While comfort foods such as hamburgers and pasta are always popular, certain restaurants are able to push boundaries when it comes to the food they offer. Sometimes people want something a little bit out of the ordinary and some restaurants thrive because they cater to diners’ curiosity. Here is a look at some successful American restaurants that have become hits giving customers dishes that feature unusual menu items:
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Restauranteur Tim Love launched the original Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in 2000 in Fort Worth, Texas. It quickly became a hit with customers for its refined takes on classic Southwestern food and for the unique meats served. Along with traditional meats such as beef and chicken, Love offered customers items made from exotic meats such as rattlesnake, boar and kangaroo. The foods were a hit with diners who wanted to try something different.
Love’s formula proved to be a success. Today the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is one of the most popular restaurants in Fort Worth, while Love has also opened other restaurants nationally.
With a flagship restaurant in Miami and second one in Los Angeles, Barton G. Weiss has made a name for himself as a restaurant owner with a flair for the dramatic. The menu at his Barton G. restaurants are filled with eye-popping, oversized and unusual items. Some of the most unique items on the restaurant’s menu include lobster “pop tarts” that are baked in a large toaster at the table and a “garden salad” served in a wheelbarrow with a rake and a hoe. Barton G. meals are known for their humor and whimsy as much as their flavors.
This chain of restaurants serves fairly standard food items such as roasted herb chicken breast and filet mignon. So what makes it so unusual? The fact that diners are served their meals in pitch black conditions. The idea is to force diners to abandon their sight and use their other senses to appreciate the meal. Opaque is just one of several “blind dining” restaurants to pop up around the world in recent years.