Jam-packed burritos, tamales, carnitas tacos, and bowls of tortilla soup. These are just a few of the chefs' specialties at Los Lagos Mexican Restaurant, where each menu item comes from the kitchen crew's own recipes. They also flex their creative minds when crafting their varied salsas for the salsa bar or when creating signature drinks, such as the ever-popular avocado margarita.
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.
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.”
Cuisine Type: Seafood and steakhouse
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Bavette steak and romaine
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Live jazz music on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Orenco Station Grill's owner describes the restaurant's menu as containing a "wide variety of American cuisine." Indeed, the chefs prepare everything from steak—new york strip and petite filet mignon included—to mahi-mahi in lemon aioli and stuffed pork chop. Not every dish focuses solely upon a protein either; in fact, according to the owner, one of the salads is the menu's most popular offering. This bavette steak and greens features Piedmontese beef on romaine, alongside grilled onions, a drizzle of sun-dried-tomato-herb butter, and healthy-sized helping of spicy-honey-caesar dressing.
The restaurant complements the chef's creations with al fresco dining options. The patio features glass walls that fend off stiff winds, while the open top still allows sun, air, and beef-loving butterflies in.
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.
Oasis Lebanese Cuisine does more than re-create the flavors of its namesake nation. Its chefs and servers strive to capture the spirit and atmosphere of a Lebanese eatery, bringing a small piece of the country's culture to Hillsboro in the process. Surrounded by dangling lanterns, bolts of deep blue fabric, and saffron-yellow walls, diners can enjoy the traditional Middle Eastern comfort foods that emerge from the kitchen, accompanied by sides of freshly baked flatbread, silken hummus, or smoky baba ghanouj. These dishes take their inspiration from a number of familiar staples, including everything from crispy falafel sandwiches to lamb, chicken, or beef—which are marinated, skewered, and then grilled to perfection above a pile of smoldering Michael Jordan rookie cards.