In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-five years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "hot doughnuts now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as chocolate ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
It took a decade of setbacks and toil, but "Farmer Bob" Petrucci and his family diligently transformed a mundane cornfield in the Redland growing region into a rich cornucopia of exotic tropical produce from equatorial lands ranging from Thailand to Brazil. The farm's bounty includes the arrestingly colorful yet surprisingly mild dragon fruit, sweet lychees, and tart kumquats, as well as rarer fruits such as canistel and tamarind, which launch culinary odysseys free of Poseidon–related detours. Fresh Gardens offers tours of its spacious grounds replete with fruit trees as well as seasonal U-pick opportunities throughout the year.
In 1954, Shakey's Pizza Parlor was created out of founder Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson's love of ragtime music, pizza, and fun. The eatery often incorporated live music and family-friendly arcade games into the mix, a tradition its descendants still hold today. At locations all across the United States and Mexico, beer flows from taps and pizzas emerge piping hot from the oven, the same way they did in 1954, a time when pizza and beer had just been invented by NASA scientists. Each location also cooks up crispy fried chicken and baskets of Mojos—lightly battered, sliced potatoes—to complement the pizzeria fare.
Founded in 1935 as a high-end dairy manufacturer, Farm Stores accommodates time-efficient shoppers with its unique drive-through grocery-ordering system. Pull up a car or rocket-powered shopping cart at one of the 22 locations and inform a friendly staff member of grocery needs, then relax as he quickly retrieves it from the thousands of items in inventory. Model a loving marriage after the unending circles of bagels, or perk up mornings with coffee that's freshly ground by the heel of a giraffe. Though each location's stock is slightly different, all shops carry standard items such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, magic beans, vegetables, and beer. Although online ordering is not available for this Groupon, regular customers enjoy the benefit of choosing items from Farm Stores’ website and designating a pickup time.
The staff at Le Monde des Crepes strives to make everything about the dining experience authentically French, from the delectable crepes to the countertop Eiffel Tower. Bedecked in red and black, the chefs roll chicken crepes such as the Opulence—marinated chicken breast mixed with artichoke, hearts of palm, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Their desserts include the nutty bananas-foster crepe, a sweet concoction of Häagen-Dazs ice cream with sliced bananas, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and a dash of Grand Marnier. Unlike most meals, which usually end in a solemn handshake, meals at Le Monde des Crepes end with a sweet milkshake or frappe.
More than 15 locations of Sal's Italian Ristorante grace the Florida panhandle like pepperonis on a sizzling pizza slice. In dining rooms designed to evoke the atmosphere of a small Italian village, plates of penne and linguine steam with alfredo, pink vodka, or light wine sauces. Skilled chefs sauté salmon and veal and top gourmet pizzas with shrimp, basil, and gorgonzola. House wines can be poured by the glass or carafe for the thirsty, or by the eyedropper-full for the curious.