Steak & Ale's Hawaiian Chicken

4−6 Chicken Breasts
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup + 2 T. dry sherry
1 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 cup + 2 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Combine all ingredients and marinate chicken overnight.
Remove and grill, saute or bake. Baste with marinade ONLY during the first several minutes of cooking. Top each breast with a slice of  munster or provolone cheese and broil just until cheese starts to melt.

Make no mistake: This company has a big stake in steak. Metromedia Restaurant Group (MRG) operates and franchises more than 800 casual-dining restaurants, including its Bonanza and Ponderosa family steakhouses. The chains feature steak, chicken, and seafood dishes along with an all-you-can-eat salad and soup bar. MRG also operates Bennigan's Grill & Tavern, a chain of more than 300 pub-themed restaurants offering sandwiches and burgers, as well as ribs, steaks, and seafood. Its Steak & Ale chain offers a broader menu set in the atmosphere of an 18th century English country inn. MRG is a unit of conglomerate Metromedia Company.

Steak−n−Shake Chili

2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can onion soup
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cocoa
2 cans kidney beans
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup cola (Coke, Pepsi, or generic)
Brown ground beef and salt in oil. Put soup in blender, blend
for 1 minute. Add all to crock pot. Drain beef and beans before
adding to pot. Let simmer on low for 6 hours or on high for 2 hours.

The Steak n Shake Company (Steak n Shake) is engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of Steak n Shake restaurants. As of September 28, 2005, the Company had 399 Company-owned restaurants and 49 franchised restaurants located in 20 states. Steak n Shake restaurants are generally open around the clock. In addition to its core menu, the Company offers a breakfast menu during breakfast hours. During the fiscal year ended September 28, 2005 (fiscal 2005), lunch and dinner sales accounted for approximately 36.4% and 45.4% of sales, respectively, while breakfast and late night sales account for 6.6% and 11.6% of sales, respectively. The Company offers full-service dining with counter and dining room seating, as well as drive-thru and carryout service. Steak n Shake's menu has featured items that include STEAKBURGER sandwiches, thin and crispy French fries, and hand-dipped milk shakes. In fiscal 2005, new menu offerings included expansion of Sippable Sundaes Milk Shakes, with the inclusion of one additional Holiday shake flavor, white chocolate and the addition of two new Halloween Shakes.

During fiscal 2005, Steak n Shake opened 19 new units and four new franchisees units. The Company owned units were built in the Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Texas markets, with a franchise opening creating a new presence in Arkansas. During such time it completed the purchase of 17 restaurants owned by Kelley Restaurants, Inc. (KRI), a former franchisee. Steak n Shake's franchising program is designed to extend brand name recognition and derive additional revenues without substantial investment by the Company.

The Company operates a distribution center in Bloomington, Illinois, from which food products (except for items purchased by the restaurants locally, such as bakery goods, produce and dairy products) and restaurant supplies are delivered to 102 Company-owned and nine franchised restaurants. The restaurants served by the distribution center are located in parts of the Midwest (primarily in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin). The restaurants that are not serviced by the distribution center obtain Company-approved food products and supplies from two separate independent distributors, one with locations in Orlando, Florida and Pryor, Oklahoma, and the other with a location in Zanesville, Ohio.

Steak n Shake is in the process of testing new Premium Topping Steakburgers for future launch. Offerings for these new Premium Topping Steakburgers include Three Cheese, Hickory Smoked Thick Bacon and Grilled Mushroom 'n Onion. As of September 28, 2005, the 49 franchised Steak n Shake restaurants operated by 17 franchisees, were located in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The Company assists franchisees with both the development and ongoing operation of their restaurants. Its management personnel assist with site selection, approve all restaurant sites and provide franchisees with prototype plans, and construction support and specifications for their restaurants. Steak n Shake's staffs provide both on-site and off-site instruction to franchised restaurant management associates.

The Company's financing subsidiary, SNS Investment Company, Inc. assists qualified franchisees in financing the development of one or more franchised restaurants by purchasing or leasing approved sites from third parties, constructing the restaurant and leasing or subleasing the finished facility to the franchisee. As of September 28 2005, six restaurants were being financed through this subsidiary.

White Castle Sliders

Get a pound of 85% lean ground beef, and divide into 16 equal sized pieces.
Form each into a 2−1/2 inch square patties. Do this on waxed paper. Make
the patties very thin. Then "cookie−cut" five holes in each pattie.
(the pattern should resemble 5 on a dice) A CLEAN pen cap works nicely.
Freeze these 16 patties. (It'll make it easier later)
BUNS: the buns are also small. My grocer has dinner rolls the exact size
I need, but you might have to create your own using hot dog buns. One
hot−dog bun makes two White Castle buns. Simply cut in half (through top
and bottom) and then cut off the rounded sides to make them square.
COOKING: This is key. You need to finely chop a medium white onion.
On a pre−heated 375 degree electric griddle, lay about 1−1/2 Tablespoons
of onion for each patty you want to cook (generously spray with non−stick
spray like Pam first) The onions should only be "one deep" if you will.
Immediately place frozen patty directly on top of onions and press down.
Cook for about 4 minutes right on top of the onions. The holes in the beef
will allow the steam to cook the top side. (You don't flip)
Add a dash of salt and a pinch of pepper to each patty while they cook.
Remove and place on UNTOASTED buns.

The treasure room of this fast food fortress contains Slyders. White Castle System owns and operates about 400 hamburger joints known for their little square burgers called Slyders. The meat patty is steamed over a bed of onions rather than grilled, and served on a steamed bun with a single slice of pickle. Patrons typically consume a sack of Slyders at a time. White Castle restaurants can be found in about a dozen states, primarily in the Midwest. The company also sells frozen Slyders through supermarket chains. The first fast food chain in the US, White Castle was founded by Walter Anderson and real estate broker E. W. "Billy" Ingram in 1921. The Ingram family continues to control the company.