First-time visitors to Razzoo’s Cajun Café may not know what to make of certain items on the casual-dining restaurant’s menu. The restaurant admits items such as “Rat Toes” – shrimp- and crab-stuffed jalapeños that are battered and fried – or its “Grilled Gator Tail” – alligator meat over jambalaya – might sound weird.

People like to be given a wide range of choices with their meals. But the restaurants of PizzaRev exceed customers’ expectations by offering more than 30 different pizza toppings for one affordable all-in price, Partner and co-CEO Irv Zuckerman says.

The Olive Tree Italian Family Restaurant was a concept inspired by the owner’s childhood home on the family olive grove and vineyards. Growing up with the freshest local ingredients and making their own olive oil and wine, Nick Hapsis  knew he wanted to share that kind of unique dining experience. He and his wife, Kaliopi, started on their venture of making his dream a reality.

No other burger chain can trace its existence back to one of Vail, Colo.’s top dining and event destinations. However, Larkburger isn’t like most burger chains. Created as a spinoff of its namesake burger made at Vail’s Larkspur Restaurant, Larkburger originated in 2005 and has grown by combining the best of fine dining and fast food.

At each of Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.’s locations, employees strive to remember customers’ names and preferences. That way, the restaurant has the feel of a private club, President Jeffery  I. Cohen says.

Famous Famiglia is a true American success story, encompassing a large complement of company owned and franchised locations in the United States and internationally. Founded by a family of immigrants in 1986, Famous Famiglia now graces venues that include airports and transportation hubs, malls and shopping centers, colleges and universities, theme parks, hotels and casinos, stadiums and arenas, military bases, medical centers, motorways and urban locations.

It’s only natural that Todd Parent would be one of the founders of San Francisco-based Extreme Pizza. An avowed fan of outdoor extreme sports such as mountain biking, windsurfing and downhill skiing, Parent worked a few years on Wall Street after graduating from college before he got the urge to start his own business. Parent says he found many of the most successful and satisfied clients he worked with in the financial sector were entrepreneurs.

The Epicurean Group’s newest restaurant concept offers diners the finest food and service without the pretentiousness or stuffiness that is often associated with the term “fine dining.”

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