1979, and currently Lotteria in South Korea is more popular than in Japan. As for Taiwan, the first restaurant opened in Taipei in 1986, though the chain withdrew from Taiwan during the 1990s. The first Lotteria outlets opened in Nihonbashi, Ueno, and Yokohama in September 1972. Lotteria sells hamburgers, cheese burgers, teriyaki burgers, and so on. Their Shrimp burger is popular and is an original burger of Lotteria, first made in 1977. Lotteria in Japan restructured its management in 2005. It appointed Genichi Tamatsuka, former president of the Fast Retailing Co. (which operates the Uniqlo brand), as its chairman and CEO. The appointment was an outgrowth of a previous contract with Revamp Corp, a
    9.25
    4 votes
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    Benihana

    Benihana

    • Cuisine: Japanese Cuisine
    Benihana (Japanese language: 紅花 "Safflower" ) is a Doral, Florida-based (suburb of Miami, Florida) American company that owns or franchises 116 Japanese cuisine restaurants around the world including its flagship Benihana Teppanyaki brand as well as the Haru (fusion cuisine), and RA Sushi restaurants. It was founded by Hiroaki Aoki. The company was founded in 1964 on West 56th Street in New York City by 25-year-old Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki. Aoki, a wrestler who had qualified for but did not attend the 1960 Summer Olympics started the restaurant with $10,000 earned from driving an ice cream truck in Harlem. The first restaurant, Benihana of Tokyo, was named for the red Safflower that was the name for the coffee shop owned by his parents in Tokyo. Aoki's concept was for the meals to be theatrically prepared by a knife-wielding, joke-telling chef at a teppanyaki table surrounded by a wooden eating surface in front of the guests (Teppan meaning "steel grill" or "griddle" and yaki meaning "grilled" or "broiled"). It initially did not do well until early 1965 when Clementine Paddleford of the New York Herald Tribune gave it a rave review. The Beatles and Muhammad Ali were among the
    8.00
    5 votes
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    Equinox Complex

    Equinox Complex

    The Equinox Complex is a range of eateries located in the Swissôtel The Stamford, the tallest hotel in Singapore. Conceptualized and developed by Raffles International, the Equinox Complex was opened in November 2001 after Raffles International took over management of the hotel, and replaced the Compass Rose restaurant. The name Equinox refers to the time when day and night are of equal lengths, a phenomenon which occurs on two days in a year. The theme at the Equinox Complex is to attain perfection and harmony throughout the year. The complex occupies four floors from levels 69 to 72 with about 3,700 square metres of space for five restaurants and bars, with private dining rooms. All five outlets can take in over 900 diners at any one time. Located on the first floor entrance to the complex is the Introbar, which serves an extensive aperitif selection, including the latest martinis, beers, wines and the house specialty — cocktails. The bar is also known as the Bartenders' Bar as all cocktails are individually mixed at the guests' tables by a team of bartenders. The Introbar serves as a prelude to the main outlets above. Diners can then proceed to dedicated elevators which bring
    6.83
    6 votes
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    Jumbo Seafood

    Jumbo Seafood

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    Jumbo Seafood (Chinese: 珍宝海鲜楼) is a restaurant-chain in Singapore specialising in seafood. First opened in 1987 with an outlet at the East Coast Seafood Centre, it opened an additional five both in the city and in the suburban areas of Serangoon Gardens and the Singapore Indoor Stadium, with its newest outlet opening in Dempsey Hill. Since then, it has relocated its Serangoon Gardens branch to a location still yet to be confirmed. Jumbo has ventured into many aspects of the food market, diversifying its brand. They now own the Singapore franchise of famous Japanese ramen bar, Yoshimaru in both Holland Village and Big Splash. Other establishments include J-Pot in Vivo City, Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh in Rangoon Road and Claypot Fun in Big Splash. Another branch opening soon, in collaboration with other seafood restaurants in Singapore, will be in Resort World, Sentosa. Recently, Jumbo also expanded its operations to Japan. The restaurant chain actively promotes dishes like the chilli crab, sotong you tiao, crispy baby squid and sambal kangkong as Singaporean dishes, and works with the Singapore Tourism Board to promote the chilli crab as a significant local dish.
    6.83
    6 votes
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    Coney Island

    Coney Island

    • Cuisine: Hot Dogs
    A Coney Island is a type of restaurant popular in the northern United States, particularly in Michigan, as well as the name for the Coney Island hot dog after which the restaurant style is named. Coney Islands are a unique type of Greek American restaurant. Two of the most well-known Coney Island restaurants are the Lafayete Coney Island and the American Coney Island, which are located adjacent to one another on Lafayette St. in downtown Detroit. They have a common root, with the original restaurant having been established by Greek immigrant brothers George and Gus Keros in 1914. The brothers got into business dispute soon thereafter, and in 1917 split their restaurant into the two establishments that exist today. The menu of all Coney Island restaurants centers around the Coney Island hot dog, which is a hot dog in a bun dressed with chili, diced onions, and yellow mustard. This item is usually referred to simply as a "coney." Another popular item on most Coney Island restaurant menus is the "loose hamburger," which consists of crumbled ground beef in a hot dog bun, covered in the same condiments as a Coney Island hot dog. Many Coney Islands also serve "chili fries," which are
    9.00
    4 votes
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    Dixy Chicken

    Dixy Chicken

    Dixy Chicken is a fast food chain that specializes in halal chicken. It is owned by a company in England named SABT2 Limited. The company was founded in 1986, and has 110 outlets within the UK, but have none in Scotland. There are six in Pakistan, four in Syria, and one each in France, Norway, and Egypt. The franchise is currently expanding its operations to India. In Newcastle upon Tyne, all outlets are owned by Mohammed Naeem, director of Dixy Chicken (Master North East) Ltd and Dixy Fried Chicken (Newcastle) Ltd since 2004, however, the companies are in a dormant state with proposals to be struck off the Companies House register . The Food Standards Agency lists hygiene ratings for 52 outlets in the UK, 38% of which were awarded 2 ("improvement necessary") and below while the remaining 62% received 3 ("generally satisfactory") and above. In June of 2008, Luton Borough Council closed an outlet for two days and took legal action against its manager after discovering a "considerable number" of live cockroaches in the food preparation and storage areas. In 2012, after being open for just two weeks, an outlet in Staffordshire, UK was awarded two out of five stars on Staffordshire
    9.00
    4 votes
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    Chain store

    Chain store

    Chain stores are retail outlets that share a brand and central management, and usually have standardized business methods and practices. These characteristics also apply to chain restaurants and some service-oriented chain businesses. In retail, dining and many service categories, chain businesses have come to dominate the market in many parts of the world. A franchise retail establishment is one form of chain store. The displacement of independent businesses by chains has generated controversy and sparked increased collaboration among independent businesses and communities to prevent chain proliferation. These efforts include community-based organizing through Independent Business Alliances (in the U.S. and Canada) and "buy local" campaigns. In the U.S., trade groups such as the American Booksellers Association and American Specialty Toy Retailers do national promotion and advocacy. NGOs like the New Rules Project and New Economics Foundation provide research and tools for pro-independent business education and policy while the American Independent Business Alliance provides direct assistance for community-level organizing. In 2004, the world's largest retail chain, Wal-Mart,
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Firehouse Subs

    Firehouse Subs

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Firehouse Subs is a US-based, fast casual restaurant chain that specializes in hot subs. Founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida by former firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, Firehouse Subs serves sandwiches with meats and cheeses, "steamed" hot and placed on produce on a toasted sub roll. Locations offer a family-oriented atmosphere, with a firefighter theme that includes fire equipment throughout the store and a menu that features sandwiches with themed names. They offer hot sauces in a range of intensities. Pictures mounted on the walls highlight local firefighting history, as well as the founders' history of firefighting service. Firehouse Subs was named "Company of the Year" by KPMG in 2006, and is the "National Chain" winner of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for community service. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was created in 2005. It provides funding and support for local firefighters. Plans for expansion in 2006 were focused on the Northeast, Central, and Southwest regions of the US, with plans for another 100 restaurants to be developed. As of September 2010, there were over 390
    6.33
    6 votes
    19
    Jekyll & Hyde Club

    Jekyll & Hyde Club

    The Jekyll & Hyde Club and the Jekyll & Hyde Pub were two theme restaurants owned by Eerie World Entertainment in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York. The name and theme derive from Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 Victorian gothic novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Jekyll & Hyde restaurants' theme was spooky horror with an emphasis on English Gothic themes, with detailed decorations, set pieces, and actors who roam the restaurant and entertain patrons. Characters include Mr. Aloysius Goole, the wacky chief mortician, Jervis, the hyperactive and high-pitched French butler, and the charmingly manic Gertrude K. Boom, club demolitions expert. These characters are the guest's link to all of the details of the club's history, and perform membership inductions table side. In addition to the live characters, there are a number of audio-animatronic props, sounds, and special effects which contribute to the overall atmosphere of the club. The animatronic creatures (voiced by the same actors that walk about the restaurant) visit from the "spirit world" to wisecrack and wish happy birthdays. The former flagship location closed in March of 2012
    8.25
    4 votes
    20
    Gold Star Chili

    Gold Star Chili

    • Cuisine: American
    Gold Star Chili is a restaurant chain based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that sells Cincinnati chili. The original restaurant was established in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Mt. Washington in 1965 by four brothers from Jordan. Gold Star Chili is the "Official Chili" of the Cincinnati Bengals. Gold Star Chili was founded in 1965 by four Jordanian brothers in Mount Washington, originally under the name Hamburger Heaven. As the original name suggests, the original vision for their restaurant was primarily hamburgers. However, they also had a chili recipe that they began modifying, soon finding that customers were ordering the chili more than any of the other menu items. As a result, the brothers changed the restaurant name to Gold Star Chili and removed many of the other items from their menu. In 1993 Tony Pérez, then manager of the Cincinnati Reds and former member of the Big Red Machine, kicked off a promotion campaign for the restaurant. During his baseball years Pérez's nickname was "Big Dog", and since the chain was ready to promote their new foot long cheese coney, Gold Star saw a promotional opportunity, naming it "Big Doggie". For the promotion, the store offered customers 16-inch
    6.17
    6 votes
    21
    Cabo Wabo

    Cabo Wabo

    Cabo Wabo is the name of a chain of nightclubs and restaurants located in Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico, as well as Harvey's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada and a third location on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada just outside of the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. It is also a popular brand of tequila. All were founded by rock musician Sammy Hagar. The Cabo San Lucas location is generally considered to be one of the top three most popular nightclubs in town. But as opposed to competing nightclub/bar Squid Roe (which plays top-40 music and attracts a younger/spring-break clientele), Cabo Wabo typically attracts an older adult clientele with its mostly rock music selection. Hagar, already a successful rock musician, visited the Mexican town of Cabo San Lucas in the early 1980s. Hagar joined Van Halen in July 1985 after the departure of its former singer, David Lee Roth. Seeking a place for himself and his friends to relax and play music, he convinced the Van Halen members to partner in opening a large bar, restaurant, and performance space. Launched in April 1990, the cantina was initially a financial failure, leading Hagar to buy out his band-mates. Under new management, the bar
    7.00
    5 votes
    22
    Claim Jumper

    Claim Jumper

    • Cuisine: American
    Claim Jumper is a restaurant chain headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, with 45 locations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon and Tennessee. Founder Craig Nickoloff opened the first Claim Jumper Restaurant in Los Alamitos, California in 1977. Until 2005, CWN Management, Inc., which operates the Claim Jumper chain, had been privately owned by the Nickoloff family. Leonard Green & Partners purchased a majority stake in the company in 2005 for a reported $200 million. The company filed for bankruptcy on September 10, 2010. On October 28, 2010, the chain was auctioned off with Landry's Restaurants being the winning bidder. Claim Jumper restaurants are typically known for the level of detail in their atmospheres. The restaurants feature a California Gold Rush theme, although newer locations have not included the numerous "artifacts" of the time period that are prevalent throughout the original stores. They are known for fairly large portions of their dishes. The large menu features a wide range of foods, including sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, but focuses mainly on meats such as steaks, and ribs. They have become well known for their
    7.00
    5 votes
    23
    Georgie Pie

    Georgie Pie

    Georgie Pie was a fast food chain owned by supermarket operator Progressive Enterprises that hoped to be "New Zealand’s own homegrown alternative to the global fast-food industry giants such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Burger King." Georgie Pie was the brainchild of Tom Ah Chee, who opened New Zealand's first supermarket (Foodtown Otahuhu, 1958). The first restaurant was opened in Kelston, Auckland in 1977. In 1994, plans were announced to open 25 new outlets per year, with a goal of 114 operating restaurants by the end of 1998. The chain came to prominence in the early 1990s with its $1, $2, $3, and $4 "Funtastic Value" menu, including the popular $1 "Small Pie." At its peak, the chain employed about 1,300 people. Georgie Pie was able to automate the food production process far more than chains which sold labour-intensive items such as burgers. However, timing was a more difficult detail for Georgie Pie, as it took 40 minutes to bake a pie versus a few minutes for typical fast food. Large pies at Georgie Pie came in a range of traditional (mince n' cheese/steak n' kidney) and exotic (Chinese/Mexican/Italian) flavours. The pastry was distinctively solid and free of flakes to avoid
    8.00
    4 votes
    24
    Little Tavern

    Little Tavern

    Little Tavern Shops was a chain of hamburger restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The first Little Tavern opened March 24, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, by Harry F. Duncan. The first Washington location was opened in October 1928 and the first in Baltimore opened its doors in June 1930. By 1937, there were 33 shops open. At the height of the chain, there were almost 50 locations. Duncan sold the chain in 1981. The last restaurant closed on April 29, 2008. The slogan of the chain was "Buy 'em by the bag", and its signs promised "Cold drinks * Good Coffee". The stores were quite small and could accommodate only a few seated customers, while most business was take-out. From 1928 to 1931, Little Taverns had block construction and their castle design closely resembled White Castles and White Towers of the same era. Baltimore No. 3, was the first Little Tavern to employ the "Tudor cottage" design that would become so closely associated with the chain for years to come.
    8.00
    4 votes
    25
    Fran's Restaurant, Toronto

    Fran's Restaurant, Toronto

    Fran's Restaurant is a small chain of restaurants based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its first restaurant was a haunt of pianist Glenn Gould. The flagship location was opened in 1940 by Fran Deck near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue West and Yonge Street and closed in 2001. Fran's originally had only ten seats, but later expanded to a small chain of restaurants in Toronto, including locations at Yonge and College (1950–present), Yonge and Dundas (1960-1984) and Yonge and Eglinton (1945-2001), and one in Hamilton. Currently, Fran's operates five corporate-owned locations, including three in Toronto, one in Barrie, Ontario, and its first US location in Kansas City, Missouri. Deck died in 1977 in a car accident, and the business was continued by his family. In the 1990s, the family-owned chain was sold to a group of investors who intended to expand the chain throughout the Greater Toronto Area. In 1997, the College St. location was purchased by an independent restaurateur. The College St. location retained the Fran's menu and restaurant name. In 1998, the Fran's Restaurant company was purchased by the owner of the College St. location. Once again, Fran's Restaurant became a
    6.00
    6 votes
    26
    Eagle Boys

    Eagle Boys

    Eagle Boys is an Australian fast food chain specialising in pizza. Eagle Boys has over 300 stores throughout Australia, particularly in regional areas. Currently it has no stores in Tasmania. Eagle Boys was as of 2007 the third largest pizza chain in the country. The restaurant chain opened its first store in Albury, New South Wales in 1987 by local businessman Tom Potter. Eagle Boys' national headquarters are located in the Brisbane suburb of Annerley. Eagle Boys set up in New Zealand in the mid-nineties with 55 stores, and operated for some years. They were later all sold to Restaurant Brands in 2000 and converted to Pizza Hut. The company specialised in 2 minute "express" pizzas (limited range of 4) between 5:30 and 8:00 pm, which was achieved by constantly remaking their four most popular pizzas and keeping them in a warmer for sale up to eight minutes after they have been made. However, as of 2008, Eagle Boys have discontinued the express line in favor of a similar promotion "Ready, Fresh Go!", featuring 2 of the express pizzas and a "Manager's Special'. As of 2007, Eagle Boys Pizza had celebrated 20 years in the industry. It was announced also that they are expanding to an
    9.00
    3 votes
    27
    Carnegie Deli

    Carnegie Deli

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    The Carnegie Deli is a restaurant located in midtown Manhattan on 7th Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets and was opened in 1937 adjacent to Carnegie Hall. Now in the third generation of owners, the Parker family's delicatessen is among the most visited restaurants of its type in the city, according to the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau. USA Today has called the restaurant the "most famous" deli in the United States. It is operated by Sandy Levine, whose business card indicates he is the "MBD" = Married Boss's Daughter, namely, Marian Parker. The restaurant offers pastrami, corned beef and other sandwiches containing at least one pound (0.45 kg) of meat, as well as traditional Jewish fare such as matzoh ball soup, potato pancakes, chopped chicken livers, and smoked salmon. The restaurant also offers other, non-Jewish (or at least non-kosher) food such as ham, sausage, and bacon. Available for order are cheesecake portions of over a pound per serving. The restaurant's motto is: "If you can finish your meal, we’ve done something wrong". In addition to the large servings, the restaurant is also known for its surly waiters, who allegedly try to impart some of the stereotypical
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Délifrance

    Délifrance

    Délifrance is a bakery company that serves "French style" bakery products in over 50 countries on five continents. It has been in operation for more than 25 years. The parent company of Délifrance is Grands Moulins de Paris, which is a major French milling company and supplies 100% of the flour used in Délifrance's products. The Délifrance brand name attempts to recreate French taste worldwide. Délifrance offers catering professionals several "French style" quick service concepts. Délifrance has 12 subsidiaries in Europe and the Middle East. Délifrance restaurants serve "French style" baked products such as croissants, gâteaux, fougassettes, pains au chocolat, brioches, crisp praline, and baguettes. Most Délifrance restaurants also serve beverages, coffee and pasta. In 1997 Sembawang Corporation Limited acquired controlling interest of Délifrance Asia Ltd. In 1999, Prudential Asset Management Asia Limited (PAMA) Group Inc. acquired 100% of Délifrance Asia Ltd and took it private. In December 2007, Auric Pacific Group Limited listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX)purchased Delifrance Asia Ltd from PAMA for 75 Million SG$. Délifrance operated in the Philippines as a
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Italian Tomato

    Italian Tomato

    The Italian Tomato (イタリアン・トマト) is a Japanese Italian restaurant and bakery chain. It has been featured as a background in the Namco arcade and video console game hits Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament. A cameo of this restaurant appeared in the Nintendo Family Computer RPG Rasāru Ishii no Childs Quest. The front of the store can be found in Ling Xiaoyu's stage, which is themed like an amusement park. Namco bought the Italian Tomato restaurant chain in 1986. In 2005, Namco sold the majority share of Italian Tomato to Key Coffee, Inc. (キーコーヒー株式会社, Kīkōhī Kabushiki-gaisha, ), a food distributor and cafe operator. Since Namco, now Namco Bandai Games is a significant minority shareholder.
    7.75
    4 votes
    30
    Jimmy John's

    Jimmy John's

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Jimmy John's is a franchised sandwich restaurant founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 and headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The franchise has over 1200 locations in 40 states and has opened approximately 200 units per year for the last three years. 95% of the locations are franchise-owned. Liautaud founded Jimmy John's in 1983 after graduating second to last in his class at Elgin Academy (1982) and receiving the choice from his father to join the military, go to college, or start a business. Liautaud chose the latter and accepted his father's $25,000 loan to start a hot dog business – with Liautaud owning 52% of the business and his father owning 48%. After realizing a hot dog business would cost more than anticipated, Liautaud opened his first sandwich shop. The first Jimmy John's opened in a garage in Charleston, Illinois on January 13, 1983 with used equipment and no menu or outdoor advertisement – selling four kinds of sandwiches and 25-cent Cokes. After giving samples around town, the business began to thrive. In April 1985, Liautaud bought out his father's interest in the business, becoming sole owner. He opened his second store in Macomb, Illinois. He later opened
    7.75
    4 votes
    31
    Barney's Beanery

    Barney's Beanery

    • Cuisine: American
    Barney's Beanery is a chain of gastropubs in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It was originally founded in 1920 in Berkeley, California, by John "Barney" Anthony, who in 1927 moved it to U.S. Route 66, now Santa Monica Boulevard, (State Route 2) in West Hollywood. As of 2011, Barney's Beanery has locations in Burbank, Pasadena (in what had been Q's Billiards at 99 East Colorado Boulevard), Santa Monica, Westwood, and the original in West Hollywood. Barney's location combined with fact that the owner was apt to extend credit and occasionally give away food made the bar popular with people from all walks of life including artists, writers, and other celebrities. Older Hollywood actors like Clara Bow, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland and Rita Hayworth were all regulars in their day. By the 1960s the neighboring Sunset Strip had become an important music center and Jim Morrison (who was reportedly thrown out of Barney's for urinating on the bar) and Janis Joplin (who had drinks at Barney's the evening of her death) became regulars. Poet Charles Bukowski hung around, as did artists Ed Kienholz and others associated with the Ferus Gallery that was located nearby on La Cienega
    7.50
    4 votes
    32
    Berowra Waters Inn

    Berowra Waters Inn

    Berowra Waters Inn is a restaurant located at Berowra Waters along Berowra Creek (a tributary of the Hawkesbury River), near Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, 50 minutes from downtown Sydney, Australia. It is unique due to its being accessed only by private ferry, as well as being one of Pritzker Prize winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt's only venues regularly open to the public. For many years Berowra Waters Inn represented the cutting edge of both Australian design and cuisine. The menu changed frequently but was a 'mix of classic French and Modern Australian'. Originally, Berowra Waters Inn was a guest house dating to the 1930s CE. In 1975, the Inn was purchased by Tony and Gay Bilson. The Edwardian style teahouse had major engineering flaws however and a decision was made to close and redesign the venue. Between 1976 and 1983, the architect Glenn Murcutt redesigned the property using a 'distinctive Australian vernacular style: corrugated tin roof over glass louvre windows, on a Sydney sandstone base, set among eucalypts and angophoras". During excavating work for the rebuild, Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) midden remains on the property boundary were discovered.
    7.50
    4 votes
    33
    Delmonico's Restaurant

    Delmonico's Restaurant

    Delmonico's is the name of various New York City restaurants of varying duration, quality, and fame. The original and most famous was operated by the Delmonico family at 2 South William Street in lower Manhattan during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when it gained a reputation as one of the nation's top fine dining establishments. The birthplace of the universally imitated Delmonico steak, the restaurant is credited with being the first American restaurant to allow patrons to order from a menu à la carte, as opposed to table d’hôte. It is also claimed to be the first to employ a separate wine list.. The family also opened other restaurants under the name, operating up to four at a time and ultimately totaling 10 establishments by the time they departed the business in 1923. In 1929, restaurateur Oscar Tucci opened a revived Delmonico's at 2 South William Street, which stayed in business until 1977. Other Delmonicos have operated in the space from 1981–1992 and from 1998 to present. The original Delmonico's opened in 1827 in a rented pastry shop at 23 William Street, and appeared in a list of restaurants in 1830. It was opened by the brothers John and Peter Delmonico, from
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Century House Restaurant & Bar

    Century House Restaurant & Bar

    Century Restaurant and Bar is housed in the ‘Century House’ heritage building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which was built as a bank in 1911. The building’s classic turn-of-the–century design is what inspired the Latin theme. Classic features such as barrel vaulted ceilings, original Victorian chandeliers, and a marble staircase are mixed with leather suede banquets, modern stained glass light fixtures, and a stylish bar. What was once the old vault room is now an intimate private VIP room. The menu is described as ‘bringing Latin ingredient to a contemporary French table’. The menu offers the choice of a half or full sized portion, allowing for the customer to experience a variety of main dishes. Century is one of the few spots in Vancouver to offer a restaurant and bar lounge under one roof. The building is located at 432 Richards Street in Downtown Vancouver. It is steps away from Waterfront Station, a major transit hub which serves as the Downtown Vancouver terminal for various TransLink operations such as SeaBus, West Coast Express, SkyTrain and buses. Century House was built in 1911 for the Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation. The building was designed by J.S.D.
    8.67
    3 votes
    35
    Chez Bruce

    Chez Bruce

    Chez Bruce is a restaurant located at 2 Bellevue Road in Wandsworth, London, England. The restaurant was opened in February, 1995 by Bruce Poole and his business partner Nigel Platts-Martin. Platts-Martin is proprietor of several other London restaurants including: La Trompette in Chiswick, The Glasshouse in Kew, The Ledbury in Notting Hill and The Square in Mayfair. Chez Bruce occupies the site of former Marco Pierre White restaurant, Harveys. As a young chef, Gordon Ramsay worked under White at Harveys but left to pursue an independent career. In 2006, Chez Bruce was first named as "Londoners' Favourite Restaurant" in a survey conducted for Harden's London Restaurants, a title which The Ivy had held for the past nine years. . Chez Bruce has since been top of the list as London's favorite restaurant for four consecutive years.
    8.67
    3 votes
    36
    El Pollo Loco

    El Pollo Loco

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    El Pollo Loco is a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in Mexican grilled chicken. It is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California. "El Pollo Loco" is Spanish for "The Crazy Chicken". El Pollo Loco's signature dish is pollo asado, a grilled marinated chicken. Over time, the chain has expanded into burritos and salads, and serves items that compete with Taco Bell, Del Taco, and other Mexican-style restaurants. Juan Francisco Ochoa started the restaurant in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1975. By 1979, the chain had expanded throughout northern Mexico. In 1980, its first U.S. restaurant opened in Los Angeles, California, at 503 Alvarado Street, near Sixth Street. In 1983, the American restaurants in the chain were acquired by Denny's, with an agreement that the Ochoa family would continue to operate the restaurants in Mexico. American Securities Capital Partners acquired El Pollo Loco in 1999 and sold it to current owner Trimaran Capital Partners in 2005. In the U.S., the El Pollo Loco chain operates in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, California, and Illinois. El Pollo Loco or its franchisees briefly operated several restaurants in metro Atlanta and Boston, New Jersey and in the
    8.67
    3 votes
    37
    Ben's Chili Bowl

    Ben's Chili Bowl

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Ben's Chili Bowl is a landmark restaurant in Washington, D.C., located at 1213 U Street, next to Lincoln Theatre, in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest D.C. It is known locally for its chili dogs, half-smokes, and milkshakes, and has been an integral part of the neighborhood's history since its founding in 1958. It was frequented by both police and protesters during the 1968 Washington, D.C. riots, and is regularly visited by celebrities, such as Bill Cosby and Chris Tucker. The restaurant's founders have been inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame. In January 2009, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty took then-President-elect Barack Obama to eat at Ben's as part of his welcome to the city. Ben's Chili Bowl was founded on August 22, 1958 by Ben Ali, a Trinidadian-born immigrant who had studied dentistry at nearby Howard University, and his fiancee, Virginian-born Virginia Rollins. The two were married seven weeks after opening the restaurant. The building they chose was that of Washington's first silent movie house, the Minnehaha, which was established in 1911. The building is a contributing property to the Greater U Street Historic District. Most of the furniture in the restaurant is
    10.00
    2 votes
    38
    Bob's

    Bob's

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Bob's is the first Brazilian fast food chain, founded in 1952 by the American Brazilian tennis champion Robert Falkenburg, Wimbledon tourney winner in 1948. The first store was opened in the borough of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. Falkenburg (also known as "Bob") was the first person to introduce the fast-food concept in Brazil. The first store in Rio, introduced for the first time in the country Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, milkshakes and sundaes. In 1972, however, Falkenburg sold the franchise to the Brazilian Fast Food Corporation (BFFC). Among the main sandwiches sold by the company, Big Bob is the most popular and it is made of two hamburgers, onions and lettuce. The chain also offers innovative sandwiches, as Toasted cheese with banana sandwich. Another very popular item sold by the franchise is the Ovomaltine milkshake. In 1984, Bob's started a franchising system, opening new stores in Vitória, Espirito Santo. Since then, Bob's has been expanding within Brazil and also in other countries. Today, there are about 610 stores in every Brazilian state, of which about 320 are franchises. There are also some stores in Portugal (Carcavelos, Algés and Bragança) as well as in Chile, and
    7.25
    4 votes
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    Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

    Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

    Bæjarins beztu pylsur (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpaːijarɪns ˈpɛstʏ ˈpʰɪlsʏr̥], The best hot dogs in town) often shortened to simply "Bæjarins beztu", is a popular hot dog stand in central Reykjavík, Iceland which has been operating since 1937. In August 2006, the British newspaper The Guardian selected Bæjarins beztu as the best hot dog stand in Europe. In addition to the famous location on Tryggvagata, there are also three other stands located around Reykjavik. It is believed that the majority of Icelanders have eaten at Bæjarins beztu. Foreign visitors are often brought to the stand by locals to introduce them to the hot dogs there, which are often called "the Icelandic national food." Among famous people who have eaten at Bæjarins beztu are Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, and James Hetfield, vocalist of the popular heavy metal band Metallica. This hot dog stand also appeared in the first season of Anthony Bourdain's TV show No Reservations. A hot dog costs 320 krónas (or about €2) and condiments include ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion, raw onion and remoulade, a mayonnaise-based sauce with sweet relish. Hot dogs are often ordered with "the works," i.e.,
    7.25
    4 votes
    40
    Café Pamplona

    Café Pamplona

    Café Pamplona, located at 12 Bow St. beside the intersection of Bow and Arrow Streets near Harvard Square, is an unusual and renowned café. When it opened in 1959 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was the first café in the Square. The owner, Josefina Yanguas, claimed the café had the first espresso-maker in the city. Down a short flight of exterior stairs, past a patio with tables, customers enter the café's subterranean interior. The once austere decor includes bright yellow lights which make the thickly-plastered walls glow under low ceilings, and a black and white checked floor. Having survived the changes that have taken place since the mid-1980s, it has become a staple of the "Old Square." Josefina Yanguas, who arrived in America in 1947, roughly modelled the café after those of her native Pamplona, Spain. From 1959 until her death in 2007, Yanguas was the only owner of the café. Shortly after the café's inception Yanguas and her loyal Cuban chef Juana Rodríguez began preparing and serving food. As business grew Yanguas began to hire only men, in accord with Spanish habits. This practice lasted until 1999. In the Fall of that year this policy was revealed by the Harvard Crimson.
    7.25
    4 votes
    41
    Café Procope

    Café Procope

    Café Procope, in rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, 6th arrondissement, is called the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation. It was opened in 1694 by the Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, with a slyly subversive name adopted from the historian Procopius, whose Secret History, the Anekdota, long known of, had been discovered in the Vatican Library and published for the first time ever in 1623: it told the scandals of Emperor Justinian, his ex-dancer Empress, and his court. Café Procope, in the street then known as rue des Fossés-Saint-Germain-des-Prés, started as a café where gentlemen of fashion might drink coffee, the exotic beverage that had previously been served in taverns, or eat a sorbet, served up in porcelain cups by waiters in exotic "Armenian" garb. The escorted ladies who appeared at Café Procope in its earliest days soon disappeared. In 1689 the Comédie française was established across the street— hence the street's modern name— and the Procope became known as the "theatrical" café, and remained so: it was to the Procope on 18 December 1752 that Rousseau retired before the performance of his last play Narcisse had even finished, all too aware, now that he
    7.25
    4 votes
    42
    Crown Burgers

    Crown Burgers

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Crown Burgers is a small hamburger fast food restaurant chain based in Salt Lake City, Utah started in 1978 by John & Rula Katzourakis and Nick Katsanevas (Rula’s brother). The chain's signature burger is the "Crown Burger," a cheeseburger which, in addition to the char-broiled patty, is piled high with hot pastrami. Crown Burgers' pastrami burger has been widely imitated and has become a staple of restaurant cuisine in Salt Lake City. In 2004, Carl's Jr. released a very similar burger called the "Pastrami Burger." Crown Burgers offers other fast food fare as well, such as beef burritos, hot pastrami sandwiches, steak sandwiches, gyros, fishburgers, fries, onion rings, and other burgers. Crown Burgers also carries its own version of the regional condiment fry sauce, a combination of ketchup, mayonnaise and spices. Their primary location is decorated like a European hunting lodge, complete with a large fireplace, inviting fireside chats. Other locations have a medieval theme complete with tapestries and heavy iron chandeliers. Like most other fast-food restaurants, customers place orders at a counter and pick up paper-wrapped food when their numbers are called. From the counter,
    7.25
    4 votes
    43
    FEBO

    FEBO

    FEBO (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfeɪbo]) is a chain of Dutch walk-up fast food restaurants of the automatiek type. Founded in 1941 in Amsterdam, FEBO is most notable for this automatic format: a counter is available for purchasing French fries, beverages, and hamburgers. Other FEBO snacks can be bought from the automats. The primary automat-vended items are krokets, frikandellen, hamburgers, Kaassoufflés and similar items. The FEBO motto "De Lekkerste" (Dutch) is translated as "The Tastiest". According to the company website, FEBO has almost 60 shops all over the Netherlands, with 54 being franchises. There are 22 shops in Amsterdam alone. Originally a bakery named "Maison FEBO" after Ferdinand Bolstraat in Amsterdam, where the founder was an apprentice baker, the name was later shortened to just "FEBO".
    7.25
    4 votes
    44
    Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel

    The Grand Hotel (Chinese: 圓山大飯店; literally "Yuanshan Great Hotel"), is a landmark located at Yuanshan (圓山) in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). The hotel was established in May 1952 and the main building was completed on October 10, 1973. It is owned by the Duen-Mou Foundation of Taiwan, a non-profit organization, and has played host to many foreign dignitaries who have visited Taipei. The main building of the hotel is one of the world's tallest Chinese classical building, it is 87 metres (285 ft) high. It was also the tallest building in Taiwan from 1973 to 1981. (See List of tallest buildings in Taiwan) After Chiang Kai-shek's retreat to Taiwan in 1949, Chiang felt it was difficult to accommodate foreign ambassadors due to the lack of five-star hotels in Taipei. He wanted to build an extravagant hotel that would cater to foreign guests. His wife Soong May-ling suggested to build it on the old Taiwan Hotel on Yuanshan Mountain, the site of the ruins of the Taiwan Grand Shrine, a Shinto shrine during the Japanese rule. Chiang decided on a Chinese palace-style architecture to promote Chinese culture to the West through its extravagance. Taipei-based architect
    7.25
    4 votes
    45
    Harold's Chicken Shack

    Harold's Chicken Shack

    Harold's Chicken Shack (also referred to as The Fried Chicken King, Harold's Chicken, or simply Harold's) is a chain of fried chicken restaurants located primarily in Chicago, particularly on its South Side. Harold's has been a Chicago South Side institution for many years and is known for its uniquely prepared chicken. There are dozens of "shacks" on Chicago's South Side, and several on the West Side and a few, more recent, franchises are located on the North Side. Harold's Chicken is also available in the central Illinois town of Normal. Additionally, Harold's has opened franchises in Detroit, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Madison, Wisconsin, and the Dallas area. In late June 2012, one opened in Atlanta. Harold Pierce, an African-American Chicago entrepreneur, founded the restaurant in 1950. The character of Harold's developed primarily out of necessity, because the larger fast food chains tended to avoid African-American neighborhoods. In turn, Chicago's legal and social obstacles to black-owned businesses at the time prevented Harold's from expanding into downtown or the North Side. Harold's became one of the few examples of a thriving fast food chain that was owned by, and primarily
    7.25
    4 votes
    46
    Margaritaville

    Margaritaville

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    "Margaritaville" is a 1977 song by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. This song was written about a drink in Austin, Texas, and the first huge surge of tourists who descended on Key West almost two decades ago. He wrote it in Key West while spending time in Florida. The song was a chart hit in the United States when it was released and contemporary popular culture references and remakes attest to its continuing popularity. It reached #8 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, topped the Easy Listening (Adult Contemporary) chart at #1, and peaked at #13 on the Hot Country Songs chart. It remains Buffett's highest charting solo single. Named for a cocktail, the margarita, and with lyrics reflecting a laid-back lifestyle in a tropical climate, "Margaritaville" has come to define Buffett's music and career. The relative importance of the song to Buffett's career is referred to obliquely in a parenthetical plural in the title of a Buffett greatest hits compilation album, Songs You Know By Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit(s). The name has been used in the title of other Buffett compilation albums such as Meet Me In
    7.25
    4 votes
    47
    Bern's Steak House

    Bern's Steak House

    • Cuisine: Steaks
    Bern's Steak House is a steak restaurant in the SoHo district of Tampa, Florida, founded in 1956. It is currently owned and operated by David Laxer, son of original owner Bern Laxer, as well as a few key local families acting as partner. It has a sister restaurant, Side Bern's, and a wine and liquor store, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits. In 1996, the Wine Spectator rated Bern's in a tie for the best steak house in the United States. In 2009 Rachael Ray rated Bern's as the best restaurant in America, having beat out over a dozen top-rated steakhouses across the U.S. In 2010 industry magazine Nation's Restaurant News deemed Bern's a "Top 50 All-American icon." It was also named to GAYOT.com's Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. George W. Bush ate at Bern's twice during his presidency. Bern's Steak House is famous for not only its food, much of which is organic and grown especially for Bern's, but also for its massive wine list. Bern's has the largest wine list of any restaurant in the world. In its cellars can be found depression-era French red wine, pre-war Sauternes, and Madeira from the 17th century. Diners can take a tour of the wine cellar as well as the kitchen at Bern's after their
    8.33
    3 votes
    48
    Casa Capşa

    Casa Capşa

    Casa Capşa is a historic restaurant in Bucharest, Romania, first established in 1852. At various times it has also included a hotel; most recently, it reopened as a 61-room hotel 17 June 2003. "…long a symbol of Bucharest for its inhabitants… Capşa is not only associated with its exquisite pastry products, but also for a hectic literary life of yore… a welcoming place for Romanian writers where they could meet, talk and…associate." The restaurant stands on Calea Victoriei at the corner of Edgar Quinet Street, across from the Hotel Capitol and diagonally across from the Cercul Militar Naţional. In 1852, Anton and Vasile Capşa founded the first confectionery shop on Calea Victoriei, somewhat north of the present Casa Capşa, which was founded by their younger brother Grigore Capşa (1841-1902) in 1868. Anton and Vasile had financed Grigore through four years of courses at the renowned Boissier in Paris, where he turned down an opportunity to become the supplier for the French Imperial Court. The French-inspired confectionery of Casa Capşa soon established a continent-wide reputation. The business expanded in 1881 to a full-service restaurant, at a time when quality restaurants along
    8.33
    3 votes
    49
    Ed Debevic's

    Ed Debevic's

    • Cuisine: American
    Ed Debevic's is a small chain of classic 1950s and 1960s theme restaurants started by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. It is currently operated by Bravo Enterprises. Its first restaurant opened in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984, but has since closed. The Beverly Hills, CA location also closed because it wasn't making enough profit, and another location in New York City was unsuccessful as well. The last non-Illinois restaurant, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, closed in 2001. Eventually "Ed's" was reduced to just one restaurant, in Chicago, Illinois. More recently, a second location opened in Lombard, Illinois. Ed Debevic's was the basis for the restaurant Mike worked at in the 1986 television series, "Jack and Mike." The show takes place in Chicago and the waitstaff can be seen dancing on the counter in the opening credits. It is tradition at Ed's for waiters to be rude toward guests, however guests can be rude back. It should also be known that this is all for fun.
    9.50
    2 votes
    50
    Bimbo Deluxe

    Bimbo Deluxe

    Bimbo Deluxe is a pizza restaurant and bar in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. Located on Brunswick Street, Bimbo's (as it is known) has become a Fitzroy landmark since it opened in 2002. The exterior features a giant illuminated baby doll, a theme which continues inside the dimly-lit interior. A review in The Age newspaper in 2003 described the decor as "a video clip production designer's idea of a crack den". Downstairs is a large area full of elderly sofas, and upstairs is a large roof garden, open in the summer. The building was previously the Punters Club, a famous live music venue which ran from 1987 to 2002, and before that the Moonee Valley Hotel. Bimbo Deluxe's aggressive lunchtime pricing has also angered long-standing Brunswick St traders, many of whom see the venue's loss-leading pricing strategy as a threat to business on the popular eating strip.
    7.00
    4 votes
    51
    Café du Monde

    Café du Monde

    • Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop
    Café du Monde is a coffee shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is best known for its café au lait and its French-style beignets. In the New Orleans style, the coffee is blended with chicory. The location at the upper end of the French Market was established in 1862. For over a century it was one of two similar coffee and beignets places in the market, the other being Morning Call, which was established in 1870 and moved out of the Old French Market in 1974 to the suburb of Metairie, Louisiana. Starting in the late 1980s, Café du Monde opened up additional locations in shopping malls. While it once expanded as far away as Atlanta, Georgia, in recent years the company has restricted its operation to the greater New Orleans metro area. Café du Monde locations can also be found throughout Japan. Its foods are certified kosher. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for Christmas Day and days when "the occasional hurricane passes too close to New Orleans", and is patronized by both locals and visitors. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the shop closed at midnight on August 27, 2005. Although it suffered only minor damage, it remained closed for
    7.00
    4 votes
    52
    Captain Submarine

    Captain Submarine

    Captain Submarine (branded since 2002 as Capt. Sub) is a Canadian fast-food restaurant chain whose menu is highlighted by submarine sandwiches. The first restaurant opened in 1972 in Charlottetown. Owned by Grinner's Food Systems Limited, there are currently 23 locations in Atlantic Canada, and 4 in Ontario. The caricature of Captain Submarine is based on the real life Admiral Constantine Lewis III, a noted figure of naval history in Canada.
    7.00
    4 votes
    53
    Brewers Fayre

    Brewers Fayre

    Brewers Fayre is a chain of around 125 licensed family and casual dining pub restaurants in the United Kingdom, owned by Whitbread. They are known for serving traditional British pub food, including gammon and steak and ale pie, which are among the most popular choices. Nearly all Brewers Fayres are on the site of a Whitbread Premier Inn. Stand-alone sites were sold to Mitchells & Butlers in 2006. These sites were then refurbished to Mitchells & Butlers' own brands such as Crown Carveries, Toby Carvery, Harvester and Vintage Inns. In the 1980s Whitbread also had the Roast Inns chain. Its slogan was The Family Welcome. In 1995 50 more outlets were added, at a cost of £85 million, taking the total to 280. At this time the Charlie Chalk Fun Factory was added to about thirty pubs. In 1996 52 were opened, with 17 having a Travel Inn next door; most were built near motorways. In early 1997 Whitbread introduced the Kiln & Kettle chain, which was similar to Brewers Fayre but without the children. Around the same time 90 more outlets opened. In May 1999 Whitbread announced it was proposing to leave the brewing industry and attempted to buy 3,600 outlets (including Firkin pubs) from Allied
    6.00
    5 votes
    54
    Gaddi's

    Gaddi's

    Gaddi's is a French haute cuisine restaurant situated in The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel. It was opened in 1953 and named after a former general manager of The Peninsula, Leo Gaddi. The current executive chef is Britain's David Goodridge. The former executive chef was Philip Sedgwick, the first British head chef of Gaddi's. The decor is meant to evoke old Hong Kong. and the hotel's original 1928 neoclassical architecture. It has a European dining room, with two six-foot crystal-and-silver chandeliers from Paris, Tai Ping carpets, and a Chinese coromandel screen dating from 1670. Gaddi's uses expensive tableware, which includes polished antique silverware and Bernardaud porcelain. It also created the first Chef's Table in Hong Kong where the Chef Table diners sit at a special table beside the Gaddi's kitchen viewing the dishes being prepared. Gaddi's was considered the best European restaurant in Hong Kong for a long time, but that reputation has since been challenged by a number of new restaurants that opened in recent years. The food is classically French but with inventive European influences.Online Frommer's review The food is classic French haute cuisine and utilizes the
    8.00
    3 votes
    55
    Lambert's Cafe

    Lambert's Cafe

    Lambert's Cafe, also known as Home of the Throwed Rolls is a restaurant known for its homestyle cooking, "pass arounds", and its "throwed" [sic] dinner rolls. It is distinguished from other restaurants by its policy of providing large 32 oz. drinks, a list of side items that are passed around to all customers, free refills on nearly all entrées, and, most famously, for throwing their homemade dinner rolls to the customers. Many restaurants have mimicked the "throwed roll" concept, but Lambert's Cafe holds that they are the first restaurant to practice it. The restaurant has three locations: the original in Sikeston, Missouri, and two others in Ozark, Missouri and Foley, Alabama. Lambert's Cafe was opened on March 13, 1942 by Earl and Agnes Lambert in a small building on South Main Street in Sikeston Missouri. It consisted of a nine-stool counter and eight tables for a total seating capacity of 41 people. Earl Lambert died in 1976, and his son Norman and wife Patti entered into the restaurant business as partners to Agnes Lambert. On April 20, 1981, Lambert's moved to 2109 East Malone and reopened for business. In 1988, the restaurant moved again to a site conveniently located for
    8.00
    3 votes
    56
    241 Pizza

    241 Pizza

    241 Pizza is a Canadian franchise chain of pizza restaurants. There are 62 locations across Ontario, particularly in The Greater Toronto Area. There are also locations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. 241 Pizza competes heavily in the Greater Toronto Area with other pizza chains such as Pizza Pizza, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Pizza Nova. However, 241 Pizza is mutually exclusive with the American Papa John's chain, with restaurants in Canada only existing in Alberta, Ontario and some in the Maritimes. There are no locations in Quebec, ceding that market to Double Pizza. 241 Pizza was founded in Toronto in 1986. Since then 241 Pizza has expanded across Ontario, and currently has locations in three provinces. Coffee Time's parent company Chairman's Brand Corp. acquired 241 Pizza in October 2006.
    6.75
    4 votes
    57
    Buddha Bar

    Buddha Bar

    The Buddha Bar is an exclusive Buddha-themed bar and restaurant in Paris, France, serving Asian cuisine. The Buddha Bar originally became popular because of the DJs choice of avant-garde "Lounge" and "Chill Out" genre's of music. Compilation CDs of similar music are released under the Buddha Bar series. The Buddha Bar was started by Raymond Visan, and later co-owned by his current partner Gerard Guez. The two-story dining area is dominated by a large statue of Buddha and the bar upstairs has a statue of large ornate dragon. Buddha Bar has also opened venues in Dubai, Beirut and Cairo. Smaller versions named Little Buddha Bar are located in Las Vegas, Vienna, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh. The "Buddha Bar" series was started by Claude Challe who compiled and produced the first two albums. The series continues with different producers like DJ Ravin, Sam Popat, Jean-Pierre Danel and David Visan. DVDs have also been released using the music of the series.
    6.75
    4 votes
    58
    East Coast Seafood Centre

    East Coast Seafood Centre

    The East Coast Seafood Centre (Chinese: 东海岸海鲜中心) is a tri-block food centre in East Coast Park, Singapore, best known for co-locating several major local seafood restaurants, including Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. Jumbo Seafood established its first and flagship oulet at the Centre in 1987, with the ability to seat up to 1,200 diners at a go. Some signature local dishes are served there amongst the various restaurants, in particular the chilli crab and the black pepper crab, the later of which is claimed to be invented by Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. Some of the restaurants offer seaview dining. Opened at about the same time as the park by the Housing and Development Board, the complex is managed by National Parks Board, which currently houses seven seafood restaurants. Originally known as the UDMC Seafood Centre, it took on its current name in 2000. In 2005, the centre was renovated, resulting in a change in tenant in some instances. As of June 2007, other seafood restaurants housed here are No Signboard, Fisherman's Village and Red House. For the latest list of restaurants, see the external link provided below. The Seafood Centre can be reached by car from
    6.75
    4 votes
    59
    Fatz Cafe

    Fatz Cafe

    • Cuisine: American
    FATZ is a casual dining restaurant chain operated by Cafe Enterprises, Inc. which is headquartered in Taylors, South Carolina. It is a regional restaurant chain with locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Unlike most chain restaurants, FATZ does not franchise any of its units. Rather, the company owns each location and relies on operating partners to manage and oversee the success of his or her respective restaurant. Formerly known as Fatz Cafe, FATZ changed their name to be more in line with the casual atmosphere it promotes, as well as emphasizing a “first name basis” customer approach. The first FATZ opened November 1988 in a converted peach shed in Spartanburg, South Carolina with the idea to serve ample portions of food in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The main FATZ menu features chicken, pasta, steaks, ribs, and seafood. The menu also includes salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers. Specialty entrees are both traditional and new American food prepared with a twist. The centerpiece of FATZ menu is its "World Famous Calabash chicken," named after Calabash, North Carolina, a coastal town renowned for its distinctive style of
    6.75
    4 votes
    60
    Cheeseburger In Paradise restaurant

    Cheeseburger In Paradise restaurant

    Cheeseburger in Paradise is a casual dining restaurant chain in the United States. The first restaurant opened on August 22, 2002, in Indianapolis, Indiana; as of 2010, the restaurant has 28 locations in 16 states. It is a theme restaurant named for the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by American pop music singer Jimmy Buffett. The chain was a partnership of Buffett's company, the Orlando, FL-based Margaritaville Holdings LLC, and OSI Restaurant Partners, with Buffett licensing the name and Outback Steakhouse operating the franchising of restaurants. In September 2009, Cheeseburger in Paradise was sold to current owner Paradise Restaurant Group, LLC. Jimmy Buffett was only a Royalty Partner receiving 2% of profits until selling Paradise Restaurant Group the rights to the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise". Today, he receives 4% of all profits. Most of the menu items have an Island theme as well, such as the Pressed Burger, and the St. Barts Citrus Chicken. The menu also includes appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, island specialties, desserts, and a whole section on cheeseburgers. In addition to the regular menu, they offer a kid's menu, and gluten-free menu, and an entire
    9.00
    2 votes
    61
    French Horn, Sonning Eye

    French Horn, Sonning Eye

    The French Horn at Sonning is a luxury hotel and restaurant on the banks of the River Thames next to the Sonning Backwater Bridges (on the B478 road), at Sonning Eye, Oxfordshire, England. The speciality of the restaurant is duck, roasted on a spit in front of the fire, and there is an extensive wine list. The restaurant has a panoramic view of the gardens and river beyond. The riverside trees are floodlit at night. It is possible for diners and other visitors to moor on the river in the hotel's garden. There is an old, rusty iron gate with the name of the hotel within the ironwork on the path by the river opposite Sonning Bridge. The hotel includes a number of riverside cottages that are now used as rooms for hotel clients. Notable clientele include the film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner, who has used the location as a film set, and Princess Diana. It has also featured in the books of Dick Francis. Close by is The Mill at Sonning, now a dinner theatre. On the opposite Berkshire bank over the main historic Sonning Bridge is another riverside hotel and restaurant, the Great House at Sonning.
    9.00
    2 votes
    62
    Junior's Grill

    Junior's Grill

    Junior's Grill was a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It was located on the Georgia Tech campus in the Bradley Building near Tech Tower. It was a family business owned by Tommy Klemis. The restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday (breakfast and lunch only on Friday), and was famous among students for its battered chicken fingers. It closed on April 21, 2011, due to declining business. Junior's was founded by Wilbur Gold, Jr. in 1948 as Pilgrim's and was originally located on North Avenue at Techwood Drive just south of campus. In 1958, the Georgia Board of Regents made plans to redevelop the property where Pilgrim's was located sometime in the future, and instead of accepting a year-to-year lease, Gold sold the business to James Klemis and John Chaknis, who changed the restaurant's name to Junior's Grill. Junior's remained in its original location until 1967, when the Board of Regents exercised its option to redevelop. The restaurant was relocated down the street to what had formerly been a barbershop, across from Smith Dormitory. The new location was much smaller than the original, and in 1987, Junior's expanded into the Engineer's
    9.00
    2 votes
    63
    Les Deux Magots

    Les Deux Magots

    Les Deux Magots (French pronunciation: [le dø maɡo]) is a famous café in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, France. It once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city. It is now a popular tourist destination. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers, such as Ernest Hemingway. Other patrons included Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, and the American writer Charles Sutherland. The Deux Magots literary prize has been awarded to a French novel every year since 1933. The name originally belonged to a fabric and novelty shop at nearby 23 Rue de Buci. The shop sold silk lingerie and took its name from a popular play of the moment (1800s) entitled Les Deux Magots de la Chine (Two Figurines from China.) In 1873 the business transferred to its current location in the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In 1884 the business changed to a café and liquoriste, keeping the name. Auguste Boulay bought the business in 1914, when it was on the brink of bankruptcy, for 400,000 francs (anciens). The present manager, Catherine Mathivat, is his
    9.00
    2 votes
    64
    Ithaa

    Ithaa

    Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, is the very first undersea restaurant in the world located 5 metres (16 ft) below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. The 5-by-9-metre (16 by 30 ft) mostly acrylic structure has a capacity of 14 people and is encased in R-Cast acrylic with a transparent roof offering a 270° panoramic underwater view. The restaurant was designed and constructed by M.J. Murphy Ltd. - a design consultancy based in New Zealand - and was opened on April 15, 2005. Food served in the restaurant has evolved over the years and is now best described as contemporary European with Asian influences, Ithaa's entrance is a spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty. The tsunami which followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake topped at 0.31 metres (1 ft 0 in) below the staircase entrance, and caused no damage to the restaurant. In April 2010, to celebrate the restaurant's 5th anniversary, it was made possible to sleep in Ithaa for the night if the restaurant is not booked for dinner. The restaurant is also used for private parties and weddings. In February 2004, M.J. Murphy Ltd. was
    5.80
    5 votes
    65
    Baldwin House

    Baldwin House

    The Baldwin House, also known as the Loammi Baldwin Mansion, is a fine Colonial American mansion located at 2 Alfred Street in Woburn, Massachusetts. On October 7, 1971, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently a restaurant called Sichuan Garden and is in a state of disrepair. There was debate about using the property as a restaurant but ultimately the plans were approved as being sufficiently respectful of the historical nature of the site. The historic 1790 House was across the Middlesex Canal. The original Baldwin House was built in 1661 by Henry Baldwin, one of Woburn's first settlers. In 1803 his great-grandson, noted engineer Col. Loammi Baldwin, greatly enlarged the house to its current form. (This younger Baldwin, known as the Father of American Civil Engineering, created the Middlesex Canal, and lent his name to the Baldwin apple, discovered nearby.) At that time its grounds were 212 acres (0.86 km) in extent. On the south, between the house and the canal, was formerly a beautiful garden, with walks and trees, superior to anything in the region. All traces have long since disappeared under suburban sprawl. All told, six generations of
    7.67
    3 votes
    66
    Barista Coffee

    Barista Coffee

    Barista Lavazza is a chain of espresso bars in India. Established in February 2000 under the name Barista, it was taken over by Lavazza in 2007, a world-famous enterprise that continues as Italy’s top-ranking coffee company. Headquartered in Okhla, Barista currently has espresso bars across India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Middle East. It was established in February 2000 by the Barista Coffee Company Limited. A 34.3% equity stake was sold to Tata Coffee in 2001. C Sivasankaran bought the remaining 65 per cent in Barista from the Amit Judge-controlled Turner Morrison in 2004, and his Sterling Group also bought out Tata Coffee's stake later. In 2007, the Sterling Group sold Barista to Lavazza. Barista Lavazza is currently owned by Lavazza. The coffee is supplied by the Indian roaster Fresh and Honest, headquartered in Chennai, which is also owned by Lavazza. As of 2009, the chain has 200 stores in India, with an estimated annual revenue of 200 crores. Barista was the fastest brand to make it on the list of super brands and is ranked among the top 50 phenomena that changed India. Barista was (and still is) designed by New delhi based design firm, Incubis Consultants (India) Pvt.
    7.67
    3 votes
    67
    Billy Goat Tavern

    Billy Goat Tavern

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    The Billy Goat Tavern is a chain of taverns located in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1937 by Billy Sianis, a Greek immigrant. It achieved fame primarily through newspaper columns by Mike Royko, a supposed curse on the Chicago Cubs, and the Olympia Cafe sketch on Saturday Night Live. It now has several locations in the Chicago area, including Navy Pier, the Merchandise Mart, O'Hare Airport, Randhurst Village in Mt. Prospect, and the West Loop, and expanded to Washington, D.C. in 2005. The D.C. location is the first outside of the Chicago area and is intended to appeal primarily to politicians, lobbyists, and other D.C. workers who are originally from Chicago. The first location was opened in 1937 when William "Billy Goat" Sianis bought the Lincoln Tavern, near Chicago Stadium, for $205 with a bounced check (he made good on it with the proceeds from the first weekend they were open). When the 1944 Republican National Convention came to town, he posted a sign saying "No Republicans allowed" causing the place to be packed with Republicans demanding to be served. Of course, a great deal of publicity followed and Sianis took advantage of that fact. In 1964, it moved to its current
    7.67
    3 votes
    68
    Double Coffee

    Double Coffee

    Double Coffee is a coffee house company based in Latvia. The first Double Coffee opened on 26 September 2002, in the city of Riga, on Stabu Street. The year it was founded it won the best trader in Riga 2002, and also the best Latvian trader 2002. Five new Double Coffee houses opened in 2003 and at the end of 2005 there were 16 in Latvia with branches subsequently opening in Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine. The chain opened its first non-European branch in June 2009 in Beijing, China In 2011, the chain went bankrupt leaving Estonia and Lithuania. They remain doing business in Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Double Coffee provides their menu in a newspaper format. Breakfast items are served all day long and many branches are open 24 hours acting as a bar (serving alcoholic beverages).
    7.67
    3 votes
    69
    Grimaldi's Pizzeria

    Grimaldi's Pizzeria

    • Cuisine: Italian
    Grimaldi's Pizzeria is a popular pizzeria chain in the New York City area. Its most famous restaurant is under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn at 1 Front Street, next door to its original location. It does not sell slices; only whole pies. The pizzas are made using a coal-fired brick oven. Patsy Grimaldi, the founder of Grimaldi's, learned to make pizza at his uncle Patsy Lancieri's pizzeria in East Harlem in 1941 at age ten. He eventually opened his own restaurant, Patsy's Pizzeria, in Brooklyn. Grimaldi originally planned to build it in Manhattan. However, he believed that coal-fired brick ovens produced the best pizza, and it was illegal to build new coal ovens in Manhattan. As a result, he moved to the current location at South Ferry, Brooklyn. In 1991, Grimaldi’s aunt, Carmela Lancieri, sold the East Harlem restaurant along with its naming and branding rights to a corporation, which franchised the Patsy’s name to other Manhattan restaurants. In 1995, the corporation sued Patsy Grimaldi for naming his restaurant Patsy’s Pizzeria, which eventually led Grimaldi to change the name of his restaurant to Patsy Grimaldi’s in 1996. In 1998 Grimaldi sold his restaurant, along with the
    7.67
    3 votes
    70
    Gundel

    Gundel

    Gundel is a well-known restaurant located in the Budapest City Park, Hungary. A previous restaurant in the spot, Wampetics, opened in 1894. In 1910, Károly Gundel took over the Wampetics lease and operated the restaurant. His son János Gundel, who had learned the hospitality trade at other hotels and restaurants, took over the restaurant's management. He created a dramatic and luxurious style that increased its popularity and created an international reputation. In 1939, the restaurant did the catering for the Hungarian contingent at 1939 World's Fair in New York City. In 1949, the restaurant was nationalized and operated by state company Hungar Hotels, but it was reopened by Americans Ronald S. Lauder and George Lang in 1992. Consultants Adam Tihany and graphic artist Milton Glaser assisted in its design. One of Gundel's signature dishes is the Gundel palacsinta, a crepe with a filling made from rum, raisin, walnuts, and lemon zest, served with a chocolate sauce. Gundel also claims to have created Palóc soup, a soup that aimed to be "like goulash . . . yet not goulash," according to the Gundel web site. Victor Sassie, the founder of The Gay Hussar restaurant (in Soho, London)
    7.67
    3 votes
    71
    Albert's Real Jamaican Foods

    Albert's Real Jamaican Foods

    Albert's Real Jamaican Foods is a restaurant at 542 St. Clair Avenue West at the corner of Vaughan Road in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Albert Wiggan, a recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. One of fifteen children, Albert's mother taught him how to cook from a young age. At the age of 15 he left to work odd jobs, and in the mid 1970s went to Toronto to become a factory worker. In January 1988 at the age 18, he had saved enough open up his restaurant. The restaurant has become popular destination for Jamaican cuisine, and famous people such as the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau have tried its food. The restaurant serves entrées such as Goat, chicken and Ox Curry and Jerk Chicken, and snacks like Plantain chips, Jamaican rum cake, Sugar coconut and rock cake.
    10.00
    1 votes
    72
    Amigos/Kings Classic

    Amigos/Kings Classic

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    Amigos/Kings Classic is a small Nebraska-based fast-food chain that serves Mexican and American foods. The restaurant was founded as Amigos in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1980. The chain was solely a Mexican fast-food restaurant until 1998, when many locations were co-branded with A&W Restaurants. After A&W was bought by Yum! Brands, Inc. in 2002, a defunct regional burger chain, Kings Classic, was revived and replaced A&W in 2003. Several locations are also open for breakfast and offer a third and even fourth brand, Winchell's Donuts and Kopeli Coffee. For a short time, a few of the chains also held Rezato's Fast Italian, these only lasted about a year between 2004 and 2005. Amigos/Kings Classic has over 25 locations in Nebraska, most in the eastern part of the state and/or along Interstate 80.
    10.00
    1 votes
    73
    Buffet Inc.

    Buffet Inc.

    Buffets, Inc., with corporate offices in Eagan, Minnesota is a company that owns American national chains of buffets. As of January, 2008, Buffets, Inc. and its affiliated companies operated at least 626 restaurants in 39 states. The company was founded by Roe Hatlen and C. Dennis Scott in 1983. Scott left in 1989 to start HomeTown, but the two chains merged back together in September 1996. The current Chief Executive Officer is R. Michael Andrews. On November 1, 2006, Buffets Inc. acquired Ryan's Restaurant Group adding 340 Ryan's Grill Buffet and Bakery and Fire Mountain Grills locations. On January 22, 2008, Buffets Inc. filed for bankruptcy, under Chapter 11. Although all restaurants were said to be staying open and continuing to operate normally under the then-current reorganization plan, the company called for the immediate closing of 52 stores nationwide, effective February 12, 2008. The final day of normal business operations in these stores, as well as the announcement of closing to all team members in said stores, took place the previous day. On April 28, 2009, Buffets Inc. emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization with reduced debt along with a new Board of Directors. On
    10.00
    1 votes
    74
    Denny's

    Denny's

    • Cuisine: Family
    Denny's (also seen as Denny's Diner on some of the locations' signage) is a full-service coffee shop/family restaurant chain. It operates over 1,600 restaurants in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Curaçao, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan (transliterated as デニーズ Denīzu), Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Denny's is known for always being open, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert around the clock. Unlike many other restaurant chains, Denny's does not close on holidays or nights, except where required by law. Many of their restaurants are located in proximity to freeway exits, bars and in service areas. Denny's started franchising in 1963, and most Denny's restaurants are now franchisee-owned. Richard Jezak and Harold Butler founded Denny's (as Danny's Donuts) in Lakewood, California in 1953. Their first store opened at 4917 Bellflower Blvd. at Del Amo Blvd. in Lakewood, CA on July 30, 1954. Denny's expanded to twenty restaurants by 1959, when the chain was renamed Denny's to avoid confusion with another chain, "Coffee Dan's". The business continued to grow and by 1981, there were over 1,000 restaurants in all 50 U.S. states. In 1977,
    10.00
    1 votes
    75
    Fitz's

    Fitz's

    Fitz's Bottling Company is a regional soda brand in University City, Missouri and the St. Louis area. The flagship brand is its root beer popularized by its microbrewery and restaurant located in University City, on the historic Delmar Loop near both Washington University in Saint Louis and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Fitz's was originally a drive-in hamburger stand located on Brentwood Blvd, in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights. The root beer was first produced in 1947 and sold alongside hamburgers and fries. Beverage production was discontinued when the original eatery shut down in 1970. But fifteen years later, the root beer was brought back in its original recipe. In the early 1990s, a new location in the Delmar Loop was purchased and vintage bottling equipment installed. In addition to root beer, Fitz's produces other soft drink flavors including diet root beer, cream soda, diet cream soda, grape pop, orange pop, strawberry pop, ginger ale, and orange cream. The labels feature the locally familiar logo; its classic colors are red, white, and blue, but these colors change from one variety to the next to indicate and complement whatever flavor is in the bottle. The soda
    10.00
    1 votes
    76
    Lawry's

    Lawry's

    Lawry's The Prime Rib /ˈlaʊəriːz/ is a high-end, gourmet restaurant chain. The original location on Restaurant Row on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California, was founded by Lawrence L. Frank and Walter Van de Kamp and opened in 1938. It is still operated by the Frank and Van de Kamp families. For many years, Lawry's, which can be described as a carvery, was unique among restaurants in having but a single entrée (or main course) on its menu, standing rib roast. It now serves a few additional entrées (namely vegetarian specials and lobster tails), but is still generally considered to be a roast beef restaurant. The roast beef at the restaurant is served from a large silver cart pushed from table to table, where the meat is then carved to order. Along with roasted prime ribs of beef, the restaurant is known for its Yorkshire pudding and signature "spinning salad." A 1953 menu from Lawry's claims that it was also "the first to feature a green salad as an integral part of every meal." The salad, which was introduced by the founders when the restaurant opened in 1938, is prepared tableside by a server who spins a large metal bowl of greens atop a bed of ice. In 1938, Lawry's
    10.00
    1 votes
    77
    Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

    Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

    Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons ("Four Seasons Manor", aka Le Manoir) is a luxury hotel-restaurant in the village of Great Milton near Oxford, in Oxfordshire, England. It is located in an historic manor house near the church that was visited by Oliver Cromwell. The restaurant has two Michelin stars and scores 9/10 in the Good Food Guide. It is capable of serving 260 guests per day It is owned and run by the leading French chef Raymond Blanc. The gardens are used to grow fresh food for the restaurant. A helipad is available for clients. The restaurant was used as filming location for the Chateau Anglais of the show Chef!. It is also used in the BBC 2 television programme The Restaurant, where it has been used for challenges as well as Raymond Blanc's "room of truth". The restaurant kitchen has trained 28 Michelin starred chefs so far, with its basic training programs for its chefs lasting approximately 2.5 years. Each chef spending 6 months on each "section" in the kitchen. Chefs that stay longer than the initial 2.5 years of training then go on to learn the management side of the business.
    10.00
    1 votes
    78
    Max Hamburgers

    Max Hamburgers

    Max Hamburgerrestauranger AB (Max Hamburger Restaurants Incorporated) is a fast food corporation which was founded by Curt Bergfors in Gällivare, Sweden in 1968. Bergfors' oldest son Richard Bergfors is the current president since 2002. Until the 1980s, Max was the largest hamburger restaurant chain in northern Sweden, with only a single restaurant outside of Norrland (on Drottninggatan, Stockholm). This changed during the 1990s, when they expanded to become a nationwide fast-food chain. By 2011, there are around 85 restaurants in Sweden, compared to 40 just five years earlier. From 2005 to 2010, Max expanded extensively to the western parts of Sweden. Plans have been announced to expand to Riyadh and Dubai with Kuwait following. The first restaurant in Norway opened on May 12, 2011. Max's relies on its Swedish heritage as a means of competing with the two major fast food-chains on the market, McDonalds and Burger King, but also embraces a multi-cultural image at the same time. Max has done advertising featuring children as well as adults with different ethnicity, dressed in traditional Swedish costumes (folkdräkt), and only music from Swedish artists are played in the restaurants,
    10.00
    1 votes
    79
    City Wok

    City Wok

    • Cuisine: Chinese
    City Wok is a chain of Asian-themed casual restaurants in California, United States and in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Restaurants are located in Studio City, Coachella, Palm Desert, Thousand Oaks, Orange, San Diego and Santo Domingo. Currently the chain plans to open more restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, North Carolina, and Florida. In the popular television series South Park, City Wok appears as a locally-owned Chinese restaurant. The running gag is that the proprietor's heavy Chinese accent makes it sound like he's saying "Shitty" whenever he says "City". This usually happens when he answers the phone or when someone walks through the door and he says "Welcome to City Wok", but also when he describes menu items such as "City Beef" or "City Chicken". When aired on daytime television, the word "shitty" is replaced with "chitty".
    6.50
    4 votes
    80
    Excalibur Hotel and Casino

    Excalibur Hotel and Casino

    The Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Arthurian theme in several ways. Its facade is a stylized image of a castle. Until 2007, a wizard-like figure representing Merlin looked out from a high turret (since replaced by a figure advertising Dick's Last Resort). Excalibur is situated at the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. The hotel is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to neighboring casinos to the north (New York-New York, across Tropicana Avenue) and to the east (Tropicana, across the Strip). There is a free tram that connects Excalibur to its sister MGM Resorts International properties to the south, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. The 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m) gaming area at Excalibur consists of both table games and over 1,700 slot machines. In addition to casino space, the Excalibur resort includes a renovated pool area, a 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m) spa and fitness center, the Canterbury Wedding Chapel, the Octane Lounge, a food court and children's
    6.50
    4 votes
    81
    Burger King

    Burger King

    Burger King is a restaurant owned by the Hoots family in Mattoon, Illinois. The restaurant's owners claims it is the "original" Burger King, and is not related to the fast food chain Burger King; the 1968 court case between this restaurant and the larger Burger King is a well-known case in United States trademark law. Mattoon residents Gene and Betty Hoots bought the successful Frigid Queen ice cream shop from Gene's uncle, Bill Paullin, in 1952. In 1954, Gene expanded the business, adding hamburgers, French fries and other items to the menu. In 1957, they fixed up a two-car parking garage behind the Frigid Queen, adding a grill and a counter for customers. When it came time to give the new business behind the Frigid Queen a name, Betty said that a queen needs a king, and chose the name Burger King. In 1959, after prompting by his uncle, Gene registered the name "Burger King" as a state trademark in Illinois, and the Hootses were official owners and operators of the only "Burger King" restaurant in Illinois at the time. Things went smoothly for the business for several years until the Hootses learned of the Burger King in Florida and that company's plans for Illinois. The Hootses
    8.50
    2 votes
    82
    Chick-fil-A

    Chick-fil-A

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Chick-fil-A is an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, specializing in chicken sandwiches. Founded in 1946, it has been associated with the Southern United States, where it has become a cultural icon. As of April 2012, Chick-fil-A has 1,614 restaurants in 39 U.S. states, and the District of Columbia, and is focusing future growth in the American Midwest and Southern California. The corporate culture is heavily influenced by its founder's Christian beliefs, and unlike the vast majority of fast food franchises, Chick-fil-A is closed for business on Sunday. The chain's origin can be traced to the Dwarf Grill (now the Dwarf House, see below), a restaurant opened by S. Truett Cathy, the chain's current Chairman and CEO, in 1946. The restaurant is located in Hapeville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, and is near the location of the now-demolished Ford Motor Company Atlanta Assembly Plant, for many years a source of many of the restaurant's patrons. In 1961, after 15 years in the fast food business, Cathy found a pressure-fryer that could cook the chicken sandwich in the same amount of time it took to cook a fast-food hamburger.
    8.50
    2 votes
    83
    Dick's Drive-In

    Dick's Drive-In

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Dick's Drive-In, or simply Dick's, is a fast-food restaurant chain in the Seattle, Washington area. Founders Dick Spady, H. Warren Ghormley, and Dr. B. O. A. Thomas opened the first Dick's in 1954 in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, on N.E. 45th Street. In 1955, a second Dick's was opened in Seattle's Capitol Hill district. This was followed by a third in 1960 in the Ballard neighborhood, a 4th in 1963 in Lake City, a fifth in Queen Anne in 1974. In September 2010, it was announced that Dick's was planning on opening a new sixth location in the Seattle area and that an online poll on their website would determine the new location. After a few weeks of polling, the area north of Seattle won the right for a new Dick's Drive-In. On October 15, 2010, Dick's officials announced the new location to be in Edmonds on the corner of Hwy 99 and 220th St. All but the Queen Anne location are without customer seating. The Queen Anne location has indoor tables and no drive-in. The restaurants only accept cash; there are no ways to use electronic forms of payment. The simple menu has changed little over time. It features fast-food staples such as hamburgers, hand-cut french fries, and
    8.50
    2 votes
    84
    Bembos

    Bembos

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Bembos is a Peruvian fast food chain offering hamburgers, often with Peruvian-influenced variations. Bembos was established in 1988, with its first restaurant opening in the Miraflores district of Lima. Bembos mixes spices into their meat, giving a distinct taste and appearance. As do other restaurants in Peru (even foreign ones), they serve aji (a pepper-based sauce) on the side. Bembos meals primarily come with hot chips or yuquitas (made from yuca root). As their website states, they can be found all over the Lima area, including a two-story one on Caminos del Inca. They also offer home delivery. The chain has 35 restaurants in 6 cities, mostly in Lima. In July 2007, it had opened a restaurant in the center of Cusco, becoming the first national or international fast food establishment in the city. Bembos has recently opened restaurants outside of Peru, located in Delhi NCR and Mumbai, India and Panamá City, Panamá. In March 2011, Bembos was acquired by the Peruvian group Interbank.
    7.33
    3 votes
    85
    Dai Pai Dong

    Dai Pai Dong

    Dai Pai Dong is a chain of medium range restaurants based in Hong Kong, owned by the Kampery Group (Chinese: 金百加集團). The chain has nothing to do with the traditional dai pai dong, except the name. The food chain also produces a series of "Dai Pai Dong"–branded instant food products, including instant tea, instant coffee, instant yuanyang, and instant cereal. Template:Catering-stub
    7.33
    3 votes
    86
    Domino's Pizza

    Domino's Pizza

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Domino's, Inc. is an international pizza delivery corporation headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1960, Domino's is the second-largest pizza chain in the United States (after Pizza Hut) and has more than 10,000 corporate and franchised stores in 70 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Domino's Pizza was sold to Bain Capital in 1998 and went public in 2004. The menu features both vegetarian and meat pizzas, chicken wings and boneless chicken, sandwiches, pasta, stuffed cheesy breads and a variety of dessert items, including cinnamon sticks and chocolate lava cakes and a variety of soft drinks, including Coca-Cola, Fanta, and Sprite. In 1960, Tom Monaghan and his brother, James, purchased DomiNick's, a small pizza store in Ypsilanti, Michigan, near Eastern Michigan University. The deal was secured by a US$75 down payment and the brothers borrowed $500 to pay for the store. Eight months later, James traded his half of the business to Tom for a used Volkswagen Beetle. As sole owner of the company, Monaghan renamed the business Domino's Pizza, Inc. in 1965. In 1967, the first Domino's Pizza franchise store opened in Ypsilanti. The company logo was originally
    7.33
    3 votes
    87
    Harry's Bar

    Harry's Bar

    Harry's Bar is a bar and restaurant located in Venice, Italy. It is owned by Cipriani S.A. The address is: Calle Vallaresso, 1323 (west of the Piazza San Marco) Harry's Bar was opened in 1931 by bartender Giuseppe Cipriani. According to the company history, Harry Pickering—a rich, young Bostonian--had been frequenting Hotel Europa in Venice, where Giuseppe Cipriani was a bartender. When Pickering suddenly stopped coming to the hotel bar, Cipriani asked him why. When Pickering explained that he was broke because his family found out his drinking habits and cut him off financially, Cipriani loaned him 10,000 lire (about $5,000 US). Two years later, Pickering returned to the hotel bar, ordered a drink, and gave Cipriani 50,000 lire in return. "Mr. Cipriani, thank you," he said, according to the Cipriani website. "Here's the money. And to show you my appreciation, here's 40,000 more, enough to open a bar. We will call it Harry's Bar." The Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared it a national landmark in 2001. Harry's Bar has long been frequented by famous people, and it was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. Other notable customers have included Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini,
    7.33
    3 votes
    88
    Louis' Lunch

    Louis' Lunch

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, advertises itself as the first restaurant to serve hamburgers and as being the oldest hamburger restaurant still operating in the U.S. Opened as a small lunch wagon in 1895, Louis' Lunch was also one of the first places in the U.S. to serve steak sandwiches. Louis Lassen, a butter dealer, operated a lunch wagon on Meadow Street as early as 1895 and served steak and ground steak hamburger sandwiches, made from scrap trimmings, to local factory workers. The population of New Haven doubled between 1870 and 1900. Tens of thousands of European immigrants flocked to the city to find work in the many factories located there at the time. According to family legend, one day in 1900 a local businessman dashed into the small New Haven lunch wagon and pleaded for a lunch to go. Louis Lassen, the establishment's owner, hurriedly sandwiched a broiled hamburger between two slices of bread and sent the customer on his way, so the story goes, with America's first hamburger being served. In 1907, Lassen moved the business to Temple and George Streets. After a decade there, he left his lunch wagon for a square-shaped little brick building that had once been a
    7.33
    3 votes
    89
    Mavalli Tiffin Rooms

    Mavalli Tiffin Rooms

    The Mavalli Tiffin Room (Kannada: ಮಾವಳ್ಳಿ ಟಿಫನ್ ರೂಂ) (commonly known as MTR) is the brand name of a food related enterprise located in India. Having its origin in the city of Bangalore, it has a restaurant located on the Lal Bagh Road in Bangalore and Gandhinagar area as well and also for the pre-packed food articles which are sold in packets having the MTR brand. MTR also claims to be the inventor of the popular South-Indian breakfast item, Rava idli. MTR was founded as a restaurant by Parampalli Yajnanarayana Maiya and his brothers in the year 1924. In the mid 1970s when India was under emergency, a Food Control Act was introduced which mandated that food was to be sold at very low prices. This move made it difficult for MTR to maintain high standards in its restaurant business and forced it to diversify into the instant food business, selling ready-to-eat snacks such as chutneys and rasams. Since the 1970s, MTR has expanded and diversified, with MTR Department Stores opened next to the restaurant, and an outlet opened in Chennai. Currently the MTR brand represents two separate entities; the MTR restaurant business and MTR Foods, the pre-packaged food business. MTR restaurant is
    7.33
    3 votes
    90
    Ben's Delicatessen & Restaurant

    Ben's Delicatessen & Restaurant

    Bens De Luxe Delicatessen and Restaurant was a renowned delicatessen in Montreal, Canada. The restaurant was famed for its smoked meat sandwich. During its heyday it was a popular late-night dining fixture in the downtown core and a favourite eatery of many celebrities. It was open for nearly a century, from 1908 to 2006. At 98 years it was the oldest deli in the city. The restaurant was located at 990 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West on the southeast corner of the intersection with Metcalfe Street. A three-storey brown brick building, designed in 1950 by C. Davis Goodman, it had a rounded front corner facing, green awnings, large bay windows and a large illuminated wrap-around sign. The restaurant was on the ground floor and two upper floors were rented. This was Bens third location. The interior was seemingly unchanged through the years. Its columns and walls were painted in bright greens and yellows with chrome siding, it had a stainless steel edged counter with rows of chrome counter stools, and terrazzo floors. The chairs were bright yellow, orange and green. Walls were covered in photographs of celebrities who had dined at the restaurant; one spot was dubbed "Bens Wall of Fame."
    6.25
    4 votes
    91
    Burgerville, USA

    Burgerville, USA

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Burgerville (originally Burgerville USA) is a privately held American restaurant chain in Oregon and southwest Washington, owned by The Holland Inc. As the chain's name suggests, Burgerville's sandwich menu consists mostly of hamburgers, though it also offers chicken and turkey sandwiches, vegetarian burgers, and halibut fish and chips. All Burgerville locations are within an 80-mile (129-km) radius, mostly in the Portland metropolitan area. The chain's most significant differentiation is in its use of local ingredients and natural ingredients, such as Tillamook Cheddar in its burgers, and locally grown strawberries in its milkshakes and sundaes. Throughout the year it offers seasonal items such as milkshakes made with hazelnuts, fresh pumpkins, fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, and blackberries, and side orders such as Walla Walla onion rings, sweet potato fries, tempura-style fried asparagus and Yukon Gold potatoes. Burgerville was founded in 1961 by George Propstra in Vancouver, Washington. Burgerville is known for its progressive business practices and commitment to local resources. The chain uses 100% wind power for all of its restaurants and headquarters, and is the
    6.25
    4 votes
    92
    Café de Flore

    Café de Flore

    The Café de Flore, at the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue St. Benoit, in the 6th arrondissement, is one of the oldest and the most prestigious coffeehouses in Paris, celebrated for its famous clientele. The classic Art Deco interior of all red seating, mahogany and mirrors has changed little since World War II. Like its main rival, Les Deux Magots, it has hosted most of the French intellectuals during the post-war years. In his essay "A Tale of Two Cafes" and his book Paris to the Moon, American writer Adam Gopnik mused over the possible explanations of why the Flore had become, by the late 1990s, much more fashionable and popular than its rival, Les Deux Magots, despite the fact that the latter cafe was associated with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and other famous thinkers of the 1940s and 1950s. The Prix de Flore, a literary prize inaugurated by Frédéric Beigbeder in 1994, is awarded annually at the Café de Flore. The Café de Flore opened early in the Third Republic, in 1885. The name is taken from a sculpture of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring in Roman mythology, located on the opposite side of the boulevard. In the late 19th
    6.25
    4 votes
    93
    Casa Bonita

    Casa Bonita

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    Casa Bonita (Spanish; literally means "pretty house") is a chain of Mexican-themed "eatertainment" restaurants which originated in Oklahoma City. As of 2011, only one location remains open, in the western Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colorado. There was also a northern Arizona chain of Mexican restaurants using the Casa Bonita name founded in 2003. Locations included Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Lake Havasu, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Sedona. They were not related to the eatertainment franchise, and in 2011 they changed their name to Plaza Bonita. Another unrelated restaurant of the same name is located in Libertyville, IL. The restaurant's food service is similar in style to Pancho's Mexican Buffet. Founder Bill Waugh opened the first Casa Bonita restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1968. By the mid-1970s, the chain had expanded to locations in adjacent states and was known for its "all you can eat" beef or chicken plates and offering sopapillas - small squares of fried bread served with honey - with every meal. In 1982, the company (including Taco Bueno fast food restaurants) was sold to Unigate (now Uniq plc). In 1992, Unigate sold the restaurants to CKE Restaurants, owners of
    6.25
    4 votes
    94
    Dog Team Tavern

    Dog Team Tavern

    The Dog Team Tavern was a restaurant that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was located on Dog Team Road, off U.S. Route 7, roughly four miles north of the town of Middlebury, Vermont. The restaurant burned down in early September 2006, destroying artifacts of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission and Labrador handicrafts. The building was originally a mission house that was started by Grenfell and his wife in 1931. In the 1940s the building became the Dog Team Tavern. The rustic restaurant was a local landmark known for its sizable portions (most notably the prime rib) and the "relish wheel," which typically contained corn relish, apple butter, horseradish cottage cheese, beets, and sauerkraut. Also, the restaurant's famous sticky buns were always served at the beginning of each meal. The restaurant was very popular among students from the nearby Middlebury College, who often flocked there with family during the college's fall family weekends. The Dog Team Tavern was originally constructed in the 1920s by Sir Wilfred and Lady Anne Grenfell. The Dog Team Tavern was opened in 1936 as a tea house and outlet for handicrafts from Newfoundland and Labrador. Earlier
    6.25
    4 votes
    95
    Harvey's

    Harvey's

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Harvey's is a fast food restaurant chain that operates in Canada, with locations concentrated in southern Ontario, southern Quebec, as well as the Maritimes, Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. It serves hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, and other traditional fast food fare. The chain is owned by Cara Operations. Harvey's is the second-largest Canadian-established restaurant chain behind Tim Hortons, and is the fourth-largest burger chain in Canada. Harvey's is known for its grilled burgers, allowing customers the choice of 11 different toppings, including lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, and a wide selection of condiments ranging from ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise to Frank's Red Hot sauce. Cooked burgers are placed in view of the customer, behind a glass counter, while an employee garnishes the burger according to the customer's wishes before wrapping it in paper and serving it to them. In this sense, Harvey's is closer to the model used by submarine sandwich chains like Subway, as opposed to other burger chains which use a set list of toppings for each burger, omitting toppings only at the customer's specific
    6.25
    4 votes
    96
    Magnolia Bakery

    Magnolia Bakery

    Magnolia Bakery is a bakery opened in 1996 at 401 Bleecker Street, on the corner of West 11th Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. An uptown shop opened at 200 Columbus Avenue, on the corner of West 69th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in January 2008. A location also exists near Rockefeller center at 1240 Avenue of the Americas, and yet another in the dining concourse of Grand Central Station, which opened in February 2010. The bakery is known for its famous dessert treats, including its cupcakes and old-fashioned Depression era icebox cakes. Magnolia bakery opened in July 1996 with Allysa Torey and Jennifer Appel as co-owners. They had three employees: Kathryn McCann (who was originally hired to be the bread baker), William (who washed dishes) and Avi (barista/counter guy). They offered four kinds of bread along with both cinnamon rolls and whole wheat maple walnut rolls during the first week of operation. Making bread proved to be impractical due to time and space constraints. Southern-raised Kathryn stayed on, however, to bake cakes and pastries, helping Allysa with icing cakes and testing recipes with her late at night. The cupcakes
    6.25
    4 votes
    97
    Guss' Pickles

    Guss' Pickles

    Guss' Pickles was founded by a Polish immigrant, Isidor Guss. Guss arrived in New York in 1910, and like hundreds of thousands of other Jewish immigrants, settled in the Lower East Side. Clustered in the "pickle district" of Essex and Ludlow streets, early 20th century pickle vendors gave birth to what would be known as "New York style" pickles. Guss at first worked for L. Hollander and Sons, before later opening his own store. At the time, the neighborhood was teeming with 80 other pickle shops. However, immigration restrictions, a ban on pushcarts and the steady economic decline of the Lower East Side felled almost all of these shops. Guss' Pickles withstood the economic difficulty and now remains as the last store from the days of the Essex Street empire. In 1979, Harry Baker and his partner Burt Blitz took over Guss' Pickles. Through the 1980s and into the 2000s, Baker and his son Tim ran the store. The Orchard street store, according to a sign on the gate, is now closed. The reason has nothing to do with a greedy landlord — it’s simply that fewer old-timers were coming and business dropped off, even during the Jewish holidays. A new shop is open in Brooklyn at 39th Street
    5.40
    5 votes
    98
    Anna's Taqueria

    Anna's Taqueria

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    Anna's Taqueria is a chain of fast-service Mexican-fusion restaurants in the Boston area. Anna's is modeled after U.S. West Coast style Mexican cuisine, specifically the Mission-style or San Francisco burrito. Its menu offers only four core items: burritos, tacos, quesadillas and Mexican plates, and has been described as "the best burritos for next to nothing". The food is made using an assembly line-style process. The chain currently has six stores in operation, including two in Cambridge. In April 2009, Anna's Taqueria was recipient of the Boston Phoenix's 'Best of Boston' Award for best fast food, while the company has won Boston Magazine's 'Best of Boston' award multiple times. The first Anna's Taqueria was founded by Michael Kamio and located in Brookline's Coolidge Corner in 1995 after a disagreement with his sister Mariko Kamio, who owns the competing Boca Grande chain. Since then, a second Brookline restaurant was opened in addition to the locations in Porter and Davis Squares, and restaurants were opened at MIT's Stratton Student Center and on Cambridge St. in Boston across from the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2004, Anna's Taqueria was made to pay $206,918 in
    7.00
    3 votes
    99
    Bob Evans Restaurants

    Bob Evans Restaurants

    • Cuisine: American
    Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is a food service, processing, and retail company based in Columbus, Ohio. The company is named after its founder, Bob Evans (1918–2007). It operates two family dining restaurant chains in the United States, Bob Evans Restaurants and Mimi's Cafe. Its food processing and retail enterprise products are manufactured and sold under the Bob Evans and Owens Country Sausage brand names. The Bob Evans Restaurant chain started from a single truck stop diner near the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio in 1953. The chain has grown to nearly 570 locations in 23 states, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and upper Southern states. All locations are corporately owned, not franchised. The restaurant chain started after Bob Evans kept hearing patrons comment that his sausage was superior. Bob slaughtered and packaged his pork sausage using a unique recipe, but did not have the capacity to fill large orders. He contracted with his cousin Tim Evans of Evans Packing Co. to package Bob Evans Sausage products. In the early years of The Bob Evans History, Bob was know to have made his way across the Southern Ohio Hills seeking some of the best cuts of meat. He was very well
    7.00
    3 votes
    100
    Brigham's Ice Cream

    Brigham's Ice Cream

    Brigham's Ice Cream is an ice cream manufacturer and franchised restaurants. Brigham's is sold in quart cartons throughout New England, and served at franchised restaurants located in Massachusetts. It was founded in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. Since the purchase by HP Hood, its offices are located at 6 Kimball Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940. The company maintains a strong regional identity using regional terms such as "wicked" (extremely) and "frappe" (milkshake with ice cream), and makes reference to events with special significance to New Englanders, such as the Big Dig and the 2004 World Series. At one time there were 100 Brigham's restaurant locations, but this narrowed down to 26 locations, as well as "iScreamworks", located in West Roxbury and Canton, Massachusetts, which exclusively sell Brigham's ice cream. Ice cream is currently contract manufactured by Friendly's Ice Cream. Brigham's was founded in 1914 by Edward L. Brigham in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. In 1924, Edward Brigham opened an ice cream shop, where he sold ice cream and candy, which he made in the back of the store. Originally, ice cream was sold for five cents and sundaes for 20 cents. Brigham's ice
    7.00
    3 votes
    101
    Gimme Coffee

    Gimme Coffee

    Gimme! Coffee is a small chain of espresso bars in the state of New York, with locations in Ithaca, Trumansburg, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Gimme! Coffee also has a wholesale service that caters to coffee and espresso establishments. In 2006, the New York Times named Gimme! Coffee among the best espresso bars in New York City. Gimme! Coffee received a Good Food Award, in the coffee category, for 2011 and 2012. From instructional sessions at the cupping lab to blog posts on their web site, Gimme offers guidance and advice on equipment and technique for the home coffee brewer.
    7.00
    3 votes
    102
    Golden Corral

    Golden Corral

    • Cuisine: Steaks
    Golden Corral is an American family-style restaurant chain serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and featuring a large buffet and grill offering numerous hot and cold items, a carving station and their Brass Bell Bakery. It is a privately held company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, with locations in 40 states. In 1971, James Maynard and William F. Carl conceived the idea that became Golden Corral after several unsuccessful attempts to acquire a franchise with other companies. Golden Corral was incorporated in 1972 and the first Golden Corral Family Steak House opened on January 3, 1973, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The company has since expanded to over 480 locations across the United States; about 103 of them are company-owned. The others are franchised stores. Gross sales are over $1.53 billion. The company had more than 500 restaurants by 1987. That year, they decided to begin franchising by licensing 55 distressed restaurants to their most successful general managers. Because of poor training, nationwide concerns about the consumption of red meat, and a shift in market shares to upscale restaurants, sales were falling. The company added salad bars
    7.00
    3 votes
    103
    Gray's Papaya

    Gray's Papaya

    • Cuisine: Hot Dogs
    Gray's Papaya is a hot dog restaurant with two locations on the West Side of Manhattan, open 24 hours a day year-round. The two locations of Gray's Papaya in Manhattan are 402 Sixth Avenue at 8th Street, and 2090 Broadway at 72nd Street. (The 539 Eighth Avenue at 37th Street location is no longer in operation.) Gray's Papaya is famous for its inexpensive, high-quality hot dogs. The "papaya" in the name refers to the papaya fruit drink sold at the establishment. They also sell orange, grape, piña colada, coconut champagne (non-alcoholic), and banana daiquiri (non-alcoholic) fruit drinks. The chain was founded by a former partner of Papaya King , Paul Gray in 1973. In the June 1, 2006 issue of Time Out New York, Gray's Papaya's hot dog was ranked number one over its competitors Papaya King and Papaya Dog. On March 3, 2008, The New York Times reported that Gray's Papaya had endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in his campaign for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election. Anthony Bourdain featured Gray's Papaya on his Travel Channel show No Reservations. Michael J. Fox and Gabrielle Anwar enjoy Gray's Papaya hot dogs while chatting about the piano player on the street corner from the
    7.00
    3 votes
    104
    Green Zone Cafe

    Green Zone Cafe

    The Green Zone Cafe was a restaurant in the northeast corner of the Green Zone (International Zone) in Baghdad, Iraq. The restaurant was housed in a fabric and metal-frame building established in the parking lot of a former filling station. It was a popular and successful business, primarily serving the Western inhabitants of the Green Zone and featuring Arab cuisine. On October 14, 2004, the restaurant was destroyed, one patron was killed and five wounded by a backpack bomb. The restaurant reopened briefly a year later, along with a liquor store which was primarily patronized by security contractors in October 2005, but was closed when the Iraqi government confiscated the property.
    7.00
    3 votes
    105
    Kau Kee Restaurant

    Kau Kee Restaurant

    Kau Kee Restaurant (traditional Chinese: 九記牛腩) is a noodle shop with over ninety years of history on Gough Street in Hong Kong. Kau Kee is noted for creating beef brisket noodles in clear soup. Famous patrons include Chief Executive of Hong Kong Donald Tsang and actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai. It is unique compared with other noodle shops in that it only serves beef brisket in clear soup and curry beef brisket, and does not serve fishballs, beefballs and other dishes usually associated with noodle shops.
    7.00
    3 votes
    106
    Krispy Kreme

    Krispy Kreme

    • Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop
    Krispy Kreme is an international chain of doughnut stores that was founded by Vernon Rudolph in 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. The parent company is Erlich, Inc. (NYSE: KKD), which is based in Winston-Salem. While selling assorted types of doughnuts, Krispy Kreme's signature item is a glazed doughnut that is traditionally served warm. Products are sold in Krispy Kreme stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, Wal-Mart and Target stores in the United States. Internationally, Loblaws supermarkets and Petro-Canada gas stations in Canada along with BP Service Stations and BP Travel Centres and Seven Eleven in Australia carry Krispy Kreme. In the United Kingdom Tesco supermarkets, Tesco Extra and most service stations carry Krispy Kreme products. The company's growth was steady prior to its initial public offering but profits have decreased in recent quarters. However, new branches have opened in downtown Philadelphia and other locations. Krispy Kreme's founder Vernon Rudolph and his uncle purchased Joseph LeBeouf's donut shop on Broad Street in Paducah, Kentucky along with a secret recipe for yeast-raised doughnuts in 1933 acquired from a Buffalo,
    6.00
    4 votes
    107
    Arthur Bryant's

    Arthur Bryant's

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    Arthur Bryant's is a restaurant located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is considered by many to be the most famous barbecue restaurant in the United States. The restaurant can trace its descent from Henry Perry, the "father of Kansas City barbecue", who in 1908 began serving smoked meats to workers in the Garment District in Downtown Kansas City from an alley stand. Perry moved to the 18th Street and Vine neighborhood where he sold barbecue for 25 cents a slab from a trolley barn at 19th and Highland. Charlie Bryant worked for Perry and was soon joined by his brother Arthur Bryant. In 1940 when Perry died, Charlie took over the restaurant. Arthur in turn was to take it over. The restaurant was located for many years at 18th and Euclid Streets in the inner city neighborhood of 18th and Vine. Bryant moved the business to its present location, 1727 Brooklyn, in 1958. In the 1950s and through the early 1970s, it was visited by fans and players visiting Municipal Stadium, home to the Kansas City Athletics (1955–67), Kansas City Chiefs (1963–71) and Kansas City Royals (1969–72). The stadium was located five blocks south of the restaurant before being razed in 1976. The restaurant has never
    8.00
    2 votes
    108
    Boardwalk Hotel and Casino

    Boardwalk Hotel and Casino

    The Boardwalk Hotel and Casino was a Coney Island style hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip. It was owned and operated by MGM Mirage. It was part of the Holiday Inn hotel chain but left after being acquired by Mirage Resorts. It was built before the era of the mega-casinos, and was consequently tiny in comparison to many of its neighbors with only 654 rooms. Most visitors to Las Vegas would argue the best feature of the Boardwalk was the location on the "Strip": in between the plush Bellagio and the Monte Carlo and across from the Paris, Aladdin and MGM Grand. The hotel's Coney Island theme could be seen in its facade with an original 1906 parachute jump ride and a wooden (non-functioning) roller coaster. The hotel was composed of three distinct buildings all built at different times. The newest building was the 16-story tower built in 1996. The Steeplechase building was 6 stories and the Luna Park building was the original four-story structure when the hotel first opened. Norm Jansen founded the Boardwalk in 1977. He started out at the Pioneer Club and then opened a gift shop at what was to be the site of the Boardwalk in 1972. When he sold the Boardwalk out, he still retained a
    8.00
    2 votes
    109
    Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant and Market is a seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. As of September 2010, thirty-two Bubba Gump restaurants operate worldwide. Twenty-two of these locations are in the United States, three are in Japan, two are located in Mexico, two are in Malaysia, and one each in the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The company is based in San Clemente, California, and has been a division of Landry's Restaurants since 2010. The first Bubba Gump restaurant opened in 1996 in Monterey, California by Viacom Consumer Products. That firm's parent company, Viacom, is owner of Paramount Pictures (the distributor of Forrest Gump), and also owns the Rusty Pelican restaurant chain. The Bubba Gump restaurant is named after the film's characters Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue and Forrest Gump. In the film, Bubba suggested the shrimping business and ultimately Forrest pursued the idea after Bubba's death in the Vietnam War. In 1995, Viacom Consumer Products, the licensing division for Viacom (the parent of Paramount Pictures), approached Rusty Pelican's CEO, Scott Barnet, and partner, Gordon Miles, with the idea of a chain of
    8.00
    2 votes
    110
    Charlie Trotter

    Charlie Trotter

    Charlie Trotter (born September 8, 1959(1959-09-08) in Chicago, Illinois) is a chef and restaurateur. A graduate of New Trier High School, Trotter started cooking professionally in 1982 after earning a degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For the next 5 years, he worked and studied in Chicago, San Francisco at the California Culinary Academy, Florida and Europe. In February 2010, Trotter married longtime girlfriend Rochelle Smith. who is now also his publicist; his first marriage, which ended in divorce, produced a son, Dylan. Charlie Trotter was the host of the 1999 PBS cooking show The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter in which he details his recipes and cooking techniques. He likens cooking to an improvisational jazz session in that as two riffs will never be the same, so too with food. He has also written 14 cookbooks, three management books and has a line of organic and all natural gourmet foods distributed nationally. Trotter is involved with his philanthropic Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation and other causes. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2005 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
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    2 votes
    111
    Formosa Cafe

    Formosa Cafe

    The Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and bar at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard at Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood, California, that has a long history of patronage from movie stars and movie industry people because of its location immediately adjacent to Samuel Goldwyn Studio (referred to as "The Lot"). The restaurant was started in 1925 by Jimmy Bernstein (who was described as a 1920s prize fighter). Bernstein operated initially in a Red Car trolley and it was located just east of The Lot Studios (which changed ownership over the years from Pickford-Fairbanks Studios to United Artists, to Samuel Goldwyn to Warner Hollywood Studios) where movies from Some Like it Hot to Scary Movie 2 were filmed. In 1945 Lem Quon became a partner and then took full ownership in 1976 when Berstein died. In remains in the family Quom's grandson Vince Jung managing it. Generations of movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable have eaten meals at the Cafe. It is located on Santa Monica Boulevard, State Route 2, in West Hollywood, just over the border from Los Angeles (and a short block away from the eponymous Formosa Ave). Legend has it that Frank Sinatra spent many nights at the Formosa in the 1950s,
    8.00
    2 votes
    112
    Geno's Steaks

    Geno's Steaks

    Geno's Steaks is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania restaurant specializing in cheesesteaks, founded in 1966 by Joey Vento (1939–2011). Geno's is located in South Philadelphia at the intersection of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, directly across the street from rival Pat's King of Steaks, which claims to have invented the steak sandwich in 1933. The cheesesteak has since become a signature dish for the city of Philadelphia. According to Vento, the name Geno's was chosen because Joe's Steak Place was already in business. He improvised the name from a broken door on which someone had painted GINO and modified the spelling to prevent confusion with a regional fast food chain called Gino's. Vento later named his own son Geno, and the latter now works in the family business. Geno's was awarded Best of Philly for Best Takeout by Philadelphia Magazine in 2000. In April 2004, a branch of the shop opened in Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. This location was closed in 2006 and replaced with Rick's Steaks (operated by Rick Olivieri, grandson of Pat Olivieri, founder of Pat's King of Steaks). On August 23, 2011, 71-year-old owner and founder Joey Vento died of a heart
    8.00
    2 votes
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    Hansen's Sno-Bliz

    Hansen's Sno-Bliz

    Hansen's Sno-Bliz is a snowball stand located in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tchoupitoulas Street at Bordeaux Street. It opened in 1934 and is believed to be the oldest snowball stand in the United States. It has been operated continuously by the Hansen family since its opening. After Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent death of founders Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Mary Hansen, the shop closed for some time before being reopened by their granddaughter in early summer of 2006. "Snowballs" in Louisiana are similar to what the rest of the country calls snow cones, but are made with much finer shaved ice and a large variety of homemade syrups. Ernest Hansen built Hansen's ice-shaving machine himself entitled the "Sno-Bliz" in the 1930's. It was the first ever block ice shaver.
    8.00
    2 votes
    114
    Au Bon Pain

    Au Bon Pain

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Au Bon Pain (French pronunciation: [o bɔ̃ pɛ̃]; English: (Place) of Good Bread) is a fast-casual bakery and cafe chain headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Louis Rapuano and Louis Kane founded the first Au Bon Pain in Boston in 1978. Since then, the chain has expanded throughout the U.S. and to India, South Korea and Thailand. In 1984, the first Au Bon Pain cafe outside of Boston opened in New York City. In 1991, the company went public as Au Bon Pain Co. Inc. In 1999, Au Bon Pain Co. Inc. sold its Au Bon Pain division to Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., which then sold it to Compass Group in 2000. Louis Kane was not a founder, since the Au Bon Pain in Fanueil Hall existed before he and Arthur Blasburg were involved in acquiring the interest of Pavaillier Machinery (manufacturers of the French equipment). According to Hoovers.com, in 2005, Au Bon Pain management purchased 75 percent of the company, while the Compass Group retained the remaining 25 percent. The current President and CEO of Au Bon Pain is Sue Morelli. As of 2008, there were 230 cafes in the United States and abroad with many of them featured in Walmart and Macy's Department Stores. Most of the stores in the
    9.00
    1 votes
    115
    Bistro 990

    Bistro 990

    • Cuisine: French
    Bistro 990 was a restaurant in Toronto, Canada. It closed on March 17, 2012. The bistro served Provençal style French cuisine in an informal atmosphere. It was opened in 1988 by chef Chris Klugman, who was responsible for several notable Toronto restaurants. The most recent chef was Christopher Hounsell. The restaurant was a popular Toronto eatery for actors and other celebrities. It was located on Bay Street and Wellesley, just opposite the elite Sutton Place Hotel, and near most of Toronto's other luxury hotels. This district was also the centre of the annual Toronto International Film Festival for years. The Bistro had thus become popular among visiting celebrities. In February 2012 it was announced that Bistro 990 would close and that the land would be used for a 32-storey condominium.
    9.00
    1 votes
    116
    Farley's Eatery and Pub

    Farley's Eatery and Pub

    Farley's Eatery & Pub is a restaurant in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, and is considered a staple of Scrantonian culinary culture. Farley's promotes itself as having "the best steak and seafood in downtown Scranton." Recently, it has garnered fame from being mentioned on The Office. The series, set in Scranton, made reference to the restaurant in a 2005 episode in which the loser of an office warehouse basketball game buys dinner from the pub. Actor Steve Carell, who portrays Michael Scott in the NBC sitcom, told reporters he would personally fly to Scranton to "cut the ribbon" if Farley's were to place a "Michael Scott Burger" on their menu. The burger has since been added. Actor Jason Miller died of a heart attack in the restaurant on May 13, 2001. Farley's Eatery & Pub closed in 2012 after 30 years of business.
    9.00
    1 votes
    117
    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, known locally as Pepe's, is a popular pizza restaurant in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut at 163 Wooster Street. Opened in 1925, it is one of the oldest and best known pizzerias in the United States. Pepe's was founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe (April 15, 1893 – September 6, 1969), an Italian immigrant. Pepe was born in Maiori, Italy, and immigrated to New Haven in 1909 at the age of 17. The quintessential Wooster Square Italian immigrant, he took a job at a New Haven factory, but he hated it. During World War I, Pepe went back to Italy to fight for his native country. Upon returning, he soon landed a job working at a bakery on Wooster Street. Pepe began walking through the Wooster Square market and sold his "tomato pies" off of a special headdress. After saving enough money, he was able to buy a wagon from which he sold his pizzas. He did so well with his pizzas that he was eventually able to take over his employer's business and turn it into the first "Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana" on June 16, 1925. Frank Pepe died on September 6, 1969. Pepe's originated the New Haven-style thin-crust apizza (closely related to
    9.00
    1 votes
    118
    Gino's Burgers & Chicken

    Gino's Burgers & Chicken

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Gino's Hamburgers was a fast-food restaurant chain founded in Baltimore, Maryland, by Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti and running back Alan Ameche, along with their close friend Louis Fischer, in 1957. In Dundalk, Maryland, just outside Baltimore, it got its official name in 1959 when the owners brought on Colts' captain Gino Marchetti. It was an East Coast regional fast food restaurant and had 359 company-owned locations when it was acquired by Marriott Corporation in 1982. Marriott discontinued the brand and converted locations to their Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. The last Gino's, located in Pasadena, Maryland and owned independently from Marriott, closed in 1986. The restaurant was known for high quality hamburgers such as the Sirloiner, which was made from sirloin steak, and the Gino Giant, which predated and later competed with the Big Mac. The company held the franchise for Kentucky Fried Chicken in the middle-Atlantic states. The company’s jingle, played during radio advertisements in the early years was “Everybody goes to Gino’s, ‘cause Gino’s is the place to go!" The original menu included french fries made fresh in each restaurant. One of the last menu
    9.00
    1 votes
    119
    Gorat's

    Gorat's

    Gorat's Steak House is a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska, at 4917 Center Street. It is best known as billionaire Warren Buffett's favorite steakhouse, where he annually holds dinners for the largest investors in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, and entertains business colleagues and CEOs, including Michael Eisner, Bill Gates, and Martha Stewart. Gorat's was founded in 1944 by Louis and Nettie Gorat. It has been one of Omaha's most famous restaurants for the past 60 years. Gorat's is a traditional-style Italian steakhouse which serves pasta dishes, seafood, and chicken, as well as steak. The house specialty is the T-bone steak, which is favored by Buffett, who orders it cooked rare, with a double order of hash browns and a Cherry Coke. There is dancing and live entertainment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
    9.00
    1 votes
    120
    Gyu-Kaku

    Gyu-Kaku

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    Gyu-Kaku (牛角, gyū kaku, "bull's horn") is a chain of Japanese yakiniku restaurants specializing in barbecued beef. There are approximately eight hundred Gyu-Kaku locations within Japan, and locations have also been opened in the United States (New York City, California, Hawaii), Hong Kong, Taipei, Indonesia and Singapore. Gyu-kaku is part of Reins International Inc. However, every restaurant is different in terms of region and selection availability. Gyu-kaku also sells its own brand of kimchi in Japanese supermarkets, as well as a line of dipping sauces and marinades. Chicago Gyu-Kaku has recently awarded Diner's Choice Winner 2011.
    9.00
    1 votes
    121
    Hungry Howie's Pizza

    Hungry Howie's Pizza

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Hungry Howie's is the 11th largest pizza chain in the United States, with 575 locations. Their products include pizza, calzone style subs, chicken wings and tenders, bread, and salads. It is noted for introducing the concept of a flavored pizza crust first offered at its Ypsilanti, Michigan, location in 1980. Its headquarters is located in Madison Heights, Michigan. Hungry Howie's was founded in 1973 by James R. Hearn. The first Hungry Howie's was located on Telegraph Road in Taylor, Michigan. Ruby was the waitress for the small dining room. The place was a popular hangout for Taylor Jr. High School and Taylor Center High School students. Steven E. Jackson delivered pizzas for Hearn at this time and the two formed a partnership. Jackson and Hearn decided to franchise their operation in 1982, and they awarded their first franchise in 1983. In the eight years between 1974 and 1982, there had also been several other independently owned Hungry Howie pizzarias opened in the Metro-Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan area prior to official franchisee sales which began in 1982. 65 franchises were opened in the next three years and 160 franchises were present by the end of the 1980s. Hungry Howie's
    9.00
    1 votes
    122
    Max & Erma's

    Max & Erma's

    • Cuisine: American
    Max & Erma's is a casual dining restaurant chain based in Columbus, Ohio. It operates throughout parts of the Eastern and Midwestern United States, and was founded in 1972 by Todd Barnum and Barry Zacks. The two businessmen purchased a local tavern in Columbus's German Village which had been operated by Max and Erma Visocnik since 1958. They retained the Max and Erma's name and created the theme restaurant which featured a converted bathtub that served as a sundae bar. Max & Erma's was purchased by Pittsburgh-based equity investor G&R Acquisition Inc. in a $10.2 million deal in April 2008. . The company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 26, 2009 . It was acquired by American Blue Ribbon Holdings, owners of the Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurant chains, in 2010.
    9.00
    1 votes
    123
    Arby's

    Arby's

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Arby's is a fast food restaurant chain in the United States and Canada. Roark Capital Group owns 81.5% of the company, with Wendy's Company owning the other 18.5%. It is primarily known for selling roast beef sandwiches and curly fries. The Arby's menu also includes chicken sandwiches, appetizers, salads, Market Fresh (deli-style) sandwiches, wraps, and submarine sandwiches. Its headquarters are in Sandy Springs, Georgia. There are more than 3,600 Arby’s restaurants. As of December 30, 2010, there were 1,169 company-owned restaurants, 2,367 franchised and 125 international locations, principally in Canada. There are also locations in Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It also owns the franchise T.J. Cinnamons that, as of December 2007, has 243 locations with 225 multi-branded with company stores. They are currently only franchising the T.J. Cinnamons brand. Arby's was founded in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964 by Forrest and Leroy Raffel, owners of a restaurant equipment business who believed there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to call their restaurants "Big Tex," but that name was already used by an
    6.67
    3 votes
    124
    Bennigan's

    Bennigan's

    • Cuisine: American
    Bennigan's is an Irish pub-themed casual dining restaurant chain with locations throughout the United States, and in 14 countries and 15 territories outside the continental U.S. The operating company, Bennigan's Franchising Company, LLC, is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. In July 2008, all of Bennigan's 150 corporate locations across the US were closed due to parent company Metromedia Restaurant Group of Plano, TX filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection; the firm's 138 franchisee-owned remained open, but many closed in the months and years after the bankruptcy filing. A new revamp of the Bennigan's brand occurred in November 2010, with additional locations opening under franchise agreements. The revamp of the brand featured a total overhaul that includes menu optimization, improved operational standards, server training and local store marketing pushes, as well as a new prototype that debuted a smaller footprint, updated menus and bar offerings, uniforms, logos and signage. As of August 2012, there are 31 Bennigan's locations in 11 states. Bennigan's features a menu that combines longtime favorites with innovative new American fare selections including appetizers,salads,
    6.67
    3 votes
    125
    Braum's

    Braum's

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Stores is a family-owned and operated chain of fast-food restaurants and grocery stores based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a large concentration on dairy products. In order to maintain the freshness of its products, the company does not open stores outside of a 300-mile (483 km) radius of the home farm in Tuttle. As such, the chain has locations in Oklahoma and those parts of Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri within the 300-mile radius. As of 2007, there were approximately 280 stores in operation. The restaurants serve ice cream, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. Stores also include a grocery section featuring dairy products, baked goods, beverages, frozen entrees, meats and produce. Braum's is noteworthy for its level of vertical integration. Almost all the food products sold at Braum's are processed or manufactured directly by the company; Braum's owns its own feed mill, dairy herd, dairy processing plant, bakery, stores and delivery trucks. It also owns eight farms and ranches with a total area of 40,000 acres (160 km), as well as its flagship family dairy farm in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Braum's describes itself as the only major
    6.67
    3 votes
    126
    Chuy's

    Chuy's

    • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
    Chuy's is a Tex-Mex chain restaurant headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company has 38 locations (2012) in Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida, USA (Austin, Fort Worth, College Station, Denton, San Antonio, Round Rock, Houston, Dallas, Waco, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Tulsa, Birmingham, Atlanta, Louisville, Lexington, Gainsville and Clarksville.) The traditional Tex-Mex cuisine includes enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, and tacos. Every year on Elvis Presley's birthday January 8, most locations host the Elvis' Birthday Bash, during which an Elvis impersonator visits the restaurant. Chuy's also annually hosts a Green Chile Festival at its locations, celebrating the harvest of the Hatch Green Chiles from Hatch, New Mexico. In addition, Chuy's is a sponsor of community events such as the Hot To Trot 5K and the Children Giving to Children Holiday Parade.
    6.67
    3 votes
    127
    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori

    Dōtonbori (道頓堀, pronounced [doːtomboɽi]) is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan. It is a single street, running alongside the Dōtonbori canal between the Dōtonboribashi Bridge and the Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba ward of Osaka. A former pleasure district, Dōtonbori is famous for its historic theatres (all gone now), its shops and restaurants, and its many neon and mechanised signs, including snack/candy manufacturer Glico's giant electronic display of a runner crossing the finish line. Dōtonbori traces its history back to 1612, when a local entrepreneur, Dōton Yasui, began expanding the tiny Umezu River, which ran east to west, hoping to increase commerce in the region by connecting the two branches of the Yohori River, which ran north to south, with a canal. Dōton’s project was interrupted when he died defending Toyotomi Hideyori in the ill-fated Siege of Osaka, but his cousins finished the canal in 1615. The new lord of Osaka Castle, Tadaki Matsudaira, named the canal and avenue beside it Dōtonbori ("bori" from "hori", meaning "canal"), even though Doton had been on the losing side during the siege. The character of Dōtonbori became defined in 1621 when
    6.67
    3 votes
    128
    Hard Rock Cafe

    Hard Rock Cafe

    • Cuisine: American
    Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of theme restaurants founded in 1971 by Americans Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton in London. In 1979, the cafe began covering its walls with rock and roll memorabilia, a tradition which expanded to others in the chain. In 2007, Hard Rock was sold to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Currently, there are 175 Hard Rock locations in 53 countries with the largest in Orlando. The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) opened 14 June 1972, in London, England under the ownership of young Americans Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett. Hard Rock initially had an eclectic decor but it later started to display memorabilia. Hard Rock has amassed one of the largest collections of rock and roll memorabilia in the world. The chain began to expand worldwide in 1982 with locations in (among others) Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris and Berlin. Hard Rock Cafe locations in the United States vary from smaller, more tourist driven markets (Biloxi, Destin, Gatlinburg, Key West, etc.) to large metropolises (Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, etc.). Hard Rock Cafe does not franchise cafe locations in the United
    5.75
    4 votes
    129
    Leon's Frozen Custard

    Leon's Frozen Custard

    Leon's Frozen Custard is a classic 1950s-style family owned drive-in, specializing in frozen custard, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It opened in 1942 and is considered a landmark in the city of Milwaukee. It claims to be the "Home of the World's Finest Frozen Custard," as noted boldly on its signage. Leon's has won Milwaukee Magazine's "Best Of" category for several years. Leon's offers the three "regular" flavors of vanilla and chocolate and butter pecan. Butter pecan was added on a regular basis because it was so popular. On weekends, Leon's adds a fourth flavor.
    5.75
    4 votes
    130
    Al's Breakfast

    Al's Breakfast

    • Cuisine: Diner
    Al's Breakfast is reportedly the narrowest restaurant in the city of Minneapolis, at a width of ten feet (3.0 m). Al's Breakfast (Dinkytown Branch) is crammed into a former alleyway between two much larger buildings and is located in the city's Dinkytown neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. The restaurant's 14 stools have seated generations of local students, along with notable figures such as writer James Lileks and humorist Garrison Keillor, all of whom consider the tiny diner to be a significant icon of the state. The restaurant as it is today came into being in 1950 when Al Bergstrom parted ways with another neighborhood restaurateur. Bergstrom had gained experience at the griddle and in kitchen management in the 1940s while working for John L. "Jack" Robinson during summers at a popular Minnesota State Fair cafeteria. The Dinkytown building he purchased dates back to 1937 when a neighboring hardware store erected a shed in the alleyway to hold sheet metal and plumbing parts. This was eventually rented out and was a Hunky Dory hamburger stand by the time Bergstrom took it over. The new owner renamed the diner to Al's Café and first opened the doors on May 15.
    7.50
    2 votes
    131
    Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino

    Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino

    The Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino was a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada owned and operated by Boyd Gaming Corporation. With only 196 rooms, it was one of the smaller properties on the Strip sitting on only 4.3 acres (17,000 m) of land. The property was traded to Harrah's Entertainment in 2007 for a 24 acres (97,000 m) of land on the north strip. The hotel and casino has been renamed to Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon. The casino was built by Michael Gaughan and it opened in March 1979 at a cost of $11.5 million. Over time, this property, along with others owned by Gaughan would become Coast Casinos Inc. Michael Gaughan shared partnership in the Barbary Coast with Kenny Epstein, Tito Tiberti, Frank Toti and Jerry Herbst. On February 9, 2004, Boyd Gaming announced that they would purchase Coast Casinos, a Las Vegas locals casino brand, for $820 million. The hotels included in this deal were the Barbary Coast, the Gold Coast, the Suncoast, the Orleans, and the South Coast, which was under construction at the time. The buyout was complete on July 1, 2005 at a cost of $1.2 billion. On September 6, 2005, Boyd Gaming purchased the 4.3 acres (17,000 m) of
    7.50
    2 votes
    132
    Brown Derby

    Brown Derby

    • Cuisine: Fine Dining
    The Brown Derby was the name of a chain of restaurants in Los Angeles, California. The first and most famous of these was shaped like a man's derby hat, an iconic image that became synonymous with the Golden Age of Hollywood. The chain was started by Robert H. Cobb and Herbert Somborn (a former husband of film star Gloria Swanson). It is often incorrectly thought that the Brown Derby was a single restaurant, and the Wilshire Boulevard and Hollywood branches are frequently confused. The Brown Derby began its licensing program in 1987 with an agreement with Walt Disney Company for a replica of the original Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at the new Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. In 1990, Walt Disney Company entered into three additional agreements for Euro-Disney, Tokyo Disney and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. In 1996, a ten-year agreement was entered into with MGM Grand Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada; in 1998, the MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan temporary facility was added. Opened in 1926, the original restaurant at 3427 Wilshire Boulevard remains the most famous due to its distinctive shape. Whimsical architecture was popular at the time, and the restaurant was
    7.50
    2 votes
    133
    Chuck E. Cheese's

    Chuck E. Cheese's

    • Cuisine: Family
    Chuck E. Cheese's (formerly Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza) is a chain of family entertainment centers. Chuck E. Cheese's is the main brand of CEC Entertainment, Inc., (NYSE: CEC) with its headquarters in Irving, Texas. The concept is a sit-down pizza restaurant, complemented by arcade games, amusement rides, an animatronic show, and other diversions, such as climbing equipment, tubes, and slides − all mainly directed at younger children. The brand is represented by Chuck E. Cheese, an anthropomorphic mouse. The company was founded as Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre by Nolan Bushnell in 1977, officially being labeled as the first family restaurant to integrate food, animated entertainment, and an indoor arcade. Pizza Time Theatre and Showbiz Pizza Place merged in 1984, bringing both concepts under the wing of Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc. In 1991–92, Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc. unified the two brands into Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza. In 1994, Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza underwent a redesign, changing to Chuck E. Cheese's by 1995. In 1998, Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc. was renamed to CEC Entertainment, Inc. In 2007, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary, and
    7.50
    2 votes
    134
    Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

    Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

    The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is a restaurant which operates from a converted fleet of three vintage trams in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Company Limited was formed in 1981 to operate restaurant trams, with 1927 W2 class tram number 442 acquired for conversion after 55 years of MMTB service. Work commenced in 1982 at the Preston Workshops, with the drop centre floor raised to give a level floor throughout, and a single entry door provided on one side of the tram. Two saloons were provided either side of a central kitchen and washroom, one saloon seating 12 while the other seats 24 patrons. The service started in August 1983 with the single tram, as amendments were required to the Liquor Licence Act to allow for the service of alcohol on a mobile restaurant. The driver and conductor were provided by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (then operator of the tramway network) while onboard staff are Colonial Tramcar Restaurant employees. Two 1948 SW6 class trams were later added to the fleet, and in 2006 the W2 was retired and replaced with a third SW6 class tram. All have distinctive burgundy livery, and can seat 36 passengers each. The restaurant,
    7.50
    2 votes
    135
    Donatos Pizza

    Donatos Pizza

    • Cuisine: Italian
    Donatos Pizza is a pizza delivery restaurant chain headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. It has nearly 200 locations in six states, with the majority of locations in Ohio. Donatos is also served at several venue outlets including Ohio Stadium, Nationwide Arena, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In 1963, Ohio State sophomore Jim Grote purchased a small pizzeria on the south side of Columbus, Ohio for $1,300. From the beginning, Grote built Donatos on three fundamentals: creating a superior product, hiring great people, and to "treat others the way I would like to be treated". Today, these fundamentals still define Donatos as it promises “To serve the best pizza and make your day a little better.” In 1999, Donatos was purchased by McDonald's in an attempt to enter the pizza industry. However, a majority interest in Donatos was repurchased by Jim Grote and daughter Jane Abell in 2003 as McDonald's sought to refocus on its core business. During this period Donatos also had operations in Munich, Germany. Donatos is famous for its thin crust pizza that is loaded Edge to Edge® with toppings—there are over 100 pepperoni slices on every large pepperoni pizza. Also, the pizza is
    7.50
    2 votes
    136
    Dubrow's Cafeteria

    Dubrow's Cafeteria

    Dubrow's Cafeteria was a chain of cafeteria-style restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Miami Beach. Dubrow's was established in 1929 by an immigrant named Benjamin Dubrow (also known as "Barney" or "Pops", née Mowsoha Bencian Dubrowensky). Dubrow was married to Rose Solowey, from the country now known as Belarus. Benjamin's descendants worked at and managed the various restaurants, including George Dubrow, his son (who died in a car crash in Florida), his grandsons, Irwin Dubrow and Paul Tobin, and his sons-in-law, Irving Kaplan (who married his daughter Sylvia) and Max Tobin (who married to his daughter Minnie.) Max and Minnie had three children: Paul, Sheila, and Anita (Nini), while Irving and Sylvia had three children as well: Beth Wald, Bonnie Lyons, and Laura Levin. Paul Tobin went on to manage Dubrow's for many years, along with Irving Kaplan, until it eventually closed. Dubrow's was a New York City landmark for many decades with restaurants in both Manhattan and Brooklyn and later, Miami. The first Dubrow's Cafeteria was established on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The Manhattan Dubrow's was an important part of New York's Garment district in the early- to mid-twentieth
    7.50
    2 votes
    137
    Duff's

    Duff's

    Duff's Famous Wings is a small restaurant chain, located near Buffalo, New York. The restaurant's specialty is serving Buffalo-style chicken wings. The original location of Duff's is at the intersection of Sheridan Drive (Route 324) and Millersport Highway (Route 263), in Amherst, New York. The restaurant was opened in 1948 by Louise Duffney as a tavern. In 1969, Duff's served its first batch of wings, and it quickly became famous. Duff's now has a reputation for having some of the best wings around Buffalo. In 1998, Duff's opened a location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2002, a location opened in Orchard Park, NY. In 2007, Duff's opened their second location in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Duff's slogan is "WARNING: Medium HOT, Medium Hot VERY HOT, Hot VERY, VERY HOT" Duff's of Orchard Park offers free wireless internet connections for the benefit of its customers, and also has an arcade as well as big-screen television, when they first opened they advertised there is not a bad seat in the house as every seat at every table has a clear view of at least one television. Starting in 2006 the televisions are slowly being replaced with flat panels. Duff's of Orchard
    7.50
    2 votes
    138
    Eskimo Joe's

    Eskimo Joe's

    Eskimo Joe's is a restaurant and bar located at 501 W. Elm in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Eskimo Joe's was opened by Steve File (who came up with the unusual name) and Stan Clark (who later purchased File's interest and became sole owner), two graduates of nearby Oklahoma State University (OSU), on July 21, 1975. Originally, Eskimo Joe's was only a bar, but when the drinking age was raised from 18 to 21 in 1984, the business became a restaurant as well. The name came from the desire to express that Eskimo Joe's had the coldest beer in town. The restaurant, also called "Stillwater's Jumpin' Little Juke Joint," occupies a two story building with a unique atrium dubbed the "Joe Dome" featuring a retractable glass roof, built in 1992. Eskimo Joe's is a popular hang-out for OSU students and is located across the street from the main campus. It is an extended part of "The Strip," a hang-out zone of bars centered around Washington Street, and often features concerts and other late-night attractions for the college drinking scene, such as Ladies Night or Coin Beer. In early 2003 Eskimo Joe's started a "Thirsty Thursday" promotion that charged a $5 cover and gave patrons all the domestic beer
    7.50
    2 votes
    139
    In-N-Out Burger

    In-N-Out Burger

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    In-N-Out Burger is a regional chain of fast food restaurants with locations in the western United States. Founded in 1948 by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther, establishing the first In-N-Out burger in Baldwin Park and headquartered in Irvine, California, In-N-Out Burger has since expanded outside Southern California to the rest of the state, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. The current owner is Lynsi Martinez, the only grandchild of founders Harry and Esther Snyder. There are currently 281 locations (as of September 2012) with no location more than one day's drive from a regional distribution center. As the chain has expanded, they have opened several distribution centers in addition to their original Baldwin Park location. These new distribution centers, located in Arizona (Phoenix), Utah (Draper), and Texas (Dallas) will provide for potential future expansion to other parts of the country. In-N-Out Burger has resisted franchising its operations or going public; one reason is the prospect of quality or customer consistency being compromised by excessively rapid business growth. The company's business practices have been noted for employee-centered personnel policies. For example,
    7.50
    2 votes
    140
    21 Club

    21 Club

    The 21 Club, often simply 21, is a restaurant and former prohibition-era speakeasy, located at 21 West 52nd Street in New York City. The Bar Room includes a restaurant, a lounge and, as the name implies, a bar. The walls and ceiling of the Bar Room are covered with antique toys and sports memorabilia donated by famous patrons. Perhaps the most famous feature of 21 is the line of painted cast iron lawn jockey statues which adorns the balcony above the entrance. In the 1930s, some of the affluent customers of the bar began to show their appreciation by presenting 21 with jockeys painted to represent the racing colors of the stables they owned. There are a total of 33 jockeys on the exterior of the building, and 2 more inside the doors. The first version of the club opened in Greenwich Village in 1922, run by cousins Jack Kreindler and Charlie Berns. It was originally a small speakeasy known as the Red Head. In 1925 the location was moved to a basement on Washington Place and its name was changed to Frontón. The following year it moved uptown to 42 West 49th Street, changed its name to the Puncheon Club, and became much more exclusive. In 1929, to make way for the construction of
    5.50
    4 votes
    141
    Carrabba's Italian Grill

    Carrabba's Italian Grill

    • Cuisine: Italian
    Carrabba's Italian Grill (or simply Carrabba's) is an American casual dining restaurant chain that features Italian American cuisine. Carrabba's is owned and operated by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (OSI), headquartered in Tampa, Florida. As of December 31, 2011, there were 231 company-owned locations along with one franchised location. The chain was founded on December 26, 1986 by John Charles "Johnny" Carrabba, III and his uncle Damian Mandola. Together, they opened the first restaurant on Kirby Drive in Houston, Texas. A second location was opened soon after at the intersection of Woodway and Voss street. After a considerable enlargement of the restaurant, it was renamed "Rosie Carrabba's" in honor of Damian's sister Rose. Johnny Carrabba and his family are still the proprietors of both original locations. In January 1993, under a joint venture with Outback Steakhouse, Inc. (the predecessor to OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC), 10 new Carrabba's locations were opened in Houston and Florida. Two years later, OSI acquired the rights to develop the Carrabba's chain nationwide. In 2008, OSI teamed up with HMSHost to open the first airport location in Tampa International Airport. Many of
    5.50
    4 votes
    142
    Johnie's broiler

    Johnie's broiler

    Johnie's Broiler was a restaurant located in Downey, California from 1958 until 2001. From 2002-2006 it was a used car dealership. It was largely demolished in January, 2007. Johnie's Broiler has been featured in several movies and TV shows due to its "authentic" 1950s look. As of 2009, reconstruction began and is now re-opened under the Bob's Big Boy chain, while retaining the original look and design of Johnie's. Johnie's Broiler is a Googie style coffee shop and drive-in restaurant founded and initially named after owner Harvey Ortner who was previously a partner in the famous Clock Broiler Restaurants of Alhambra, Lynwood, Bellflower, Culver City,Van Nuys,So.Pas and Temple City. He and his wife Minnie Ortner purchased the former poultry farm property located on Firestone Boulevard and Old River School Road in 1950 and hired architect Paul B. Clayton to design the restaurant. Harvey's Broiler was completed in 1958. Its design incorporates Southern California Googie architectural elements intended to help attract customers and motorists traveling in either direction on Firestone Boulevard. Harvey's Broiler was an overnight success and thousands of people came from all over the
    6.33
    3 votes
    143
    Al tazaj

    Al tazaj

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    Al Tazaj is a chicken BBQ Arabic restaurant which started and is based in Saudi Arabia, but has since expanded to many countries in the Middle East. The first AL TAZAJ restaurant proudly opened its doors in the holy city of Makkah in 1989. The idea started by Shaikh Abdul Rahman Fakieh who owns Fakieh Poultry Farm in Saudi since 50 years ago, his wife used to cook for him a small chicken because the meat of the small chicken is very tender and delicious, also by using the very traditional Arabian recipe which it make the taste of the chicken became even more delicious just like what we have right now in our Restaurant. So the idea came to Shaikh Abdul Rahman to open a fast food restaurant and serve the same barbecued fresh chicken. From then onwards, it's been nothing but a success story because AL TAZAJ uses live poultry from Fakieh Poultry Farm and now AL TAZAJ currently serves its fresh barbecued chicken in more than 100 locations making us the 1st national fast food chain in the Middle East. The restaurant serves limited meals including, rice and kofta (long meat balls), kofta sandwiches, whole chickens with rice, fries, chicken wings, in addition to a few local meals depending
    8.00
    1 votes
    144
    Bakers Square

    Bakers Square

    • Cuisine: American
    Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies (also known as Bakers Square) is a casual dining restaurant chain in the United States. Known for its pies, Bakers Square also offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The chain is owned by American Blue Ribbon Holdings. As of July 2011, there were 46 locations. Bakers Square began in December 1969 with a restaurant called "Mrs. C's" in Des Moines, Iowa, that became popular for its pies. Pillsbury purchased Mrs. C's around that time, renamed it "Poppin' Fresh Pies", and opened additional locations. VICORP, owners of the Village Inn restaurant chain, purchased Poppin' Fresh Pies from Pillsbury in 1983 and renamed the chain Bakers Square. Bakers Square restaurants are primarily found in the Upper Midwest. Except for the Des Moines area, Bakers Square and Village Inn operate in separate markets without overlap. The original Mrs. C's restaurant, on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, remained in business as a Bakers Square until it closed on April 2, 2008, as parent company VICORP filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 2009, American Blue Ribbon Holdings, a company owned by Fidelity National Financial and Newport Global Advisors, acquired the assets of VICORP,
    8.00
    1 votes
    145
    Burger King

    Burger King

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Burger King, often abbreviated as BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The company began in 1953 as Insta-Burger King, a Jacksonville, Florida-based restaurant chain. After Insta-Burger King ran into financial difficulties in 1955, its two Miami-based franchisees, David Edgerton and James McLamore, purchased the company and renamed it Burger King. Over the next half century, the company would change hands four times, with its third set of owners, a partnership of TPG Capital, Bain Capital, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, taking it public in 2002. In late 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired a majority stake in BK in a deal valued at $3.26 billion (USD). The new owners promptly initiated a restructuring of the company to reverse its fortunes. At the end of fiscal year 2011, Burger King reported it had more than 12,400 outlets in 73 countries; of these, 66 percent are in the United States and 90 percent are privately owned and operated. BK has historically used several variations of franchising to expand its operations. The manner in which the company licenses its franchisees varies
    8.00
    1 votes
    146
    Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant

    Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant

    Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant is a noted restaurant and banquet hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the MS Jadran a former Adriatic passenger ship now permanently docked at Yonge Street and Queen's Quay on Toronto's waterfront. The ship is actually on a small lane way at the foot of Yonge Street called Captain John's Pier. The restaurant is open every day of the year, including all major holidays such as Christmas and New Year's Day. The restaurant is owned and operated by John Letnik who came to Canada as a refugee from Yugoslavia in 1957. He opened the restaurant aboard the MS Normac in 1970. The Normac had served several years with the Detroit Fire Department and then as a ferry that travelled between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island. In 1975 Letnik bought the larger Jadran from the Yugoslav government. The Jadran was one of three luxury cruise ships built in Split for the Jadranska Linijska Plovidba company. For several years it operated as a luxury cruise ship in the Adriatic and Aegean. Letnik purchased the ship in 1975 for a million dollars, and it became a second location for his restaurant. As well as being its owner, Letnick also serves as chef. The
    8.00
    1 votes
    147
    CAST Restaurant

    CAST Restaurant

    CAST Restaurant is the Restaurant, Bar and Deli attached to the Nottingham Playhouse. It opened in January 2004. It comprises a 50-seat restaurant, 3 bars, and outdoor seats. It also has a view of Sky Mirror. CAST won the Central News viewer's choice award in the 2005 Nottingham Restaurant Awards. It is regularly frequented by the stylish and famous, recent sightings have been of new up and coming band The Foals, We Are Scientists, Noel Fielding of Mighty Boosh fame accompanied by the actor who plays Bob Fossil (they like it a lot) and that guy from the channel 4 program skins. As well as famous actors such as Matthew Kelly's son, Matthew Kelly Jnr who was recently on a tour of America with his play Burial at Phebes. Sue Perkins, Samantha Morton, Simon Amstell, Curly Watts, Peter Barlow, a judge wearing red shoes from Strictly Come Dancing amongst many others have been seen drinking here. Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters frequented the venue at Chrismas. Rumoured to be making an appearance later this year... Aladdin and Abu! Regularly used for photo shoots Late of the Pier, electro band were recently seen having a promotional photo shoot.
    8.00
    1 votes
    148
    Cliff House, San Francisco

    Cliff House, San Francisco

    The Cliff House is a restaurant perched on the headland above the cliffs just north of Ocean Beach, on the western side of San Francisco, California. It overlooks the site of the former Sutro Baths and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the National Park Service. On the terrace of the Cliff House is a room-sized camera obscura. Cliff House has had five major incarnations since its beginnings in 1858. That year, Samuel Brannan, a prosperous ex-Mormon elder from Maine, bought for $1,500 the lumber salvaged from a ship that foundered on the basalt cliffs below. With this material he built the first Cliff House. The second Cliff House was built in 1863, and leased to Captain Junius G. Foster. It was a long trek from the city and hosted mostly horseback riders, small game hunters or picnickers on day outings. With the opening of the Point Lobos toll road a year later, the Cliff House became successful with the Carriage trade for Sunday travel. Later the builders of the toll road constructed a two mile speedway beside it where well-to-do San Franciscans raced their horses along the way. On weekends, there was little room at the Cliff House hitching racks
    8.00
    1 votes
    149
    Crystal Jade

    Crystal Jade

    • Cuisine: Chinese
    Crystal Jade Culinary Concept Holdings (simplified Chinese: 翡翠食饮集团; pinyin: fěi​cuì shíyǐn jí​tuán) is a restaurant-chain serving Chinese cuisine based in Singapore. The group has restaurants in Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea. The group has restaurants and bakeries in the city, Singapore Changi Airport and the suburbs, including Jurong, Woodlands, Toa Payoh, Holland Village and Tampines. The company was founded in 1991 at the now defunct Cairnhill Hotel. It opened its flagship restaurant known as Crystal Jade Palace at Ngee Ann City a year later, serving exquisite Cantonese cuisine. That same year, it opened Crystal Jade Kitchen at Shaw House serving affordable Cantonese cuisine, such as noodles, jook, cze char and roasted meat. It opened its first overseas outlet in Indonesia. The group expanded its group of restaurants during the late 1990s opening more outlets across the island. The group expanded into the suburbs and opened restaurants at Causeway Point and Holland Village in 1999, with the latter being known as "Seafood Kitchen". It was then when dim sum was brought into their
    8.00
    1 votes
    150
    Culver's

    Culver's

    • Cuisine: American
    Culver’s is a privately owned and operated fast casual restaurant chain that operates primarily in the Midwestern United States. The first Culver’s opened in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin, since becoming a chain of no fewer than 454 restaurants across the United States. In 1984, Sauk City restaurateur George Culver purchased the A&W on Phillips Boulevard (U.S. Highway 12) and began renovating it. On July 18, 1984, along with wife Ruth, son Craig, and daughter-in-law Lea, he opened the first Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers. In 1987, the Culvers were approached about franchising a restaurant in nearby Richland Center. The Culvers agreed, granting the franchisee a loose licensing agreement, charging no fees or royalties. Because the franchisee had invested very little of his own money, it was a simple matter for him to walk away a year later when he decided he no longer wanted to be in the restaurant business. The Culvers quickly learned a number of important lessons from their only franchising failure. They established a set of standard franchising procedures which form the base for those currently used by Culver Franchising System, Inc. Three years later, they tried again
    8.00
    1 votes
    151
    Dixie Chicken

    Dixie Chicken

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    The Dixie Chicken, also known as The Chicken, has been "College Station's most famous watering hole since 1974," and is notable for its role in Texas A&M University tradition. "Nationally known," the Dixie Chicken claims to serve the most beer per square foot of any bar in the United States. “One of the most recognizable restaurants in College Station,” the Dixie Chicken is known as Texas A&M's "favorite local watering hole." The Dixie Chicken is the oldest and most famous bar in the Northgate district, has a live snake on the premises, and is home to a weekly domino tournament. The Dixie Chicken was founded by Don Anz and Don Ganter, businessmen who were involved with several organizations related to Texas A&M. Ganter died in 2004, just days after the Dixie Chicken had its 30th anniversary. In the late 1970s, the Aggie tradition of "ring dunking" began at the Dixie Chicken. In this tradition concerning Ring Day, a student drops their class ring into a pitcher of beer which is then chugged on the back porch of the Dixie Chicken. This is not a university-sanctioned tradition, though some estimate that anywhere between 25 to 75 percent of students dunk their rings. Along with a
    8.00
    1 votes
    152
    Donauturm

    Donauturm

    The Vienna Donauturm (English: Danube Tower), opened in April 1964, is the tallest free-standing structure in Austria, at 252 metres (827 ft), the tallest structure in Austria, and among the 75 tallest towers in the world. The tower is located near the north bank of the Danube River in the district of Donaustadt. In the infobox there you can see the view towards northwest. The hills Leopoldsberg and Kahlenberg are visible in the background. The Donauturm was constructed during 1962–1964, as designed by architect Hannes Lintl, in preparation for the Viennese International Horticultural Show 1964. The tower stands at 252 metres (827 ft) in height. Groundbreaking took place on 12 October 1962. After approximately 18 months of construction, under the supervision of Eberhard Födisch, the tower was officially opened on 16 April 1964 by Federal President Adolf Schärf. Since then, it has become a part of the Viennese skyline and has become a popular lookout point and a tourist attraction. It is situated in the middle of the Donaupark, which was built to host the horticultural fair in Vienna's 22nd District, Donaustadt, near the northern bank of the Danube. Two high-speed elevators
    8.00
    1 votes
    153
    El Cortez

    El Cortez

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    The El Cortez, a hotel and casino is a relatively small downtown Las Vegas gaming venue a block from the Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas Boulevard. The official marketing slogan has been "Where locals come to play" since the El Cortez has traditionally attracted Las Vegas residents weary of large casinos geared towards tourists. Slots, table games and a race and sports book occupy one floor of the main pavilion. It is one of the oldest casino-hotel properties in Las Vegas having continuously operated at the same Fremont Street location since 1941. Marion Hicks and J.C. Grayson built the El Cortez, downtown Las Vegas' first major resort, in 1941 for $245,000. The location at 6th Street and Fremont was originally considered too far from downtown, but it quickly became so profitable, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum and Moe Sedway bought the property in 1945 from J. Kel Houssels for $600,000. John Kell (J. Kell) Houssels, Sr. (1895-1979) had originally opened the fifty-nine room hotel and casino before the sale to the major organized crime figures. Houssels purchased the hotel back from Siegel's group in 1946 for $766,000. In 1963, the Pavilion Rooms were added after
    8.00
    1 votes
    154
    Fast Eddy's

    Fast Eddy's

    Fast Eddys is a fast food and restaurant chain operating in Perth, Western Australia and formerly in Adelaide, South Australia and Melbourne, Victoria. Fast Eddys was founded in 1979 at the west end of the Perth CBD, on the corner of Hay Street, Perth and Milligan Street. It was most notable at the time of its establishment for being one of the few Perth restaurants open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including public holidays. The restaurants are split up into two sections, a sit-down table service restaurant and a take away section. The take away section has similar food to the restaurant experience, however it is less expensive and tailored for the take-away market. The restaurants are decorated with various historic memorabilia such as old advertising signs and number plates. The flagship burger is the EddyBurger. Other burgers include the Cop-the-Lot Burger, the Steakburger and the Super Hotdog. Other locations of Fast Eddys restaurants include Morley, Armadale and Cannington. A shopfront serving a selection of the menu can also be found in the Carillon City Arcade Food Court. Fast Eddys takes its name from the character (Fast) Eddie Felson in the movie The Hustler.
    8.00
    1 votes
    155
    Fred Harvey Company

    Fred Harvey Company

    The Fred Harvey Company was the owner of the Harvey House chain of restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality industry businesses alongside railroads in the western United States. The company traces its origins to the 1875 opening of two railroad eating houses located at Wallace, Kansas and Hugo, Colorado on the Kansas Pacific Railway. These cafés were opened by Fred Harvey, then a freight agent for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The café operation ended within a year, but Fred Harvey had been convinced of the potential profits from providing a high quality food and service at railroad eating houses. His longtime employer, the Burlington Railroad, declined his offer of establishing a system-wide eating house operation at all railroad meal stops, but the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway subsequently contracted with Harvey for several eating houses on an experimental basis. In 1878 Harvey started the first of his eating house-hotel establishments along the AT&SF tracks in Florence, Kansas. The rapid growth of the Harvey House chain soon followed. Fred Harvey is credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the United States. Harvey and his company also
    8.00
    1 votes
    156
    GameWorks

    GameWorks

    GameWorks is a chain of location-based entertainment venues featuring video games, simulators, prizes, and a full-service bar and restaurant. There are currently five GameWorks venues throughout the U.S. The first GameWorks opened in Downtown Seattle in March 1997. The chain began as a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks SKG. The chain itself filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and 2010. On November 3, 2005, Sega Sammy Holdings, which was formed by the merger of Sega and Sammy, bought all of the controlling interests of GameWorks from DreamWorks and Universal. Sega took full ownership in 2004. In 2011, GameWorks was sold to an investment group. In October 2011, GameWorks acquired the assets of several Jillian's Billiards Clubs in California, Washington, and Virginia. Midwest Locations: Northwest Locations: Southwest Locations: Now closed/defunct: On the Caribbean area: On the Middle East: On the North America: Now closed/defunct:
    8.00
    1 votes
    157
    Gardies

    Gardies

    The Gardenia (known colloquially as Gardies or "Gardi's") is a takeaway restaurant near Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The shop, located on Rose Crescent, is well known to most students at the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. The owner, Vasilis Anastasiou, covers the walls with pictures of student-customers. The menu comprises mainly traditional Greek dishes such as souvlaki and Dolma, but also items like chips or pizza. In 2003, the landlords, Gonville and Caius College, announced that after the restaurant's lease, due to expire in 2005, ran out it would not be renewed and student accommodation would be built in its place. The student newspaper Varsity launched a campaign to 'Save Gardies'. A petition sponsored by the newspaper received more than 8000 signatures including those of MP Michael Portillo and comedian Stephen Fry. The college decided to allow Gardies to stay until 2011. The decision inspired not only widespread jollity but also Gardi's: The Opera, a comic musical which premiered at the Fitzpatrick Hall Theatre, Queens' College, on 9th November 2005, running for four nights. The opera was performed twice more the following summer, at
    8.00
    1 votes
    158
    Kennedy Fried Chicken

    Kennedy Fried Chicken

    • Cuisine: American
    Kennedy Fried Chicken, also known as Crown Fried Chicken, is a common restaurant name primarily in the New York-New Jersey area, but many other similar establishments are found in nearby smaller cities or towns along the Northeastern United States. Although Kennedy Fried Chicken is a small and unorganized company, it is playing rivalry with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in the inner city neighborhoods of several states along the East Coast of the United States. A number of them also exist in the West Coast of the United States, primarily in the state of California. Kennedy Fried Chicken was founded in 1975 with its first restaurant on Nostrand Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. There is a dispute among the people involved in the business over who is the actual founder. Some claim that it is Abdul Karim while others say Taeb Zia was the early founder. Zia, an Afghan immigrant originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, is known by some as Zia Chicken or "Lau Chicken" and is regarded as the father of Kennedy Fried Chicken. He immigrated to the United States in 1972 and began working at a fast food restaurant by the name of Kansas Fried Chicken, which was owned by Afro-Americans at
    8.00
    1 votes
    159
    Knickerbocker Hotel

    Knickerbocker Hotel

    • Cuisine: Italian
    The Knickerbocker Hotel (also Knickerbocker on the Lake) is a low-rise building located in the Yankee Hill neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by architects Rossman & Wierdsma in Classical Revival style, the Knickerbocker was built in 1929. It has eight floors and 160 suites with interior decorating styles varying from Victorian to French Country. Situated next to the historic Astor on the Lake, it was intended to be a less refined copy of the building. The majority of the rooms are now owner occupied.
    8.00
    1 votes
    160
    Anchor Bar

    Anchor Bar

    • Cuisine: American
    Anchor Bar is a restaurant located in Buffalo, New York which was the birthplace of spicy chicken wings, known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings. The restaurant was initially established in 1935. Teressa Bellissimo is credited with the creation of the dish when she deep-fried some wings and covered them in Frank's RedHot hot sauce and butter. Chicken wings were previously used for soup or simply thrown away. She served them with blue cheese dip as hors d'oeuvres at the bar. They were initially offered for free. Anchor Bar sauces are sold in the United States at Tops Friendly Markets, and in Canada at Sobey's and Metro stores. In 2007, Iron Chef and Food Network personality Bobby Flay appeared at the Anchor Bar for a Buffalo wing "throwdown" with the self-proclaimed "Wing King", Drew Cerza. On the August 8, 2008 episode of Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen on PBS, Raichlen said that "the Buffalo wing was born at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964." In the summer of 2012, it was announced that a second location would open in Hamilton, Ontario. The second location will be located in the Jackson Square mall.
    7.00
    2 votes
    161
    Blue Bayou Restaurant

    Blue Bayou Restaurant

    Blue Bayou is a full-service New Orleans/Cajun-style restaurant renowned for its unusual ambiance. Restaurants are located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland, in Chiba, Japan. Guests wishing to dine at the restaurant are advised to make reservations at least a day in advance. At Disneyland, particularly during the 4:00pm to 8:00pm dinner rush, reservations 1 week in advance are advisable. The restaurant is built within the same show building that houses part of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, with parts of the ride even taking place beneath the restaurant. Although seated in a large, enclosed building, diners experience the illusion of eating in an outdoor restaurant at nighttime. This effect is achieved through the use of a dark and distant ceiling, air conditioning, and carefully coordinated lighting. The theming is intensified by the sounds of crickets and frogs, the meandering glow of fireflies, and projection effects above that imitate the night sky. The restaurant is also popular for offering a view of the beginning portion of Pirates of the Caribbean. Guests can see the riders floating by in their boats, and the riders can
    7.00
    2 votes
    162
    Cassano's Pizza King

    Cassano's Pizza King

    • Cuisine: Pizza
    Cassano's Pizza King, currently operating under the brand Cassano's, is a pizzeria chain based in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. Established June 4, 1953 by Kettering grocer Victor "Vic" J. Cassano, Sr. (June 4, 1922 – January 1, 2002) and his mother-in-law Caroline "Mom" Donisi, the company currently (as of 2005) operates 34 Cassano's Pizza King restaurants in the Dayton area, and has three other western Ohio franchises (in Russells Point, Fairfield, and Sidney), plus a franchise in Quincy, Illinois and another in Hannibal, Missouri. The company also operates dozens of Cassano's Pizza Express kiosks in gas stations, convenience stores, and hotels, and sells frozen pizza dough under the name Cassano's Fresh Frozen Dough Company. From the mid-1980s to 1997, the chain operated under the name Cassano's Pizza and Subs, and this branding is still present (as of 2007) on signage and menus at some locations. In the mid-1970s, Cassano's was ranked by the National Restaurant Association as one of the top four pizza chains in the United States. Cassano's franchises have also previously operated in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Michigan, and other U.S. states. The
    7.00
    2 votes
    163
    Chez Panisse

    Chez Panisse

    • Cuisine: California
    Chez Panisse is a Berkeley, California restaurant known for using local, organic foods and credited as the inspiration for the style of cooking known as California cuisine. Well-known restauranteur, author, and food activist Alice Waters co-founded Chez Panisse in 1971 with film producer Paul Aratow, then professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. From the beginning, Waters advocated a style of cooking that uses the freshest, most delicious local food available, often prepared and presented simply and/or traditionally. The restaurant prides itself on relationships with producers, and buys through its established network of local farmers, ranchers, and dairies. Chez Panisse has been listed by Restaurant magazine as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world for the last several years. From 2002 to 2008 it was one of the top fifty restaurants in the world, and was ranked number 12 in 2003. In 2007, Alice Waters won Restaurant Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award, and was cited as one of the most influential figures in American cooking over the past 50 years. Michelin awarded the restaurant a one-star rating in its guide to San Francisco Bay Area
    7.00
    2 votes
    164
    Chuck-A-Rama

    Chuck-A-Rama

    • Cuisine: American
    Chuck-A-Rama is a chain of buffet restaurants based in Salt Lake City, Utah with eight restaurants in Utah and two in Idaho. Many of the items are what one would consider "home cooking" types of recipes rather than fine dining offerings. The restaurant therefore has a different appeal and clientele than a fine-dining establishment, where the emphasis is on the entertainment value of the dining experience. People frequently eat at Chuck-a-Rama as families and often as extended family groups. Another group of people who often eat at the restaurant are older people living alone or as couples, and who find it easier and more satisfying to eat at the restaurant daily rather than cook at home. Service in the restaurant is "self-serve". After paying a fixed price at the door, one enters the dining area, selects a table and then chooses food from a number of buffet islands. One may obtain a new plate at any time and choose additional items. The table help will bring beverages or other food items, and will clear the table of empty plates. It is customary to offer a small tip for this service, but this is not required. The name, which endures its share of jokes, came from Don Moss, one of
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    2 votes
    165
    Dave & Buster's

    Dave & Buster's

    • Cuisine: American
    Dave & Buster's (D&B) is an American restaurant and entertainment business headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Each D&B has a full-service restaurant and a video arcade. As of April 1, 2012, the company had 59 locations across the United States and one in Canada. The company also licenses the D&B concept internationally through area licensing agreements. D&B acquired nine Jillian's locations after Jillian's filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2004. Seven of these Jillian's locations have been re-branded with the Dave & Buster's name, while two of them were closed following the acquisition. The company announced on December 8, 2005, that it would be acquired by private equity firm Wellspring Capital Management. On July 16, 2008, Dave & Buster's Holdings Inc, filed with the SEC to again become a publicly traded company. The company had set a date for the IPO of October 5, 2012. However, it pulled out right before it opened. In June 2010, Oak Hill Capital Partners, in partnership with the company's management team, completed its acquisition of Dave & Buster's from Wellspring Capital Management. Items on the Dave & Buster's menu are offered from early lunch until late night and feature a
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    2 votes
    166
    Denny's Beer Barrell

    Denny's Beer Barrell

    Denny's Beer Barrel Pub is a small restaurant and bar, opened in September 1977 and located in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Its claim to fame is its large hamburgers. Owned by Denny Liegey Sr., the restaurant keeps expanding the size of their hamburgers to keep the record as having the biggest. It started with a 2-pound burger challenge, working up to its current record of a 123-pound burger. Fame started in earnest in 1996 with the creation of the "Ye Olde 96er" a 6-pound burger with about 5 pounds of toppings. Patrons take the challenge of trying to finish it in the allocated time. College student Kate Stelnick of Princeton, New Jersey, weighing 115 pounds was the first person to successfully finish the 6-pound version, despite attempts by many others including local giant, Justin Dinkfelt, to conquer the monstrous burger. Soon afterwards the restaurant introduced a bigger burger called the Beer Barrel Belly Buster, a two person challenge. This burger contains ten and a half pounds of ground beef, 25 slices of cheese, a whole head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, 1.5 cups of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard, and banana peppers all between one enormous hamburger bun. On
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    2 votes
    167
    Edsbacka krog

    Edsbacka krog

    Edsbacka krog ("Edsbacka inn") is a restaurant on the banks of the Edsviken in Sollentuna, Sweden, just north of Stockholm. It closed in February 2010, and was then one of two Swedish restaurants with two stars in the Michelin Guide. The restaurant was founded in 1626 by Henrik Olofsson, who got permission from King Gustav II Adolf to build an inn at Edsbacka, next to the road that runs between Stockholm and Uppsala. The inn closed in 1872, and the buildings stood abandoned for many years. After having located it as the oldest existing inn building in Sweden, chef Christer Lingström reopened Edsbacka krog after renovations in 1983. In 1985 he won the Swedish award "chef of the year", and was awarded one star in the Michelin Guide in 1992, and two stars in 2000. Edsbacka was the first Swedish restaurant ever to receive a second star, and until 2009 was the only restaurant with this distinction. On November 1, 2008 Lingström retired from Edsbacka, which was taken over by the staff under then-head chef Fredrik Pettersson. In November 2009 Lingström announced that Edsbacka krog would be closing down its operation on February 27, 2010, while Edsbacka Bistro, situated on the other side
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    2 votes
    168
    Fodero Dining Car Company

    Fodero Dining Car Company

    The Fodero Dining Car Company (1933–1981) was a diner manufacturer located in Newark and later Bloomfield, NJ. It was founded by Italian immigrant Joseph Fodero, who formed the company after constructing diners with P.J. Tierney & Sons and Kullman Industries. Fodero diners are known for their stainless steel exteriors and art deco appearance. The Big Star Diner, constructed in 1948, has an exterior typical of a Fodero diner and is shown at right. Diners constructed by the company are located primarily in the Northeastern United States, especially New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Many diners constructed by the company remain in operation as of 2010, among them the Empire Diner in Manhattan, New York City, and the Agawam Diner in Rowley, Massachusetts.
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    2 votes
    169
    Fraunces Tavern

    Fraunces Tavern

    Fraunces Tavern is a tavern, restaurant and museum housed in a conjectural reconstruction of a building that played a prominent role in pre-Revolution and American Revolution history. The building, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, has been owned by Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc. since 1904, which claims it is Manhattan's oldest surviving building. The building is a tourist site and a part of the American Whiskey Trail and the New York Freedom Trail. New York Mayor Stephanus van Cortlandt built his home in 1671 on the site, but retired to his manor on the Hudson River and gave the property in 1700 to his son-in-law, Etienne "Stephen" DeLancey, a French Huguenot who had married Van Cortlandt's daughter, Anne. The DeLancey family contended with the Livingston family for leadership of the Province of New York. DeLancey built the current building as a house in 1719. The small yellow bricks used in its construction were imported from the Dutch Republic and the sizable mansion ranked highly in the province for its quality. His heirs sold the building in 1762 to Samuel Fraunces who converted the home into the popular tavern, first named the
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    170
    Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q

    Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q

    Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q is one of two Kansas City, Missouri, restaurants that traces its roots back to Henry Perry the founder of the Kansas City barbecue. Gates started in 1946 in the same 18th Street and Vine neighborhood that saw the rise of the famous Henry Perry restaurant, Arthur Bryant's (the other restaurant with links to Perry) as well as Kansas City Jazz. It was founded by George and Arzelia Gates, their three children, Winnifred, Gwendolyn and Ollie, the cook, Arthur Pinkard. Pinkard had been a cook for Perry. In terms of branches, it is bigger than Bryant's as it has six restaurants scattered throughout Kansas City. Gates restaurants are easily marked by their red roofs and sauce bottles with the "man in full tuxedo top hat" logo. Customers are greeted almost as soon as they walk through the doors with the question, "Hi, may I help you?" The restaurant says its staff is trained at Gates College of Bar-B-Que Knowledge, better known as Rib Tech.
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    2 votes
    171
    Kruzhka

    Kruzhka

    Kruzhka (Russian: Кружка) is a chain of "beer restaurants" in Moscow. The name is Russian for "mug". Kruzhka restaurants can usually be identified outside by their orange КРУЖКА signs, which are often illuminated and difficult to miss. The orange theme continues inside, where the brick walls and wooden furniture give most Kruzhka restaurants a somewhat rugged character. It is common in Moscow and other Russian cities for there to be relatively little difference between bars, restaurants, clubs, and cafes, and Kruzhka is no exception. These "beer restaurants" tend to be popular with students, though the cheap food and beer attracts expatriates as well as Russians. However, that does not necessarily mean that Kruzhka has a "Western" character. Sports events, such as Russian football internationals, are regularly shown in many Kruzhka, either on televisions or big screens (alternatively French music channels are, for some reason, also put on quite a lot). In late 2005 a television advert was created to highlight the advantages of going to Kruzhka for Russian football fans. The ad shows a Russian man excitedly returning home to watch an important match (clips show Russia's 1 - 0
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    2 votes
    172
    MOS Burger

    MOS Burger

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    MOS Food Services, Inc. (株式会社モスフードサービス, Kabushiki-kaisha Mosu Fūdo Sābisu), doing business as MOS Burger (モスバーガー, Mosu bāgā) (Japanese, "MOS" [mosɯ̥] or "Mountain Ocean Sun"), is a fast-food restaurant chain (fast-casual) that originated in Japan. It is now the second-largest fast-food franchise in Japan after McDonald's, and owns numerous overseas outlets over East Asia, including Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, and until 2005, Hawaii. It is also the name of the standard hamburger offered by the restaurant, being its first product when the restaurant was founded in 1972. Its headquarters are in the ThinkPark Tower in Ōsaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo. At one time its headquarters were in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The publicly traded company also runs 80^C stores, MOS's-C, Mother Leaf, Shanghalichiba, Mamedori, and Stefan Grill outlets. The company had 1,327 stores in 2005, down from 1,458 in 2001. One slogan used within its stores is "Japanese Fine Burger and Coffee". In April 2011, MOS Burger opened its first store in Sunnybank, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia MOS Burger will enter the South Korean market starting October 2011. The MOS Rice Burger uses a bun made of
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    2 votes
    173
    Cold Springs Tavern

    Cold Springs Tavern

    • Cuisine: American
    Cold Spring Tavern was established as a stagecoach stop in 1865. Originally known as the "Cold Spring Relay Station", it was a place to change horses and allow travelers to rest and enjoy a meal. It has been featured on national television several times. The tavern serves steak, lamb, venison, duck, and rabbit, and kangaroo. Controversially, it served lion for a brief period in 1998. The tavern is located 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, California in Cold Spring Canyon, which is about a mile off Highway 154 along Stagecoach Road (in the San Marcos Pass area). The tavern was chosen as the BEST place for a Romantic Getaway and The Santa Barbara Independent called it "pure MAGIC!" They have been noted as one of the few (if not only) restaurants serving bear.
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    3 votes
    174
    Gus's

    Gus's

    Gus's cafe is a well-known cafe located in Civic, Canberra, Australia. It opened in 1969 and later became the first outdoor pavement cafe in Canberra. It is one of the oldest and best known cafes in Canberra and one of the first European-style cafes in Australia. It has both outdoor and indoor dining areas. The cafe was established by Augustin 'Gus' Petersilka (1919–1994) who emigrated to Australia from Austria in 1951, and arrived in Canberra in 1962. Petersilka had difficulties with introducing this new style of dining to Canberra as it was against the regulations of the time for people to sit outside in a cafe or restaurant and he had several well-publicised clashes with bureaucrats. A plaque on the pavement outside Gus's cafe marks the occasion of Gus Petersilka being made the Canberran of the Year for 1978. It reads: Petersilka was commemorated on 14 November 2002, by having a street named after him in the Canberra district of Gungahlin. On 9 March 2012 Gus's was closed down by the ACT Health Directorate for serious food safety breaches and risks to the public.
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    3 votes
    175
    Emma Krumbee's

    Emma Krumbee's

    Emma Krumbee's, located in Belle Plaine, Minnesota started off as an apple orchard and had grown into a large restaurant, bakery, and hotel.
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    3 votes
    176
    Fifteen restaurants

    Fifteen restaurants

    Fifteen is the name of several restaurants created by the English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Oliver created the restaurant as part of a 2002 TV series, Jamie's Kitchen, broadcast on Channel 4. Jamie Oliver recruited fifteen unemployed young people, some homeless and others with learning difficulties, and trained them from scratch to become professional-standard chefs. This continued after the TV series finished, and the restaurant has become a success. Many of its graduates have moved on to other top restaurants in London. Fifteen was also featured in the follow-up series, Return to Jamie's Kitchen and provided a backdrop to the 2005 series Jamie's School Dinners. The restaurant is a charitable foundation, with all profits generated spent on training its recruits. The original Fifteen is located in Hoxton, in the London Borough of Hackney. In 2004, Fifteen Amsterdam opened in The Netherlands. In May 2006, Fifteen Cornwall opened in Watergate Bay, Newquay and Fifteen Melbourne, Australia opened in September 2006.
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    3 votes
    177
    Imo's Pizza

    Imo's Pizza

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Imo's Pizza is a U.S. chain of pizza restaurants based in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area. It is headquartered in unincorporated St. Louis County. The chain is known for its version of St. Louis-style pizza, which is common in the area. The restaurants also sell an assortment of salads, appetizers, and desserts. The chain joined in on the trend of selling desserts that can be made in a pizza oven. Their new menu offering is called Cinnimos, a type of cinnamon bread sticks. While mostly found in the St. Louis area, the franchised pizzerias are also found scattered throughout select locations in the Midwest. There are currently over 90 locations in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. The company is based in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004, Imo's was ranked the 26th largest pizza chain in the United States; it tallied sales of $72.5 million. Cecil Whittaker's Pizza and Elicia's Pizza are two local competing chains.
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    3 votes
    178
    Bertucci's

    Bertucci's

    • Cuisine: Italian
    Bertucci's is a Northborough, Massachusetts-based private company which runs a chain of sit-down Italian restaurants offering brick oven pizza and Italian food. It also offers delivery (from some stores), take-out and private dining. Bertucci's was founded by Joe Crugnale in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1981. The company expanded rapidly into the 1990s. Bertucci's is found in the Northeast. Eventually N.E. Restaurant Co. Inc. bought out Bertucci's. Owner since 1998, N.E. Restaurant Co. Inc. adopted the Bertucci's Co. name in 2001. Joseph Crugnale, Bertucci’s founder, was born in Sulmona, Italy. He landed his first job in a restaurant while in high school after emigrating to Boston. He worked as a porter at the Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. In 1974 he opened his first ice cream stand. In 1975, he refinanced his father's home and purchased Steve's Ice Cream from founder Steve Herrell for $80,000. Crugnale established 26 stores before selling the concept to Integrated Resources in 1983 for $4.5 million, two years after the first Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria opened, two doors from Steve's Ice Cream. Bertucci’s was opened to eliminate the possibility of an ice cream
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    2 votes
    179
    Dinosaur Bar-b-que

    Dinosaur Bar-b-que

    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a restaurant, blues venue, and biker bar chain in New York and New Jersey. Opened in 1988 on Willow Street in downtown Syracuse, it specializes in authentic barbecue, using a wood-fueled barbecue pit. The restaurant markets its sauce, pulled pork, chili, and baked beans at local supermarkets, and at Wegmans, Fairway, D'Agostino's, Price Chopper, and Shaw's Supermarkets across the Northeast. Several additional locations have also been opened in Rochester, New York (in the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Station) in 1998, Harlem, New York City in 2004, and Troy, New York adjacent to the Hudson River in late 2010. In April 2012, a 5th location opened in Newark, NJ near the Prudential Center, home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the Big East Basketball Conference's Seton Hall Pirates. In October 2012, a 6th location will open in Stamford, CT and in early 2013 a 7th location will open in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Billionaire investor George Soros' investment company owns a 70% stake in Dinosaur BBQ. In 2001, a cookbook with many of the restaurant's recipes was published titled Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse. In late November 2006, its Syracuse
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    2 votes
    180
    Hamburger Station

    Hamburger Station

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Hamburger Station is a small chain of fast food stores in the Northeast Ohio, USA area. The hamburgers they serve are offered in a variety of quantities and are similar in size to White Castle hamburgers. The hamburgers are served on small buns with pickles, mustard, and fresh onions. Eventually, cheeseburgers, fries, and ketchup were introduced. The french fries served are fresh cut "fair style," along with fresh cut and battered onion rings, and lemonade made from squeezed lemons on site. Also popular are Reuben Balls, the ingredients of a reuben sandwich rolled into a ball, breaded, and fried; Gyros and Chicken Sandwiches. The Canton Road location also serves breakfast. Jim Lowe was a longtime employee of Thacker's Peppy Service Lunch Counter- a very old and successful hamburger restaurant located on Akron's East Side. Thacker's opened their doors in the mid-20's, as the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Plant #1 expanded rapidly to keep up with the burgeoning automotive industry. It was the hamburger of choice for rubber workers, who worked only steps away, across the street. Over the years, Lowe acquired the recipe for the cooking oil that Date and Ted Thacker made up behind closed
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    2 votes
    181
    Houlihan's

    Houlihan's

    • Cuisine: American
    Houlihan's is a Leawood, Kansas-based American casual restaurant & bar with locations operating throughout the country, 60% of which are franchised. The first Houlihan's opened on April 1, 1972 on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, and there are now 82 restaurants in 18 states. It was originally named Houlihan's Old Place, because it was first located in the space of Houlihans Clothing Store. Houlihan's is privately owned by Houlihan's Restaurants, Inc., a progressive company that developed and owns several restaurant concepts including Bristol Seafood Grill, Devon Seafood Grill and J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks. Menu offerings range from wood grilled center-cut steaks to flatbread pizzas, and include both contemporary American and ethnic-inspired fare.. The Houlihan's test kitchen located in the headquarters office tests and develops menu options that address diverse lifestyles. Houlihan's kitchens are run from scratch. In the bar, interesting cocktails and wine along with small bites have landed many local 'Best of' happy hour awards. Houlihan's serves lunch and dinner, and offers brunch in select locations.
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    2 votes
    182
    D.P. Dough

    D.P. Dough

    • Cuisine: Italian
    D.P. Dough is a calzone delivery franchise and restaurant chain that was started in Amherst, Massachusetts. Most of its stores are located throughout college towns in the Northeastern United States and Midwest. Penny Haley introduced her calzones at the Eastern States Exposition, a fair in the Northeastern United States in the early 1980s. The first D. P. Dough Restaurant was opened in 1987 in Amherst, Massachusetts, by Haley and her son, Dan, their initials forming the name.
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    3 votes
    183
    Hesburger

    Hesburger

    Hesburger (commonly known in Finland as Hese) is a fast-food chain based in Turku, Finland. Today, it is the largest Finnish hamburger restaurant chain, with a larger presence in the Finnish market than U.S.-based McDonald's. With only 12 outlets in 1992, Hesburger expanded to over 200 restaurants in 60 towns across Finland over the following decade, absorbing rival chain Carrols in 2002. Hesburger has also expanded to international markets, opening outlets in the Baltic states and Germany. There was a Hesburger in Damascus, Syria for a short period between 2004 and 2006, but it was closed as unprofitable. Hesburger has about 260 restaurants in Finland, 31 in Latvia, 29 in Estonia, 27 in Lithuania, four in Germany and eight in Russia. Hesburger continues with attempts to penetrate the Middle East markets, via contracts with local companies. The company name is a portmanteau of two words; Hes is a domestic version of the given name of the founder, Heikki "Hessu" Salmela; burger is a shortened variant of hamburger. The chain's history reaches back to 1966, when Heikki Salmela (born 1946) opened a street food kiosk in Naantali. He later opened the first Hesburger in 1980 in Turku,
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    3 votes
    184
    Amber

    Amber

    • Cuisine: Asian
    Amber is The Landmark Mandarin Oriental's modern French restaurant. Richard Ekkebus is the current executive chef. Amber was awarded two stars by the Hong Kong and Macau edition of the Michelin Guide in 2008. Amber was placed 37th in S. Pellegrino's 2011 World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
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    1 votes
    185
    Breitbach's Country Dining

    Breitbach's Country Dining

    Breitbach's Country Dining is a casual dining restaurant and bar located in the town of Balltown in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. Breitbach's is the oldest continuously operating restaurant and bar in the state of Iowa, having been open since August 23, 1852. The establishment has been owned and operated by the Breitbach family since 1862. The current owner is Mike Breitbach. Breitbach's is located at 563 Balltown Road in Balltown. The place offers classic Midwestern dishes, including German ethnic foods such as sauerkraut, sausage, and coleslaw. It has been featured in an episode of Food Network's Feasting on Asphalt 2: The River Run, which showcased the restaurant's quality pies. Several sources disagree with the 1852 opening date and the date of acquisition by the Breitbach family. According to Midwest Living, Breitbach's opened in 1853 as a stagecoach stop. On the other hand, KOA says: "Founded in 1852 under a permit issued from President Millard Fillmore, it's been owned by the Breitbachs since 1891 and is in its sixth generation of family ownership." They also indicate there was an antiques store on the premises. The opening date of 1852 and family acquisition in 1862
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    1 votes
    186
    Canter's

    Canter's

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Canter's Deli is a famous Jewish style delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California, near the border of West Hollywood. The Canter family originally opened up a delicatessen in Jersey City in 1924. They came west along with many Jews from the northeastern United States in the early 1940s, and opened a delicatessen in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, which at that time had a substantial Jewish population. After World War II, the Jewish population of Boyle Heights left en masse for the Fairfax District, West Hollywood, and other West Side neighborhoods (as well as the San Fernando Valley) and Canter's followed the influx of Jewish businesses west, converting a movie theater which had previously shown Yiddish-language films to a delicatessen much larger than its previous spaces. Canter's quickly became a hangout for show business personalities, given its location and its late hours. It has remained such ever since. In the 1960s, Canter's became a late night hang out for hippies, rock musicians, and other countercultural types, partially for the same reasons. Also, many rock musicians had grown up in Fairfax and West Hollywood, and the Sunset Strip was only half a
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    1 votes
    187
    Chico's Tacos

    Chico's Tacos

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    Chico's Tacos is a small local restaurant chain based in El Paso, Texas. It was founded on July 4, 1953 by local boxing promoter Joe Mora. Long considered a local institution in El Paso, it is perhaps the city's best-known restaurant, having even featured in the Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. It was also a topic of the Gabriel Iglesias stand up act "I'm not Fat... I'm Fluffy". Chico's has entered into local legend for its rolled tacos in a special tomato soup-like sauce, as well as its low prices. Other items on the menu include hamburgers, French fries, grilled cheese sandwiches (or as Chicos Tacos employees often refer to them as "grillos"), and special round hot dogs served on hamburger buns. Originally located at 4230 Alameda Avenue on El Paso's south side, Chico's has since expanded to five El Paso locations, primarily on the town's east side. Since Mora's death in 1992, the restaurants have been run by his surviving children. Chico's Tacos' specialty dish is a paper tray containing three rolled flauta-like tacos submerged in bath of tomato juice and then topped with shredded American Cheese. The custom is to grab the tacos individually out of the tomato juice
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    1 votes
    188
    Jack in the Box

    Jack in the Box

    • Cuisine: Fast food
    Jack in the Box (NASDAQ: JACK) is an American fast-food restaurant founded by Robert O. Peterson in 1951 in San Diego, California, where it is still headquartered today. In total, the chain has 2,200 locations, primarily serving the West Coast of the United States. Food items include the Jumbo Jack, Sourdough Jack, and Ultimate Cheeseburger. The company also operates the Qdoba Mexican Grill chain. Robert O. Peterson already owned several successful restaurants when he opened Topsy's Drive-In at 6270 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego in 1941. Several more Topsy's were opened and eventually renamed Oscar's (after Peterson's middle name), and by the late 1940s the Oscar's locations had developed a circus-like décor featuring drawings of a starry-eyed clown. In 1951, Peterson opened a similar restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, with a giant clown's head atop the building. Called Jack in the Box, this hamburger stand had no carhops at all, but instead offered the innovation of a two-way intercom system, allowing much faster service through the drive-through window—while one customer's car was at the window, a second and even a third customer's order could be taken and
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    1 votes
    189
    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group

    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group

    The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc. is an American hotel and restaurant company. Founded in 1981 by William (Bill) Kimpton and led by Chief Executive Officer Michael Depatie, it is the largest chain of boutique hotels in the United States. The company's headquarters are in San Francisco, California. All its properties are located in the U.S. Most Kimpton properties are marketed under their own independent names as boutique hotels; however, in 2005, the company launched two sub-brands within the company's brand: Hotel Palomar and Hotel Monaco. Each hotel has a restaurant or bar that is marketed as upscale or trendy. The company's loyalty program is called Kimpton InTouch.. CNNMoney.com listed it as the #16 best company to work for in 2012. Under contract, the company also manages and operates hotels owned by other entities. In addition to the Hotel Monaco and Palomar Hotel brand hotels, other company hotels include: The company's environmental program is called Earthcare. Every hotel adopts standard environmentally friendly products and practices, such as eco-friendly cleaning supplies and recycling. Every year, the company sponsors a red-ribbon campaign generating awareness
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    1 votes
    190
    Le Bec-Fin

    Le Bec-Fin

    • Cuisine: French
    Le Bec-Fin is a French restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that first opened in 1970. Owner and founder Georges Perrier named the restaurant after the French colloquialism for "fine palate". The restaurant has been rated America's finest French restaurant, and the Mobil Travel Guide has traditionally awarded it five stars. Although Perrier announced in July 2010 that he planned to close the restaurant in spring 2011, he waited until February 2012 to sell Le Bec-Fin to one of its former managers, Nicolas Fanucci, who re-opened Le Bec-Fin in June 2012. Perrier trained at La Pyramide in Vienne, France. He moved to the USA on November 17, 1967, at the age of 21, and started working in Philadelphia in the late 1960s. After its opening in 1970 at 1312 Spruce St. (Perrier was 23), Le Bec-Fin soon established a reputation as Philadelphia's finest restaurant with Perrier's Galette de Crabe and Quenelles de Brochet as signature highlights. By 1981, Le Bec-Fin was known as the leader of the "Philadelphia restaurant revolution". The restaurant moved to its current location on Walnut St. in 1983. Esquire described it as the best French restaurant in America and a 1994 Condé Nast reader's
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    1 votes
    191
    BD's Mongolian Barbeque

    BD's Mongolian Barbeque

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    BD's Mongolian Grill is an American restaurant chain specializing in patron-prepared stir-fry meals in a style known as "Mongolian barbecue". Grillers use 3-foot (0.9 m) metal "swords" and cook on an 8-foot (2.4 m) diameter gas flat top grill reaching temperatures of 600 degrees Fahrenheit (300°C). BD's was founded in 1992 by Michigan State University alumnus and entrepreneur Billy "BD" Downs and his wife after a visit to a similar restaurant in London. The restaurant is headquartered in Royal Oak, Michigan and currently has 37 locations, mostly concentrated in the northern Midwest. In May 2005, BD's opened a franchise in Ulan Bator, as the first American-franchised restaurant in Mongolia. Part of the profits made by the Ulan Bator franchise are used for charitable purposes. Mongo Charities was established in 2005 to help raise funds for the Mongolian Youth Development Foundation. The foundation is a non-governmental, non profit making organization with major emphasis on providing youth development programs in Mongolia and working to assist Mongolian youth in their development into active members of society, by providing social, educational, cultural and physical activities. In
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    2 votes
    192
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is a casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States that is known for its Buffalo wings. Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1981 after James Disbrow, then living in Buffalo, New York, came to Kent, Ohio to judge an amateur figure skating competition at Kent State University in 1981. He met up with his friend, Scott Lowery, and went looking for a place to get authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings. Unable to find one, they decided to open up their own restaurant, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then in Westerville, Ohio one year later. Originally called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck, from which the abbreviation BW3 was created, the restaurant became a franchise; as of December 27, 2009, it had 652 locations (232 directly owned by the company, and 420 franchised locations) across 45 U.S. states. The original name and acronym, BW3, was intentionally reminiscent of the acronym TW3 popularly used in referring to the television show That Was The Week That Was, a show of which co-founder James Disbrow was a fan. The company later changed its name to Buffalo Wild Wings, but still uses the short name BW3 on occasion due to the common usage by
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    2 votes
    193
    Carlos'n Charlie's

    Carlos'n Charlie's

    Carlos’n Charlie’s [sic] is a chain of casual dining Mexican restaurants, primarily located in Mexican and Caribbean tourist destinations. The restaurant's menu includes Mexican and American foods, seafood, pasta, soups, salads and appetizers. The restaurant claims to be a family-friendly 100% Mexican restaurant, offering a kids menu and suggesting patrons feel free to sing loudly and off-key, and dance on chairs. Carlos is Carlos Anderson, founder of Grupo Anderson's, who died in a 1990 plane crash, and Charlie is Charles Skipsey, his business partner. The company, founded in 1963, claims their more than 50 restaurants makes it Mexico's largest restaurateur. In addition to Carlos’n Charlie’s, Grupo Anderson's has the Señor Frog’s chain, along with other similarly-branded restaurants/bars like Carlos O'Brians and El Squid Roe. Carlos’n Charlie’s restaurants averaged $3.6 million in 2005 with an average check of $22.50. They expected sales to grow from $105 million to $112 million in 2006. The company is headquartered in Cancún.
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    2 votes
    194
    Chasen's

    Chasen's

    • Cuisine: American
    Chasen's was a restaurant in West Hollywood, California that was a hangout for entertainment luminaries. Located at 9039 Beverly Boulevard near Beverly Hills, it was the site of the Academy Awards party for many years and was also known for its chili. In 1962 Liz Taylor had several orders of Chasen’s chili flown to the set of Cleopatra while filming in Rome. Many of its regular customers had booths named in their honor. The Ronald Reagan booth, now on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library museum, was where Reagan proposed to Nancy Reagan (neė Davis). Other well-known people who had a booth were Frank Sinatra, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, and Groucho Marx. Chasen's, upon a steep decline in business, closed permanently in 1995. The restaurant, which opened its doors in 1936, was in service for nearly 60 years. The restaurant was opened in December 1936. by vaudevillian and one-time Three Stooges fill-in Dave Chasen at the advice of his friend, director Frank Capra and was called "Chasen's Southern Pit". The editor of The New Yorker Harold Ross along with business associate Daniel Silberberg grubstaked the operation. It was nothing more than a shack, but quickly
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    2 votes
    195
    Commander's Palace

    Commander's Palace

    Commander's Palace is a restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It was built in 1880. It is located in the Garden District of Uptown New Orleans (1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, 70130), and is owned by the Brennan family. It has long been one of the best regarded upscale restaurants in the city. Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse are two of its most famous alumni who have worked in its kitchen through the years. Commander's Palace received a four-diamond rating by the American Automobile Association and has also been recognized as one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. by Gayot, and was ranked the most famous restaurant in New Orleans. In 1880, Emile Commander established a small saloon at the corner of Washington Avenue and Coliseum Street. Within a few years he turned it into a restaurant patronized by the distinguished neighborhood families of the Garden District. By 1900 Commander's Palace was attracting gourmets from all over the world. In the 1920s, Frank G. Giarratano was the owner of the restaurant and lived above the restaurant with his wife, Rose and their two sons. There were rumors that there were private dining rooms upstairs rented to riverboat captains,
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    2 votes
    196
    Fazoli's

    Fazoli's

    • Cuisine: Family
    The Fazoli’s brand was created in 1988 by Jerrico, Inc, a multi-brand restaurant group based in Lexington, Kentucky, and then parent company of Long John Silver's restaurants. Two years and five founding restaurants later, the Italian fast food concept was sold to Seed Restaurant Group, Inc. (SRG), also based in Lexington. SRG continued to evolve the concept, adding new Italian dishes, baked pastas, Submarinos sandwiches, pizza, entree salads, desserts and garlic breadsticks. In 2006, Fazoli’s was purchased by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners of Boca Raton, Florida. Although the Fazoli's restaurant concept was created in 1988, Fazoli's Systems, Inc., was actually formed in 1990, when the chain consisted of five restaurant locations in Lexington, Kentucky. At that time, the restaurants were owned and operated by Jerrico Inc., which was also the parent company of the Long John Silver's seafood restaurant chain. Jerrico decided to focus solely on developing Long John Silver's, however, and Fazoli's was put up for sale. Entrepreneur Kuni Toyoda—Jerrico's Asian franchise vice-president—joined forces with Japan-based Duskin Co. Ltd. and purchased the restaurant chain. They formed
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    2 votes
    197
    Fresh Choice

    Fresh Choice

    • Cuisine: American
    Fresh Choice is a chain of buffet-style restaurants which operate in California, Washington, and Texas under the names Fresh Choice, Fresh Plus, Fresh Choice Express, and Zoopa. The first restaurant was opened in Sunnyvale, California in 1986, and as of 2010 there are 30 locations with two new restaurants expected to open in 2011–12. Fresh Choice was purchased by Sandy Boyd in 2007. Fresh Choice markets itself as a healthier alternative to fast food restaurants with reference to menu options that include choices relatively low in fat, carbohydrates, and/or calories. The soups are marketed as "home style." All restaurants also have salad bars, artisan pizza, and breads. Fresh Choice obtains its produce from local farmers, and tries to use seasonal, local and organically grown produce. Starting in 2009, the company has embarked on a plan to grow many of its own vegetables. The Sacramento Magazine Diners' Choice Awards voted Fresh Choice as the restaurant with the most health-conscious menu in 2008 and 2009. Restaurants use energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and cooking equipment, to minimize impact on the environment. Fresh Choice is enrolled in PG&E's Climate Smart Program,
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    2 votes
    198
    Così

    Così

    Così (NASDAQ: COSI) is an American restaurant chain that primarily offers gourmet sandwiches and salads. It was founded in 1996, and there are currently over 144 locations in the continental United States. The original Così restaurant was based on a cafe in Paris, France. In October 1999, Così merged with the cafe/bar chain XandO (formerly ZuZu). Così's peak traffic was during the lunch hour, while XandO did heavy business in the evenings, allowing the two companies to complement each other's strengths. All Così restaurants also feature a full-service espresso bar and some serve alcohol. They are also well known for serving s'mores as dessert . The name comes from the opera Così fan tutte, which was a favorite of the original owner. There are more than 144 restaurants in 16 states, the District of Columbia and the United Arab Emirates. In June 2010 Così sold its District of Columbia stores to Capitol C Restaurants who will run them under a franchise agreement. Capitol C is the owner of Qdoba Mexican Grill. The company's headquarters are located in Deerfield, Illinois. Cosi's bread is baked in an open flame oven, in full view of customers.
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    3 votes
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    Auerbachs Keller

    Auerbachs Keller

    Auerbachs Keller (Auerbach's Cellar in English) is the best known and second oldest restaurant in Leipzig, dating to at least the first half of the fifteenth century. It was already one of the city’s most important wine bars by the 16th century and is described in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust I as the first place Mephistopheles takes Faust on their travels. Auerbach's Cellar is located below the Mädlerpassage, a shopping arcade, at Grimmaische Straße 2 in Leipzig's historical district near the market. The restaurant has five historical dining rooms: the Fasskeller (Barrel Cellar), Lutherzimmer (Luther Room), Goethezimmer (Goethe Room), Alt-Leipzig (Old Leipzig), and, since 1913, the Großer Keller (Large Cellar). There is also the Mephisto Bar on the floor above available for drinks. The wine bar was first mentioned in a historical record dated 1438. Its present name comes from the original owner, the Leipzig city councilor, professor of medicine and rector of Leipzig University Dr. Heinrich Stromer, who was familiarly called Dr. Auerbach after his birthplace, the town of Auerbach in Germany's Upper Palatinate region. He was the personal physician of the Prince-Elector of
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    2 votes
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    Central Grocery

    Central Grocery

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Central Grocery is a small, old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store with a sandwich counter located at 923 Decatur Street, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. He operated it until 1946 when he retired and his son-in-law Frank Tusa took over the operation. Today it is owned by Salvador T. Tusa, Salvatore's grandson, and two cousins. The store was one of many family owned, neighborhood grocery stores during the early 20th century, when the French Quarter was still predominantly a residential area. Though tourists are more common in Central now, it has retained much of its old world market feel. It is famous as the home of the New Orleans muffuletta sandwich invented by Salvatore Lupo, to feed the Sicilian truck farmers who sold their produce at the Farmer's Market on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. The Muffuletta was only locally known until the late 1960s. Now, it has international fame. The Central sells not only the sandwiches as take-out or eat-in, but also the ingredients of the muffuletta—including olive salad by the jar—for people who want to make the sandwich at home. Because of the
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    2 votes
    201
    Five Guys

    Five Guys

    • Cuisine: American
    Five Guys Enterprises, LLC/Five Guys Holdings, LLC, doing business as Five Guys, is a fast casual restaurant chain focused on hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries with its headquarters in the Lorton community in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia. The company originated in Arlington County, Virginia. It previously occupied a different location in Lorton. The Five Guys' menu is centered on hamburgers offered with American cheese or bacon, kosher style hot dogs, grilled cheese and vegetable sandwiches. Five Guys uses buns that are sweeter and "eggier" than normal buns. Fresh-cut French fries are the sole side item, available salted only in "Five Guys style" or seasoned "Cajun style". Complimentary roasted in-shell peanuts are offered for on-site consumption at most locations, with signage alerting potential customers who may have a peanut allergy. Peanuts are not permitted to be taken out of the restaurant, out of concern for spreading the allergen. Some outlets also offer egg sandwiches on Five Guys' buns for breakfast. A Five Guys restaurant usually has a simple layout of red-and-white checkered decorations, a single counter for purchasing and picking up food, and a few
    5.50
    2 votes
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    Junior's

    Junior's

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Junior's is a restaurant at the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension and DeKalb Avenue in the New York City borough of Brooklyn (386 Flatbush Avenue Extension). The restaurant also has an outlet inside Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, one in the Times Square area, and one in the hotel lobby of MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut. The restaurant was founded by Harry Rosen in 1950. According to the restaurant, it was named Junior's after Rosen's two sons, Walter and Marvin. In 1982, Governor Mario Cuomo declared May 27 as Junior’s Restaurant Day. According to GO Brooklyn, "At the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in Downtown Brooklyn, there has been a diner run by the Rosen family since 1929. In 1950, the name was changed to Junior's, and it has been serving its famous cheesecake and other goodies ever since. The interior of Junior's was modernized in 1983 after a major fire in the restaurant. The diner was featured in the Brooklyn Public Library's children's book of Brooklyn landmarks, "Brooklyn Pops Up." Rosen worked with master baker, Eigel Peterson, on the Rosen family's recipe to create the cheesecake known today as "The World's Most Fabulous Cheesecake" based on
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    2 votes
    203
    Joe's Crab Shack

    Joe's Crab Shack

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    Joe's Crab Shack is an American chain of beach-themed seafood casual dining restaurants owned by Ignite Restaurant Group. Founded in Houston, Texas, the restaurant now operates locations all across the country. It serves seafood and American cuisine. The restaurants also have a gift shop that sells facetious t-shirts featuring phrases advertising Joe's seafood choices. It is based in Houston, Texas. Joe's Crab Shack opened its first location in Houston, Texas in 1991. Landry's Restaurants, Inc. purchased the original Joe's Crab Shack in Houston, Texas in early 1994 to convert it into a Landry's Restaurant. By 1995 the chain had grown to three locations in Houston and one in Dallas. Today the brand includes a national chain of 120 restaurants in 28 states featuring a festive, but laid-back atmosphere. Many of the locations are on waterfront property with large patio seating areas, built to resemble an old beachfront property. Many locations include family friendly features such as a playground and an arcade in a few locations. On November 17, 2006, Joe's was sold to J.H. Whitney & Company, a privately held company, operating as JCS Holdings, LLC. The sales price was $192 million
    4.67
    3 votes
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    Beau Rivage

    Beau Rivage

    • Cuisine: Mediterranean
    Beau Rivage is a waterfront casino resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. Beau Rivage was rebuilt and re-opened in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. The Beau Rivage hotel is the tallest building in Mississippi. The term 'Beau Rivage' is French for 'beautiful shore'. The Beau Rivage, with 1,740 rooms, opened in March 1999. At that time of its opening, it was the largest hotel/casino in the United States outside of Nevada. The casino was located on a series of floating barges as required by local law confining all casinos to mobile marine vessels at the time of the resort's construction. The hotel, restaurants, parking garage, and associated facilities were constructed on land. The height of the 28-floor hotel-casino is 346 ft (105 m). Beau Rivage has won every major local, regional, and state award available for outstanding community service including the Governor's Cup Award for Outstanding Large Business on July 10, 2003. The name of Beau Rivage was originally meant for the Bellagio casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip, however, developer Steve Wynn of Mirage Resorts changed Beau Rivage into Bellagio, and reserved this name
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    1 votes
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    Cinnabon

    Cinnabon

    • Cuisine: Doughnuts
    Cinnabon is a chain of American baked goods stores and kiosks, normally found in areas with high pedestrian traffic such as malls and airports. The company's signature item is a large cinnamon roll. As of July 2009, over 750 Cinnabon bakeries were in operation in over 30 countries around the world. Its headquarters are located in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The company is owned by Focus Brands, an affiliate of private equity firm Roark Capital Group. Cinnabon was first opened in the Seattle, Washington, suburb of Federal Way on December 4, 1985, as a single bakery in the Sea Tac Mall. This bakery began by serving only its original Cinnabon Classic cinnamon roll. Since that time, Cinnabon has evolved into a franchised company. The first franchise opened in August 1986 in Philadelphia. In 1991, the first Cinnabon outside a mall was opened in Detroit's Wayne County Airport. Cinnabon stores can be found in military bases, malls, airports, university campuses, rapid transit stations, casinos, and amusement parks. Cinnabon says it uses Makara cinnamon from Indonesia. Pillsbury says that their Grands cinnamon rolls and Cinnamon Toaster Strudel are made with Cinnabon's Makara
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    1 votes
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    Dunkin' Donuts

    Dunkin' Donuts

    • Cuisine: Doughnuts
    Dunkin' Donuts is an international doughnut and coffee retailer founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts; it is now headquartered in Canton. While the company originally focused on doughnuts and other baked goods, over half of its business today is in coffee sales, making it more of a competitor to Starbucks than to more traditional competitors such as Krispy Kreme. The company has opened more than 10,000 locations in 32 countries worldwide , which include more than 6,700 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the United States and more than 3000 international locations. This figure compares with the 17,009 stores of coffee chain Starbucks, whose baked goods are usually prepared out of shop. Nearly all of Dunkin' Donuts locations are franchisee owned and operated. Only 75 franchisees exist west of the Mississippi River, mostly in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Within their Northeast home base, however, Dunkin' Donuts is particularly dominant and can be found in many gas stations, supermarkets, mall and airport food courts, and Walmart stores across the region. Dunkin' Donuts, along with Baskin-Robbins, is co-owned by Dunkin' Brands Inc. (previously known
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    1 votes
    207
    Fog City Diner

    Fog City Diner

    • Cuisine: American
    The Fog City Diner is a San Francisco, California, landmark. Located at 1300 Battery Street just off The Embarcadero near the Filbert Steps, the diner is a popular tourist attraction, as well as an occasional movie location. (Among other productions, it was used in So I Married an Axe Murderer with Mike Myers and an episode of Nash Bridges, starring Don Johnson.) Their number is (415) 982-2000. The decor of the diner is roughly 1930s nostalgia, with stainless steel, checkered tile, and other typical diner accoutrements of that era, although the cuisine is decidedly modern and the pricing somewhat upscale. The service and atmosphere are regarded as very good, earning it 4 stars on opentable.com.
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    1 votes
    208
    Freebirds World Burrito

    Freebirds World Burrito

    • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
    Freebirds World Burrito, Freebirds for short, is a regional chain of fast casual burrito restaurants. Founded in 1987 in Isla Vista, California by Mark Orfalea and Pierre Dube, the restaurant chain expanded into Texas in 1990. After Dube took over the Texas location in 1994, he expanded the chain to span 19 restaurants in Texas, while Orfalea retained ownership of the original California location and a license to continue using the name. The Texas Freebirds World Burrito chain, which was headquartered in College Station, was purchased by private-equity Tavistock Group in 2007. The chain, headquartered in the Tavistock Restaurants offices in Emeryville, California, has grown to over 30 locations in Texas and a single location in Oklahoma and Kansas, with some Freebirds set to open outside the state in 2011. The Freebirds concept was created by Mark Orfalea and Pierre Dube in 1987, when they opened the first Freebirds World Burrito in Isla Vista, California, a block from the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. When the partners decided to open a second location, they looked at the twenty largest college towns in the US, eventually choosing College Station, Texas, home of
    6.00
    1 votes
    209
    Freshness Burger

    Freshness Burger

    Freshness Burger, often referred to simply as Freshness, is a fast food restaurant from Japan. Founded in 1992, it sells hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and coffee drinks. It advertises itself as "Fresh and Organic," operating under the slogan "Freshness Food, Freshness Serving, Freshness People, Freshness Planet," which is displayed in English. There are several vegetarian items on the menu. It presently operates 189 locations in Japan as well as 20 in South Korea. Freshness Burger opened its first shop in Hong Kong on the Tsim Sha Tsui public pier, behind the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It also has branches in Shatin, Citylink Plaza located above the Shatin MTR train station. On 1 December 2010, Freshness Burger opened its first outlet in Singapore. The opening of the Singapore outlet is also the brand's first store in Southeast Asia. Freshness Burger in Singapore is located at Nex Shopping Mall in Serangoon Central. It has also expanded into Century Square in Tampines, The Central in Clarke Quay and Causeway Point in Woodlands Freshness Burger's menu is divided into nine categories: Classic Burger, Vegetable Burger, Hamburger, Hotdog, Side Order, Dessert, Hot Drink, Cold Drink, and
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    1 votes
    210
    Komala's Restaurants

    Komala's Restaurants

    Komala's Restaurants is a Singapore-based restaurant-chain serving Indian vegetarian cuisine. The group has restaurants overseas in India, Thailand, Indonesia and Canada. Started in 1947 by Murugiah Rajoo in Singapore, the restaurant became known for the low priced high quality Indian food. The restaurant is popular with all walks of life, and its part of the Komala's Group. Komala's introduced an Indian Vegetarian fast food restaurant in July 1995 at Little India in a Western-style environment. A year later, it opened a high end Indian restaurant known as The Gangzes and in 1997, it formed Komala's Group to be the parent company of Komala's Restaurants. Two Komala's restaurants opened in 1998 in the city centre, one at Scotts Shopping Centre at the prime Orchard Road shopping belt and the other at Peninsula Plaza in Downtown Core. In 1999, Komala's opened a franchise pilot outlet cum cooking school in Chennai, India, and there was a launch of Komala's franchise. The Gangzes was launced in Chennai in the year 2000, and a franchise outlet opened at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It later opened a number of franchise outlets overseas, but most eventually closed. In 2002, it opened a fast
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    1 votes
    211
    Marie Callender's

    Marie Callender's

    • Cuisine: American
    Perkins & Marie Callender's, LLC, doing business as Marie Callender’s, is a restaurant chain with 250 locations in seven western states. Its headquarters are in the Marie Callender's Corporate Support Center in Mission Viejo, California, in the Greater Los Angeles area. One East Side Mario’s restaurant in Lakewood, California is also part of the chain, a remnant of the period (1997-2000) when the chain owned the ESM concept, purchased from Pepsico. The type of cuisine served is mainly American, although many of the dishes are slanted towards styles of preparation that resemble Italian, Mexican, French, Cajun, or Chinese. Soups and sandwiches are available as meals or à la carte. The eatery also is known as Marie Callender’s Pies; they are signature items on the dessert menu: there are over 30 varieties available. Pies can be purchased whole or by-the-slice. Marie Callender’s began in 1948 in Orange County, California, as a wholesale outlet for selling pies to other restaurants. Eventually, Don Callender (who founded the business venture and named it after his mother), opened a retail outlet in Orange, California, gradually adding other food. In later years, a typical restaurant
    6.00
    1 votes
    212
    Antoine's

    Antoine's

    • Cuisine: French
    Antoine's is a Louisiana Creole cuisine restaurant located at 713 rue St. Louis (St. Louis Street) in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It has the distinction of being the oldest family run restaurant in the United States, having been established in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore. A New Orleans institution, it is notable for being the "inventor" of several famous dishes, such as Oysters Rockefeller, Pompano en Papillote, Eggs Sardou and Pigeonneaux Paradis. Antoine's Cookbook, compiled by Roy F. Guste (the fifth-generation proprietor) features hundreds of recipes from the Antoine's tradition. The restaurant is also known for its VIP patrons (including several U.S. presidents and Pope John Paul II). Antoine's features a 25,000 bottle capacity wine storage and 14 dining rooms of varying sizes and themes, with several featuring Mardi Gras krewe memorabilia. The lengthy menu (originally only in French, now in French and English) features classic French-Creole dishes. By tradition, Antoine's is closed to the general public on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mardi Gras. The restaurant can be reserved for private parties on these "Closed Days." Advance reservations are required for
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    2 votes
    213
    Bar mleczny

    Bar mleczny

    A bar mleczny—literally "milk bar" in Polish (though not to be confused with the Australian milk bar)—is a Polish form of cafeteria. The first typical milk bar "Mleczarnia Nadświdrzańska" was established in 1896 in Warsaw by Stanisław Dłużewski, a member of Polish landed gentry. Milk bars offered not only milk-based food, but also traditional cuisine meals (however, milk products were the foundation of the menu). The commercial success of the first milk bars encouraged other businessmen to copy this type of restaurant. As Poland regained her independence after World War I, milk bars appeared in most of the country. They offered relatively cheap, but nourishing food, and as such, achieved even more prominence during the economic depression in the 1930s. The role of cheap restaurants carried through World War II. After the fall of German Nazi regime, Poland become a communist state, and a satellite of the Soviet Union. The majority of the population was poor, contrary to official propaganda, and expensive and even moderately-priced restaurants were derided as "capitalist". During the post-war years, most restaurants were nationalized and then closed down by the communist authorities.
    5.00
    2 votes
    214
    Big Boy

    Big Boy

    • Cuisine: American
    Big Boy is a restaurant chain with its headquarters in Warren, Michigan. Big Boy was started in 1936 by Bob Wian, in partnership with Arnold Peterson in Glendale, California, USA. Marriott Corporation bought the chain in 1967. One of the larger franchise operators, Elias Brothers, purchased the chain from Marriott in 1987, moving the headquarters of the company to Warren, Michigan, and operating it until declaring bankruptcy in 2000. Following the bankruptcy, the chain was sold to investor Robert Liggett, Jr., who took over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), renamed the company Big Boy Restaurants International and kept the headquarters in Warren. The company is the franchisor for 126 Big Boy restaurants in the United States. Immediately after Liggett's purchase, Liggett Restaurant Enterprises dba Big Boy Restaurants International negotiated an agreement with the other large franchise operator, Frisch's Restaurants transferring to Frisch's exclusive, perpetual ownership of Big Boy marks in Kentucky, Indiana, and most of Ohio and Tennessee, and transferring all other Frisch's territories to Liggett. Big Boy International and Frisch's now are co-registrants of the Big Boy name and
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    2 votes
    215
    French Laundry

    French Laundry

    • Cuisine: French
    The French Laundry is a French restaurant located in Yountville, California, in the Napa Valley. The chef and owner of the French Laundry is Thomas Keller. The restaurant building dates from 1900, and is in the National Register of Historic Places. The French Laundry is a perennial awardee in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the Top 50 Restaurants of the World (having been named "Best Restaurant in the World" in 2003 and 2004), and since 2006, it has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to San Francisco. It has also been favorably reviewed by The New York Times and called "the best restaurant in the world, period" by Anthony Bourdain. The building was built as a saloon in the 1900s by a Scottish stonesman for Pierre Guillaume. When a law was passed in 1906 prohibiting sale of alcohol within a mile of a veteran's home, Guillaume sold the building. In the 1920s, the building was owned by John Lande who used it as a French steam laundry, which is the origin of the restaurant's name. In 1978, the mayor of Yountville renovated the building into a restaurant. Don and Sally Schmitt owned the French Laundry for much of the 1980s, and the early 1990s. In 1994, Keller bought
    5.00
    2 votes
    216
    Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

    Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

    The Indian Coffee House is a restaurant chain in India, run by a series of worker co-operative societies. It has strong presence across India. There are nearly 400 coffee houses all over India, which are a part of the chain. The India Coffee House chain was started by the Coffee Cess Committee in 1936, when the first outlet was opened in Bombay. In the course of the 1940s there were nearly 50 Coffee Houses all over British India. Due to a change in the policy in the mid 1950s, the Board decided to close down the Coffee Houses. Encouraged by the communist leader A. K. Gopalan(AKG), the workers of the Coffee Board began a movement and compelled the Coffee Board to agree to handover the outlets to the workers who then formed Indian Coffee Workers' Co-operatives and renamed the network as Indian Coffee House. The first Indian Coffee Workers' Co-Operative Society was founded in Bangalore on 19 August 1957. The first Indian Coffee House was opened in New Delhi on 27 October 1957. Gradually, the Indian Coffee House chain expanded across the country, with branches in Pondicherry, Thrissur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Tellicherry and Pune by the end of 1958. In Kerala there
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    2 votes
    217
    Jumbo Kingdom

    Jumbo Kingdom

    Jumbo Kingdom (Chinese: 珍寶王國; pinyin: Zhēnbǎo Wángguó) consists of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (珍寶海鮮舫) and the adjacent Tai Pak Floating Restaurant (太白海鮮舫), renowned tourist attractions in Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter, within Hong Kong's Aberdeen Harbour. Over 30 million visitors have visited Jumbo Kingdom, including Queen Elizabeth II, John Wayne, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li. There was also a Jumbo Kingdom Manila in Manila Bay, Philippines, but was closed after 8 years of operation. Jumbo Kingdom is part of Melco International Development Limited, a company listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Floating restaurants appeared in the typhoon shelter shortly after World War II. The Sea Palace Floating Restaurant was sold and towed to Australia. The Tai Pak Floating Restaurant was established in 1952. On 30 October 1971 a fire occurred at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, before its opening. Up to 34 workers were killed. The Jumbo Kingdom was established in October 1976 by Dr. Stanley Ho after four years and over HK$30 million were spent to design and build it. It was originally decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese imperial palace. In 2000, two tugboats brought one
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    2 votes
    218
    Katz's Deli

    Katz's Deli

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Katz's Delicatessen, also known as simply Katz's of New York City, is a kosher-style – not kosher – delicatessen restaurant located at 205 E. Houston Street, on the south-west corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets, in Manhattan. Since its founding in 1888, it has become popular among locals and tourists alike for its pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs, both of which are widely considered among New York's best. Each week, Katz's serves 10,000 pounds of pastrami, 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs. In 1888 what is now known as Katz’s Delicatessen was established on Ludlow Street in New York’s Lower East Side by the Iceland brothers. Upon the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903, the name of the store was changed from Iceland Brothers to Iceland & Katz. Willy’s cousin Benny joined him in 1910, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially form Katz’s delicatessen. Their landsman Harry Tarowsky bought into the partnership in April 1917. A move to the present side of the street was necessitated during this time by the construction of the subway system, although the entry remained on Ludlow street. The vacant lot on Houston Street was home to barrels of meat
    5.00
    2 votes
    219
    Lexington Market

    Lexington Market

    Lexington Market is a historic market in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The main market is housed in two large buildings on the north corners of the intersection of Paca and Lexington Streets. In the broader sense, Lexington Market encompasses both the main market and all of the shops on Lexington Street from Greene Street to Liberty Street. The main market buildings are host to small eateries and stands selling fish, produce, meat, baked goods, and candy. Lexington Market is located near the Baltimore Light Rail and Baltimore Metro Subway stops of the same name. It is about six blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Lexington Market is one of the longest-running markets in the world, having been around since 1782. The market continues to stand in its original site. The land for this historical market was donated by General John Eager Howard. The market originally operated without sheds and stalls. Farmers would load up their horse drawn wagons with ham, butter, eggs and produce. The farmers would travel from Towson and Reisterstown to sell their goods at the market. They would usually start work by dawn. In 1803 the market had increased in size. The market now
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    2 votes
    220
    Maoz

    Maoz

    Maoz Vegetarian is a chain of falafel fast food restaurants, serving purely vegetarian fare with a vision of "spreading the vegetarian lifestyle worldwide". The chain was founded by a husband and wife, Nahman Milo and Sima Bar-On, Israelis, who were living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The first restaurant opened in 1991 on the Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, and the first store outside The Netherlands opened in 1996. Expansion, by the way of franchise, has been rapid, with at least four stores opening in 2007 alone in Europe, North America, and Australia. The expansion has not been without setbacks. A location in Munich, Germany, which was opened in mid-2006, was closed as of February 2008. According to the company's website, franchises operating under the brand name are located in the Netherlands (seven stores) as well as several locations in the United States, France (two in Paris), Spain (two in Barcelona and one in Madrid) and the United Kingdom (two in London). Originally, restaurants offered only falafel, but the menu in some locations has since been expanded to include other vegetarian items, such as pommes frites (Belgian-style French fries).
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    2 votes
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    Brown Hotel

    Brown Hotel

    The Brown Hotel is an historic 16-story hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., located on the corner of Fourth and Broadway. It contains 293 rooms and over 24,000 ft² of meeting space. It also contains special amenities, such as a fitness center and three restaurants. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was designed by Preston J. Bradshaw and opened in 1923, only 10 months after construction began. The hotel cost $4 million, and was funded and owned by James Graham Brown, a local entrepreneur. The hotel quickly became a central part of the growing downtown Louisville economy. In 1926 the hotel chef Fred K. Schmidt introduced the Hot Brown sandwich, consisting of an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon with a delicate Mornay sauce. The Hot Brown became rather popular among locals and visitors alike. The sandwich was featured on the 2002 PBS documentary Sandwiches That You Will Like. Many famous people visited the hotel in its early years. David Lloyd George former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was the first person to sign the guest register, and Queen Marie of Romania also visited. The famous soprano Lily Pons was allowed to bring her
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    1 votes
    222
    Coney Island Hot Dog Stand

    Coney Island Hot Dog Stand

    Coney Island Colorado (commonly The Coney Island) in Bailey, Colorado is a 1950s diner shaped like a giant hot dog, with toppings. The building has been called "the best example of roadside architecture in the state". The diner has indoor seating, courtyard seating and riverside picnic table seating. The bun is 35 feet (11 m) long, and the hot dog 42 feet (13 m); the entire building weighs 18 tons. It was originally built in 1966 on Colfax Ave. in Denver, named The Boardwalk at Coney Island. The first owner, Marcus Shannon had intended to start a chain of eateries around the concept, and obtained a patent for the design, but they had gone under by 1969. In 1970, under new ownership, the stand was moved to the Rocky Mountain town of Aspen Park, along U.S. 285. Initially called Coney Island Dairy Land, it later dropped the last part of the name. Despite initial opposition, when it was put up for sale in 1999, a local campaign began to designate it a landmark and save it from destruction. The present owner purchased it for about $150,000 and added a state-of-the-art water purification system, a new secondary kitchen area and a complete restoration of the interior kitchen. The
    5.00
    1 votes
    223
    Galatoire's

    Galatoire's

    • Cuisine: French
    Galatoire's is a restaurant at 209 Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Jean Galatoire, an immigrant from a small village near Pau, France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, established a "saloon on Canal Street" in 1896. In 1905, Galatoire purchased Victor’s Restaurant, in business at the location since 1830. Galatoire renamed the restaurant and began cooking the dishes from his homeland. The restaurant is still run by his fourth generation descendants. Galatoire’s specializes in French Creole cooking. The main entrance, a French door, leads into the first floor dining room. The first floor dining room is a mix of high ceilings, slow moving paddle fans and mirrored opposing walls, maintaining much of the look of a mid-19th century restaurant. The second floor dining rooms, opened in 1999, comprise smaller rooms overlooking Bourbon Street. At lunch men may dress casually, although after 5:00 PM, and all day on Sundays, men must wear a jacket. In 2004, Galatoire's was cited by the James Beard Foundation as the "outstanding restaurant" in America. Until 1999, the restaurant did not accept reservations, leaving patrons to stand in long lines
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    1 votes
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    Hokka Hokka Tei

    Hokka Hokka Tei

    Hokka Hokka Tei (ほっかほっか亭, lit. "Hot Hot Shop") is a bento take-out chain with over 2,000 franchises and company-owned branches throughout Japan. It offers a variety of dishes, generally over rice, at relatively low price. Unlike competitors such as Yoshinoya beef-bowl and the various cheap curry establishments, there are no chairs or counters for eating in. Hokka Hokka Tei is the major brand name of Plenus Co., Ltd., which used to be engaged in office equipment sales before it changed industries to the food industry in 1980.
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    1 votes
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    Johnny Rockets

    Johnny Rockets

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Johnny Rockets is an American restaurant franchise whose concept is to create a classic American restaurant atmosphere. The theme is the diner-style restaurant that had become a common sight by the 1950s. Decor includes Coca-Cola advertising featuring nearly life-size cardboard illustrations of women in World War II armed services uniforms, individual jukebox stations, chrome accents and red vinyl seats. The staff at some locations are known to sing and dance every half-hour. Making a smiley face with ketchup on the paper plate when served American fries is a Johnny Rockets trademark. The menu, presentation, counter seating and grilling area are based on an original restaurant from 1947 (still operating today), The Apple Pan in West Los Angeles. The restaurants feature a small two-sided menu, hamburgers wrapped in paper on cardboard plates, hamburgers grilled-to-order in full view of the counter-seated customers. Johnny Rockets was founded on June 6, 1986, by Ronn Teitelbaum of Los Angeles, California, and "crafted as a 'nongimmicky' recreation of the 1940s-vintage malt shops of his childhood." The first restaurant was established as a 20-stool counter operation on Melrose Avenue
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    Boost Juice

    Boost Juice

    Boost Juice Bars is an international chain of retail outlets that specialize in selling fruit juice. Boost Juice Bars was formed in 2000 with the first store located in Adelaide, South Australia. The company has expanded internationally with stores in Asia, Europe, Russia and the Middle East through franchising. The founder of Boost Juice Bars, Janine Allis, noticed the fad of the juice bar when on holiday in the United States. Along with her husband, Janine decided to bring the idea to Australia. In 2000, the first store opened in Adelaide. Two years later, it was reported that a new store was opening every four days and became the fastest growing franchise chain in the country. In May 2006, Boost Juice Bars ceased operations in New Zealand after the franchiser (which operated all the New Zealand stores) was put into liquidation. The stores were sold to Tank Juice who are now operating them under the Tank brand. In 2007, the founders of Millies Cookies, Richard O’Sullivan & Mario Budwig, signed an agreement with Boost Juice Bars to launch the brand in the United Kingdom. By the end of the year, the company had also expanded into Chile, Kuwait, Singapore and Indonesia and most
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    Green Pastures

    Green Pastures

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Green Pastures is a historic Victorian home housing a restaurant of the same name in south Austin, Texas neighborhood of Bouldin Creek. Completed in 1895 by local minister E.W. Herndon, the house sat on 23 acres (93,000 m) bordering a wooded area to the south. It was home to a number of families over the years. The Green Pastures restaurant opened in the building in 1946, serving a range of comfort food, and was notable for serving to customers of all races, 18 years before other establishments in Austin were desegregated by law. The building is located at 811 W Live Oak Avenue. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Location for the 1988 comedy Heartbreak Hotel (film) and childhood residence of the activist, author and radio show host John Henry Faulk. Green Pastures Restaurant was established by Mary Faulk Koock and husband Chester Koock. Mary wrote historical collection of recipes 'The Texas Cookbook' with the help of the author James Beard. The grounds have been noted for decades for its beautiful peafowl. This Victorian home, located on 1835 Isaac Decker grant, was built in 1894-95 by Dr. E. W. Herndon and sold in 1912 to Judge W. W. Burnett. It
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    Boudin Bakery

    Boudin Bakery

    Boudin Bakery (Anglicized pronunciation: "boo-DEEN") is a bakery based in San Francisco, California, known for its sourdough bread (self-proclaimed as the "Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread"). It was established in 1849 by Isidore Boudin, son of a family of master bakers from Burgundy, France, by blending the sourdough prevalent among miners in the Gold Rush with French techniques. Steven Giraudo, an artisan baker from Italy whose first job in America was at Boudin, bought the bakery in 1941 but later sold it. After a series of ownership changes the bakery was bought by two of Giraudo's sons through an investment bank. The bakery has locations on Fisherman's Wharf near San Francisco Bay, Disney California Adventure Park, and 30 other cafés scattered throughout California. The main bakery in San Francisco is in the Richmond District on the corner of 10th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The Boudin Bakery hosts the attraction The Bakery Tour at Disney California Adventure Park, where tourists are given a tour about how sourdough bread is produced. The bakery still uses the same starter yeast-bacteria culture it developed during the California Gold Rush. The first outlet
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    H&H Bagels

    H&H Bagels

    H&H Bagels was a popular bagel company in New York City. Before closing in January 2012, it had been the largest bagel manufacturer in New York City and one of the largest bagel manufacturers in the world, producing about 80,000 bagels a day. The business was started in 1972 when Puerto Rican Helmer Toro and his brother-in-law Hector Hernandez (hence "H&H") bought Midtown Bagels at Broadway and 80th Street for $5,000.00 in cash and $50,000.00 in a loan. Toro eventually assumed full control of the business. In 1993 it moved its bakery to 46th Street at 12th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen although its primary storefront remained on the Upper West Side. In addition to its retail locations, H & H also shipped bagels worldwide. H&H Bagels were Hechsher certified Kosher and Pareve by Star-K. On November 18 2009, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced the indictment and arrest of Helmer Toro for stealing withholding taxes and evading unemployment insurance taxes. The indictment alleges that between July 2003 and April 2009, Toro failed to pay over $369,000.00 withheld from H & H employees. H & H filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2011 in an effort to maintain its
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    Hofbräukeller

    Hofbräukeller

    The Hofbräukeller is a restaurant in Haidhausen, Munich, Germany. It is a traditional Bavarian restaurant in a cellar with a beer garden, owned by Hofbräuhaus brewery. It is not a tourist spot like the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl. It is a part of the Wiener Platz, which it shares with the Wiener Markt. This is the place were Adolf Hitler gave his first political speech as member of the Deutsche Arbeiter Partei, on October 16, 1919. Hofbräu-Festzelt
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    Indian Coffee House, Kerala

    Indian Coffee House, Kerala

    Indian Coffee House in Kerala are part of a restaurant chain in India. In India Coffee Houses were started under the Coffee Board in early 1940s under the British Rule. Later in mid 1950s the Board decided to close down the Coffee Houses, pointing out the loss. The last grade workers of the Coffee Houses were thrown out to the streets mercilessly. Then these workers taken over the Coffee Houses under the leadership of India's legendary communist leader A.K. Gopalan. And through their painful struggle the ICHs became profitable. Kerala, the home state of A K G, has more ICHs now. Latest news: A book in Malayalam, the regional language of Kerala, telling the story of ICH movement, Coffee Housinte Katha by Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai or Coffee House Pillai, became best seller in 2006. Author is the cofounder of ICHs in Kerala with Ad. T. K. Krishnan of Thrissur.
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    Joe's Shanghai

    Joe's Shanghai

    • Cuisine: Chinese
    Joe's Shanghai is a chain of 3 Shanghai-style Chinese restaurants in New York City, New York, which has developed a cult following. It is known for its exotic soup dumplings (Chinese: Xiaolongbao). Joe's Shanghai has been cited by several magazines such as Time Out New York and has won 1998 Eating and Drinking Awards. Its main location is in Flushing. The most drawing aspect of Joe's Shanghai is acclaim for their cuisine, in particular, the pork or crab meat soup dumplings (Chinese: Xiaolongbao), listed on the menu as "steamed buns," in which the soup is actually inside the dumplings. This is achieved by thickening the soup with gelatin and putting it in as a solid. When the dumplings are later steamed, the solids melt back into liquid soup within the outer dumpling casing. It has been repeatedly recognized by Zagat as one of the top dining locations in Chinatown. Writing about Joe's Shanghai appears in Calvin Trillin's piece "Local Bounty" in the compilation Best Food Writing 2003.
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    Krystal

    Krystal

    • Cuisine: Burgers
    Krystal is an American fast food restaurant chain with headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is known for its small, square hamburger sliders with steamed-in onions (however, it is possible to order without onions) and 24/7 business hours. Krystal's burgers resemble those of the Midwestern hamburger chain, White Castle. Krystal is popular with college students, and has become known for competitive eating contests, including one in which a record-holding participant ate over 100 hamburgers in a matter of minutes. Krystal announced that it will move its corporate headquarters from Chattanooga to Atlanta in early 2013. Founded October 24, 1932, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the first years of the Great Depression, entrepreneur Rody Davenport Jr. and partner J. Glenn Sherrill theorized that even in a severe economic upheaval, "People would patronize a restaurant that was kept spotlessly clean, where they could get a good meal with courteous service at the lowest possible price." The restaurant's first customer, French Jenkins, ordered six "Krystals" and a cup of coffee, all for the "bargain" price of $0.35, thus proving their theory true. Davenport visited White Castle
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    La Belle Province

    La Belle Province

    La Belle Province (English: The Beautiful Province) is a well-known fast-food eatery in the province of Quebec, Canada. It is known as La Belle Pro, Belle Pro, or La Belle for short nicknames. Each location is independently franchised; some are open 24 hours a day. Founder Peter Kivetos, a native of Greece, opened the first La Belle Province on Sherbrooke Street East in 1970. He took the name with permission from a restaurant on Saint Catherine Street where he had worked, which had burned down in the 1960s. It became a franchise when the second location was opened in Saint-Hubert in 1976. Kivetos' ownership group had 45 locations in 1997. By 1999 there were 125 locations under the name La Belle Province. It is not strictly a franchise operation, in 1999 there were six different ownership groups, mostly relatives of Kivetos. In 2010, two restaurant owners were fined $22,000 for failure to pay the Goods and Services Tax and were charged an additional $45,000 for the amount that they owed. In the early 2000s, a location opened in Oakville, ON, a suburb of Toronto, in hopes of taking advantage of the influx of former Montrealers living in the area. The restaurant would later close
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    Baskin-Robbins

    Baskin-Robbins

    • Cuisine: American
    Baskin-Robbins is a global chain of ice cream parlors founded by Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in 1953, from the merging of their respective ice cream parlors, in Glendale, California. It claims to be the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty stores, with more than 5,800 locations, 2,800 of which are located in the United States. Baskin-Robbins sells ice cream in over 30 countries. The company is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts. The Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors started as separate ventures from Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, owning Burt's Ice Cream Shop and Snowbird Ice Cream respectively. Snowbird Ice Cream featured 21 flavors, a novel concept for the time. When the separate companies merged in 1953, this concept grew to 31 flavors. Baskin-Robbins is known for its "31 flavors" slogan (which is featured in logo, in pink). The idea for having so many came from the Carson-Roberts advertising agency (which later became Ogilvy & Mather) in 1953, along with the slogan "Count the Flavors. Where flavor counts." It also was more than the 28 flavors then famously offered at Howard Johnson's restaurants. In addition, the number 31 was chosen so a customer could have a different
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    Boston Pizza

    Boston Pizza

    • Cuisine: Delicatessen
    Boston Pizza (also known as BP and, in the United States and Mexico, as Boston's The Gourmet Pizza) is a Canadian-based restaurant chain which owns and franchises locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Boston Pizza began in Edmonton, Alberta on August 12, 1964 when Greek immigrant Gus Agioritis opened Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House. By 1970, Boston Pizza had 17 locations in Western Canada, 15 of which were franchised. One of the first franchisees was Jim Treliving, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. In 1968 he had noticed the growing popularity of Boston Pizza and purchased the rights to open a restaurant in Penticton, British Columbia. While in Penticton he met up with George Melville who was a chartered accountant. He acted as Treliving's business consultant for four years then in 1973 became Treliving's partner in the business. Over 10 years, they built 16 restaurants in BC. In 1983, Treliving and Melville acquired the Boston Pizza chain from then owner Ron Coyle, who had acquired the company from Agioritis in 1978. The two divested 15 of their restaurants to other franchisees, converted one restaurant to a corporate training restaurant and set about
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    Bryant-Lake Bowl

    Bryant-Lake Bowl

    Bryant-Lake Bowl, locally nicknamed BLB, is a bowling alley, restaurant, bar, and 85-seat theatre in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theatre is a venue for cabaret and wide variety of other stage productions. It is a host of the annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. Bryant-Lake Bowl hosted the signing ceremony for the law making Minneapolis restaurants and bars free of tobacco smoke.
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    Caprice

    Caprice

    Caprice is a contemporary French haute cuisine restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong. Vincent Thierry is the opening and current chef de cuisine; he was the sous chef of Le Cinq from Four Seasons. Caprice has an open kitchen design. Its design also incorporates a table behind the kitchen. The restaurant also includes a bar and lounge area and three private dining rooms, each with seating for up to 16 guests. In November 2009, Caprice was awarded three Michelin stars by the Hong Kong and Macau 2010 edition of the Michelin Guide. In October 2011, it retains the three stars rating.
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    Chefette

    Chefette

    Chefette Restaurants is the largest fast food restaurant chain based in the Caribbean island nation of Barbados. Currently operating throughout the island in 14 locations, "Chef-ette" for short is known especially for its broasted chicken meals as well as a local curried-'meat + vegetable' (similar to the European Gyro) roll-up, locally known as a Roti. Chefette was founded by a Syrian businessman named Assad John Haloute, who had migrated to Barbados in 1971, the following year he opened the first Chefette Restaurant located at Fontabelle, St. Michael. As the success of the chain grew over the next 3 decades the restaurant chain continued its expansion. The company's trademark colours are yellow and purple. Several of the outlets push the theme of being a "family restaurant" by constructing outdoor play areas for children similar to other major international chains such as McDonald's. Though international restaurant chains (including McDonald's) generally lack an overall presence in Barbados, among Chefette's competitors is U.S.-based KFC. In 2010 Barbadian Senator Kerrie Symmonds lauded the Chefette establishment and urged other businesses in Barbados to emulate it when
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    Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Chipotle Mexican Grill

    • Cuisine: Mexican
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) ( /tʃɨˈpoʊtleɪ/ chi-POHT-lay), is a chain of restaurants located in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, specializing in burritos and tacos. Its name derives from chipotle, the Mexican Spanish name for a smoked and dried jalapeño chili pepper. The restaurant is known for its large burritos, assembly-line production, and use of natural ingredients. The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using organic ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant chain. Chipotle is one of the first chains of fast casual dining establishments. Founded by Steve Ells in 1993, Chipotle had 16 restaurants (all in Colorado) when McDonald's Corporation became a major investor in 1998. By the time McDonald's fully divested itself from Chipotle in 2006, the chain had grown to over 500 locations. With more than 1200 locations in 43 states, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Ontario, England and France, the chain had net income in 2011 of US$215 million and a staff of 30,940 employees. Founder Steve Ells attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
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    Cosplay restaurant

    Cosplay restaurant

    Cosplay restaurants (コスプレ系飲食店, Kosupure-kei inshokuten), are theme restaurants and pubs that originated in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan around the year 1999. They include maid cafés (メイドカフェ, Meido kafe) and butler cafés (執事喫茶, shitsuji kissa), where the service staff dress as elegant maids, or as butlers. Such restaurants and cafés have quickly become a staple of Japanese otaku culture. Compared with service at normal cafés, the service at cosplay cafés involves the creation of a rather different atmosphere. The staff treat the customers as masters and mistresses in a private home rather than merely as café customers. The popularity of cosplay restaurants and maid cafes has spread to other regions in Japan, such as Osaka's Den Den Town as well as to places outside Japan, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, and the Philippines. In a standard maid cafe the female employees dress up as french maids (occasionally, the maids may wear rabbit or cat ears for extra cute appeal) and refer to the customers as either Master (ご主人様, goshujinsama) or Mistress (お嬢様, ojōsama). Upon entering one of such stores, the customer is greeted with the customary "Welcome home, Master"
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    Gallagher's Steak House

    Gallagher's Steak House

    Gallagher's Steak House, located at 228 W 52nd St in New York City, was founded in November 1927 by Helen Gallagher, a former Ziegfeld girl, the wife of Edward Gallagher (1873–1929), and Jack Solomon, a colorful gambler with a large loyal following from the sporting element. These were the days of Prohibition and Gallagher’s was one of the first speakeasy gathering places for gamblers, sports figures, and stars of Broadway. There is now a location in the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The restaurant opened, next door to the Alvin Theater just nights before "Funny Face" opened. In 1933 when FDR took office he fulfilled his promise to end Prohibition. With liquor now legal, Gallagher and Solomon brought a new style of restaurant: Broadway’s first steak house. This is where the first “New York Strip” steak was served. With just the basics and an informal atmosphere of speakeasy and American country inn. The walls were covered with photos of the stars of Broadway, Hollywood, business, politics, and athletes past and present. Even the stars of Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack at Jamaica are honored. When Helen died, Jack Solomon married Irene Hayes, who was also a
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    Golden Nugget Pancake House

    Golden Nugget Pancake House

    • Cuisine: American
    The Golden Nugget Pancake House is a chain of family restaurants originally launched in Florida but now operating exclusively in Chicago, Illinois. The restaurants serve breakfast 24 hours a day, and their decor generally has a Western motif. The chain was founded by Howard N. Quam, a Chicago native, who served in the US Marines and then worked as a blackjack dealer at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. In the mid-1960s, Quam moved to Florida and opened his first restaurant, which he named in honor of the casino. He returned to Chicago in 1966 to open additional restaurants before selling the chain and moving back to Las Vegas in 1988. At present, there are seven Golden Nugget franchises in Chicago. Many other local restaurants with "Golden" in their titles, such as the Golden Angel restaurant in North Center and the Golden Apple restaurant in Lakeview, belonged to the Golden Nugget chain in the past. Over the years, the so-called "Golden Empire" has attracted a loyal and diverse clientele and has become a familiar part of the Chicago culture. In the 1970s, local writer Jon-Henri Damski described the Lincoln Park Golden Nugget as "the biggest chicken coop in the Midwest".
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    Grease Trucks

    Grease Trucks

    The Grease Trucks are a group of truck-based food vendors located on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. They are known for serving, among other things, "Fat Sandwiches", a sub roll containing an ensemble of ingredients such as burgers, cheese, chicken fingers, French fries, mozzarella sticks, gyro meat, bacon, etc. In August 2004, Maxim Magazine named the "Fat Darrell," a sandwich invented by a student named Darrell Butler and commonly served by these trucks, the top sandwich in the nation. The Grease Trucks have become an integral part of campus culture, serving as a meeting and hangout spot. The Grease Trucks were named the number one post game activity in the country by Sports Illustrated On Campus in 2005, in spite of being located on the opposite side of the Raritan River from Rutgers Stadium. Starting in the early 1980s, food trucks licensed by the city of New Brunswick parked along College Avenue, most clustered near Voorhees Mall, where there is a high concentration of classroom buildings on the campus. A few were as far north as Brower Commons, about a quarter mile away (thus competing with eateries in the student center and
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    House of Blues

    House of Blues

    • Cuisine: Southern United States
    House of Blues is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues first location was in Cambridge's Harvard Square. It was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, star of The Blues Brothers. House of Blues is considered a major venue for touring bands. The first House of Blues opened its doors on November 26, 1992 in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi and Harvard University among others. This original location has since closed. However, the hands-in-concrete driveway where members of the Blues Brothers and others left their mark, still remains. Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi remain closely associated with the brand and are present for most openings, most recently attending and performing at the Grand Opening Celebrations of both the Houston and the Boston Houses of Blues. On July 5, 2006, Live Nation, the largest live entertainment company, acquired House of Blues. As a division of Live Nation, the company currently
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    Iron Door Saloon

    Iron Door Saloon

    The Iron Door Saloon is located in Groveland, California, about twenty -ive miles from the entrance of Yosemite National Park. According to its proprietors, it is the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. It remains a popular tourist stop on the main road between The Bay Area and Yosemite. The name "Iron Door" comes from the saloon's front doors, which are made of iron. The interior has the typical decor of an old saloon, with the original bar intact. The roof is adorned with dollar bills and other historical artifacts. Live music is played on the weekends.
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    Keg Mansion

    Keg Mansion

    The Keg Mansion and Keg Manor are the names used for a subset of Canadian restaurants under The Keg brand. These are located in heritage buildings adapted to serve as commercial restaurant establishments. Toronto's Keg Mansion is located in Euclid Hall, a prominent downtown heritage building located at 515 Jarvis Street. The house was originally built in 1868 by Arthur McMaster, nephew of the prominent businessman William McMaster. At the time Jarvis Street was one of the wealthiest parts of Toronto and the street was lined by large manors. The house was set back from the street and surrounded by large gardens. The former house has a neutral colour palette with pops of colour as in the green brass accents over the windows and red shingles on the turret. The hall uses the soft, deep colours to contrast the hard, crisp edges. As a residence, it consisted of twenty six rooms and seventeen fireplaces with a stable and large brick carriage house in the back. With significant alterations to the interior having been made since its era as a dwelling, the interior is now much different than the original. In 1882, it was purchased by Hart Massey and his wife who had just returned to Toronto
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    King of Donair

    King of Donair

    King of Donair, (KOD), is a restaurant chain founded in the early 1970s in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The first store was on Quinpool Road and serviced a broad clientele into the early morning hours when at the time only a limited number of eating establishments were open. KOD serves a wide range of food including the Halifax (or Maritime) donair, the super donair (sometimes served open-faced, with cheese), pizza (including donair pizza), poutine, and the taco sub. Now a staple at many pizzerias in Atlantic Canada, King of Donair claims to have invented the Maritime donair — a variation on the traditional Middle Eastern doner kebab in 1973. Maritime donairs are characterized by their distinctive sauce, a sweeter version of a traditional garlic sauce, made from evaporated milk, sugar, garlic or garlic powder, and white vinegar. Tradition garlic sauce is usually made with yogurt or mayonnaise instead of evaporated milk and vinegar, and lemon juice rather than sugar. Donair sauce is a popular dipping sauce for garlic fingers (another regional dish). As of 2008, KOD has six locations throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, as well as locations in New Brunswick. It has been prominently
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    Le Gavroche

    Le Gavroche

    • Cuisine: French
    Le Gavroche is a restaurant at 43 Upper Brook Street in Mayfair (London, England). It was opened in 1967 by Michel and Albert Roux although the original premises were at 61 Lower Sloane Street until 1981. The restaurant offers classical French food, although some dishes come with something of a modern twist. Notable dishes are Soufflé Suissesse (cheese soufflé baked on double cream); Le Caneton Gavroche (whole poached duck in a light consommé served with three sauces for two); and Omelette Rothschild. Albert's son Michel Roux Jr is the current chef patron having taken over the kitchen in 1991. Under his stewardship Le Gavroche has been consistently placed in Restaurant's Top 50. The current head chef is Rachel Humphrey. In 1982 it became the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded three Michelin stars although it was demoted to two stars in 1993. Regarding the loss of the third star Michel Roux Jr said: "Certainly I would love three stars. I believe in the system and the recognition would be wonderful. But I am not cooking that style of food. There are dishes that are worthy of it but my style really doesn't suit that status." Chefs who have worked in the kitchen of Le Gavroche
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    The Original Hot Dog Shop

    The Original Hot Dog Shop

    Essie's Original Hot Dog shop (commonly known as The Original Hot Dog Shop, The O or The Dirty O) is a restaurant in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The Original Hot Dog Shop opened in Pittsburgh, in June 1960 near Forbes Field and the University of Pittsburgh. The restaurant quickly became known for its hot dogs and large portions of French fries, although the menu also includes sandwiches, salads and pizza. In 2001, Gourmet Magazine ranked the hot dogs fourth-best in America and The New York Times named it to a list of one of the "high spots in a nation of hot-dog heavens" in 2002. The University of Pittsburgh's student newspaper The Pitt News named The O "Best French Fries" in 2002, 2003, 2004 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. A location at Carnegie Mellon University lasted from 1996 to 2005, closing in the wake of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and declining profits.
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