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
From the beginning, Boundary Bay Brewery knew they wanted to make the kinds of beers that they liked to drink: big, bold Northwest brews. They began producing award-winning handcrafted beers and quickly became a place where the locals love to go. They believe strongly in local economy and in keeping their community vibrant and healthy. To that end, Boundary Bay Brewery partner with at least 15 local suppliers/farmers to create a menu of fun, fresh Northwest pub food and help support over 100 local non-profits annually.
Located in a restored historic warehouse, the brewery opened in 1995 with the goal of brewing bold, flavorful beers. It quickly became popular with locals, who now make use of the space year-round. During the summer, crowds come out to dine on the deck or drink light, refreshing brews in the beer garden. Seven taps are devoted to house brews that are always on tap, while the others are for seasonal brews, brewing experiments like single hop ales and small batch beers that are only brewed rarely. Two cask beers are always available as well. When the weather grows cold, beers like Cabin Fever, a strong-brewed winter ale, rise in popularity and no table seems to lack plates of locally caught sockeye salmon or nachos with housemade salsa and a plethora of additional ingredients from the family-friendly bistro. Although the craft brewery's offerings are representative of the Northwest, the brews have amassed more than 100 impressive awards from festivals and competitions across the country.
Bob’s Burgers & Brew charms taste buds with made-to-order gourmet burgers, prepared with 100% ground beef and fresh ingredients. Bob’s patty-packed menu of bovine delights combines various flavors for a bite that’s off the beaten and unflavored path. Clients can satisfy their island cravings with a Hawaiian Ham & Pineapple burger, festooned with swiss cheese and Bob’s savory sauce ($10.99), or bite into a Ranch burger, stacked with a 6-ounce charbroiled patty, Hormel smokehouse bacon, and a large egg ($10.99). Those yearning for fowl foodstuffs can treat tongues to a cordon bleu chicken burger, which crowns a broiled chicken breast with ham, swiss cheese, tomato, and a corona of lettuce ($11.99).
Situated cozily within their beachfront fortification, the culinary virtuosos at Iguana's Beach Grill shell out hearty platters of pub grub anointed with a Southwest American twist. The kitchen's bacon-and-cheddar burger (an $11 value) spans the cavernous gap between two bun halves with a succulent, beefy bridge. Meanwhile, the crab-and-gouda dip ($11) blends snow-crab meat with a mighty triumvirate of smoked gouda, aged parmesan, and cream cheese and arrives with an entourage of pita chips for dipping. Freshly plucked fruits of the sea play a starring role in main dishes, such as the portabella ravioli ($17), setting garlic prawns afloat on top of whole-wheat pasta, portabella mushrooms, ricotta, and roasted red-pepper pesto cream. Diners can relax on the beachfront restaurant's heated patio, ideally located for tossing table scraps to vagrant mermaids, or swing by on a Friday or Saturday night for live entertainment.
Nestled alongside the lapping waters of White Rock Beach, Slainte By the Pier serves a host of authentic Irish and West Coast fare forged from locally sourced ingredients including Salt Spring Island mussels, local greenhouse tomatoes, and wild sockeye. Behind the slate-blue walls of the dining room, the kitchen bustles as culinary wizards whip up Irish staples such as fresh fish and chips fried into a golden state by all-natural lightning bolts. Musicians take to the restaurant’s stage on weekends, employing instruments such as guitars, bodhráns, and mellifluous vocal cords to tickle ears with Irish and folk music. On balmy evenings, Slainte also offers alfresco dining on their outdoor patio, which basks in the rays of a retreating sun while surrounding trees make nonchalant attempts to steal bites of dessert from unattended plates.
Behind their storefront's wood sign and bright red door, Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug's bartenders pour cold pints of Guinness to complement hearty Irish stews, seafood, and meat crafted fresh daily. Each morning, chefs whip up black pudding for traditional Irish breakfasts and then use Guinness to enhance the flavours of later day offerings such as bison burgers and barbecue pulled pork sandwiches. In addition to draft brews, Jimmy's crew can also fill glasses with local and international red and white wines.
Creamy textured walls, Celtic-themed paintings, and panoramic views of the White Rock Harbour wrap around the eatery's cozy confines. The dining room also hosts occasional performances from live musicians and special events such as whisky tastings with James Joyce's ghost.