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
Deluxe Beach Restaurant whips up a menu brimming with international options running the gamut from small plates and pastas to surf 'n' turf. Plunge tongue-first into a single-serving vat of apple-smoked cheddar broccolini soup with tomato bruschetta ($9) before taming a troupe of tiger prawns with pancetta ($15). Grilled beef tenderloin with filo-wrapped mashed potatoes ($29) and an optional shiitake port demi peppercorn sauce ($5) argue compellingly for terrestrial proteins, but patrons may prefer to ransack fabled undersea orchards with the lobster, ricotta, and pear ravioli in champagne-shallot cream sauce ($33). This Groupon can also be applied toward a three-course prix fixe menu ($40), or Alex Trebek's favourite potent potables from the extensive wine list, including Cupcake's 2009 chardonnay and Avalon's 2008 cabernet sauvignon. Deluxe Beach Restaurant's modern décor allows diners to eat elegantly on the upstairs ocean-view level, or browse the beach surface from the main level's cocktail lounge and outdoor patio.
Situated a garlic knot's throw from the oceanfront, Italian Touch Restaurant combines the comfort of Italian classics with the modern ambience of its chic dining room. Beneath geometric lamps and surrounded by funky wall art and deep-red walls, white tablecloths showcase steaming bowls of lobster ravioli in a creamy sauce and slabs of meaty lasagna crowned with bubbling mozzarella. Out on the outdoor patio, the wait staff ferries the Italian Touch Platter for Two, a mélange of grilled chicken breast, homemade sausages, and wild salmon flanked by al dente penne and a crisp garden salad.
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.
Pearl on the Rock, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant, presents contemporary Pacific cuisine in a well-appointed dining room with spectacular views of Semiahmoo Bay. The inventive menu binds a harmonious marriage between land and sea with seafaring items such as Qualicum Bay scallops ($28.95), bolstered to daring levels of decadence by mushroom risotto and brown-butter cauliflower puree. The weekend brunch menu also boasts multifarious fare with items such as the pancetta and cheddar omelette ($12.95), with house-made bacon, farmhouse cheddar, organic greens, and hollandaise sauce. The restaurant participates in the Ocean Wise initiative, serving sustainable seafood while protecting the sea's tasty resources and mermaid farm industry. To supplement its creative culinary creations, Pearl boasts a 625-bottle wine list that has been awarded the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.