Diners in Cary


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Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades. Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
1090 S Randall Rd
Algonquin,
IL
US
Stand facing one way in the parking lot of Niko’s Lodge and you’re in suburban Algonquin; turn the other way, and you’re in a mountain resort town. As diners pass under immense dark wood beams, they encounter a handsome pinewood bar, a roaring fireplace flanked by comfy furniture, and, drifting through it all, the fragrance of steak, rotisserie chicken, and pork ribs. Flavors tend toward hearty American favorites: barbecue, meatloaf, and decadent combinations such as a chicken-and-bacon mac and cheese, to name a few. Much of the fish is supplied by nearby rivers and lakes, and all the beef comes from upper-Midwestern Braveheart Black Angus cattle. If guests have saved some belly space, they can step outside to the fire pits to toast complimentary s’mores and destroy napkins on which they wrote embarrassing sonnets to pot roast.
1520 S Randall Rd
Algonquin,
IL
US
From an ever-sizzling grill, Kooker's dispenses hearty American diner fare from morning until night. Daybreak eats perk up sleepy palates with selections such as omelet sandwiches piled with eggs pan-fried in real butter. On outdoor picnic-style seating, burgers, italian beef, and hot dogs nestle next to thatched piles of fries, while thick shakes and ice-cream flurries packed with crushed candy bars, fresh fruits, and snowman's tears stand by to sweeten hardhearted tongues.
228 W Northwest Hwy
Barrington,
IL
US
Perfect for a casual night out with friends, Koffee Kup offers traditional American fare in a laid-back setting. Can't eat gluten? Avoiding fatty foods? Vegan? No problem — Koffee Kup offers plenty of options for you. Bring the whole clan to Koffee Kup — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Whether you have a large or small group, Koffee Kup can accommodate both. Koffee Kup is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Koffee Kup, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Koffee Kup will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well. Looking for a tasty meal fit for any budget? Look no further than Koffee Kup. Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
30 E Main St
Lake Zurich,
IL
US
Opt for a classic caprese sandwich or venture out of your comfort zone at Happy Jack's Submarines — this delicious sandwich shop satisfies any stomach. Happy Jack's Submarines will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Happy Jack's Submarines won't cost you a sitter. Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Happy Jack's Submarines. Happy Jack's Submarines is well-known for being able to seat large parties. Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations. The restaurant has catering services as well. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. Happy Jack's Submarines' diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away. For those who prefer to travel by bike, Happy Jack's Submarines is a great option due to its generous bike parking options. Delicious food doesn't have to be expensive, as shown by the delicious fare coming out of Happy Jack's Submarines' kitchen.
4911 W Elm St
McHenry,
IL
US
You won't be disappointed at Al's Cafe and Creamery in Elgin, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. Diet schmiet! Catch a break from low-fat fare at Al's Cafe and Creamery, where low-fat options aren t an option. Al's Cafe and Creamery also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Al's Cafe and Creamery. Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Al's Cafe and Creamery. Skip long waits and head to Al's Cafe and Creamery with your large group for easy seating. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Al's Cafe and Creamery, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Al's Cafe and Creamery to your next party or event. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Al's Cafe and Creamery. Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Al's Cafe and Creamery. Al's Cafe and Creamery offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists. The super-affordable fare at Al's Cafe and Creamery will definitely make your budget happy too — prices are almost always under $15. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Al's Cafe and Creamery since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
43 Du Page Ct
Elgin,
IL
US
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