HG Bistro blends casual and upscale in its atmosphere as well as its food—in the kitchen, chefs use local ingredients to create a menu that draws from European and American influences. They grill 8-ounce sirloins, 10-ounce flat irons, and 16-ounce rib eyes, often serving them with toppings such as dungeness crab, brandy mushrooms, and tiny beef hats. They also infuse mac 'n' cheese with crab, pair ahi tuna with wasabi, and dress pasta with smoked-sage sauce or Sicilian-style meatballs. To help diners wash down their meals, servers mix cocktails and pour more than 80 international wines.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years—fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and complex versions. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the spicy italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible Da Vinci-shaped meat (a $16.99 value for a large), and more progressive pie enthusiasts may select the hawaiian barbecue-chicken pizza––a vacation-inducing amalgamation of grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and pineapple (a $16.99 value). Choose to indulge a creative culinary streak by designing a large Create Your Own pizza, selecting up to five toppings from an arsenal of dough accessories, including ham, banana peppers, and artichoke hearts (up to a $20.94 value). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
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 1,150 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, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
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. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow 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’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 their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
A lifelong resident of Sumner, Sabrina McNall pined for the day when she could set up her own business in her beloved hometown. When a local café suddenly went out of business, McNall saw her chance to fill the void with simple yet satisfying deli sandwiches and hearty diner breakfasts of eggs, bacon, and hash browns. The gamble paid off, leading an EnumclawPatch reviewer to rave about Sabrina's Lunch in A Box’s no-frills menu laden with meaty sandwiches; she describes the roast beef and cheddar's horseradish sauce as "slightly tangy … [and] layered between real cheddar cheese and medium rare delectable beef slices." The chili dog comes with an all-beef hot dog and is topped with Sabrina's homemade chili with cheddar cheese, and bagels make a cameo on the breakfast menu, ensnaring tasty layers of ham, egg, and cheese.
Hermann Harris, owner of Cattin's Family Restaurant, manages to capture a little bit of everyone's childhood in his menu. Breakfast plates piled high with pancakes and eggs recall lazy Sunday mornings whereas hearty dinnertime entrees such as the popular chicken-fried steak or the Yankee-style pot roast bring to mind trips to grandma's house. Even Hermann's business model keeps kids as the focus: Monday through Wednesday ages 12 and younger eat for free and get a complimentary toy.
Yet grownups find Cattin's just as welcoming. Open 24 hours on most days, the diner makes a great spot for a late-night slice of homemade pie or a super-early cup of coffee at the counter. Sirloins and seafood also pin Cattin's as a hub for a dinner date or for the final showdown between surf and turf.