10 Regional Only Restaurants We Wish Were Everywhere (Part 2)

10 Regional Only Restaurants We Wish Were Everywhere (Part 2)


We all know that America is the land of the
free, the brave and the hallmark for democracy. America is also the home of fast food. The fast food market has seen a lot of change
over the decades but it’s still as popular as it’s ever been. While the big brands and franchises have cornered
every part of the globe, there are some fast food restaurants that have stayed local. These little gems can only be found in certain
regions of the country; and although they are firm favourites with the locals, they
have never ventured outside of their respective areas, which to many of us is a real tragedy. Original Tommy’s We start our list with one of California’s
truly great fast food restaurants. Original Tommy’s first opened it’s doors
back in the 1940’s and it soon became a must for all burger lovers. Starting out with just one small stand, Original
Tommy’s sold Burgers and Hotdogs, but with a twist. The difference between Original Tommy’s
and it’s competitors is the now famous chilli which topped everything. Expanding rapidly, Original Tommy’s soon
had 30 restaurants to its name. Sadly for most of us, they are restricted
to the Los Angeles area, with the exception for the three locations in Nevada. As the decades have moved on, Original Tommy’s
may have added more than Burgers and Hotdogs to their menus, but the chilli is the same
and can be topped on any item on the menu. This may not be gourmet food but when it tastes
this good, no one is complaining. Big John Steak & Onion There are certain foods that will always be
linked with places; New York Pizza, Texas Ribs, Kentucky Chicken, and the list goes
on! However, on top of this list reigns the Philly
Cheesesteak Sandwich. Forever will the idea of putting cheese on
steak be linked with the city of brotherly love. So, if you find yourself far from the East
Coast, driving through Michigan and you’re looking for an alternative take on the Philly
Cheesesteak then look no further than Big John Steak & Onion. Starting out as a Fried Chicken restaurant,
Big John Steak & Onion, quickly changed focus and turned it’s attention to the Cheesesteak
sandwich. Big John Steak & Onion uses the best and freshest
ingredients, along with its tasty signature steak, to give you their own spin on a true
American classic. Jack In The Box In today’s society the world is becoming
a lot more health conscious and fast food restaurants are trying their best to follow
suit. Most restaurants are adding healthier options
to their menus as well as listing ingredients and even calories as they strive to stay ahead
of the competition and keep on top of trends. With that in mind, it may be refreshing to
some to find a restaurant that still delves heavily in the unhealthy side of fast food. Founded in the early 1950’s , with it’s
trademark Burgers and Tacos, (which it still serves today) Jack In The Box quickly became
an American institution. While it does offer healthier options, Jack
In The Box is mainly interested in comfort food. Waffles can be used as bread and you can even
have your Burger with a side order of Tacos, which of course are deep fried. Sometimes all we need is a night out at Jack
In The Box. Ted’s Hot Dogs When most of us think of fast food, our minds
automatically jump to Burgers, Pizzas or Fried Chicken. While these are a staple of yummy goodness,
we can’t forget about the simple, yet classic Hotdog and they don’t come much better,
or more classic, than Ted’s Hot Dogs. Founded way back in the 1920’s by Greek
immigrant Theodore Spiro Liaros, Ted’s started life out as a horse drawn Hot Dog cart. Taking advantage of the construction of the
‘Peace’ bridge between Buffalo and Canada, Ted’s Hot Dogs quickly became the workmens
favorite fast food. Once the bridge was complete, Ted’s Hot
Dogs bought a more permanent location there. Soon Ted’s Hot Dogs became a must have snack
for the locals of Buffalo. While Ted’s may have expanded on it’s
menu over the years; adding Burgers and Sandwiches, Hot dogs are still people pleasers. With a range of toppings and sizes, they are
a must have for anyone passing through upstate New York. Burgerville Next we turn our attention to the states of
Oregon and Washington as we bring you Burgerville. A success story founded in the early 1960’s,
Burgerville had a simple dream of supplying America with good, clean wholesome burgers. Sticking with an ‘old school’ style Burger,
Burgerville has come a long way since it opened it’s doors. It now boasts several new items to its menu
such as Breakfast sandwiches and even Fish & Chips. Founded in 1961, Burgerville prided themselves
on using locally sourced ingredients, which was rare for the time. Not only that but Burgerville has seasonal
menus; the side dishes, fish, fruits and even cheese differ depending on the seasons. Burgerville have found a very strong way of
integrating fast food with local produce, an act that bigger chains are slowly starting
to pick up on. The chain is also committed to using 100%
wind power for all its restaurants and headquarters. Those passionate about the chain call Burgerville
fast food for the future. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers If there is one thing that every fast food
list needs, it’s a great Southern Fried Chicken place. What could be better, or more Southern, than
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers? Founded in the not too distant past of 1996
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Raising Cain’s Chicken Fingers started with a simple business
plan: serve finger-licking good chicken. A plan they executed perfectly. While working as fishermen, the founders originally
wanted to name the restaurant ‘Sockeye’s’ Chicken Fingers after the salmon they fished
for. However, they didn’t want to confuse people
as to whether they were a seafood restaurant or a Chicken restaurant, so they decided on
a name change. The chain takes it’s name from the founder’s
dog a yellow Labrador named ‘Raising Cane.’ Years later the restaurant still prides itself
on a limited menu, this way it can focus and specialize on, you guessed it, Chicken Fingers. Sticking with a simple premise may have helped
make Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers a real power house in fried chicken. Waffle House When it comes to food, especially junk, nothing
beats the stuff we ate in our childhood. The smells, the tastes and the textures all
seemed more intense and satisfying when we were younger. Out of all the foods on the market, few connect
as well with children than waffles. Although there are many Waffle diners in the
U.S., Waffle House has become the face of this childhood favorite fast food. Opening it’s doors in the mid 1950’s,
Waffle House has prided itself on its warm, friendly and of course delicious Waffles. Although the menu has been known to confuse
people (hash-browns have their own language after all!) this hasn’t stopped Waffle House
from becoming fast food’s unsung hero. Waffle House raised the bar for all diners. Even rap stars like 2 Chains have sung their
praise. Kid Rock once got into fight at a Waffle House
in Atlanta in 2007. The chain is open all night and while all
the other chains are busy focusing on speed, with the number of drive-thrus skyrocketing,
Waffle House has built its reputation on table service. Although they still consider themselves junk
food, they are one of the last chains that still serves speedy grub right at your table. Burger Time Most restaurants on this list start with one
goal: serving cheap food fast. That’s a simple mantra and while most expand
on it, some decide to stick with it. The likes of McDonald’s and Burger King
may have expanded and expanded, ever changing and adding to their menus. While they may have cornered almost every
market in the known world, some feel it cost those giants that little something extra that
made them special in the first place. Luckily, for those people who feel that way,
there is Burger Time. Although only founded in the late1980’s,
Burger Time has kept to the simple practices of days gone by. They are known for their great Burgers. The fan favorite is the ‘Bigger Burger,’
a whopping 1/3 pound of flame grilled meat that puts rivals to shame. Eighty percent of their sales come from the
Bigger Burger alone.Their small menus may make Burger Time seem vintage; their outdoor
restaurants offer only drive-through or walk up service. But when you make Burgers your number one
priority then you know they are going to be good and most North Dakota locals will agree
that Burger Time have perfected the perfect Burger. Del Taco If there is one benefit to fast food, it’s
satisfying that midnight hankering we sometimes get. We just want something tasty and quick. When this happens, people usually rush off
to their nearest Del Taco restaurant ASAP. Opening in the 1960’s, ‘Casa’ Del Taco
made a huge impact in its first decade. Fusing Mexican and American cuisine, ‘Casa’
Del Taco flew into profit, which quickly lead to other restaurants opening up, as well as
dropping the ‘Casa’ from the name. Soon Del Taco was a must have for any resident
of California, though the company has had its fair share of ups and downs in recent
times. It was near bankruptcy in the early 90s before
expanding and prospering again by the 2000s. In 2019 Del Taco introduced vegetarian Beyond
Tacos in partnership with Beyond Meat. The company caters to vegans with several
meat-free options on its menu. Del Taco has also benefited greatly from using
mascots to promote their food and restaurants. Although Del Taco has always prided itself
on it’s fusion variety, it’s the Mexican cuisine everyone comes for and the star attraction
is the infamous Burrito. So whether it’s a quick snack or a Hearty
meal, Del Taco does it all. Unfortunately for most of us, DelTaco stays
mainly on the West coast with a few more in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. White Castle Harold and Kumar had it right. The number 1 entry on our list of fast food
restaurants we’d wish were everywhere is the glorious White Castle. It’s hard for us to understand just how
this pioneer of the fast food world hasn’t taken over the globe like its rivals have
done. Credited with starting the fast food movement
long ago in 1921, White Castle brought the world square Burgers, or ’Sliders’ to
you and me. The Burgers and the iconic logo have been
a staple in U.S culture for decades. In 2014, Time magazine named it the most influential
burger ever. Many other chains have tried to recreate the
square patty concept. In 2018, White Castle began selling meat-free
Impossible Burgers that closely mimic the taste of their original slider. Although White Castle may have branched out
from their roots in the Midwest by selling their Sliders in local grocery stores, they
have yet to expand further. Some are happy about this as it makes their
part of the world unique, but most of us would love to see a White Castle in our town. There are over 420 outlets, mostly located
in the Midwest, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Compare that to McDonald’s with its 36000
restaurants worldwide and you get an idea of how rare this little burger gem is. It’s easy to find more great BabbleTop videos. Just tap on that screen. And if you haven’t joined our notification
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85 Replies to “10 Regional Only Restaurants We Wish Were Everywhere (Part 2)

  1. Hi, I've been out of town to Burgerville.Good stuff right there, the seasonal options the hard part.They don't even serve sweet potato fries until maybe October or November, I wish they were served year around.Take care and thanks.

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  3. White Castle is THE BEST! I miss it so much! 6 of them with some fries are the greatest thing ever! I’d pay for shipping if they would send overnight to the USVI! Ugh

  4. If you go to a fast food restaurant, and want to see the nutritional value, you are a moron! It’s comfort food, never healthy food lolz

  5. I can’t be the only one who didn’t know canes and jack in the box weren’t in every state. lol I always thought they were like McDonald’s 😅

  6. We used to have, but have closed less than a year ago, a delicious chicken place called Zaxby's. What, at least for me, made Zaxby's the place to go… when I was in the area, was their chicken was 90% meat, 10% breading. There are still some open but the two nearest to me closed for good with no warning to it's workers or customers. Their prices were not cheap either so that may have been a contributing factor. A six piece "chicken fingerz" along with fries and soda reached $18. Only three left in Virginia and the rest are in North Carolina

  7. Kewpee Hamburgers! If you ever find yourself in Lima, OH give them a try. There used to be over 400 locations across the Midwest, but due to franchising issues, there are only 5 locations left in existence. They're the hamburger place that gave Dave Thomas the inspiration to start Wendy's.

  8. I've never even heard about most of the restaurants on this list, other than Del Taco, White Castle and Jack In The Box. The rest NEED to be everywhere!

  9. Was so happy that Del Taco opened one store in Columbia SC! It's 90 minutes away so we make sure to stop every time we're in the area. My whole family misses it. I love the fish tacos and the sauces.

  10. You should add "Maid Rite" to this list. An Iowa favorite chain with "loose meat" sandwiches. I always remember enjoying these steamed bun sandwiches as a kid in Iowa. Great tasting fast food.

  11. Dang I didn’t know how good I had it having jack in the box Waffle House raising Cain’s del taco oh and don’t forget in n out

  12. Absolutely amazing video, would recommend speeding up a bit tho. I wonder why In n Out wasn't included. Anyway, great video nonetheless 🙂

  13. I LOVE Raising Cane's Chicken and canes sauce!
    However, i wish their sides were better, there nothing special.
    When I go i just get the chicken with sauce.

  14. I don't know why but every time I have a jack in the box burger I get a massive and horrible stomach ache 😣

  15. When I go to Waffle House I order most of the items and take the left overs home so I can eat it for dinner yummmmmmmmmm

  16. Looking forward to the opening of Raising Canes here in the western Chicago burbs, probably Jan 2020. Good video!

  17. I remember back in 1982 we went to California, and my uncle took us to Jack in the box, as he didn't like McDs, at first I was like No, but eventually won me over and absolutely loved it better then McDs, liked the video, btw I worked at a white castle in Minneapolis, always my top favorite

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