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14.  Pancheros Mexican Grill

Iowa-based Pancheros Mexican Grill has two distinctive pieces of equipment: its tortilla press used to make fresh-pressed tortillas on the spot, and Bob the Tool, a plastic spatula with googly eyes used to mix burritos so all ingredients are in every bite. The spatulas can be kept by customers, who upload photos of Bob in their own elements. The Tex-Mex chain has a different take on chips and sauce, serving blue corn chips with three sauce choices: queso, mild ancho salsa, and fresh-made guacamole. In the fall of 2016, the chain introduced a unique vegan dish: Tofusada, spicy tofu marinated in a Southwest-inspired sauce and sautéed until crispy and glazed. Pancheros has more than 65 restaurants.

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