Farr West residents Kurt Dandoy and Christina Cassy, owners of Daddy D's Burger & Grill in Harrisville and Sunset, asked themselves, "Since people get excited about going to the fair for the food each year, why not give them those food options all the time?"
And, that is exactly what they did when they created a menu featuring Fried Pickles With Peanut Butter ($2.99), Chocolate Bacon ($1.29), Chocolate Fried Twinkies ($2.99), and Fried Snickers With Fudge and Caramel Sauce ($3.99).
The couple's best-selling burger was Cassy's idea. Dandoy was originally a skeptic, but he wholeheartedly admits he was wrong about the Hot Mess ($7.49), a bacon cheeseburger served on a square glazed doughnut. It has proved to be a huge success.
All of their sandwiches and burgers are served with a soft drink and fries.
For fun, they also offer the "Hot Mess Challenge," an 11-inch-square glazed doughnut with three pounds of beef, six slices of bacon, six slices of cheese, lettuce, pickles and sauce. It's free to anyone who can eat it in less than 45 minutes. Otherwise, it's $29.95.
Dandoy's favorite menu item is the Philly Cheesesteak ($10.49) with a 1/4-pound top sirloin, onions, peppers, mushrooms, cheddar, Swiss and their famous Philly sauce. He is also proud of the Sweet & Sassy Pulled Pork ($7.49), made with slow-cooked pulled pork and his own barbecue sauce.
Many of the sandwiches and burgers are named for the couple's grandchildren -- such as Broc's Slam ($8.49), a 1/3-pound hamburger served on a 6-inch grilled bun with jalapeno poppers atop the patty.
Dandoy said they are always involved in research and development, and they welcome customer input. When they opened the Harrisville location in January, there were only eight entrees on the menu. That number has grown to 18. "And, we're not done yet," he said.
The owners are currently researching a spicy fry sauce and developing a shrimp po' boy sandwich to add to the menu.
Cassey makes all of the restaurant's sauces from scratch, including the four-berry sauce for the Fried Twinkie ($2.99), and the fudge and caramel sauces for other desserts such as the Fried Brownie Bites ($2.99). She also bakes the Caramel Apple Crisp from scratch ($3.99).
Dandoy says his wife is the baker of the family and he is top chef when it comes to cooking.
The business was so successful from word-of-mouth referrals that the owners decided to open a second location, for take-out only, in Sunset in October. And, although they had originally planned to only own one restaurant, they now have plans in the works for a third location in Kaysville.
"We started this just having fun and we can't believe how it has grown," Kurt Dandoy said. "People just absolutely love our food and we have a great time."
DADDY D'S BURGER & GRILL
- ADDRESS: 2220 U.S. 89, Harrisville
- HOURS: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays (breakfast buffet, 8-11 a.m.), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays (breakfast buffet, 9-11 a.m.)
- PHONE: 801-392-1111
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- ADDRESS: 2583 N. Main St., Sunset
- HOURS: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays
- PHONE: 801-776-2222