Farmer Boys is best described as a "fastaurant," serving fast food with restaurant style service. As of 2006, Farmer Boys has 60 locations across Southern California in five counties, mostly in the Inland Empire. Farmer Boys opened a Las Vegas Restaurant in July of 2008.
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.
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.