Eric Anders and Ofer Shemtov, who met while working in Los Angeles restaurants and "felt that they could do it better," made their dream a reality when they acted on a "cocktail napkin business plan" and opened the first Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Moorpark, California, in 1992. They've since opened 10 more stores in California, many of them awarded top pick in area newspaper reader's choice contests. While tri-tip BBQ is the most popular item on the menu, there's also chicken and seafood and sides like peanut coleslaw and smashed sweet potatoes.

LocationAgoura Hill, Calif.
2007 Systemwide Sales$29,000,000*
% Change in Sales11.5%
2007 U.S. Units11
% Change in Units10.0%
2007 Average Unit Volume$2,700,000
% Change in AUV1.9%
Future 50 Year2008