Restaurants of Bobby Flay Quiz

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Bobby Flay's foray into food started with an Easy-Bake Oven he received at age 8. Take our quiz to see how much you know about Flay's restaurants, flavors and inspirations.

What year did Bobby Flay open his first restaurant, Mesa Grill?

Flay opened Mesa Grill in New York City in 1991. The next year, The New York Times Magazine named Mesa Grill the city's best restaurant.

What region gave Flay his signature cooking style?

Flay is known for his Southwestern style, which was heavily influenced by his years working for restauranteur Jonathan Waxman.

What finally caused Mesa Grill to shut down in 2014?

Flay was forced to close his original Mesa Grill location in 2014 after the rent on the property shot sky-high.

What did Bobby Flay name his second restaurant?

Flay opened Bolo Bar and Restaurant, known for its Spanish cuisine, in 1993 in New York's Flatiron District.

True or false: Bolo was Flay's most profitable restaurant in 2015.

Like Mesa Grill, Bolo was a victim of rising rents and shut its doors in 2007.

What city did Flay choose for his second Mesa Grill location?

Flay opened a second Mesa Grill in Las Vegas in 2004.

What Vegas casino is home to Mesa Grill?

Vegas residents and visitors to the Strip can stop by Caesar's Palace for a Southwest-inspired menu at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill.

What location did Flay choose for his third Mesa Grill restaurant?

Flay opened his third Mesa Grill at The Cove, a ritzy resort within Atlantis in the Bahamas.

What name did Flay give his third restaurant?

After the success of Mesa Grill and Bolo, Flay opened Bar Americain in New York City in 2005.

How many diners does Bar Americain hold?

The New York City Bar Americain holds 200 diners and features a dramatic mezzanine for people watching.

What style of restaurant is Bar Americain?

Bar Americain serves traditional American dishes in a European-style setting, similar to the French brasserie.

Where did Flay open his second Bar Americain location?

Flay picked the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut for his second Bar Americain restaurant, which opened in 2009.

What name did Flay give to his first steakhouse?

The celebrity chef's first steakhouse, Bobby Flay Steak, opened in 2006.

What city is home to the first ever Bobby Flay Steak location?

Bobby Flay Steak can be found at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

What material wraps around the eye-catching entrance to Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City?

The entire entryway to the steakhouse, which was designed by David Rockwell, is clad with eye-popping red leather.

What name did Flay choose for his new restaurant in 2014?

Flay opened Gato in 2014 and called it the "most important thing I've done in a decade."

True or false: Gato serves Spanish cuisine like Bolo.

Gato's menu is much broader than the one at Bolo and draws influence from the entire Mediterranean region.

Where is Gato located?

Flay fans flock to Lafayette Street in New York's NoHo neighborhood to dine at Gato.

What is Gato named after?

Gato, Spanish for "cat," was so named because a stray orange cat wandered through the space when Flay was touring it with a real estate agent.

What is Flay's favorite dish at Gato?

Flay picks the paella, a vegetarian meal with kale and mushrooms, as his favorite item on the menu at Gato.

What food can you get at Flay's line of casual restaurants, which he launched in 2008?

Flay launched Bobby's Burger Palace, a fast-casual spot dedicated to fun and creative burger toppings, in 2008.

What do you get if you ask for your burger to be crunchified?

At Bobby's Burger Palace, any burger can be crunchified — topped with crispy potato chips — for free.

What hot spot did Flay select for his first Bobby's Burger Palace location?

Flay wanted to launch his burger restaurants outside of the media spotlight, so he chose Long Island for his first location.

What burger at Bobby's Burger Palace comes with the traditional combo of American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions?

Folks looking for something familiar can skip the exotic toppings in favor of the Palace Classic, which features good ol' American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.

What does Flay call his greatest business priority?

If Flay were forced to pick just one of his many activities, he would stay in the kitchen cooking, no question, according to multiple interviews.

What year did Flay get his first Food Network show?

Flay started on Food Network in 1994 with "Grill It! With Bobby Flay." He later starred on "Throwdown With Bobby Flay," as well as many other specials on the network.

How many Bobby's Burger Palaces had Flay opened by 2016?

Starting with a single location in 2008, Flay grew the chain to 19 locations in just 8 years.

True or false: Bobby Flay actually spends time cooking in his restaurants.

Bobby Flay may be known for his celebrity status, but he still spends time preparing food at Gato and other restaurants.

What is the most important factor for Flay when deciding where to open restaurants?

Flay's deciding factor for where to locate his restaurants is how close they are to his Manhattan home, which explains why he has yet to open a spot in Asia or Europe.

True or false: Flay's biggest restaurants bring in the most revenue.

Flay names his largest eateries — Bar Americain in New York City, Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City — as his biggest cash cows.

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