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Vegas Restaurant is First American Eatery to Serve Kobe Beef


Kobe beef, like this Kobe sashimi dish, is extremely rare, and has a unique marbled color.

Restaurant menus across America claim to have Kobe beef, but according to Chef David Snyder he’s the only restaurateur in America currently using the coveted tender beef from Kobe, Japan in his restaurants located in the Wynn Hotel. Most other restaurants use Wagyu beef, the so-called “domestic Kobe.” But Snyder assures us he has the real deal, and has the Kobe beef statuette and certificate of authenticity to prove it.

“Kobe is by far the most tender, flavorful, and richest beef one could ever experience,” Chef Snyder told The Daily Meal. “Kobe beef is one of those ingredients that every professional chef hears about as they are coming up through the ranks because it is super expensive and very hard to source.”

Kobe beef has very stringent requirements. The beef must come from Tajima cattle, bred in Hyogo. The cattle themselves have to be 28-60 months old, yield a BMS of 6 or higher and the carcasses have to weigh more than 470 kg. Furthermore, the beef must be bred by association members.

That’s a long list, but Snyder has covered them all, and has been recognized as an authorized restaurant partner. His shipments of beef arrive with certificates of authenticity. The delicious end-result is Kobe beef served on a cedar plank accompanied with sautéed spinach and hedgehog mushrooms at SW Steakhouse, and Kobe beef with robatayaki grilled shishito peppers, Tokyo scallions, king trumpet mushrooms, and dipping sauces, at Mizumi.


21 of the Most Legendary Restaurants in America

When I spoke to the venerable Ti Adelaide Martin a few months back, I asked her about a typical night at Commander’s Palace. When she left work the night before, Ti Martin said she joined her 92-year-old mother, Ella Brennan, one of the country’s most iconic restaurant figures, for an Old Fashioned before heading home. If that doesn’t blare “New Orleans” I don’t know what does. You could say that about pretty much every detail regarding the white and teal castle, which by the way, is so renowned you can buy its famed blue color at local paint stores. The food has remained consistently excellent thanks to some megawatt chefs. Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse were followed by the late Jamie Shannon. Now, Tory McPhail, winner of the James Beard Best Chef: South award in 2013, runs the kitchen. He continues to drive the restaurant’s menu forward while paying homage to its past.

YEAR OPENED: 1888

OWNER: Jake Dell

CUISINE: Jewish Deli

AVERAGE CHECK: $23 E

There are a lot of delis in New York. Jewish ones, too. But for anyone who grew up with a Jewish father from the Bronx (me) a trip to Katz’s was nothing short of a Big Apple birthright. Katz’s has stood in the same place for the past 100 years since it was moved there due to construction of the city’s subway system. It can serve up to 4,000 people on busy days. It’s also growing. The concept opened its first outpost—at DeKalb Market Hall, in the heart of downtown Brooklyn—this past summer.

YEAR OPENED: 1902

OWNERS: Steve and Craig Huse

CUISINE: Classic Steakhouse

ANNUAL SALES: $19.4 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $147.87

Indianapolis’ oldest steakhouse in its original location, St. Elmo was founded by Joe Stahr in 1902 and named after the patron saint of sailors, St. Elmo. From 1947 to 1986 the restaurant was run by Harry Roth and Isadore Rosen. The team handed the reins to Stephen Huse when they left, who then brought on his son, Craig, as a partner in 1997. One look at the Wall of Fame will tell you about the restaurant’s reputation, which has thrilled everyone from rock stars to social leads to professional sports teams. Don’t leave without trying the world famous spicy St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail.

YEAR OPENED: 1887

OWNER: The family of Sol Forman

CUISINE: Steakhouse

AVERAGE CHECK: $100

This is also a NYC spot known to any local. (Zagat Survey has called it the city’s best steakhouse for three straight decades). But for many, it’s a mythical institution where your friends go and brag about the bacon (among other things). The history and ambiance are legendary. Story goes that after Peter Luger died, the steakhouse fell into disrepair and Sol Forman was the only person who showed up at the auction to bid on the restaurant. For the price of the real estate, Forman was able to acquire his favorite eatery in 1950. Since then, three generations of his family have led the steakhouse to widespread acclaim.

YEAR OPENED: 1905

OWNERS: Richard and Casey Gonzmart

CUISINE: Spanish/Cuban

Owned and operated by five generations over 100 years, The Columbia Ybor City is Florida’s Oldest Restaurant (it’s even trademarked). The restaurant was founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. It also claims to be the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. The Columbia has grown to include locations in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach, and Orlando. There are cafes in Tampa Bay’s History Center and the Tampa International Airport as well. On a personal note, I lived in St. Augustine for close to 11 years. The location there is beautiful. As is my wife, who worked there for close to a year.

YEAR OPENED: 1882

OWNERS: Deb and Brian Cairns

CUISINE: Burgers, Mexican, Perch, and Smelt

SALES: $1.5 million,

AVERAGE CHECK: $15

Sleder’s began in the heart of what was once known as Slabtown, a working class neighborhood in Traverse City, Michigan. It has remained a staple of the area’s culinary community since 1882. Its décor is as recognizable as its mahogany bar, which is the biggest in town and a well-trafficked hangout for Red Wings games and all things Michigan football. Numerous hunting trophies and stuffed animals decorate the walls at Sleder’s, and many patrons kiss a moose named Randolph for good luck. The “On the Porch” Concert Series has hosted renowned musical acts for over 20 years.

YEAR OPENED: 1879

OWNERS: Lucille, James, and David Louie

CUISINE: American

SALES: +$2.5 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $36.20

Claiming to be Portland’s oldest restaurant, Huber’s opened in 1879 at the corner of 1st and Morrison in downtown. In those early days, customers would buy a drink and be handed a free turkey sandwich with coleslaw. The signature drink is Spanish coffee (Bacardi, Bols Triple Sec, Kahlua, coffee, fresh whipped cream, nutmeg)—a flaming drink done tableside and developed by David Louie. “We started doing the coffee 42 years ago and had no idea it would get this big,” he says. “Someone taught me to light a match with one hand so the presentation made it so special. Now, we’re the largest independent restaurant user of Kahlua in the States.” Original fixtures such as spittoons and cash registers remain in place.

YEAR OPENED: 1910

OWNER: Dick Stubbs

CUISINE: Steakhouse

ANNUAL SALES: $10 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $19

Cattlemen’s history stretches back to 1910, when the restaurant opened to serve cowboys, ranchers, cattle haulers, and more in The Stockyards City area. The location was a buzzing cross section of herders driving cattle to Oklahoma City in a seemingly unending stream. By 1926, the area housed two major meat processors and became known as “Packing Town.” H.V. Paul took over the restaurant in 1926 and its penchant for staying open after sundown made it a local legend. During Prohibition, the restaurant’s home-brewed “liquid delights” weren’t exactly the best-kept secret. It has remained famous throughout the decades. The dining room walls of Cattlemen's include drawings of famous diners who have stopped there throughout the years, including Gene Autry, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Reba McEntire, and George Bush.

YEAR OPENED: 1913

OWNERS: Stephen Sawitz and his mother, Jo Ann Bass

CUISINE: Seafood

SALES: $36 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $80

As the story goes, when Joe Weiss opened up a small lunch counter on Miami Beach in 1913, he didn’t envision he would serve stone crab. The indigenous crustacean wasn’t viewed as a culinary delicacy until a Harvard ichthyologist came to do research at a local aquarium. The researcher met Joe—who was serving crawfish and other seafood—and asked if he would serve them. “Nobody will eat them,” Joe reportedly told the researcher, who brought a burlap sack to the restaurant full of the crabs. Legend has it that Joe threw the stone crabs in boiling water, serving the claws chilled and cracked, with hash brown potatoes, coleslaw, and mayonnaise. It was an instant success. Even though Joe’s closes early August to mid-October each year, the restaurant is one of the country’s highest grossing, reportedly topping $36 million in sales last year.

YEAR OPENED: 1860

OWNERS: Mary Ellen and Chris Mullins Sr. and son, Christopher Mullins Jr.

CUISINE: Homemade Comfort Food

SALES: +$2 million

The oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia survived the Civil War, Great Depression, and Prohibition. The original owners lived upstairs with their 13 children. The restaurant has kept the beer flowing since 1860, shortly after the Liberty Bell cracked (maybe. This is a story told many ways by many people). Currently, the restaurant is well known for its house specialty beers made by Stoudt’s Brewing: McGillin’s Genuine Lager, McGillin’s Real Ale, and McGillin’s 1860 IPA. The concept says it also serves up the only stout brewed exclusively in Ireland, to go with 30 beers on draft.

YEAR OPENED: 1840

OWNER: The Blount Family, Rick Blount, CEO

CUISINE: French/Creole

SALES: $10 to $11 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $87

Inventor of Oysters Rockefeller, Antoine’s makes the claim as the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. Antoine Alciatore stopped in New York before arriving in New Orleans and setting up a restaurant that has endured for more than 170 years. The current location opened in 1868 on St. Louis Street, just a block from the original restaurant. Bill Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, Pope John Paul II, Brad Pitt, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Buffet, and Whoopi Goldberg are only a few of the names who have dined there over the years. The Wine Cellar, which measures 165 feet long by 7 feet wide, holds around 25,000 bottles when fully stocked.

YEAR OPENED: 1837

OWNERS: Milan Licul, Dennis Turcinovic

CUISINE: Fine-dining Steakhouse

AVERAGE CHECK: $87

The birthplace of American classics: the Delmonico Steak, Eggs Benedict, and Baked Alaska, Delmonico’s calls itself the first fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant started in 1837 when NYC was still evolving into a culinary destination. The Delmonico brothers were inspired by their success selling classically prepared pastries, fine coffee, and chocolate, bonbons, wines, and liquors, as well as Havana cigars. They then purchased a plot of land at the intersection of Beaver, William, and South William Streets, where they opened Delmonico’s and began the legend. Right away it was luxurious—private dining rooms, the largest private wine cellar in the city. And in those early years Chef Alessandro Fellippini began developing the house special, Delmonico Steak, an iconic menu item that has been copied and copied and copied again over the years by chefs everywhere. The prime cuts of beef served today are still prepared to original specifications.

YEAR OPENED: 1728

OWNER: The Reuter Family

CUISINE: American

AVERAGE CHECK: $31 to $60

Known as the nation’s “horse and hunt capital,” Middleburg, Virginia, has attracted visitors from all over the country for centuries. Even before the town was established in 1787, it was the site of The Red Fox Inn and Tavern, which opened in 1728 under the name Chinn’s Ordinary. Set in a stone building in the heart of Middleburg, The Red Fox has been owned and operated by three generations of the Reuter family. Throughout its history, notable politicians and celebrities have dined here, including John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Tom Cruise. During the Civil War, The Red Fox was used by the Confederacy, and the pine bar was even used as an operating table for wounded soldiers who were cared for in the tavern rooms. A menu staple throughout its history has been the Virginia Peanut Soup, and other dishes include the popular signature crab cakes served with goat cheese grits, spinach, and cauliflower gratin with a lemon caper cream sauce.

YEAR OPENED: 1922

OWNER: Sandra Spoon

CUISINE: New Southern American

SALES: $1.5 to $2 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $25

With claims as the oldest continuously licensed tavern in Atlanta, the restaurant focuses on fresh by partnering with local farmers in the spring and summer to source its produce. The Atkins Park Tavern Restaurant group was created by Warren Bruno in 1983 and is now owned and operated by his wife, Sandra Spoon, friend Kevin Drawe, and the management staff of the individual restaurants. The original location started as a deli in 1922. The cuisine has certainly been elevated over the years. Andrew James Smith and Richard Ryan Hamlin devise the menus for Virginia Highlands and Smyrna, respectively, with menu items like Pappardelle Bolognese, Cornbread Crusted Georgia Trout, Korean Chicken Ramen, and N’awlins Blackened Salmon showcasing the locally sourced offerings.

YEAR OPENED: 1937

OWNER: The Weber Family

CUISINE: American

SALES: $7.3 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $35

Added a hotel in 1970, but has the “attitude” of being a restaurant first—albeit one with late-evening meals and dancing. Founded in 1937 by Herman Weber and his older brother Rheinhold, the name changed two years later from Hi-Speed Inn to Weber’s. After 20 years of success, the business faced two potentially devastating circumstances: an encroaching interstate system and “dry” laws. Herman decided to move inside the “wet” city limits, and this location opened in 1963. Herman died in 2014, soon after his 100th birthday, but the restaurant continues to be led by his son and grandsons.

YEAR OPENED: 1976

OWNERS: Chef Tory Miller, Krys Wachowiak, Tracey Solverson, and Dianne Christensen

CUISINE: Global and Seasonal

SALES: $1 to $2 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $150

Odessa Piper carried the Madison landmark to national acclaim, winning the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2002. In 2005, Piper’s chef de cuisine, Tory Miller, purchased the restaurant and has continued that impressive legacy. In 2012, Miller, who now owns Graze, Sujeo, and Estrellón as part of Deja Food Restaurant Group , captured the same award and was a 2016 semifinalist for the James Beard: Outstanding Chef. Miller also beat Bobby Flay in a recent Iron Chef Showdown that aired on the Food Network in early January.

YEAR OPENED: 1943

OWNERS: Marcia and Ronnie Thompson

CUISINE: Southern

SALES: $700,000 to $1 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $22

On a street shaded by live oaks thick with Spanish moss, Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room could pass for a private residence. But unlike its West Jones Street neighbors of historical row houses, the building has a long line snaking all the way around the corner with Whitaker Street. Ryon Thompson runs the Savannah restaurant along with his parents Marcia and Ronnie Thompson. Marcia Thompson is the granddaughter of the original founders. In 1943, Sema Wilkes and her husband Lois opened Mrs. Wilkes as a boardinghouse. As such accommodations went out of style, the business evolved into a standalone restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner family-style. Mrs. Wilkes has since scaled back to only lunch Monday through Friday but the defining features remain. The dining room, which sits about 70, still serves family-style with decidedly Southern fare—fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, beef stew, rice and gravy—and produce that varies with the season: okra and tomatoes, pickled beets, and candied yams.

YEAR OPENED: 1956

OWNER: David Laxer

CUISINE: Steakhouse

AVERAGE CHECK: $50 to $75

The largest private wine collection for a restaurant in the world, Bern’s was the winner of the 2016 James Beard Award: Outstanding Wine Program. Bern’s has more than 6,800 different selections and more than half a million bottles. The restaurant’s famed dry aging room is the stuff of legend. All Strips, Delmonicos, Porterhouses, and T-Bones are U.S. Prime only, and all are aged 5—8 weeks. They are trimmed and cut after being ordered, and broiled over real charcoal. There’s also the world famous Harry Waugh Dessert Room, which was built in 1985 using redwood wine casks to create 48 private rooms where guests can enjoy nearly 50 desserts, wines, ports, sherries, and madeiras.

YEAR OPENED: 1960

OWNER: Van Eure

CUISINE: Classic Steakhouse

SALES: +$15 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $60

Owner Van Eure swears by the legend that her father, Thad Eure Jr. and his partner, Charles Winston—the two founders of the restaurant—flipped a coin to see who’d keep Angus Barn and who’d start a different a concept. Her dad won the toss, and Big Red has been part of the Eure family for 57 years and counting. The restaurant is open 363 evenings a year and is consistently among the nation’s 50 highest-grossing independent restaurants in the nation. Today, Angus Barn serves an average of 22,000 steaks per month, but the menu also features poultry, seafood, and pasta.

YEAR OPENED: 1962

OWNER: The Woods Family

CUISINE: Southern/Soul

AVERAGE CHECK: $39 E

The restaurant sells cookbooks, prepared foods, skincare items, and a children’s book written by founder Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food.” Woods was born and raised on her mother’s South Carolina farm. She moved to Harlem and started working at Johnson’s luncheonette. In 1962, the owner sold her the locale and the concept was born. It started as a small luncheonette consisting of 15 stools and six booths. Currently, the family-owned enterprise includes Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, Sylvia’s Also, a full-service catering hall, Sylvia’s Catering and Special Events Division, a nationwide line of Sylvia’s Food Products, two deliciously amazing cookbooks, and ATOC, Inc., a real estate holding company.

YEAR OPENED: 1975

OWNER: Walter Staib

CUISINE: Classic American

SALES: $3.8 million

AVERAGE CHECK: $35

The original City Tavern opened in 1773 and was an integral part of American history, including visits by Paul Revere and many of the founding fathers from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson. Chef Walter Staib, the owner since 1994, hosts the PBS show “A Taste of History.” Chef Staib is an author, Emmy Award-winning TV host, James Beard-nominated chef, and unquestionably, a culinary historian. He cooked throughout Europe and founded Concepts By Staib, Ltd. in 1989. Overall, Chef Staib has opened more than 650 restaurants worldwide. City Tavern is a recreation of an original 18th century tavern and the company’s flagship operation. In 1772–1773, 53 prominent citizens commissioned the building of the City Tavern. It opened in December 1773 and featured five levels, including kitchens, a bar room, two coffee rooms, and three dining rooms, as well as the second largest ballroom in the New World, five lodging rooms, and servants quarters. Revere arrived at the Tavern in May 1774 to announce Parliament’s closing the port of Boston. The history goes on and on from there, including America’s first Fourth of July celebration and George Washington turning it into the official headquarters of the Continental Army for three days in 1777. The newly rebuilt tavern opened in 1976, just in time for the bicentennial.


I'm Todd Wilbur, Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

The sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich made with two slices of French toast first appeared on the Burger King menu in 2019, but it was just for a limited time. In 2021, BK brought the breakfast sandwich back, and this time it came with a new ingredient: buttery maple spread. The first version of the sandwich was good, but the sequel with the new maple spread is great.

And that’s right where this clone starts. The hack here for the buttery maple spread is just three ingredients and it will chill out in your fridge while you make the easy French toast. Find small, thin slices of white bread for that. Sara Lee makes a loaf of bread called Delightful that works great.

The real French toast sandwiches come with either sausage, bacon, or ham, so pick your favorite and insert it between the egg and cheese. If your ingredients cool down as you are prepping, just pop each assembled sandwich into your microwave for about 15 seconds prior to serving for perfectly warmed French toast and gooey melted cheese.

Check out more of my Burger King copycat recipes here.

It was the creator of Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza who came up with the idea to cook bits of maple syrup into small pancakes for a new sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich offering from the world’s #1 fast food chain. Tom Ryan’s idea became a reality in 2003 when the McGriddles—with maple-flavored griddle cake buns—debuted on McDonald’s breakfast menu, and the sandwich is still selling like hotcakes today.

To make four cloned McGriddles at home you’ll first need to produce eight perfectly round griddle cakes that are infused with sweet maple bits. Recipes that instruct you to make hard candy from maple syrup for this hack will fail to tell you that the shattered shards of hard candy don't completely melt when the griddle cakes are cooked resulting in a distinct crunch not found in the real McDonald’s product. Also, breaking the hard maple candy into small uniform chunks is both difficult and messy. My solution was to make a flavorful maple gummy puck that could be neatly petite diced and sprinkled into the batter as it cooks.

Just be sure to use maple flavoring rather than maple extract for the maple gummy. Maple flavoring has a more intense flavor than the extract and the dark brown caramel coloring will make your maple bits look like pancake syrup. You’ll also need one or two 3½-inch rings to make griddle cakes that are the perfect size for your clones.

This recipe duplicates the bacon version of the sandwich, but you can replace the bacon with a patty made from breakfast sausage for the sausage version, or just go with egg and cheese.

Get more of my McDonald's copycat recipes here.

In March 2020, Wendy’s entered the fast food breakfast wars with 18 new items, and the star that emerged from the bunch is a bacon-lover’s dream. The Breakfast Baconator help lead Wendy’s to morning meal sales success in the midst of a pandemic, as other fast feeders, like McDonald’s, struggled in the a.m.

Wendy's substantial sunrise sandwich is made with a square (of course) sausage patty, a fried egg, 2 slices of American cheese, and 6 halved bacon slices. That's good right there, but when you slather Wendy's delicious top secret Swiss cheese sauce onto a brioche bun, you've got something really special. And filling. All the building instructions are here, including an easy hack for the Swiss cheese sauce using just 4 ingredients!

One of the ingredients—Swiss cheese Singles—is what allows us to make a smooth, non-gritty sauce. If you can’t find Singles, use any other brand of Swiss cheese “product” that contains sodium citrate. That’s the secret ingredient that helps make the sauce so creamy.

Find more of my Wendy's copycat recipes here.

When Popeyes debuted its new crispy chicken sandwich on August 12, 2019, the company was not prepared for the eruption of social media video posts comparing the new sandwich to Chick-fil-A’s classic chicken sandwich. As a result of the apparently unplanned instant viral campaign in which Popeyes almost always emerges as the winner, customers swarmed the stores and waited in long lines to try the now-famous sandwich. The buzz continued to build day by day, and just two weeks after its debut, the sandwich had sold out—a full month ahead of schedule.

But sold out or not, you don’t need Popeyes to get the great taste combo of the crispy buttermilk breaded chicken breast, soft buttered brioche bun, mayo, and pickles. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on several of the sandwiches before they were gone and cranked out a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich copycat recipe so you can now know how to make the Popeyes fried chicken sandwich any time you want. With these new tricks you’ll be able to make crispy chicken at home that’s flavorful, juicy, and tender, just like Popeyes, coated in a thick golden breading with the same light crunch.

The secret to moist, tasty chicken is to brine it for several hours in a spicy mixture of buttermilk, pepper sauce, salt, and MSG. The buttermilk is slightly acidic, so it will help tenderize the chicken without making it too tough like harsher acids, while the salt enhances the flavor (as does the MSG) and keeps the chicken juicy. The MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an amino acid with a salt-like flavor that at one time was thought to be unhealthy, but is now considered an important culinary additive. Popeyes uses it in their chicken because it provides an essential savory flavor called “umami,” and you cannot make an accurate clone without it.

To imitate the light, crispy breading, we’ll use baking powder in the flour. The baking powder forms bubbles in the flour when the chicken cooks so that the breading is tender and crispy, rather than crusty and dense. I found that self-rising flour works great since it conveniently has just the right amount of baking powder and salt already added. But don't use a low-protein self-rising flour like White Lily. That brand is awesome for biscuits, but its low gluten content makes it not stick well on chicken breasts. I used Gold Medal self-rising flour, and it worked great. If all-purpose flour is all you’ve got, that can work as well. I’ve put measurements for using all-purpose flour, plus baking powder and salt, in the Tidbits below. If you'd like to kick up your Popeyes

Chicken Sandwich copycat recipe, clone the spicier version by replacing the plain mayo with my easy hack for Popeyes Spicy Mayonnaise.


Vegas Restaurant is First American Eatery to Serve Kobe Beef - Recipes

The List you've all been waiting for.

A comprehensive list of all the Great Kosher Restaurants open on Saturday nights! Organized by location, with more locations soon to be added.

SATURDAY NIGHT DINING LIST

Blueberry Café- Open until 12AM

Café Renaissance- Open until 12AM

Café Venezia- Open until 12:30AM

Carlos & Gabby&rsquos-Open until 12AM

Chagall Bistro-Open until 11PM

Dolce Vita Creperie-Open until 2AM

Eat &lsquoN Run Café-Open until 1AM

Holy Schnitzel-Open until 12AM

Joseph Dream Burger- Open until 3AM

Olympic Pita-Open until 12AM

Palace Café-Open until 12:30AM

Rolls Sushi & Salad-Open until 1:30AM

Subsational-Open until 1:30AM

Sushi K Bar-Open until 2AM (Both Locations)

Sushi Tokyo-Open until 3AM (Lawrence & Queens locations open until 2AM)

Butterfish-Open until 11PM

Gotham Burger- 10:30PM-3:30AM

Prime at the Bentley-Open until 2AM

The Prime Grill-Open until 11PM

Bistro Burger&ndashOpen until 12AM

Cho-sen Village &ndashOpen until 12AM

Cho-sen Island-Open until 12AM

Holy Schnitzel &ndashOpen until 11PM

Sushi Tokyo-Open until 2AM

The Coffee Bar &ndashOpen until 12:40AM

Upper Crust- Open until 12AM

Annie Chans- Open until 11:30PM

Marani- Open until 11:30 PM

Sushi Fussion Forest Hills-Open until 12AM

Sushi Fussion Flushing-Open until 1AM

Sushi Metsuyan- Open until 10:45PM - 12AM

Sushi Tokyo- Open until 2AM

Gotham Burger Teaneck- Open until 12:30

Mocha Bleu- 1 hour after shabbat to 12:00 (last seating 11:30)

Teaneck Doghouse- Open until 3 A.M.

Jerusalem Glatt Kosher: only open for big groups. Call in advance

26 Sushi & Tapas- Open until 1AM

Backyard BBQ- Open until 12AM

Beyond by Shemtov&rsquos- Open until 1 AM

Capri Sushi & Italian- Open until 1 AM

Cine Citta Café- Open until 11:45PM

Grand Café Espresso Bar- 9pm &ndash Midnight

House of Dog Boca- Week-by-week basis, call first

House of Dog Miami- Open until 3:00am

Lenny&rsquos Pizza Boca- Open until Midnight

Lenny&rsquos Pizza Miami- Open until Midnight

Mozart Grill- Open until 12:30/1:00AM

Soho Asian Bar and Grill- 1 hr after sunset &ndash 1AM

The Harbour Grill- 1 hr after sunset &ndash Midnight

Hy Life Bistro- 1 hr after sunset &ndash 12:30AM

Slice of Life- 1 hr after sunset &ndash 12:30AM

Kolah Farangi- 1 hr after sunset - 11:30PM

Meshuga 4 Sushi La Brea- Open until Midnight

Meshuga 4 Sushi Pico- Open until Midnight

Shanghai Diamond Garden- Open until Midnight

Offering Schitzel in a Pita or Baguette for $7.95 with coupon . Expires 1/31/15. Not valid for delivery.

For New Year's Eve they will be offering a complementary glass of wine with your main Course.

They are offering a special New Years tasting menu. $85 per person, additional $30 to pair with wine. Click here for the menu.

Enjoy a delicious Prix Fixed Thanksgiving menu available all day at Eighteen. Main and sushi menus also available! For reservations call ( 212) 517-2400 or email [email protected]
Click here to see their Prix Fixed Thanksgiving menu. They are also open Saturday night with a new Bar menu with lighter dining options.

They are offering a special Thanksgiving menu. Click here to see the entire menu. They also are available for corporate parties, you can see the flyer here.

If you're coming in for Thanksgiving this year, their menu will be:

Soup du Jour- Butternut squash and Honey Crisp Apple $9.00

Thanksgiving Plate- Honey and Lager brined Turkey Breast, Cranberry, Apple Cider Relish, Bourbon/Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, "Bacon" Braised Swiss Chard, Sourdough Bread Stuffing, Pecans, Golden Raisins, Turkey Gravy $35.00

Dessert- Pecan Pie with Vanilla "Ice Cream" $12.00. Click here to see the entire menu

Thanksgiving Hours: 1:00pm-10:00pm

Thanksgiving Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Thanksgiving Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Special early openings, every Sunday at 4 PM. Enjoy their new menu as well as a full line of charcuterie and an even larger selection of steaks.

Thanksgiving Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm ( And welcome their new chef, Chef Lin).

New Winter Menus at All Prime Restaurants

Fall in love with your favorite Prime eateries all over again as they break out their exciting winter line up of menus, packed with fresh new creations that will make you want to embrace the cold weather.

They are offering four different Thanksgiving packages in all price ranges. Click here to see them.

They will have a special Thanksgiving menu which you can see here

They are offering six flexible seating times for the Thanksgiving meal and will have 3 prix fixe menu options - $38, $55, $66 per person. Kids menu is available at $30 per child (10 and under). Click here for the entire menu. Catering packages are also available.

Click here for their Thanksgiving specials menu and click here for their Thanksgiving to-go menu

They are offering whimsical confections such as a turkey cake that feeds 30-35, turkey and pumpkin shaped vanilla bean cake pops, and Chanukah themed cakes. Click here to see pictures and prices.

Let them cater your holiday the Milt's way! For $175, you get: 10lb.turkey,

1 1/2lb. homemade cranberry sauce, 2lb stuffing, 2lb mashed potatoes, 2lb green beans, 8pc pumpkin bread pudding. Feeds 6-8 people. Additional turkey is $100 more. Click here for the menu. Please call 773.661.6384 for more info or email [email protected] . Requires 48 hour notice.

They have a succah. Full regular menu, with waiter service.

They have a succah (click here for photo).

Talia's Steakhouse
They have a succah all week long including Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah- offering 3 pre-paid, prix fixe menu options: $37, $50, or $65, all inclusive + sales tax. 2 seatings for dinner: Early bird dinner 5-8pm (flexible) and dinner 8-11pm (flexible). Lunch will be served 12PM to 3:30PM (flexible). Click links for their Lunch and Dinner menus as well as Friday night Shabbat menus.
Menus subject to change without notice. Click here for their succah.

They have a succah that seats 20 people. Full regular menu, with waiter service.

Brooklyn Steak Co.
They have a succah (click here for photo).

Closed on Succos. Like their Facebook page and comment on your favorite dish for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Contest ends October 19.

Can a muffin help you lose weight? Click here to find out. Perfect for succos- all muffins are shehakol.

They have a large succah. You can see a video of it here.

They have a succah with 2 tables.

They have 2 succos to seat 40-45 people. Click here for photo of their succah. Full regular menu, with waiter service. They are also debuting a new menu, which you can see here .

FIVE TOWNS/GREAT NECK/QUEENS

They all have succahs that can seat 30-40 people with waiter service

They have a succah that seats 25 with waiter service. Like their Facebook page and comment on your favorite dish for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Contest ends October 19.

They have a succah that seats 50 people with waiter service. Like their Facebook page and comment on your favorite dish for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Contest ends Oct. 19.

They have a succah-seats 20 people.

They have a succah (click here for photo).

They have a large succah- seats 50 people with waiter service.

So we reported this yesterday in our newsletter, but we heard from the owner of Siena Ristorante, that the location which used to be "Back to Nature" (which they also own and is next door) is under renovation and will now be a vegan restaurant. The restaurant, located at 535 Kings Highway, should be opening up in a few weeks.


Join Eighteen Restaurant for prepaid Rosh Hashana Meals. Available for both September 24 at 8:00 pm and September 25 at 8:15 pm. $70 per person and $45 per child (ages 4-10). Space is Limited. Call (212)-517 2400 or email them. They also have holiday catering available, clickhere for the menu.

Quarter Chicken served with Roasted Potatoes $11.95+tax

Grilled Salmon $18.95+tax* / Grilled Tilapia $17.95+tax * served w/ Grilled Vegetables

Sautéed Vegetables with Chicken and Beef$18.50+tax

Dragon Roll (spicy tuna & avocado topped with spicy mayo) 12.00+tax

Aged 16oz Rib Steak(off the bone Served with Sautéed Vegetables & Mashed Potatoes)$32.95+tax

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Note: they have hotplate available for your Shabbos meal. Daily mincha minyan at 3pm.

Click here to see their Rosh Hashana Holiday menu featuring many signature dishes, as well as many Rosh Hashana classics.

Rosh Hashanah 2014- Sept. 24th to Sept. 26th

For almost 12 years Talia 's has been serving Rosh Hashanah lunch & dinner meals. They are offering 3 pre-paid, prix fixe menu options: $37, $50, or $65, all inclusive plus sales tax.
Families and groups are welcome. Talia's will offer two seatings for dinner: Early bird dinner 5:00pm to 8:00pm (flexible) and dinner 8:00pm to 11:00pm (flexible). Since Jewish law forbids the distribution of money on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, gratuity is banned. Prices charged are all inclusive and no part of the price is purported to be a gratuity. Only sales tax shall be added to the bill. Indulge in a sizzling steak right off the grill while sipping mixed drinks from Talia 's full bar such as vodka cranberry, apple or chocolate martinis, cosmopolitans, etc.

Chagall Bistro
They will be having a full Rosh Hashana and Succos menu. Go to their page for more details.

NU Cafe 47

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All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet with fish, sushi, pasta, salad, soup, vegetables and more.

$24 per person, includes tax and tip. Sun-Thu 11am-3pm

Only one week left to place your orders. Click here to see their special Rosh Hashana Menu.

Butterflake is offering free home delivery for Rosh Hashanah to the upper west & upper east side!

Stock Up on Gifts and SAVE 50%-75%

Starting now, select merchandise in the Herzog Wine Cellars Tasting Room is being offered at huge discounts for the Holidays! Everything from housewares, home decor, wine gift sets, men's gifts and more! Take advantage of these deals while supplies last. Offer valid on marked in-store items at Herzog Wine Cellars only. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts. Must be at least 21 years old to purchase alcohol. Offer ends 10/31/14 or while supplies last.

It's That Time Again. SAVE ON THE SHIPPING!

Now through the month of September, Herzog Wine Cellars is offering a FLAT SHIPPING RATE on all orders shipped from their winery. Each box (from 2 to 12 bottles) ships for the low rate of $9.99 ANYWHERE that they can deliver to! This is a great way to save on your holiday shipping rates, but it is only available through the month of September. If you would like more information, or to place an order - please call their tasting room associates at (805) 983-1560 and ask about Holiday Shipping. Ship to States: CA / CO / FL / IL / MI / NY / TX

$9.99 shipping rate is charged per box on all orders received through 9/30/14. Maximum box size is 12 bottles.

TIME TO CELEBRATE! Take 20% OFF of Your T ierra Sur Holiday Events

Book ahead and save BIG on your 2014 Holiday events at Tierra Sur! Book your event now through September 30th, and they'll take 20% OFF of your total event cost. Dinner parties, private lunches, office events - all at a 20% savings now through September 30th. For more details and to make your reservations, please email Jonathan Auchterlonie. NOTE: Party reservations must be for a minimum of 20 people. Reservations must be made before 9/30/14, and be made for events occurring before 12/30/14. Offer may not be combined with any other discount.

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Despite reports from another website that Eden Wok in New York City was closing, we have spoken with ownership who have confirmed that the story of their decision to close was a false report. This is an unfortunate situation where misreporting has actually hurt their business with companies hesitant to book their holiday parties with them and negatively hurting their reputation. We urge that site (despite multiple requests from the owner) to send out a retraction to their readers.

We broke this story on our Facebook page a month ago, but over a dozen Dunkin' Donuts in New York City now have select kosher donuts and bagels available under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman. The stores themselves are NOT kosher however, their bakery items are produced at a strictly kosher commissary. A current and laminated certificate (click here) must be displayed before purchasing products. Click here for a listing of the 18 new kosher Dunkin' Donuts throughout downtown, midtown and the East side of Manhattan.

Lox Cafe in The Jewish Museum on the UES closes

Brooklyn on Rye opens on Kings Highway
Don't count out the delicatessen just yet. We stopped in to Brooklyn On Rye which recently opened at 543 Kings Highway (off East 4th) as owner Yaron Harazi is bucking the trend of sushi and fusion style restaurants. Yaron has been in the meat and deli business for almost two decades and is excited to be bringing his "Brooklyn on Rye" to the neighborhood. Besides all your deli favorites, they also offer a salad bar, schawarma, schnitzel, burgers and more. Click here for photos.

Sushi Tokyo opening in Flushing
We were recently informed that Sushi Tokyo, with locations already on Kings Highway and Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn as well another location in Lawrence, will soon be opening up in Queens on Main Street, next to Carlos and Gabby's. The restaurant will be casual in nature and will feature all of their popular and renowned sushi rolls and dishes. Expect the opening to be in a few months. Sushi lovers will say there can never be enough sushi restaurants and we couldn't agree more.
NEW: De E Sushi at 73-01 Main Street in Flushing opened 2 weeks ago, specializing in Thai and Japanese Food. Under Vaad of Queens.
Phone: (718) 268-1818 NEW: iFood iSea iEat at 116-29 Metropolitan Ave. in Kew Gardens

Hours: Sun 7am-8pm, Mon-Thur 6:30 am-9 pm, Fri 6:30 - 4pm.
Open Saturday night in a few weeks. (718) 487-3729 (Under Vaad of Queens)

We love these stories. The long-standing Mediterranean Great Neck fish restaurant, is now kosher and under the Vaad of Queens. Turquoise Kosher Restaurant first opened across the street from the Great Neck LIRR station in 1999. It was purchased in 2010 by Erica Bushkin, who moved the restaurant in 2012 to its current location at 76 Middle Neck Road. In making Turquoise kosher, Bushkin was responding to Great Neck's growing kosher clientele. "The town is becoming more religious," she told Newsday. "You have to change with the times." What hadn't changed, she added, was the kitchen crew. Please note: This establishment is not to be confused with the Turquoise on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows.

"Doghouse Sports Restaurant" Opening Today in Teaneck!
The Doghouse has arrived and it certainly is a one-of-a-kind eatery in Bergen county. It serves as the only KOSHER Sports Restaurant that also offers alcohol. They have 28 TVs (including 2 in the bathroom) and the ability to show all sporting games and events in a family friendly sports viewing environment. They will be open from 11am until 1am or later, in order to show west coast games in their entirety. The Teaneck Doghouse is a place where the whole family can come, eat, drink, and have fun watching a game and hang out. So join them - family, friends, and town officials at 3:30pm for their ribbon cutting ceremony, with the opening immediately following at 4:00pm. Then stay around for the NFL Season Opener Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks. Coverage begins at 7:30pm and Kickoff is at 8:30pm. Ask about their wing special during the game and all NFL Games this season.
Click here for a picture of their dining room and bar. They are located at 1415 Palisade Avenue (201-530-7733) and are u nder the supervision of Rabbi Zushe Blech of Monsey.

HoC founders, Ruthie and Ron Bzdewka were the big winners of Food Network's Cupcake Wars and now you can finally have them. They have turned kosher and w ith so many flavor combinations and themes from which to choose you can now order cupcakes for any occasion. Kids love having these individual cakes for their birthdays but the latest trend has been serving cupcakes for more formal occasions like showers and weddings. They offer over 30 flavors of cupcakes as well as other sweet indulgences. This location has a kosher ice cream store and at present, only THIS LOCATION is certified kosher. Wayne, NJ is just a short drive from other Jewish areas like Passaic, West Orange and Teaneck. Brentwood Plaza Shopping Center, 1655 Route 23 South - Unit 17A, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. (973) 832-7285. Under the supervision of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman.

Jacksonville exploded onto the kosher scene last night with the grand opening of House of Dog, a Miami-based franchise catering to the hip and hungry. Featuring specialty cuts of meat, chicken, and their proprietary beer-infused sausages, HOD combines your favorite sports bar with your favorite caloric infusions. Conveniently located right off the I-95 (just 2 hours from Savannah or Orlando) the address is 10950-36 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32223. Phone: (904) 674-8364. They are under the supervision of the Vaad of Jacksonville, which interestingly enough, was created for the sole purpose of HOD.
Click here for pictures of their opening and click here for their menu.

Fresko is taking over the location of Ike's Diner at 9476 Harding Avenue in Surfside. Ike's, whichwas a retro dairy diner, has been opened for just a year but never really took off in the area, closed this week. After Labor Day, for the months of September and October, the restaurant will be under renovation with a new fresh look that Fresko is known for. They will be open for the season come November time. The new Fresko will feature a similar menu to the one they have in Aventura and will also be waiter service. This just strengthens Surfside as the dominant area (where the kosher places just stretch over 2 blocks) for upscale kosher dining as 3 new restaurants are opening soon (Baruch Sandhaus' two new restaurants as well as "26" - which took over Lotus). Together with Harbour Grill, Kosh and Cine Citta, you are left with abundance of exceptional restaurants. But wait there is more. Fresko will also be opening a Fresko Express in the Chase Building in the Aventura Mall, also in November, which will feature a lighter version of their menu with sandwiches and sushi.

The Miami Herald reported last week that Dunkin' Donuts has opened its second kosher restaurant in South Florida, at 3951 Stirling Road Phone: 954-842-3719 The report goes on to say that to receive kosher status, the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant altered its menu to adhere to the dietary needs of its kosher guests by refraining from selling non-kosher products, such as ham, bacon or sausage made from pork. It also adhered to special kitchen equipment and storage requirements. The Hollywood location will offer vegetarian sausage and bacon as an option for its breakfast sandwiches, Dunkin' Donuts said. The new restaurant is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The franchise is owned by Broward Donuts, which operates 21 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants. They are under the ORB, with the supervision stating that they are dairy (cholov stam), pas palter. Nationwide, nearly 50 Dunkin' Donuts franchise have responded to community needs by obtaining kosher certification for their restaurants, the company said. The first kosher Dunkin' Donuts in South Florida is in Miami Beach.

"Great Kosher Restaurants International" has also learned of the following new restaurants that opened over the past summer ranging from Hallandale Beach to Boynton Beach, all under the ORB.

Now under Shomer Shabbos ownership and management. Pas Yisroel.

With the success of Grill House in Miami Beach, Chef Shimi Alon proudly announces the grand opening of his newest venture, "Grill House Express"
in the Somerset Shoppes Plaza. Alon's goal has been to bring his passion for food to the south Florida community and has now brought his inspiration to the fast food industry. Location: 8903 Glades Road (Suite G9), 561-419- 8434, Under Kosher Miami.

Shop Hours: Sun-Thu 11a-7pm, Fri 10am-2pm, Sat. night 2 hrs. after Shabbos-12:30am

Cooked in 90 Seconds Pizza Laurent Masliah is back in LA! The former owner of Cow Jumped over the Moon and La Seine has been busy in New York this past year, opening and running Pizza da Solo, the Neapolitan style pizzeria in the Sony Building owned by Joey Allaham. There Laurent worked with well known chef Giulio Adriani in bringing this very unique pizza to the kosher market. Well, fast forward a year, and Laurent and Giulio have partnered up to open "Cooked in 90 Seconds Pizza" in Los Angeles, which basically tells you how long you will have to wait for your pizza. The pizzeria will offer a very similar menu to Pizza Da Solo, consisting mainly of 10" inch thin crust pizza with fresh homemade mozzarella, cooked in a wood-burning oven at a very high temperature (1000°F).They will be located at 8834 Pico Blvd., next door to MexiKosher. They hope to open soon after the holidays in October.

Mike's Bistro is now open on the East Side
Click here for photos and details of the new Mike's Bistro,
located on East 54th Street, between Park & Lexington Avenue.

We hear that an upscale steakhouse will be opening up in the near future near Evergreen Plaza and a s hawarma joint will be opening next to 7 Eleven. Stay tuned for more details.

Chef Shimi Alon's goal has been to bring his passion for food to the south Florida community and has now brought his inspiration to the fast food industry. Alon's reputation for quality of food and attention to quality of service in his restaurants has brought a demand for expanding his restaurant's concept to other locations in south Florida, most recently being his new "Grill House Express" located in the Somerset Shoppes plaza in Boca Raton. At Grill House Express his customers can feel right at home and enjoy the quality they have come to know and love from his origins at Grill House Miami's Gourmet Steak House and Sushi restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida.

In the works since February, Kreisler says the inspiration for the truck is to promote the restaurant's mission of community, conversation and philanthropy throughout the city. Also: it will serve barbecue. (Source: Chicago Eater)

World Famous Hess Restaurant in Israel has moved

New location at 34 Beit Hadfus, Givat Shaul in Jerusalem still serving their unique products such as Hungarian Salami, German-style Aufschnit, Landjager Sausages and Italian Smoked, Air Dried Entrecote. (New Hours: Mon.- Thu. 11am - 8pm Fri. 10am - 1pm). Click here for more.


List of restaurants owned or operated by Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is a British chef, restaurateur, writer, television personality and food critic. Ramsay founded his global restaurant chain, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, in 1997. He has owned and operated a series of restaurants since he first became head chef of Aubergine in 1993. He owned 25% of that restaurant, where he earned his first two Michelin stars. [1] [2] Following the sacking of protege Marcus Wareing from sister restaurant L'Oranger, Ramsay organised a staff walkout from both restaurants and subsequently took them to open up Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, at Royal Hospital Road, London. [3] His self-titled restaurant went on to become his first and only three Michelin star restaurant. [2] Ramsay has become one of the chefs with the most Michelin stars in the world. In 2008, following the awarding of two stars for Gordon Ramsay at The London in New York, he drew with Alain Ducasse as the holder of the most Michelin stars with twelve. [4] However, he has since been overtaken by both Ducasse and Joël Robuchon and currently has eight stars as of the 2014 New York City Michelin Guide. [5] [6]

Ramsay's restaurant empire expanded greatly after he began to collaborate with Blackstone Group to open restaurants within hotels. He first worked with them when he opened Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, within Claridge's hotel in London. [7] He then opened a restaurant at The Connaught hotel, [8] and then began to open restaurants at Blackstone's London hotels in New York City and West Hollywood. [9] [10] His first overseas restaurant was Verre, which was based in the Hilton Dubai Creek in the United Arab Emirates. [11] He has since opened restaurants in France, Japan, Qatar, Australia, Italy and South Africa. [12] [13]

Ramsay has installed a number of proteges in restaurants. Both Angela Hartnett and Jason Atherton worked at Verre before moving back to London to The Connaught and Maze respectively. Atherton left to open his own restaurant, Pollen Street Social and Hartnett purchased Murano from Ramsay in 2010. [14] [15] Wareing was made head chef of London based restaurant, Pétrus. [16] It went on to win two Michelin stars, but in 2008 the two chefs fell out when Wareing kept the restaurant premises and the stars, while Ramsay received rights to the name. [17] The restaurant was renamed Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley while a new Petrus was opened in 2010. [18]

Ramsay has also sought to create both restaurant chains and casual dining restaurants. Maze won a Michelin star in 2006 at the original London location, and was subsequently expanded around the globe with several of restaurants opened. [19] [20] The Boxwood Cafe was intended to be a more family friendly restaurant when it originally opened, [21] and a second restaurant was later opened in West Hollywood. [22] Although Ramsay intended to turn Foxtrot Oscar into a chain when he purchased the restaurant, no further expansions have taken place using that name. [23] Ramsay has also acquired several pubs within the UK, turning them into gastropubs. The first of these was The Narrow in London. [24] He has also signalled his intention to expand Gordon Ramsay Plane Food into a chain, with the intention to open restaurants in airports within the United States. [25]


Best Mexican restaurant in every state

From classic carnitas tacos to the distinct “mission-style” burritos of San Francisco, the U.S. is packed with Mexican-influenced restaurants that cater to traditional, modern and every taste in between. With such a strong history of cultural fusion with our southern neighbors, it’s no surprise that Mexican food is so popular in the U.S. In fact, studies show that over 10% of all restaurants in America serve Mexican food, making it the second most popular type of eatery in the country.

With so many options ranging from national franchises to hole-in-the-wall taco joints, it can be difficult to explore all that this diverse food category has to offer. At Stacker, we did the work so you don’t have to, analyzing local restaurant rankings from Foursquare and incorporating check-ins, ratings, tips, and other user trends to determine the most popular Mexican restaurants in every state. For each spot, we’ve researched the history, dishes, and ambiance to help paint a picture of what truly makes these restaurants stand out - did your local favorite make the list? Though the debate will surely rage on, here are the most popular Mexican restaurants in every state, ordered by population (smallest to largest).

321 East E Street

Casper, WY 82601

Foursquare rating: 8.5

Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, the restaurant has been a staple of the community since opening in 1996, and prides itself on the fresh quality of its dishes. La Cocina offers “all day everyday happy hour,” along with daily specials that include La Cocina Flat Breads, Mahi Mahi Tacos, and a special "Chef" inspired Cubano Sandwich.

5036 Main St

Manchester, VT 05255

Foursquare rating: 8.5

Cilantro’s chef, Cassidy, says they are committed to providing Manchester residents with locally sourced ingredients in order to provide the best dining experience to customers while giving back to the community . Cilantro provides guests with a taco and burrito bar that lets you customize your order with a variety of meats, beans, and salsas.

1230 W 27th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99503

Foursquare rating: 9.3

With a variety of Southwestern-inspired dishes and over 90 choices of Tequila, there’s a lot to love about Bear Tooth Grill. Most notably, the extensive brunch and lunch specials like the cotija breakfast tacos, Carne burrito, churros, and rancho burrito.

2901 Main Ave

Fargo, ND 58103

Foursquare rating: 8.6

This family owned and operated restaurant prides itself on its signature Chimichanga, Chile, and vegetarian options. Mango’s provides an affordable mix of Mexican and American classics that will appease those on a budget, while also providing exceptional and authentic dishes.

4901 S Louise Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Foursquare rating: 8.8

This fast-casual Mexican franchise with over 600 locations across the country topped the list as the number one Mexican restaurant in South Dakota. Enjoy a number of breakfast options such as the new beef brisket burrito, and taco salads, all with signature queso.

483 Stanton Christiana Rd

Newark, DE 19713

Foursquare rating: 9.0

While this restaurant started out with traditional Tex-Mex classics, it soon blended recipes with a Cajun flair. Since opening in 1987, the Border Cafe team has adopted the philosophy of preparing every dish from scratch with the freshest ingredients without sacrificing value.

1600 US Highway 93 S

Kalispell, MT 59901

Foursquare rating: 8.9

In business for over a decade, Casa Mexico staff hold the philosophy that all guests are family, and are treated as such. With an understanding of traditional Mexican cuisine, Casa Mexico embraces the influence of Aztec, Caribbean, and West African dishes, to guarantee the most authentic experience in Montana.

19 Charles St

Newport, RI 02840

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Brothers Dan and Russ fell in love with Mexican cuisine and wanted to bring their passion to the residents of Rhode Island. The brothers, along with general manager, Andi, transformed a historic Naval officer’s home into a lively gathering space with artistic decor where guests can enjoy classic Mexican dishes.

139 Daniel Webster Hwy

Nashua, NH 03060

Foursquare rating: 9.1

This spot is carefully decorated with earth tones and catci to pay homage to Mexican aesthetics and decor, ensuring guests have an authentic Mexican experience from atmosphere alone. If that isn’t enough to convince you, be sure to try their made-from-scratch salsas, made fresh daily.

36 Walker St (Route 1)

Kittery, ME 03904

Foursquare rating: 8.5

Original owner Luis Valdez, brought the flavor of San Diego when he first moved to Maine and opened Loco Coco’s Tacos in 2004. What started out as a walk-up counter, has turned into a full-service cantina and dining room that provides Maine residents with exemplary cuisine.

4-1101 Kuhio Hwy

Kapa‘a, HI 96746

Foursquare rating: 8.6

Verde has continually shown its dedication to the community by listing where its locally sourced ingredients and grass fed beef come from. It’s no surprise that the restaurant has been featured in a number of Hawaiian magazines for best local eats.

8233 W Franklin Rd

Boise, ID 83709

Foursquare rating: 8.5

The Salt Lake City-based chain first opened in 1997, and has since grown to over 100 locations around the country. Cafe Rio has won over 100 awards for its food, and says they are dedicated to staying true to their culture, and sharing with the world.

132 Pleasant St

Morgantown, WV 26505

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Black Bear Burritos is not only the provider of great dips and burritos, but a venue that emits an Appalachian atmosphere that embraces the arts and music of West Virginia. The local eatery also offers vegetarian and vegan options that are prepared separately from other dishes.

5832 S 144th St (at Stony Brook Blvd.)

Omaha, NE 68137

Foursquare rating: 8.6

All day breakfast, a drive-thru, and 24/7 business hours for those late night munchies, Lina's has something for everyone at any time of day. Along with convenient access, guests have their choice between staple dishes like fish tacos, chicken fajitas, and quesadillas.

2400 Central Ave SE (at Cornell)

Albuquerque, NM 87106

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Frontier carries on Albuquerque tradition with its recipes for roasted green chile and homemade flour tortillas. The restaurant is conveniently located across from the University of New Mexico -- be sure to try their signature sweet roll, available everyday from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.

2655 E Desert Inn Rd (Eastern)

Las Vegas, NV 89121

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Since its establishment 1990, the Original Lindo Michoacan has been providing the Las Vegas area with live entertainment and the most authentic Mexican food in Nevada. With three locations throughout the state, the festivities never end at the Original Lindo Michoacan. Try any of their specialties like beef tongue and New York inspired steak.

1150 Minnesota Ave

Kansas City, KS 66102

Foursquare rating: 9.0

This locally owned grocery store is home to the best Mexican cuisine Kansas has to offer. Not only can you enjoy dishes such as Chili Relleno and Carne Asada, but visitors can also pick up food and products imported straight from Mexico.

736 W North Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Foursquare rating: 9.3

This massively popular local Mexican eatery was featured in the New York Times and Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Red Iguana faced adversity when the city announced plans to build a light rail that would disrupt business in 2010. With major support from the community, they opened a second location in response. They now serve their award-winning Mexican classics with original twists on recipes in two locations

12275 Highway 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Taco Sombrero had one goal when it came to Mississippi in 1979 -- provide Gulfport with authentic fast-food Mexican meals. Unlike other fast-food, however, Taco Sombrero prepares their food fresh, never using pre-cooked or pre-packaged food. This includes preparing their chips and shells from scratch, as well as ripening their own tomatoes.

5923 Kavanaugh Blvd

Little Rock, AR 72207

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Baja was the recipient of the “Arkansas Times Reader's Choice Award 2014” for best food truck in the state, best Mexican food in the state, and best restaurant in the Benton/Bryant area. With unique dishes like Baja crab cakes, pig sooie tacos, and honey chipotle tacos, the recognition is well deserved.

436 Highway 1 W

Iowa City, IA 52246

Foursquare rating: 9.2

La Regia Taqueria provides groceries, spices, imported products, and some of the best Mexican food in Iowa. You can’t go wrong with any of their classic dishes of seafood, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and tortas.

222 Summer St (at Broad St)

Stamford, CT 06901

Foursquare rating: 9.1

With Brazilian and Southern California flairs, bartaco has nine locations and has earned its reputation of offering some of the best tacos around. As critics from Forbes, Jezebel Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles , and Buzzfeed agree -- there’s something special about bartaco.

208 Johnny Bench Dr (at S. Mickey Mantle Dr.)

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Foursquare rating: 8.8

Fuzzy’s taco offers a wide variety of handmade enchiladas, jumbo burritos, and nachos. Their popular original recipe Baja taco features garlic sauce and feta cheese. Fuzzy’s also features a full bar, where guests can grab specialty cocktails, beer, and margaritas.

3524 N Mississippi Ave (at N Fremont St)

Portland, OR 97227

Foursquare rating: 9.3

¿Por Qué No? sets to capture the essence of Mexican flavor with its ingredients from locally caught fish, raised cattle, and produce.

938 Baxter Ave

Louisville, KY 40204

Foursquare rating: 9.5

Jump in the ring with El Taco Luchador and try their salmon tacos, Desayuno Torta, mole fries, or luchador nachos. El Taco Luchador describes themselves as a fun, fresh, and local business that makes catering easy, so make it a party!

2018 Magazine St (at Saint Andrew)

New Orleans, LA 70130

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Juan’s emits a true New Orleans atmosphere and decor while embracing influences from 1980’s San Francisco style burrito joints. When the restaurant first opened in in 1997, the owners wanted to differentiate themselves from other Tex-Mex scoop and serve competitors, striving to only serve made to order food prepared fresh from the grill and onto your plate.

155 E Bay St

Charleston, SC 29401

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Minero gives off casual small-town vibes, and provides the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina with the culture and flavors inspired by original Mexican recipes. Try any number of tacos from catfish, pork, and charcoal grilled chicken.

2201-2215 2nd Ave N

Birmingham, AL 35203

Foursquare rating: 9.4

With an urban design set in the emerging downtown along 2nd Avenue North, El Barrio sets itself apart with vibrant Mexican style murals and rustic decor. Try a number of dishes from their brunch or dinner menu, like the bacon quesadilla or spicy tostada.

2412 Central Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Foursquare rating: 9.2

With a name that translates to “the laughing taco,” the atmosphere is surely friendly and relaxed. For those with a big appetite, El Taco Riendo recommends their Big Burrito -- measuring a foot long -- or the Big Torta, along with your choice of beer.

1530 16th St (at Wazee St)

Denver, CO 80202

Foursquare rating: 9.2

When founder, Pete, first opened the restaurant in 1995, he wanted to foster a fun and energetic atmosphere while also providing workers with a livable wage and benefits. While the name may raise an eyebrow, the flavors this eatery offers will make your taste buds sing with a signature queso sauce available to top any burrito, taco, bowl, or salad.

1935 N Water St (N Humboldt Ave)

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Foursquare rating: 9.0

BelAir Cantina offers weekly specials like $2 taco Tuesdays, enchilada Wednesdays, and happy hour Monday through Friday with $3 tap beers. Stop by and try a number of unique flavors like the hot dog taquitos and Korean beef burritos.

10003 Fields Rd (at Sam Eigh Hwy.)

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Taco Bar provides the state of Maryland with attentive service and flavors that are deeply a part of Mexican culture. Take advantage of their two locations in Frederick and Gaithersburg, offering steak and cheese tortas, pork quesadilla, and more.

908 Lafayette Ave (at 9th St)

St Louis, MO 63104

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Mission Taco Joint is a family owned restaurant with five locations around Missouri that sets out to create a warm and friendly environment to enjoy great dishes. With unique flavors like BBQ duck tacos and shrimp tacos marinated in mango and IPA -- this is one stop you won’t want to miss.

334 Massachusetts Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Bakersfield is dedicated to doing one thing -- providing its seven (soon to be eight) locations with simple, yet delicious Mexican style street fare. Don’t just take our word for it -- Bakersfield has been featured on Yahoo and “ Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives ” as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the country.

109 N Market St (Frazier Avenue)

Chattanooga, TN 37405

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Whether you're visiting for the first time or a regular, Taco Mamacita wants you to have the best experience it can provide with its laidback setting and friendly staff. Try a number of their exclusive takes on classics, like the Sloppy Jose taco, California club, or Caribbean jerk taco.

92 Peterborough St (at Kilmarnock St.)

Boston, MA 02215

Foursquare rating: 9.3

This local Boston favorite that has been in business for over 16 years and is known for its fish tacos, prepared fresh with locally caught fish, limed onions house-made spicy mayo, pickled cabbage, and cucumbers. Bring the flavor home with customizable catering and take-out options, like the El Guapo burrito -- featuring carne asada, rice, black beans, jack cheese, fried plantains, lettuce, homemade crema, and roasted salsa.

3815 N Brown Ave (at 1st St)

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Foursquare rating: 9.2

The Mission describes itself as a sophisticated yet casual environment for guests to enjoy a blend of old world and modern Mexican flavors. With a lively community of staff and regulars, The Mission is the place in Arizona to get your Mexican food fill.

5431 Ballard Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107

Foursquare rating: 9.1

La Carta De Oaxaca was the recipient of Seattle “Weekly Reader’s Choice Award” for Best Mexican Restaurant 2012 and offers a variety of hearty cuisine. Recommended dishes are taco Fritos -- made with fried cheese quesadillas, guacamole, beans, salsa, dried chile sauce, and crema Mexicana.

701 S Washington St

Alexandria, VA 22314

Foursquare rating: 8.9

The DMV chain that started out as two neighbors in a food truck in 2009 has blossomed into the top Mexican restaurant in the state of Virginia. The environmentally-conscious business strives to supply the DMV with authentic, healthy, and always fresh Yucatan-style Mexican food.

341 Grove St (btwn Morgan & Bay)

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Located in the heart of Downtown Jersey City, this local eatery provides guests with an intimate mid-century modern setting and traditional dishes with what it describes as a unique American twist. Try favorites like the Beef Tinga taco topped with Roasted Scallions, or the Roasted Bone Marrow taco topped with crispy pork belly.

1231 Pipestone Rd

Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Foursquare rating: 8.8

This grocery store houses the top Mexican restaurant in Michigan, priding itself on the fresh and authentic preparation of their menu items. La Perla uses the best ingredients straight from their store shelves, serving Mexican staples like Chicken Enchiladas and steak tacos.

6401 Morrison Blvd Ste 8A

Charlotte, NC 28211

Foursquare rating: 9.5

Between the Texas-influenced Mexican dishes, and fresh flour tortillas made daily, Paco’s has a lot to love. With a convenient location in Charlotte’s SouthPark and fair prices, guests can feel confident knowing they are getting the most authentic food in Charlotte.

1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Continually voted “best Mexican food in Atlanta” by Atlanta Magazine since 1992, Nuevo offers a warm family environment where the owner, Chance Evans, recommends specialties, brisket barbacoa, chicken mole, and over-stuffed poblano Chili Rellenos. Some consider it the most successful restaurant in Atlanta, but Nuevo Laredo Cantina doesn’t franchise in order to continually provide the community with the most authentic Mexican experience possible.

600 Walnut St (at 6th St)

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Nada is an atmosphere that blends the best of old world and modern decor. Along with staples like jalapeño mac n’ cheese, Nada welcomes anyone who is looking for great Mexican flavors in the center of Downtown Cincinnati. Stop in for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and try fried avocado and salmon tacos.

121 S 13th St (at Sansom St)

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Foursquare rating: 9.3

With a fun vintage vibe, El Vez embraces what it calls the Mex-Eclectic spirit and a blend of Las Vegas and Mexican atmosphere. Come enjoy the friendly staff and generous portions that only a place like Philly can offer.

108 W Kinzie St (btwn Clark St & LaSalle Blvd)

Chicago, IL 60654

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Renowned for its tacos and guacamole, Mercadito is known throughout the city as the best Mexican restaurant in town, with four locations spread out over the city of Chicago. The restaurant also hosts mixology classes, as well as cooking lessons by celebrated chef, Patricio Sandoval.

114 Kenmare St (at Lafayette St)

New York, NY 10012

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Located along the edge of New York City, on the Corner of Lafayette and Kenmare, La Esquina offers authentic Mexican cuisine while providing a rustic environment for guests. Step into the speakeasy-like aesthetic and enjoy signature dishes such as the sliced Angus rib eye tacos, octopus tostada, and grilled corn.

1313 E Las Olas Blvd (SE 15 AVE)

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Rocco’s describes its preparation as the same as it is in Mexico -- handmade, cooked fresh, and a taste that you won’t find anywhere other than south of the border. Guests are invited to try over 400 varieties of Tequila, and a menu that has been hailed by the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Miami New Times, and The Miami Herald.

2704 Navigation Blvd (at N Delano St)

Houston, TX 77003

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Ninfa's says it's original owner, “Mama” Ninfa, helped popularize the steak fajita by filling her family made tortillas with grilled fresh skirt steak pieces. The eatery continues to cook great food over 50 years later, with its kitchen currently being helmed by the experienced chef, Alex Padilla, who has traveled all over Europe and Mexico to perfect his technique and menu offerings.

2779 Mission St (at 24th St)

San Francisco, CA 94110

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Founded in 1982, Taqueria El Farolito continues to emit an atmosphere of a classic diner-like environment, where guests can watch kitchen staff prepare their meals right from their seats. They welcome guests to try their meaty nachos, big burritos, and plentiful tacos. The ever-present crowds are evidence that this place knows Mexican food.


Dining by gaslight

Though it seems fairly obvious when you think about it, the development of entertainment districts post-WWII encouraged the growth of restaurant-ing in many cities across the U.S. On the minus side, the fate of such restaurants was highly dependent upon the fate of the districts.

The Three Fountains [pictured] was the star restaurant in the entertainment district of St. Louis which began in the late 1950s and was officially named Gaslight Square in 1961. The one-and-one-half block area attracted affluent suburban St. Louisans and the city’s many conventioneers with restaurants, live theater, and clubs that featured national acts such as the Smothers Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Bruce, and Miles Davis.

Developing out of a racially borderline, transitional neighborhood populated with apartments, music schools, and antiques stores, its pioneering establishments included the Crystal Palace theater, the Gaslight Bar, Smokey Joe’s Tavern, the Laughing Buddha coffeehouse, and the Dark Side jazz club.

The Three Fountains exuded luxury with a multi-level interior lavishly decorated with antique fixtures complemented by an oversize menu filled with expensive dishes (the $6.50 pepper steak would cost about $46 today). Its decor, like most of the restaurants and clubs in Gaslight, consisted of an extravagant, crazy melange of salvaged windows, doors, railings, paneling, statues, fountains, and light fixtures from structures mowed down by a city obsessed with urban renewal.

Slum clearance in an area known as Mill Creek Valley brought its bounty. There the destruction of residences formerly housing 20,000 people (95% of them Afro-Americans) freed up tons of antique woodwork and hardware for decorators with a taste for Victorian. The transfer of objects from Mill Creek to the nightclubs and restaurants in Gaslight Square can also be seen as an illustration of a troubled relationship with the city’s black population who lived close by, worked in Gaslight’s restaurants, and performed in its clubs, yet whose patronage was not welcome.

According to Jorge Martinez, owner of a couple of jazz clubs, the block’s business association ruled against his proposal for a dance hall out of fear it would attract Afro-Americans. Terry Kennedy, an Afro-American who grew up in the neighborhood adjacent to the area and became a city alderman in 1989, observed that if you were black “you better not be there too long, or the police would run you off.” (Interviews with Kennedy, Martinez, and others are found in the book Gaslight Square, an Oral History, by Thomas Crone.)

Yet, Gaslight Square offered opportunity to a few Afro-Americans. Sandra J. Parks occupied a rare position in America, that of black female chef. She cooked in several of the area’s better restaurants, including Kotobuki and Port St. Louis and managed Two Cents Plain before moving to Chicago for a career in catering.

Compared to the city as a whole, Gaslight Square was a somewhat integrated area. Nonetheless racial tension would become a major factor in its downfall, most evident in white patrons’ grossly exaggerated fear of black-on-white crime.

From the area’s beginnings as an entertainment zone to its serious decline by 1968, at least 20 restaurants, dozens of nightclubs, and numerous coffeehouses and theaters were in business there [see map]. After-hour parties took place above street level, in apartment buildings and flats.

There were steakhouses (Magnolia House, Marty’s, Jacks or Better, Mr. D’s), two Mexican restaurants (Tortilla Flat and a branch of Chicago’s La Margarita), a Polynesian restaurant (The Islander), a Japanese restaurant where servers dressed as geishas (Kotobuki), a fish restaurant where servers dressed as sailors (Port St. Louis), a Greek restaurant (Smokey Joe’s Grecian Tavern), a deli (Two Cents Plain), an Italian eatery (Bella Rosa), a tavern (O’Connell’s Pub), and several places whose cuisine I could not determine (Red Carpet, The Georgian, Carriage House, Die Lorelei, Left Bank).

Many of the restaurants were in converted town houses. Whenever possible they had patio dining in front, and most featured entertainment such as cabaret, folk music, or Dixieland, ragtime, or cool jazz.
The more expensive restaurants were first to suffer from the area’s decline as well-dressed, well-heeled customers stopped coming. Conventioneers were warned off, in many cases, by cabdrivers who refused to drive there. Clubs with go-go dancers in the windows displaced coffeehouses with folksinging and poetry as a younger, more casually dressed crowd took over.

Although Gaslight Square was in ways a model for Chicago’s Old Town and Omaha’s Old Market, many businesses began closing or moving away by the mid 1960s. Port St. Louis and Two Cents Plain moved to more promising locations. In 1965 Craig Claiborne gave the Three Fountains a short – and horrid — review (“It is said to be the only French restaurant in the city and, if this is true, it is unfortunate.”) A few years later a number of gaslights were extinguished for nonpayment of gas bills. By 1972 when O’Connell’s moved to South Kingshighway, the area was largely in ruins.

Aside from a memorial constructed out of the pillars that once stood outside Smokey Joe’s, not a trace of Gaslight Square remains standing today.


Global Dining

Ready for a culinary adventure that will lead you all the way around the globe? Prepare to feed your adventurous spirit.

By Savannah Waszczuk | Photos by Kevin O'Riley | Food Styling by Jessica Kennon Spencer

Although 417-land is just a little speck in the middle of the United States, our restaurant scene is filled with gigantic flavors from all around the globe. And we’re talking about more than just the typically popular Chinese, Mexican and Italian spots (although we highlight some of those, too). Local diners can dig into Lebanese food, Korean cuisine, Peruvian treats and Australian fare. They can feast on Thai food made by Thailand natives, and authentic Mediterranean dishes made from recipes brought here generations ago. And the list goes on. Whether they came here for business, a vacation or to actually open a restaurant, chefs in our corner of the state hail from all over the world, and they’re serving up some of the tastiest fare around. Ready for a culinary adventure that will lead you all the way around the globe? Prepare to feed your adventurous spirit.

5 Spice

2058 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-799-0215, eatoceanzen.com

5 Spice won over the hearts of 417-land foodies years ago when it first started serving modern Chinese food, delivering carefully compiled, beautifully presented dishes to every customer. And in May 2014, the restaurant gave us all yet another reason to come back: it introduced an authentic Chinese menu. The authentic dishes here are prepared by Bob Tan, the father of brothers and co-owners John and Johnson Tan. “He’s from Taiwan originally,” Johnson says. Highlights of the authentic menu include a soy-braised pork belly, salt and pepper pork, salt and pepper fish and the hot pot fish, which is a Szechuan dish with white fish and assorted fresh vegetables that are stewed in a spicy hot pot sauce. If you’re looking for a more daring authentic dish, Johnson recommends you try the pork chitlins with jalapeños and onions.

The chicken tikka masala at India Clay Oven features chicken in a creamy tomato sauce with a variety of spices.

India Clay Oven

2005 W. 76 Country Blvd., Suite 209, Branson, 417-973-0044, indiaclayovenbranson.com

Just as its name suggests, this Indian restaurant specializes in serving mouthwatering dishes that are cooked to perfection in a tandoor oven. The clay oven mix grill entrée with tandoori chicken, lamb and seafood is served with sizzling onion and bell peppers and is a great option for those new to Indian cuisine, and the shrimp korma dish featuring shrimp swimming in a delectably creamy almond and saffron sauce is a favorite of the regulars. You’ll find the usual favorites here, too, like chicken tikka masala. Owner Gurmit Ram moved to the United States in 2002, and he runs the restaurant with his sons, chef Surjit Saroya and front manager Jit Saroya. The family-owned spot offers distinctive Indian flavors that range from mild to exotic, and they can be as spicy as you’d like. If you’re extra-daring, order a dish extra-hot. (You can always order the spice on the side, if you don’t quite have the guts.)

Mijuri Sushi & Grill

2710 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-9593

This Japanese restaurant is owned by Jong Lee, a South Korea native who purchased it in 2010. It’s a hot spot for sushi, selling a wide variety of nigiri, sashimi and maki rolls, but the restaurant also has a handful of authentic Japanese dishes on the menu. If you’re looking to start your meal with some out-of-the-box flavors, look to the appetizer menu and try out the tako—an octopus salad. Then, consider ordering the Mijuri Chicken Katsu for dinner. This dish features breaded chicken that’s topped with Asian barbecue sauce and served with steamed rice and salad, pairing the familiar chicken with a one-of-a-kind sauce that’ll have you licking your plate.

Nicola’s Ristorante

3631 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-886-3700, nicolasristorante.com

Originally from northern Italy near Lake Como, Chef Nicola Gilardi’s days in the kitchen started when he was just a young boy. In fact, his parents even owned an Italian restaurant. “I cooked with my mother for years,” Gilardi says. Next, he went to culinary school in Italy, and after cooking at a few spots around the world, he eventually settled down and opened his own gourmet Italian restaurant in Springfield. Gilardi and his wife, Monica, own and operate Nicola’s Ristorante, which offers a variety of pastas (including a gluten-free pasta), freshly made ravioli, seafood entrées, pizzas, lamb, pork and veal shanks, tenderloins and even bone-in rib-eye steaks. With recipes created by the life-long chef, nearly everything served at Nicola’s is as authentic as Nicola himself, and whether you order a pizza with his signature sauce or an entrée with ravioli that were just made that morning, you’re going to go home happy.

The stuffed jalepeños at Iguana Roja Restaurante are filled plump with Terrell Creek Farm goat cheese, bacon and fairy dust, the spice combination the restaurant uses to season its chips.

Iguana Roja Restaurante

107 W. Church St., Ozark, 417-485-8585

Iguana Roja owner Brian Taylor was born and raised in Springfield, but he went to culinary school in Fort Lauderdale. “In that experience, I was introduced to using many exotic flavors while working with chefs from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and South America,” Taylor says. When he returned from training, he was inspired to share his freshened-up interpretation of these cuisines with 417-landers. In addition to usual favorites like fajitas, burritos and enchiladas made with the freshest ingredients available, Iguana Roja offers many specialties, including chile rellenos that are lovingly stuffed with quinoa, raisins, almonds, rice, shredded pork, ground beef and caramelized onions and then baked. For a real treat, try the stuffed jalepeños that are loaded plump with goodies like local Terrell Creek Farm goat cheese, bacon and fairy dust—a seasoning blend ground in house from cumin, garlic, annatto seed and cracked black pepper that’s also used to season the chips.

Farmers Gastropub

2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-864-6994, farmersgastropub.com

Great Britain native Bill Griffiths, who owns Farmers Gastropub with his wife, Christina, says he’s always wanted to open a restaurant. After learning to cook while living in France, he moved to Springfield in 2004 and opened Farmers Gastropub in 2009. The gastropub concept leads the restaurant to feature as much local fresh, organic and sustainable food as possible. With a nod to Bill’s roots, much of Farmers’ menu is British, including the fish and chips. “We hand-cut all of our French fries and double fry them,” Bill says. The bangers and mash dish features sausage that’s mixed in-house and stuffed at Harter House, and the cottage pie is complete with beef, veggies, gravy and mashed potatoes. Farmers also serves a full English breakfast on Sundays. Recently, the restaurant hired Chef Peter Tinson, who is known from his years at Gallery Bistro and his more recent stinit at Springfield’s south-side location of Nonna’s Italian Cafe.

Yan’s Chinese Restaurant

533 S. Kimbrough, Springfield, 417-719-4560

Originally from China, Yan’s Chinese Restaurant owner Tom Hsi moved to the United States in 1984. Hsi opened his Springfield restaurant in 2012, and with high hopes of pleasing the palates of all 417-landers, he created both American Chinese and authentic Chinese menus. While you’ll find many of the ordinary chicken-meets-sauce favorites on Yan’s Americanized menu, we suggest branching out and ordering from the authentic menu instead. The top-selling authentic dishes include duck offered five ways (oh, the roasted duck!), fish bowl soup, spicy cabbage, braised ribs served with tofu noodles and deep-cooked pork, which is a flavor-packed pork belly that is slowly cooked for eight hours and served dripping with flavor. The restaurant also offers hot pots with fish, beef, meatballs or vegetables that are delivered to your table on a portable stove while they’re nice and hot (in fact, they’re still steaming!) “A lot of people come in and try all the authentic menu items one by one,” Hsi says. Sounds like a plan.

Great American Taco Company

[ Mexican ]

2915 E Battlefield, Springfield, 417-315-8745,greatamericantaco.com/

Great American Taco Company owner Pat Duran opened this restaurant to offer 417-landers a not-so-traditional take on Latino food. The menu here specializes in tacos (nearly 20 varieties served in your choice of six shells, often with different meat options), but there are also other tasty options that include gourmet posole soup, enchiladas, burritos, and Frito pie. To add to your list of ordering decisions, the restaurant offers four varieties of salsa and six styles of fresh guacamole. First timers should sample the Ultimate Perfection taco with chili sauces, queso, smoked cheddar, pepper jack, shredded romaine, fresh tomato, cilantro citrus sour cream and your choice of meat.

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

1250 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-719-4573

Dishes at this Indian restaurant can be ordered mild, medium or spicy and with plenty of indulgent sauce, so be sure to order some naan (Indian flatbread) so you can soak up every last drip. Owned by India natives Tarvinder Girn and Paramjit Kaur, the restaurant offers a full buffet at lunchtime and an enormous menu at dinner time. If you’re new to Indian cuisine, Girn suggests trying out the chicken tikka masala featuring chicken in a creamy sauce and served with rice. (What’s not to love?) The lamb vindaloo, a spicy lamb dish, is a great option for more adventurous eaters who are ready to graduate from chicken tikka masala.

London Calling Pasty Company

836 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-380-7943, londoncallingpastycompany.com

Long before he began greeting customers at this gourmet pasty company, Neil Gomme left his West London home to attend summer camp in Maine. While he was there, he ended up meeting his wife. “She was from Springfield,” Gomme says. The two lived in London for a while, but then they ended up relocating to 417-land, and Gomme decided to put his charming accent and knowledge of British food to good use by partnering up with his sister-in-law, culinary guru Carrie Mitchell, to open London Calling. “She does the cooking, and I brought a lot of the recipes,” Gomme says. Located in Springfield’s food truck park and offering a big red double-decker bus for seating, this restaurant specializes in creating the ever-so-popular British pasties made with flaky crust and warm fillings. Flavors range from a traditional filled with tender steak, onion, golden potato and rutabaga to a version filled with bangers and mash, one with steak and stilton and even a tikka masala that’s loaded with chicken, a cream-based tomato sauce and English curry. You’ll also find a tasty shepherd’s pie and traditional sausage rolls on the menu, with every ingredient made from scratch in the food truck.

Gem of India

211 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-881-9558, gemofindia.net

If you’re a first-timer who’s looking to try a wide variety of Indian food, make friends with the lunch buffet at Gem of India. Owner and head chef Gurnek Singh is originally from northern India’s Punjab, and he loads up this beauty with a smorgasbord of goodies. The dinnertime menu is even more impressive, boasting dozens of entrées featuring chicken, seafood, veggies and a whole lot more. Try the Dinner for Two with mulligatawny soup, vegetable samosas, pakoras, papadam, tandoori chicken, lamb bhuna, chicken tikka masala, saffron rice, naan, raita and dessert. (Woah!)

Although it comes in many different forms, bread is an almost universal food around the globe. We tell you where to find a few of our favorite kinds.

Bread photos by Jessica Kennon Spencer

Anpan

Anpan is a Japanese sweet roll that’s often filled with red bean paste. $2 each at the Echigo Farm booth at Farmers Market of the Ozarks

Challah

A braided sweet bread that’s as beautiful as it is delicious, challah is traditionally known for being the egg bread for the Jewish Sabbath. $5 for a half loaf, $8 for a regular loaf or $12 for a family loaf at Legacy Bagelry

Baguette

A super-popular French bread, this tasty creation is often long and thin in shape, airy in texture and great for absorbing sauces. $2.50 a loaf at La Gallette Berrichonne

Focaccia

This flat, oven-baked Italian bread is often seasoned with herbs and sometimes topped with goodies like cheese or vegetables. It’s great for dipping in olive oil. $1.99–3.99 per loaf in the bakery section at local Price Cutter Plus stores

Mosbolletjies

Mosbolletjies is a tasty, naturally leavened South African sweet bread made with a hint of anise. $6 per loaf, available from Katie Made on Saturdays at Farmers Market of the Ozarks or at Homegrown Food

Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread that’s often served with Indian cuisine. $2.95 for a plain loaf or $3.95 for a garlic loaf at India Clay Oven

Elotes Don Tono

Food truck located in a parking lot at 1314 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-773-0250

The first Elotes Don Tono food truck was started in Mexico by Elotes Don Tono himself. Two years ago, Elotes Don Tono’s son, Martin Rodriguez, and his wife, Norma, decided to open a version of the food truck in Springfield. Moving here from Mexico, the two wanted to serve things just as they are served in their native country. A favorite here is the Mexican street corn, which is served on the cob or in a cup and seasoned with a combo of butter, mayo, Mexican cream, Mexican cheese and chili powder. Other popular items include street tacos available with steak, pork, tripe or tongue and dressed with cilantro, onion and homemade salsa, homemade pork and chicken tamales and torta, a Mexican-style sandwich served on homemade Mexican bread.

Soo’s Korea n Restaurant

3644 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-2220

Originally from South Korea, Nam Ok Kim purchased Soo’s more than four years ago. She filled the menu with several traditional Korean dishes, including the favorite beef bulgogi (tender marinated beef), the squid bokum (stir-fried squid and vegetables) and the samgyetang, which is a traditional Korean soup made with chicken and ginseng. If you’re new to Korean food, try the beef bulgolgi—the tender marinated beef is excellent here, and it comes on a skillet with a side of veggies. If you’re more experienced, go for the doenjang jjigae, a stew-like dish made with soybean paste.

Haruno

3044 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-887-0077, harunosushi.com

All 417-land sushi fans know and love Haruno, a restaurant that has grown famous for its quality sushi creations. But that’s certainly not all there is to get excited about at this Japanese restaurant, owned by Young Sun Jun and her husband, John Jung. Young says that the restaurant’s udon soups are both great authentic Japanese dishes. One features broth, udon noodles, shrimp tempura and vegetable tempura, and the other features broth, udon noodles, chicken, shrimp tempura, boiled egg and spinach. If you’re feeling more daring, opt for the spicy seafood soup (loaded with seafood favorites) instead. The donburi is a flavorful layered dish that combines rice, onions, egg, a sweet and salty broth and your choice of chicken, pork or shrimp tempura. Of course, the teriyaki options are always a slightly sweet and safe choice for those who are new to Japanese cuisine. If you want to start with an authentic Japanese appetizer, try the gyoza, traditional pan-fried Japanese dumplings.

Koriya

4121 S. Fremont Ave. #128, Springfield, 417-882-0077

When Young Sun Jun decided to open Koriya with her husband, John Jung, nearly three years ago, she wanted to introduce 417-landers to customizable Korean cuisine. The restaurant’s bibimbap is a great choice for first-timers, as it offers a choice of brown, white, black or mixed rice and a variety of vegetables, meats and sauces that can be combined to create dozens of flavors. “If you want it to be the most authentic, ask for it with an egg,” Young says. Those skeptical of anything unusual can start simple with the spicy peanut chicken dish, which features crispy breaded chicken and a kick of heat. Other popular menu items include bulgolgi beef, yaki soba with chicken and galbi—Korean barbecue short ribs.

Tong’s T hai Restaurant

3454 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-5280

On your first visit to Tong’s Thai Restaurant, try out the Siam Beef. This dish features thinly sliced, extra-tender ribeye steak that’s marinated in a tasteful selection of Thai seasonings and spices then stir fried with bell pepper, bamboo and onion. Another popular choice for Thai-food beginners is the Emerald chicken with grilled marinated chicken, steamed vegetables and a creamy peanut sauce. “I developed a lot of the recipes myself,” says owner Tong Trithara, who’s originally from Bangkok. Of course, you’ll have a choice of many other authentic dishes, including a variety of pad Thai creations (the seafood pad Thai is a must-try when it’s on special). If you’re looking to feed your adventurous spirit, try the Bangkok duck—a half-duck that’s deboned, breaded, deep fried and topped with garlic basil sauce.

The Argentina Steakhouse

1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-886-8010, theargentinasteakhouse.com

Argentine cuisine is well-known for being heavy on the beef, and The Argentina Steakhouse capitalizes on this fact with its first-class menu. Originally from Argentina, owner Angel Kim says he worked to blend traditional Argentine flavors with popular steakhouse fare, and he included many tasty beef options. A favorite is the Lomo Ana Pineta, a grilled filet dish that’s served with a burgundy reduction or mushroom cream sauce. All entrées are servered with chimichurri sauces, which are traditional Argentine dipping sauces loaded with flavor, and Argentine sea salt is the spot’s signature seasoning.

The lemongrass beef vermicelli dish at Bambu Vietnamese Cuisine features vermicelli noodles topped with sliced cucumbers, pickled carrot and daikon, shredded lettuce, mint and bean sprouts, and lemongrass beef. Fish sauce is served on the side

Bambu Vietnamese Cuisine

1338 E. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-881-9881, springfieldbambu.com

Henry Huynh came to Springfield from Vietnam in 1989. Nearly 10 years later, he was still baffled by the fact that Springfield had Chinese, American and Mexican restaurants on what seemed like every corner, but there were no Vietnamese restaurants to be found. “The food is really fresh and really healthy,” he says. “We needed that, and that is why I opened.” Henry opened Bambu with his brother, Nguyen, in 1998. The restaurant serves a variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes, among them pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup with broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. All of the stocks used here are made in-house and cooked for 12 hours, giving them an exquisite depth of flavor, and many dishes come with a side of fresh herbs, lime, bean sprouts and chili for customizing your meal. You’ll also find a variety of vermicelli dishes, rice platters and noodle soups on the menu.

Avanzare I talian Dining

1908 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-567-3463

Originally from Mexico, Avanzare’s owner Tony Garcia was trained to cook in Chicago and now specializes in creating all things Italian at his Springfield restaurant. Favorites here include the Mussel al Forno appetizer with baked mussels in a zesty garlic wine sauce with a splash of the restaurant’s house-made marinara and the Frutti di Mare, a spaghetti dish with shrimp, calamari, scallops and black mussels in freshly made marinara with a touch of red pepper. All the dishes are to die for, though, since many of the pastas and all of the sauces are made from scratch in the restaurant’s kitchen.

400 South Ave., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-720-1018, threecornergrill.com

Opening a Middle Eastern restaurant wasn’t always the dream of Riad Matar, who came to the United States from Syria as a university student. He actually studied civil engineering in college, and he didn’t start experimenting with cooking until he developed a weight problem. “I learned to cook 12 years ago because of my health problems,” Riad says. He was taught to cook by his mother, and his restaurant quickly became well known for its babaganoush, hummus and gyros, among other dishes. Many of the options here are healthy, including the tabbouli. “I say, ‘go healthy and be healthy,’” Riad says.

Papouli's

725 E. State Hwy. 248, Reeds Spring, 417-272-8243

Let’s get fired up! The most fun way to start a meal at this Greek restaurant is with the saganaki, a dish of buttered and grilled kasseri cheese that’s covered with brandy and set on fire tableside. This is just one of many authentic Greek favorites offered by owners Bessie and Tom Haldoupis, who were born and raised in Greece. After living in New York and then moving to Springfield, the couple opened Papouli’s in 1986. Their background inspired many other favorites here, including dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), spanakotiropita (a spinach and cheese pie), gyros, moussaka and pastitsio. The Greek salads are topped with house-made Greek dressing of olive oil, white wine vinegar and Greek seasonings and are also a favorite. If you’ve never tried Greek cuisine before, consider starting with Papouli’s super-popular kebabs, which feature your choice of fork-tender filet, lamb, pork or chicken with broiled tomato, pepper, onion and mushroom.

Thai Thai Cuisine

1615 W. Hwy. 76, Branson, 417-334-9070, thaithaibranson.com

Owned by Thailand native Budsabong Brutham, Thai Thai Cuisine offers everything from stir-fry, curry, noodle and fried-rice dishes to entrées featuring seafood and other proteins. And then there are other Thai creations perfect for those who are willing to try something new, like the red curry duck dish featuring barbecue duck, tomato, pineapple, red peppers and sweet basil. While spice levels typically range from not spicy to extra spicy on a scale of 1–5, if you want to try an extremely spicy dish, the restaurant will do its best to accommodate you.

Leong’s Asian Diner

1540 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-887-7500, leongsasiandiner.com

Leong’s Asian Diner is perhaps best known for its name. David Leong was the blessed soul who invented Springfield-style cashew chicken more than 50 years ago. Today, the original cashew chicken recipe is prepared and served to the masses at this restaurant, owned by Leong and his sons, Wing Wah Leong and Ling Leong. But the restaurant’s menu also features authentic Chinese dishes, including egg foo young. Available with veggies, chicken, pork, beef or shrimp, the delectable dish features a combo of eggs, baby bok choy, bean sprouts, mushrooms, snow peas, carrots and green onions shaped into patties and served with cashew sauce and steamed rice. Another authentic favorite here is the Cantonese-style roast duck, which is slow roasted and sweetly topped with made-from-scratch plum sauce. To wake up your appetite, start with the dim sum sampler platter.

Bruno’s Italian Restaurant

416 South Ave., Springfield, 417-866-0007, brunositalianrestaurantdowntown.com

Bruno Gargiulo was born and raised in Palermo, Sicily. He came to the United States in 2003, then opened Bruno’s in downtown Springfield in 2005. The restaurant serves everything from a variety of pasta dishes to ravioli, pizzas and fresh seafood dishes. “We always have a weekly fish special, depending on what fish I can get in fresh,” Bruno says. From the breads and sauces to the sausage, everything at this restaurant is made from scratch. In addition to a truly authentic Italian menu (really—entrées are even written in Italian), Bruno brings another Italian must-have to the dining scene: wine. He owns a vineyard in Sicily, and you can order a glass of his vino to accompany your meal.

The German bratwurst and Bavarian sauerkraut at Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank pair well with brÖetchen bread and mustard.

Roswithas Schnitzelbank

12167 State Hwy. 43 North, Webb City, 417-642-5343, roswithasschnitzelbank.com

This German eatery owned by Roswitha Hartline is located in a show stable that doubles as a restaurant in Webb City. “But I promise, we don’t eat horse meat!,” Hartline says. Originally from Rhineland, Germany, Hartline creates authentic German dishes like wienerschnitzel, a breaded pork loin topped with lemon, jagerschnnitzel topped with a sautéed garlic, mushroom and white wine sauce and rahmenschnitzel topped with a sour cream and lemon dill sauce. Other goodies on the menu include German bratwurst and sauerbraten, which is a tender beef roast marinated in gourmet white vinegar and seasoned with bay leaves. Meals here may be accompanied by your choice of German sides, such as kartoffelsalat, a warm potato salad with bacon and a gourmet vinaigrette, or Bavarian sauerkraut, which Hartline says is sweet and sour without the bite. Make sure to arrive here hungry, and you’re sure to leave happy. “People just go on and on about the food I cook, and I swear, I sometimes get embarrassed!,” Hartline says. But before you visit, be sure to grab some cash­—the restaurant doesn’t take credit cards.

That Lebanese Place

338 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-536-6677, thatlebaneseplace.com

Appetizers are the best way to start a meal, and That Lebanese Place gives Lebanese-food lovers many authentic and flavorful options. If you’re a fan of dipping and scooping, start things off with the pita and hummus or babaganoush. If you’re looking for super-authentic flavors that you can’t find just anywhere, try the grape leaves filled with rice and vegetables. Originally from Lebanon, Elie Ghanem owns the restaurant with his wife, Elizabeth, and he recommends trying That Lebanese Platter if you’re new to the cuisine. It’s loaded with your choice of two meat skewers (choices include beef, chicken or kafta, which is a ground beef mixture seasoned with parsley and onions), plus four pieces of falafel and four stuffed grape leaves.

Vasken’s Deli

900 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-883-0083 3200 Gretna Rd., Branson, 417-334-9182 vaskensdeli.com

Vasken and Staci Haroutounian are the husband-and-wife team who own both Vasken’s Deli locations, and Setrak, Alyse and Meg Haroutounian are the trio of children who help the restaurants operate. “It really is a family business,” says Setrak. A variety of Mediterranean dishes fill the restaurant’s menu, including a mouthwatering gyro that helped put the spot on the map. “We always suggest that they start with the lamb or beef gyro,” Setrak says. The shawerma hot sandwich features beef brisket or chicken seasoned with special shawerma seasonings and is another favorite.

Ocean Zen

4117 S National Ave, Springfield, 417-889-9596, eatoceanzen.com

Along with their father, Bob Tan, brothers Johnson and John Tan have brought Springfield a handful of fine dining restaurants, including the ever-so-popular Ocean Zen. “We describe Ocean Zen’s food as Pacific Rim food,” Johnson says. You’ll find dishes with an Asian-European flare here, plus lots of Asian glazes on dishes, including a mouthwatering Mongolian glaze that’s used on the lamb chops, ribs and a 14-ounce rib-eye. And speaking of steaks, the restaurant has recently stepped up its game. “We’re really focused on bringing in top-notch prime steaks right now,” Johnson says. “We’ve got certified Angus tomahawks, some Kobe beef and others—really all the steaks you’d find in a nice steakhouse.”

Outback Steak and Oyster Bar

1914 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, 417-334-6306, outbackbranson.com

While researching to open his restaurant, Nixa native Steve Wood traveled to Australia three times. He came back fully equipped to open Branson’s Outback Steak and Oyster Bar, which is exactly what he did 26 years ago (just six months before the Outback Steakhouse chain restaurant first opened). “There are two large grills in the center of the restaurant, because in Australia, almost everything is cooked ‘on the barbie,’” Wood says. “When designing the menu, I wanted to be able to grill as many things as we could.” Classic steaks and seafood here are seasoned with the restaurant’s signature seasoning and grilled. The restaurant also has some Australian-themed sampler dishes, including The Aussie Plate (with pork, two sausages, tomato, onion and a fried egg) and The Melobourne Mixed Grill (with quail, lamb and another exotic meat). A fun and truly Australian starter is the alligator tail—give it a try!

Elaine and Roland Parney create gorgeous French fare at La Galette Berrichonne, including Beef en Croute.

La Galette Berrichonne

143 E. Main, Fordland, 417-738-2112, rolandparny.com

After attending culinary school, French-born chef Roland Parny cooked around the world in places like Paris and South Africa. Then, he came to the United States and cooked as an executive chef for Mississippi State University before he settled down in Fordland. His retirement dream was to start a cooking school here and run a café on the side, but the café quickly became the star of the show. Today, with the help of his wife, Elaine, Roland runs La Galette Berrichonne, a French bakery-café that specializing in French dishes with a bit of a home-cooked flare. “A lot of the dishes reflect Roland’s upbringing in La Berry, a French region roughly three hours south of Paris that’s a lot like the Ozarks,” Elaine says. Popular French selections include Chicken DuBois, Beef Burgundy and, of course, a dreamy selection of freshly made French pastries.

Altenhof Inn

680 Jakes Creek Trail, Branson, 417-338-5091, altenhofinn.com

If you’re in the Branson area and you get a hankering for some German food, you’re in luck. Gertraude Santo opened Altenhof Inn here in 1998, and the restaurant serves up a variety of tasty German classics with a side view of Table Rock Lake. “I always watched my mother cook when I was little, and then I worked my way up in the restaurant business,” the Germany native says. “I was eager to learn.” Santo has experience cooking in fine-dining establishments and catering, but it’s working at the Altenhof Inn—the restaurant she started herself—where she says she’s fulfilling her dreams. “In 1986, I said, ‘What if…’” Santo says. “And now, I’m in my 17th season.” Wienerschnitzel and jagerschnitzel are popular authentic German options, and guests also love the bratwurst and knackwurst with red cabbage and German potato salad. There’s also a line of burgers and pizzas here, including a German-themed pizza with bratwurst, knackwurst, onions and sauerkraut.

Cafe Cusco

234 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8088

While developing the menu at Cafe Cusco, owner Joseph Gidman focused on mixing flavors of ancient Peruvian cuisines with modern tastes. “I’ve worked for a lot of chefs, and I spent a lot of time traveling and being exposed to a lot of different foods,” Gidman says. “My best friend is from Lima, Peru, and I got a really good taste for the food.” Among the authentic Peruvian dishes here is the ceviche, which is raw fish that has been cured in lime juice, garlic, red onions and yellow pepper. You’ll also find a variety of other Peruvian flavors on the menu with entrées such as the Lima Shrimp Cocktail and the Fritas La Huancaina, made of Yukon gold, sweet potato and yucca fries with Huancaina cheese sauce and cilantro. To start off your meal, be sure to try the tequenos, a favorite appetizer of Cotija cheese cooked in empanada dough.

ReRico Brazilian Grill

3371 E. Montclair St., Springfield, 417-881-8882, rericogrill.com

At ReRico Brazilian Grill, it’s all about the meat. “We have 18 rotisserie meats, and they’re all brought to your table on skewers for tableside carving,” says restaurant owner and chef Angel Kim. But this meat isn’t just your typical beef and chicken. The selections are all first-class, including the popular Brazilian Picanha, a house-special beef rump roast, filet, K.C. Strip, Frango Peito, a chicken breast with bacon, Froaldinha, a horseradish sirloin and more. Dinnertime guests also get to feast on the gourmet cold bar, which features some 40 appetizers and salads including shrimp and calamari ceviche and gourmet olives. Before you leave, make sure to try the Pao de Queijo, a tasty Brazilian cheese bread. If you dine in for lunch, you’ll order from a menu that features pastas, salads and steaks.

Walkabout Coffee Shop

1860 N. Commerce Dr., Nixa, 417-725-5282, walkaboutcoffeeshop.com

The menu at Walkabout Coffee Shop features many Australian favorites, including scrumptious pastry-topped Aussie meat pies filled with beef, brown gravy, mushrooms, onion, bacon, cheese and tomato. The spot also has a selection of pasties and sausage rolls, which feature pastry dough hugging a delectable combination of ground pork, chicken, carrots, onions, seasonings and spices. Jeff Cook, who is from Australia, owns the spot with his wife, Faye. “As far as Australian desserts, we have lamingtons and Anzac cookies,” Jeff says. Lamingtons feature a homemade white cake with chocolate and Australian coconut, and the Anzac cookies (which were originally made to send to the Australian and New Zealand Army Core) are made with oats, flour, sugar, golden syrup, butter and Australian coconut.

M & M Bistro

407 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-627-9996

Mediterranean fare is the specialty at M & M Bistro, a Joplin restaurant owned by Jef Alvand. Minoo Hatam, Jef’s wife, created the menu, which is filled with everything from tabbouleh, Mediterranean salad and hummus to specialties like spanakopita and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). A delicious-sounding vegetarian option is the smothered artichokes and mushrooms, which feature the veggies in a white cream sauce with a salad and toasted pita, and the original gyro featuring thinly sliced meat with onions, lettuce and house-made tzatziki makes our mouth water. If you can’t decide, order yourself the Mediterranean platter, which comes with hummus, tabbouleh, sliced potatoes, gyro meat, pita bread and cucumber sauce on a bed of baby greens.

No matter what cuisine you crave, there’s a good chance that there’s some type of dippable, drool-worthy dumpling available with it. We define a few of our favorite dumplings, that can be found in many ethnic restaurants around 417-land.

Empanada Latin American
A combination of meat, cheese and vegetables (or any of the three) is folded into a bread or pastry dough exterior and then baked or fried.

German Potato Dumplings German
These hefty dumplings feature potato and are often served as a side dish in German cuisine.

Gyoza Japanese
Most often filled with pork, these dumplings are folded, pan fried and often served with a soy-based dipping sauce.

Gnocchi Italian
Often filled with potato or cheese, these dumplings are often smaller in size and feature a thick pasta shell.

Mandu Korean
A meat-filled dumpling that is often steamed or fried and served with a soy based dipping sauce.

Kibbeh Lebanese
Often deep fried, this treat is filled with a combo of minced onion, meat and spices that are surrounded by bulghur wheat.

Potsticker Chinese
Vegetable- and meat-filled dumplings that are often pan fried to create a crispy exterior.

Ravioli Italian
A traditional Italian pasta, ravioli are most often filled with cheese, meat or other savory treats and then boiled.


Shumai Chinese
A noodle-like shell surrounds a shrimp filling in these treats, which are often pan fried.

Samosa Indian
A fried or baked pastry featuring a savory filling, such as spiced potatoes and vegetables or sometimes meat.

Wontons Chinese
Often fried, these crispy creations are made by wrapping dough skins around combinations of meat, vegetable and cheese.

Want to serve a tasty treat from overseas for your dinner table tonight? Chef Gurnek Singh from Gem of India, who often hosts cooking classes at the restaurant, shares a tasty recipe for vegetable samosas.

Wrap (chapatti) ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour (Maida)
Water to knead dough
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

Stuffing ingredients:
3 – 4 potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
½ cup green peas, boiled
1 – 2 green chilies, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ginger, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander, finely chopped
½ teaspoon garam masala
Salt and red chili powder to taste

To prepare:
Combine chapatti ingredients just until a dough forms, then refrigerate 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine stuffing ingredients. Divide chapatti dough into golf-ball size pieces, then roll each ball out and cut into two halves. Form each half into a cone shape, and stuff the cone with samosa filling. Seal the edges carefully using water. Repeat with the remaining chapattis and filling until all ingredients are used. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown in color. (If you prefer, you can bake them at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes.) Enjoy!

We scoured a few of Springfield’s ethnic markets to find tasty pantry fillers and must-try items. Read on to learn where we found the most interesting picks.

1. Vegetable Buns
Just steam or microwave these frozen vegetable-filled buns, and you’ll have a big pillowy, delicious treat in no time flat. from Seoul Oriental Market, 3163 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-881-2311

2. Mochi Ice Cream
A little ball of ice cream is wrapped in sweet and chewy mochi rice cake. Pop one out of the freezer, and eat it in about four bites—the perfect sweet snack. from Seoul Oriental Market, 3163 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-881-2311

3.Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Some cookies are soft and chewy others, like these, are perfectly crisp. The little treats are made in Belarus and are packed with plenty of gingery flavor. from Nadia’s European Market, 3023 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-886-4444.

4. Pineapple-Filled Bread
Lots of sweet baked treats fill one side of this little market and bakery, and we grabbed a snack-sized fruit-filled sweet bread packed with pineapple. from Leslie’s Carnicería & Panadería, 1915 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-501-1017

5. Tajin Clasico Seasoning
This mix of dried chili peppers, salt and dehydrated lime juice pairs well with sweet flavors and can be used to spice up fresh fruits. Sounds wild, but give it a try. It’s delish. from Leslie’s Carnicería & Panadería, 1915 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-501-1017

6. Enoki Mushrooms
This spot sells fun snacks, liquors, pantry staples, meat, cheese and veggies from all over Europe and Asia. We snagged some pretty enoki mushrooms—great for soups and stir fries. from Spring’s Market, 3630 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-4433

7. Smoked and Dried Capelin
Owners say this fish is snatched up by the pound by eastern European natives who come to the store from all over 417-land. To eat them, just pop off the head, and take a bite. from Nadia’s European Market, 3023 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-886-4446

8. Phyllo dough
The pictures of baklava on this package say it all this pantry item is just begging to be turned into a sweet and nutty dessert. from Spring’s Market, 3630 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-4433

9. Rose Water
Use this floral concoction to create fun drinks (there’s even a recipe on the bottle) or to craft a simple syrup for that baklava you’re going to make with the phyllo dough below. from Spring’s Market, 3630 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-4433


I'm Todd Wilbur, Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

The sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich made with two slices of French toast first appeared on the Burger King menu in 2019, but it was just for a limited time. In 2021, BK brought the breakfast sandwich back, and this time it came with a new ingredient: buttery maple spread. The first version of the sandwich was good, but the sequel with the new maple spread is great.

And that’s right where this clone starts. The hack here for the buttery maple spread is just three ingredients and it will chill out in your fridge while you make the easy French toast. Find small, thin slices of white bread for that. Sara Lee makes a loaf of bread called Delightful that works great.

The real French toast sandwiches come with either sausage, bacon, or ham, so pick your favorite and insert it between the egg and cheese. If your ingredients cool down as you are prepping, just pop each assembled sandwich into your microwave for about 15 seconds prior to serving for perfectly warmed French toast and gooey melted cheese.

Check out more of my Burger King copycat recipes here.

It was the creator of Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza who came up with the idea to cook bits of maple syrup into small pancakes for a new sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich offering from the world’s #1 fast food chain. Tom Ryan’s idea became a reality in 2003 when the McGriddles—with maple-flavored griddle cake buns—debuted on McDonald’s breakfast menu, and the sandwich is still selling like hotcakes today.

To make four cloned McGriddles at home you’ll first need to produce eight perfectly round griddle cakes that are infused with sweet maple bits. Recipes that instruct you to make hard candy from maple syrup for this hack will fail to tell you that the shattered shards of hard candy don't completely melt when the griddle cakes are cooked resulting in a distinct crunch not found in the real McDonald’s product. Also, breaking the hard maple candy into small uniform chunks is both difficult and messy. My solution was to make a flavorful maple gummy puck that could be neatly petite diced and sprinkled into the batter as it cooks.

Just be sure to use maple flavoring rather than maple extract for the maple gummy. Maple flavoring has a more intense flavor than the extract and the dark brown caramel coloring will make your maple bits look like pancake syrup. You’ll also need one or two 3½-inch rings to make griddle cakes that are the perfect size for your clones.

This recipe duplicates the bacon version of the sandwich, but you can replace the bacon with a patty made from breakfast sausage for the sausage version, or just go with egg and cheese.

Get more of my McDonald's copycat recipes here.

In March 2020, Wendy’s entered the fast food breakfast wars with 18 new items, and the star that emerged from the bunch is a bacon-lover’s dream. The Breakfast Baconator help lead Wendy’s to morning meal sales success in the midst of a pandemic, as other fast feeders, like McDonald’s, struggled in the a.m.

Wendy's substantial sunrise sandwich is made with a square (of course) sausage patty, a fried egg, 2 slices of American cheese, and 6 halved bacon slices. That's good right there, but when you slather Wendy's delicious top secret Swiss cheese sauce onto a brioche bun, you've got something really special. And filling. All the building instructions are here, including an easy hack for the Swiss cheese sauce using just 4 ingredients!

One of the ingredients—Swiss cheese Singles—is what allows us to make a smooth, non-gritty sauce. If you can’t find Singles, use any other brand of Swiss cheese “product” that contains sodium citrate. That’s the secret ingredient that helps make the sauce so creamy.

Find more of my Wendy's copycat recipes here.

When Popeyes debuted its new crispy chicken sandwich on August 12, 2019, the company was not prepared for the eruption of social media video posts comparing the new sandwich to Chick-fil-A’s classic chicken sandwich. As a result of the apparently unplanned instant viral campaign in which Popeyes almost always emerges as the winner, customers swarmed the stores and waited in long lines to try the now-famous sandwich. The buzz continued to build day by day, and just two weeks after its debut, the sandwich had sold out—a full month ahead of schedule.

But sold out or not, you don’t need Popeyes to get the great taste combo of the crispy buttermilk breaded chicken breast, soft buttered brioche bun, mayo, and pickles. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on several of the sandwiches before they were gone and cranked out a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich copycat recipe so you can now know how to make the Popeyes fried chicken sandwich any time you want. With these new tricks you’ll be able to make crispy chicken at home that’s flavorful, juicy, and tender, just like Popeyes, coated in a thick golden breading with the same light crunch.

The secret to moist, tasty chicken is to brine it for several hours in a spicy mixture of buttermilk, pepper sauce, salt, and MSG. The buttermilk is slightly acidic, so it will help tenderize the chicken without making it too tough like harsher acids, while the salt enhances the flavor (as does the MSG) and keeps the chicken juicy. The MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an amino acid with a salt-like flavor that at one time was thought to be unhealthy, but is now considered an important culinary additive. Popeyes uses it in their chicken because it provides an essential savory flavor called “umami,” and you cannot make an accurate clone without it.

To imitate the light, crispy breading, we’ll use baking powder in the flour. The baking powder forms bubbles in the flour when the chicken cooks so that the breading is tender and crispy, rather than crusty and dense. I found that self-rising flour works great since it conveniently has just the right amount of baking powder and salt already added. But don't use a low-protein self-rising flour like White Lily. That brand is awesome for biscuits, but its low gluten content makes it not stick well on chicken breasts. I used Gold Medal self-rising flour, and it worked great. If all-purpose flour is all you’ve got, that can work as well. I’ve put measurements for using all-purpose flour, plus baking powder and salt, in the Tidbits below. If you'd like to kick up your Popeyes

Chicken Sandwich copycat recipe, clone the spicier version by replacing the plain mayo with my easy hack for Popeyes Spicy Mayonnaise.


1 Outback Steakhouse

Who can do it better than Outback? The service during one of Teigen’s most recent visits in November must have been really impeccable because she left the waitress a $1,000 tip! Her meal was $193. The waitress, whose name is Mikayla Scott, said that while she was nervous she was going to mess up with her famous customer, her colleagues weren’t surprised she racked in big time. She decided to give some of the big tip to her co-workers. Before then, Teigen and Legend raved about Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion appetizer. Other American-chain restaurants that Teigen has expressed love for are: hot chicken at KFC, bonsai bowls and fish tacos at Wahoo’s, Marie Callendar’s sour cream blueberry pie, steak fries with ranch dressing at Red Robin, Ranch Dorito’s Locos at Taco Bell, and a simple cheddar broccoli soup bread bowl from Panera Bread. We knew Teigen was a simple woman with simple needs.