The dedicated staff at Auto Shine Carwash spends its days ensuring that every car and truck that visits its lot rolls away looking like it did the day it emerged from the assembly line. The full-service car wash's fearless scrubbers descend upon scarily begrimed vehicles, gussying up their interiors and exteriors with meticulous cleansing services and packages. With soft cloths in tow, the auto aficionados peel away layers of dirt that accumulate after hours spent on the road or driving through ant-farm collections. Their mighty vacuums roar while collecting crumbs strewn about interiors, paving the way for a more thorough wipe down. Careful to leave no area untouched, staffers can also cleanse greasy doorjambs and buff windows into a state of perfect pellucidity.
It was a bold idea—opening a restaurant in the midst of the Great Depression. But the founders were truly convinced that if they maintained a clean space with low prices and friendly service, they'd drum up more than enough business to support themselves. And on October 24, 1932, when Krystal's first customer walked out with six Krystals and a cup of coffee for 35 cents, the restaurant's remarkably successful run began.
More than 81 years later, Krystal reigns as one of the oldest fast-food brands in the country. Their namesake creation remains their biggest draw, snack-size burgers topped with diced onion, mustard, and pickle on a soft, square bun. Over the years they've added other hugely popular menu items, including breakfast scramblers and MilkQuakes made from 100% real ice cream. Even after eight decades, enthusiasm from customers has hardly cooled: Krystal gets so much fan mail, the staff have a Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame, for which inductees have their illustrated likeness printed on more than a million burger boxes.
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 Milkshake, and Best Drivethru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through its program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Frozen Yogurt of Hinesville and Frozen Yogurt on the Hill team up to cool down tongues with comparable caches of sweet treats. At both stops, self-serve fro-yo stations beckon visitors to pull their levers, filling cups with an assortment of flavors that the owners rotate every couple of days to keep things fresh and cover for those flavors summoned to jury duty. More than 30 toppings, such as Skittles, chopped granola, and M&Ms, can then be used to crown frosty creations before they’re weighed and priced by the ounce. In addition to yogurt, each shop dishes out Hawaiian snow cones, smoothies, and milkshakes.
At lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunches, the culinary team at Ailsa's Restaurant & Bar presents an upscale spin on classic American cuisine. They top fried-green tomatoes with deep-fried gouda, slather an Angus beef burgers in red-pepper mayo, and baste lamb chops in a peach-bourbon glaze, using numerous ingredients sourced from local farmers. Like its food, Alisa's interior draws from elements of both fine and casual dining, with elegant light fixtures dangling from exposed wooden beams and paintings adorning the wood-paneled bar.
When night falls, Alisa's models a bistro pub atmosphere. Live entertainment enthralls guests on Friday and Saturday nights, and competitors gather every Thursday night from 10 p.m. to midnight for trivia, or as some know it, a way to study for the LSATs while drinking.