Sonic Drive-in boasts a hunger-obliterating menu of burgers, coneys, shakes, and more—all delivered straight to your horseless carriage by gracefully roller-skating carhops. Settle burger-craving stomachs with a supersonic cheeseburger ($4.19), and craft a creative meal out of sides like mozzarella sticks (five for $2.99), chili cheese tots ($2.59), ched' r' peppers' ($2.99), and onion rings ($2.19/large), which, like engagement rings, symbolize love and taste better dipped in ketchup. Cleanse your crumb-covered palate with a Sonic signature limeade ($2.09/medium) or a slush ($1.89/medium) in any combo of classic flavors like cherry, grape, watermelon, orange, or quantum particle, which tastes like everything yet strangely nothing. Once you've ordered from the comfy confines of your car or decommissioned lunar module, your all-American feast will arrive balanced atop the head of your roller-butler just in time to catch you tearfully singing along to "Forever Young." Customers are welcome to feast in their cars or savor their selections on Sonic's outdoor patio.
The confectionists at Cookies & Cream create sweet treats for birthday parties, special events, or everyday enjoyment. Patrons can customize vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cupcakes to their liking, adding frosting and more than a dozen kinds of candy pieces. Visitors can also add candy to milkshakes, or, experimentally, to an array of coffee and tea drinks. Not just a purveyor of sweets, Cookies & Cream cooks up a full spectrum of American favorites such as cheeseburgers, chilidog, and pizza, and uses radio waves from the electromagnetic spectrum to make WiFi available. The team also hosts fundraisers at its facility and helps locals design fundraising campaigns.
Peppino's Pizzeria's pizza chefs toss homemade dough before slathering it in homemade sauce, blanketing it in Grande cheese and fresh toppings, and baking it to a tawny crispness. Culinary craftsmen can arrange more than 15 toppings, such as feta cheese and meatballs, onto thin and thick crusts, or hide the goods inside a calzone or stromboli. Fourteen cold and hot 6-inch and 12-inch subs satiate sandwich cravings, including the vegetarian and the chicken cutlet with provolone, while an order of garlic-cheese bread keeps fingers occupied so they don't return to unscrewing the tops of every salt shaker in the restaurant. Pasta dinners–including meat lasagna, cheese raviolis, and eggplant parmigiana–share stomach space with a crisp salad and bread, while a smattering of desserts from cannoli to tiramisu temper sweet teeth.
The notion of “fast and casual” isn't new—most chain restaurants adhere to the concept, as do many conversations with abandoned sock puppets. However, at Brioso Fresh Pasta, efficient service merges with local and organic ingredients to bump "fast and casual" into the glow of a new spotlight. Italian dishes range from house-made pasta to fork-free paninis, all of which arrive at tables on the arms of friendly servers. Brioso’s culinary team also respects special dietary needs with gluten-free pastas and vegan menu options.
The chefs at Harbor Inn Seafood cast a wide net across America’s vast waters, hauling up recipes for seafood standbys ranging from river-dwelling catfish to Atlantic denizens such as scallops and crab. Undersea eats arrive fried and boiled, taking their place at the table with terrestrial delicacies including juicy cuts of prime rib and filet mignon.
Using local ingredients whenever possible, the chefs at Palmetto's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar smoke prime meats with flavorful rubs, carefully shuck oysters for fire grilling, and prepare other specialty dishes such as creole jambalaya, shrimp five ways, and fried green tomatoes. Customers can order oysters prepared four ways?raw, steamed, grilled, or fried?and dive into smoked meats such as brisket and pulled pork. As they eat with eco-friendly tableware and sip on sweet tea or wine, diners can admire digital artwork by local photographers.