Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and 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 Drive In’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 Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
In bold, illuminated letters, an outdoor sign proudly proclaims the restaurant's name—Sportsters. Neon baseball and football players flank the whimsical moniker, tipping patrons off to the athletics-themed decor and Gatorade-scented air that await them beyond the entryway. Past the neon beer signs hanging in the front windows, guests will discover the classic trappings of a sports bar blended with a family-friendly atmosphere. More than 15 televisions broadcast sporting events as servers deliver draft beers, sauce-drenched wings, peel-and-eat shrimp, burgers, and pint-size portions from the kids’ menu.
The Crystal River Ale House offers casual waterfront dining at its best. Fresh seafood, pasta, burgers, chicken or steak round out our scrumptious menu.
The Crystal River Ale House has inside and outside dining offering a panoramic view of Kings Bay and the surrounding islands.
Penn Station's interior, rife with dark hardwood paneling, could have been carved from the trunk of an enormous redwood. Within that space and beneath the glow of old-fashioned street lamps, taste buds globetrot by way of American-style burgers, Italian shrimp scampi, and a full Cuban menu outlining such delights as seafood paella and lime-infused chicken. While two-handing a specialty sandwich named for North Carolina's regal mountains, guests can peruse Penn Station's many antique décor pieces such as a wall-mounted carriage wheel, ceramic boots, and the original wooden flippers from Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic.
From a wall made of weather-beaten wood, a steer head keeps watch over the day-the-day operations inside Rustic Ranch. Make no mistake about it: the operations here are taken one day at a time. Every day, the restaurant brings in fresh-caught grouper, and every day, its chefs hand-cut steaks, roast turkeys, and cook prime rib. All that hard work pays off in the form of a menu stuffed with home-cooked Southern classics–including French toast stuffed with fresh fruit, and handcrafted burgers stuffed with cheese. Homemade sides complete visits, such as sweet potato fries with fresh apple butter.