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Farmer Boys describes itself as a quick service restaurant serving freshly prepared foods with casual dining style service, combined with drive-through service. As of 2010, Farmer Boys has 68 locations in five counties across Southern California, mostly in the Inland Empire, with locations in Orange County (California) as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada (in Clark County). Farmer Boys opened their first restaurant outside California in Las Vegas in July 2008, while their first store outside the familiar Inland Empire service area was in Bakersfield in 2006 (there are stores currently operating in the Fresno suburb of Clovis, the Modesto suburb of Riverbank, as well as Tulare (in Tulare County) and Hanford (in Kings County.).
Farmer Boys was founded by the Havadjias brothers in 1981. The Havadjias family were immigrants from Cyprus. The brothers originally owned Astro Burgers in Torrance, California in 1979 and Theodore's Restaurant in Hollywood, California in 1981 prior to owning McCoy's Restaurant in Perris, California. McCoy's Restaurant became the first Farmer Boys restaurant after renaming McCoy's restaurant in August 1981. About 16 years later, Farmer Boys had grown to eight restaurants. A year later, Farmer Boys was granted franchise status and later in the year, a Farmer Boys restaurant opened in Temecula, California.
Voted Best Burger in the Inland Empire by MyFoxLA Hotlist Inland Empire, KTTV-TV. KCBS-TV (CBS 2) has named Farmer Boys as the best burger in Southern California, as well as Inland Empire Magazine's best burger. Farmer Boys has also won awards for their deep-fried zucchini and monster-sized onion rings, described as "'monster truck tires' compared to competitors’ 'puny little training wheels'".
- Riverside Press Enterprise (2000) Note: Comment made in 2001 by a contributing author to the Riverside PE.
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