Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and 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 Drive In’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 Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Wine Cellars: Uncorked brims with grownup grape juice from around the globe complemented by a menu of light bistro fare. Patrons can order wine by the glass, bottle, or flight of three 2-ounce pours. Savor a glass of Wente chardonnay ($12) or tipple among three different potions in a flight of full-bodied reds ($13). Pair sips with house-crafted bites such as bruschetta with tomato and prosciutto ($4.50) or drunken figs with manchego cheese ($5.50) that croon a slurred but impassioned tune to appetites.
The Gallery is a bistro type wine bar/cafe, featuring good wines, craft beers on tap and a lite tapas menu. The Gallery brings together local artists and musicians, offering them a place to display their works, to entertain and create. A destination for inspiration!
At Casa Mia Café, a 35-year veteran chef whips up a menu of traditional dishes from the northern and southern regions of Italy. Golden fried calamari ($10.50), garlic and rosemary focaccia bread ($8), and other starters prime palates before hearty authentic entrees. In the penne boscaiola, penne pasta, mushrooms, and prosciutto bask in a pink vodka sauce ($13.50), and the linguini scampi employs a white wine sauce to loosen the tongues of identity-confused tiger shrimp, who recline on a therapeutic couch of linguini and talk about their feelings ($18.50). A selection of pizzas, from the individual margherita’s traditional pairing of fresh mozzarella and basil ($12.95) to the ambitious combination of fresh veggies, mozzarella, and kitchen sink piled atop the quattro stagioni ($13.95 for an individual-sized pizza, $18.95 for a large) delight dough-disk aficionados. Guests can finish by wrapping weary taste buds in the homemade salve of raspberry-drizzled custard with panna cotta ($5.50).
Fresh oysters. Peel 'n' eat shrimp. Wings. Aside from deliciousness, these eats have one thing in common: they taste even better when paired with a crisp white wine or cold beer. Shuck Dat Oyster Bar does not overlook this detail, offering plenty of beer, wine, and liquor to drink with these items and other Cajun-inspired foods. The bar also keeps its patrons entertained with pool tables, darts, and 11 televisions.