Thomas Jordan began perfecting his tamale recipe at the age of 18. Nearly 50 years later, Thomas and his wife, Mary, have brought the Mississippi Delta Tamale to their heartwarming Food Court Wars restaurant. Look out for soul food specialties like collard greens and fried catfish, too.
Jenn and Trish Tirado always dreamed of opening a family business. Thanks to a Food Court Wars win, they're bringing their love of Puerto Rican food to the masses. At Tirado's Empanadas, they're serving empanadas (everything from sofrito chicken to guava) and a Puerto Rican specialty: mofongo.
At Bistro To Go, Louisiana’s slow-style cuisine meets a ready-to-go serving style. Thanks to Food Court Wars winners J.B. Emery and Brandi Lewis, you can enjoy a classic jambalaya stew as quickly as you can order. For lunch, try the Bistro Burger topped with a secret mayo on a roll baked in-house.
Food Court winners Glutton Force Five wowed diners with a unique Mexican-American Taco in a Bag concept. You won't miss the taco shell here — the signature Big Jim taco bag comes stuffed with chorizo gravy, tomatillo sour cream and pepper Jack cheese all atop homemade tortilla chips.
Bringing together pizza and wings in "holy matrimony" garnered Wingzza a Food Court Wars win. Wingzza dishes out irresistible wings and pairs them with a hot slice of pizza. Wings come in a variety of sauces, including the prized Mambo Sauce. The sauce is so popular it's available for pizzas too!
Chip 'n' Wich's sandwiches deliver an exciting crunch in every bite. The secret is the handmade potato chips tucked inside. Owners Jonathan Neely and Craig Jones have become "crunch crusaders" ever since winning Food Court Wars. Want in? Try the BBQ Chicken Sandwich with ranchero chipotle chips.
Food Court Wars winners Lara Whittington and Jennifer Bonner have perfected the petite-size slider. The specialty sandwiches each have a neighborhood charm to them thanks to ingredients like slow-roasted Italian beef, marinated grilled chicken and pulled pork.
The motto behind Gaufre Gourmet is that anything can go on a waffle. These Food Court Wars winners ran with the concept and today feature waffles like the Milk & Honey waffle topped with goat cheese mousse as well as the Monte Cristo waffle topped with turkey, ham and strawberry preserves.
What started as a cupcake business has blossomed into one of the sweetest shops in Logan, Utah. Lindsey Peterson and Michelle Jones’ scrumptious baked good recipes nabbed a Food Court Wars win. Sweet tooths will love the signature Cupcake Churro and the delectable chocolate cobbler.
Tyler Sailsbery and Sarah Smith always wanted to open a restaurant for the average joe. Thanks to Food Court Wars, they opened Casual Joe's and created their dream menu of Wisconsin comfort foods, including fried cheese curds and juicy grilled brats, and Southern favorites like pork BBQ sandwiches.
With a passion for Southern comfort food, Maiya Mullins and Sadaya Lewis landed a big win on Food Court Wars. Their modern twist to Southern classic dishes won over judges and diners alike. Watch out for their gumbo, fried chicken and super-creamy Southern-style mac and cheese.
Husband-and-wife team Nick and Autumn McAllister have given the all-American hot dog a unique spin. On Food Court Wars, House of Doggs grabbed the attention of customers with the Fusion Dogg — an inventive creation topped with a spicy cream sauce and crushed homemade potato chips.