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Restaurant Hot Spots: Central Customers to Visit this Summer

Restaurant Hot Spots

When it comes to some of the best restaurant hot spots around, Central customers (which include restaurants across the country) are the ones to visit! Take a look at this roundup of some of the best places across the United States to visit during your summer travels. In addition to this list, also be sure to check out our Customer Spotlight series and add their restaurants to your “to-do” list as well. Happy eating!

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Nationwide | Website

No matter where you travel this summer, you are sure to find a Dickey’s close to you! This fast-casual franchise serves some of the best slow-smoked barbecue there is (and we know because we’ve had it!). It all began in 1941 when Travis Dickey, a World War I veteran, opened the very first Dickey’s in Dallas, Texas. The family worked at the restaurant and in the early days the menu began with beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, beer, bottled milk and soda. After wild success, Dickey’s said they began franchising in 1994 after loyal customers and barbecue fanatics demanded more locations. Today they have over 530 restaurants in 43 states. No matter how much they grow, they strive to provide that great service and amazing food  at each and every location. Try the beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis style ribs, polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, smoked turkey or marinated chicken with anything from their extensive list of delicious sides from jalapeno beans to macaroni and cheese. And if you have children, kids eat free on Sundays!

The Pancake Shop

Hot Springs, Arkansas | Website

For incredible pancakes in historic Downtown Hot Springs in Arkansas, be sure to pay a visit to The Pancake Shop! This restaurant hot spot has been featured in The New York Times, Southern Living and several other publications for their unique dining experience that they said has not changed much over the last 70 years. You’ll experience fresh ingredients, from orange juice that was squeezed that morning to pancakes made from scratch (served with butter and warm maple syrup). Everything is made to order so you can get everything the way you want it! Their dedicated staff, with many that have been on the team for decades, will make sure you have an amazing experience. They also love to share some of the famous celebrities, musicians, trainers, jockeys, etc. that have walked through their doors which you can see displayed on their wall. Want to know something even cooler? It is such a restaurant hot spot that there can be a wait on weekends–so they have teamed up with The Savory Pantry right next door where while you wait, you can get a fresh cup of coffee, listen to great music and sample specialty foods from all across the world. Not a bad way to wait on a table!

Leal’s Mexican Restaurants

Clovis, New Mexico | Website

“Mi casa es su casa” means “my house is your house.” When you visit either of the two Leal’s Mexican Restaurant locations in Clovis, New Mexico, you are guaranteed an awesome experience from this family owned restaurant hot spot that has been voted “Best of Clovis” many times over the last 16 years! Just thinking about delicious chips with salsa, quesadillas, tamales, fajitas, sopapillas, chile rellanos, margaritas and more could motivate anyone to make the trip to try this delicious food! This restaurant’s roots date back to 1957 when Jesse and Irma Leal opened “Leal’s Cafe Tortilla Factory” and served Mexican Barbacoa, Huevos Rancheros, Tamales and Menudo. It expanded in 1968 and became “El Nuevo (the new) Leal’s Restaurant” and today, Laura works to continue her family’s legacy and tradition of fine Mexican food. Customer favorites include the taco salad, the Bryant Special featuring stew meat and bean burrito topped with chili con carne and cheese or the tequila lime chicken!

Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar

Frankfort, Michigan | Website

If you’re looking for a nautical themed restaurant with delicious in-house smoked ribs, chicken and turkey legs, beef brisket, barbecue, fish and more, then you have to check out this restaurant hot spot in Frankfort, Michigan. This restaurant has been in business for over 20 years and prides themselves on the freshest ingredients and going local as often as possible. According to Dinghy’s, the theme of the restaurant pays homage to the history of the ferry boat fleet that steamed out of the Frankfort harbor for 90 years! You’ll love the rich history of this restaurant that displays old maritime maps and photos. Newly renovated in 2012, you must stop in to have a drink in the new bar that’s made of sturdy oak and a cherry wood cut top. Also in the bar they said you’ll find the World Record Brown Trout which was caught on a 10 pound line across the street in Michigan’s Betsie Lake.

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