So, what is the origin of the name? According to their website, it was started in 1949 by someone named Sally Everett. If they explain the origin of the "Runza" name anyplace on the site, I missed it.
Some people would claim it gives you the runza's. Personally I think the quality of the food there is pretty high. I am surprised they have never ventured into the Chicago area. I think they could make a killing.
I've heard of it, but never had it. A person I trust thought it didn't live up to the hype.
Shrug...there's a "BBQ" place in Ames Iowa called Hickory Park. Ames people talk about it like it's the most amazing BBQ. I went there and thought it was awful. Tasted like pressure cooked meat slathered in sauce. Not even close to the great BBQ you get down in KC (or in my backyard).
I'll give Runza a try if I ever get the chance, but I don't have high expectations.
One of my favorite fast foods is a Colombian place here in the Dayton Ohio area called Arepas & Company. They have several dishes I really like. Arepa Choclo with shredded chicken, rice, corn and garlic mayo and cilantro sauce. Then they have a dish called Salchipappas that is a Columbian hot dog chopped up with french fries covered in cheese and another of there sauces that is a ketchup mayo mix. And then I get some Benuelos to have with coffee later. Fried cornbread with a decent amount of cheese mixed into the batter.
My daughter brought us 3 dozen frozen mini-Runzas when she came to Colorado for Christmas. Man, those were tasty! Just polished off the last two yesterday.
I then sent her a text telling her that we were out and needed restocking.
I need to get my sons on this (they both still live in Omaha; we're in SW Minnesota for the time being). Next time they come north... (and they can drop a couple dozen off at my daughter and SIL's in LeMars, too!).
I used to drive through that one quite a bit. And then, just after we moved, they finally built one out in Elkhorn, up north by the water tower. Close to home (we lived by the old HS), but by then we were gone.
Long story, but I'll tell the short version: back in the mid-90s, I was disenchanted at my job, was looking around. I considered buying a Runza franchise (to be built in the Village Pointe area, oddly enough), and started talking with the Everett family down in Lincoln. Nice folks, they were interested, we got along well. I was exactly what they wanted in a franchisee, having worked in restaurants back in my younger days. However, they required that a new owner have $40k in cash to fall back on, which I did not have. Could have cashed in my pension, but that would not have been wise. So it did not work out.
Years later I told my mom this story, and she said, "Well, I would have loaned you the money!" Had I known, that would have been a game-changer.