The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
SONIC is the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in America. With modest roots as a hamburger and root beer stand founded in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, the name was changed to SONIC in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla. and today the chain
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,400 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex?s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Milepost 111 Brewing Company keeps the libations theme going by pouring more than 20 regional beers from its taps. But it's not just known for its Pacific-Northwest-only brews. A large menu brims with everything from crab cakes and black bean burgers to NY steak and teriyaki chicken sandwiches. During breakfast, the brewery serves up omelets and buttermilk pancakes, and a children's menu complete with macaroni and cheese and hot dogs keeps kids from developing an expensive filet mignon habit. A large back deck looks out onto some pretty majestic mountain vistas, and at times playing host to local musicians. Before Milepost 111 Brewing Company occupied its current space, the location served as a winery, and before that, a Chevrolet dealership and a Cascade Helicopter facility.
Named one of the top 10 best winery restaurants in the state by Tasting Room Magazine, Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery and the adjoining restaurant provide visitors with a taste of the Northwest, whether it's a hand-crafted wine or a meal that incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients harvested from nearby farms or the grumpy neighbor's garden. On-site, resident winemakers craft a number of varietals, all made with locally-sourced grapes, and all available for sampling at the rustic tasting room. At the restaurant, chefs prepare gourmet meals, such as grilled ribeye steaks, French onion soup, and an assortment of seafood items, including linguini a la vongole.
Cuisine Type: Espresso, homemade pastries, bagels, etc.
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Raspberry cheesecake mocha
Pro Tip: We toast our bagels to perfection.To avoid a longer wait, tell me your bagel choice at the beginning.