Articles from the August 2016 issue

Mac ’n’ cheese and grilled cheese get gourmet makeovers in the fast-casual industry.

Post Office Pies in Birmingham, Alabama, represents a homecoming for Chef John Hall. He explains why he opened the restaurant in an old neighborhood post office.

Here's what inspired Roxy’s Grilled Cheese’s Green Muenster.

Trew Quackenbush, president and founder of Tom + Chee, shares an inside look at how his fast-casual chain elevates the humble grilled cheese.

David Dressler, cofounder, chairman, and president of Tender Greens, shares how his career has benefitted from an open mind.

How to use outside-the-box cheeses to great effect on your menu.

Taking stock of the latest trends in dairy-based food and beverage.

Three childhood friends with no culinary background introduce the Midwest to build-your-own-sushi rolls.

By listening to the consumer voice, brands can tap into missed revenue opportunities.

As the wage debate rages on and food prices rise, operators are re-examining their operating costs.

How one North Carolina chef sowed the seeds for a powerhouse breakfast franchise.

Fast casuals are embracing poke, a raw fish dish that some are calling the next sushi.

The coffee giant’s drive thru used to be nothing special. But by following these steps, Starbucks created a world-class drive-thru operation.

After a decade perfecting its operation, this California fast casual 2.0 brand is ready to shake up the better-sandwich scene.

Taco John’s CEO Jeff Linville shares his vision for modernizing the nearly 50-year-old concept.

The pizza category is as competitive as ever, but Papa John’s isn’t crumbling under the pressure.

As more consumers actively cut back on sugar, operators look to balance choice, taste, and health.

Franchisee and Air Force pilot James Kolzow shares how he juggles multiple careers.

Restaurants are tinkering with advanced modes of delivery, coming up with everything from robots to driverless cars and drones.

These are the 50 top limited-service restaurant brands in the U.S.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen reclaimed its heritage and its momentum—just in time to take on KFC.

Ranking the top burger chains in quick service and fast casual.

An inside look at the top 50 brands in quick service and fast casual.

Ranking the top seafood brands in quick service and fast casual.

Ranking the top pizza brands in quick service and fast casual.

Ranking the top chicken brands in quick service and fast casual.

Ranking the top Asian and Mexican brands in quick service and fast casual.

Ranking the top sandwich brands in quick service and fast casual.

Ranking the top snack brands in quick service and fast casual.

Some of these brands are hot on the QSR 50’s heels, while others hope to reclaim the glory they once enjoyed.

With minimum wages on the rise and new overtime legislation soon going into effect, restaurants are searching for ways to pay more—and still make a profit.