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.
In 1993, Casey Miller got his first job at The Meating Place, a local meat market that first opened in 1974. Then a freshman in high school, Casey started sweeping up the Hillsboro butcher's shop part-time, but by graduation, he had worked his way into an assistant-manager position. The shop closed its doors in 1998, but Casey and original owner Steve Crossley teamed up to reopen the custom meat-cutting business and showcase meat exclusively sourced from area farms. Following family recipes, the butchery smokes all sorts of proteins, including beer sausage, salmon, and jerky, and carves sustainably raised beef and pork into custom cuts or busts of George Washington. Hunters and fishermen also turn over their own wild game for The Meating Place pros to process. Butchers grind locally sourced alpaca meat, fresh or smoked bones, and seasonal vegetables into raw dog food that makes pets' coats shine and teeth glisten while also encouraging healthy digestion.
Shonna’s menu of hearty pub grub and potable potions pairs perfectly with the lively environment, which include pool tables, Thursday karaoke, and high-definition televisions. Make stomachs soar with a dozen chicken wings ($8.95) before satisfying carnivorous cravings with a classic cheeseburger served with fries ($7.95). Mouths in the mood for triangular shaped cuisine can snack on Shonna’s homespun pizza, available by the slice or pie (starting at $9.95), or test the hyperbolic heroism of super nachos ($8.95). Complement nighttime noshing with a sample from Shonna’s lengthy list of libations, ideal for providing patrons with beverage-inspired boldness needed to take the karaoke stage on Thursdays' Ladies' Nights for heart-warming ventriloquist renditions of “Danny Boy.”
Wok Box was founded in 2004 in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and has successfully expanded to 60 locations throughout Canada and the United States by offering fast pan-Asian cuisine full of nutritious ingredients in a family-friendly setting. The menu ornaments chopsticks with Thai, Indian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine, and some of its options follow the Health Check program guidelines put together by the Heart and Stroke Foundation's registered dietitians. At every location, patrons delight in chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu, and vegetables clinging to jasmine rice and noodles while watching flat-screen TVs and celebrating this Chinese New Year, the Year of the Heffalump.
Curry & Crust Indian Cuisine & Desi Pizza treats visitors to a culture-crossing mash-up of spicy curries, savory pilafs and biryanis, and inventive South Asian–style pizzas. Like an alphabetical list of the world’s most edible countries, the menu brings India and Italy much closer together than traditional cartography allows, offering pizzas topped with tandoori chicken, paneer cheese, and housemade curry sauce. Chefs are also well-versed in Indo-Chinese dishes such as sweet-and-sour paneer Manchurian, and entrees from northern and southern India, such as shrimp vindaloo, lamb biryani, and fluffy naan. Lunchtime finds visitors lined up amid silvery buffet trays, loading up on delicacies ranging from fresh whole-wheat roti bread and wholesome chickpea chana masala to sweet desserts such as gulab jamun and rice pudding.
Inside Yogurt Munch, it's easy to find a treat that tastes good and won't make you feel guilty. That's because the shop serves up self-serve portions of homemade probiotic-filled frozen yogurt source right here in Oregon. Flavors, such as blood orange sorbet, white coffee, and new non-alcoholic flavors such as margarita, change frequently, but always include dairy-free and sugar-free options. You can further customize your treat at the toppings bar, which holds heaping portions of freshly cut fruit, nuts, and organic granola, as well as sweeter ingredients such as cookie dough and Reese's peanut butter cups.