Digital restaurant and homemade burger joint win hot concept awards

A burger joint that makes its own condiments and offers ostrich and antelope patties and a digital-based dining experience that's hostess- and waiter-free have been singled out for their innovative dining concepts.

Industry publication Nation's Restaurant News (NRN) recognized five emerging companies in the US including Twisted Root Burger Company in Texas and FöD or Food on Demand in Maryland in its 2011 Hot Concepts! awards for the restaurants' "bold tactics," creativity and strong performances in a sluggish economy.

In addition to its fun, thematic décor - one Twisted Root Burger location is styled after a vintage garage and another a movie theater - founder Jason Boso's growing chain focuses on building burgers from scratch: patties are half a pound of chuck and brisket meats served with homemade condiments, pickles, fresh-cut sweet potatoes and homemade ice cream.

The restaurant is manned by three professionally trained chefs including Boso who bring their culinary knowledge and know-how to the humble burger, reinventing it in venison, elk, ostrich, emu, boar, lamb and antelope form. Condiments, pickles and ice cream are also homemade.

It's not the first time Twisted Root Burger has been given a food nod. Celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri also featured the restaurant on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, spotlighting the Western, topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, jalapeno peppers and fried onion strings.

FöD, or Food on Demand, was also recognized for its technology-focused dining experience on university campuses. Guests order their food digitally from a touch-screen and are buzzed via pager or smartphone when the meal is ready. The concept currently operates on six university campuses across the US, with more projects in the works.

Other winners include Crave, based out of Minnesota, which serves seasonal American cuisine like New York strip steak and pizza pasta. They also focus on sushi to appeal to the female demographic.

San Francisco-based eco-centric restaurant Mixt Greens was also recognized for its local, sustainable and ethical menu, while True Food Kitchen out of Arizona is an upscale restaurant chain that serves local and global cuisines out of Asia and the Mediterranean.

http://www.nrn.com/article/nation%E2%80%99s-restaurant-news-announces-2011-hot-concepts-award-winners

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Travel Customer Service and Experience Manager

    £14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...

    Recruitment Genius: Network Executive - Adrenalin Sports - OTE £21,000

    £19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking for an exciting...

    Guru Careers: Product Manager / Product Marketing Manager / Product Owner

    COMPETITIVE: Guru Careers: A Product Manager / Product Owner is required to jo...

    Guru Careers: Carpenter / Maintenance Operator

    £25k plus Benefits: Guru Careers: A Carpenter and Maintenance Operator is need...

    Day In a Page

    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

    Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
    HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
    Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

    'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

    Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
    Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

    The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

    Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen
    RuPaul interview: The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head

    RuPaul interview

    The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head
    Secrets of comedy couples: What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?

    Secrets of comedy couples

    What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?
    Satya Nadella: As Windows 10 is launched can he return Microsoft to its former glory?

    Satya Nadella: The man to clean up for Windows?

    While Microsoft's founders spend their billions, the once-invincible tech company's new boss is trying to save it
    The best swimwear for men: From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer

    The best swimwear for men

    From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer
    Mark Hix recipes: Our chef tries his hand at a spot of summer foraging

    Mark Hix goes summer foraging

     A dinner party doesn't have to mean a trip to the supermarket
    Ashes 2015: With an audacious flourish, home hero Ian Bell ends all debate

    With an audacious flourish, the home hero ends all debate

    Ian Bell advances to Trent Bridge next week almost as undroppable as Alastair Cook and Joe Root, a cornerstone of England's new thinking, says Kevin Garside
    Aaron Ramsey interview: Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season

    Aaron Ramsey interview

    Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season
    Community Shield: Arsene Wenger needs to strike first blow in rivalry with Jose Mourinho

    Community Shield gives Wenger chance to strike first blow in rivalry with Mourinho

    As long as the Arsenal manager's run of games without a win over his Chelsea counterpart continues it will continue to dominate the narrative around the two men
    The unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth - and what it says about English life

    Unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth

    Bournemouth’s elevation to football’s top tier is one of the most improbable of recent times. But it’s illustrative of deeper and wider changes in English life
    A Very British Coup, part two: New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel

    A Very British Coup, part two

    New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel
    Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

    Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

    Icy dust layer holds organic compounds similar to those found in living organisms