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.
Happy Frog Cafe unleashes good feelings in humans by filling them with frosty, refreshing libations and savory sandwiches. Fresh-made gelato (from $2.95) runs a gamut of flavors, including honey oat, chili chocolate, amaretto, and coconut. Call them in advance and they'll try to accommodate flavor requests, sating your hunger for marshmallow-bacon or victory-flavored desserts. Meet your monocle-clad book group at the café to sip espresso ($1.25 for a single shot) and house coffee ($1.35), or join the local lumberjacking alliance for a southwestern chicken panini ($5) or 1/4-pound bacon cheeseburger ($4.55). Fine hospitality and bright colors prevail within the family-owned-and-operated establishment, which features a mural of a mirthful amphibian on one wall.
At Noah’s Antica Pizzeria, pizzaiolos understand that, sometimes, brevity is the soul of good pizza, too. They slide their pies—constructed from Caputo flour dough, San Marzano tomatoes grown in the volcanic soil surrounding Mt. Vesuvius, and locally grown organic herbs—into their wood-fired brick oven for just 90 seconds. If that seems too brief a time for so noble an assemblage, what emerges from the 900-degree heat quickly proves otherwise. Just a minute and a half is enough time to bake authentic Neapolitan pizza to its ideal state: burnt and crispy on the edges but wet and soft in the middle–“kissed by the flames,” as the local saying goes. Each entry on the menu holds a unique combination of additions within its delicately flame-seared folds, such as the Pizza del Cafone’s italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and smoked mozzarella or the medley of seven grilled vegetables along with smoked mozzarella and garlic on the Pizza Grigliata Vegetali.
The motto at Mudbone’s Swamp Shack is “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” Cajun French for “let the good times roll.” And roll they do, fueled by the smell of the restaurant's Cajun- and creole-inspired cuisine. Popular dishes on the menu include the jambalaya pasta and the shrimp, catfish, and soft-shell-crab po’ boys served with fries and an application for Louisiana citizenship. The chefs even make their own beignets—fritters topped with powdered sugar—and serve them for dessert along with bread pudding and cheesecake.
From the wedge to the driver, every club gets to spend time out of the bag and under the sun at The Caddy Shak Restaurant & Driving Range. The lighted driving range offers both artificial and Bermuda grass hitting stations, where golfers aim into an expansive target field with plenty of space for towering shots. The range even rewards players who hit consecutive balls into target buckets with cash prizes, which golfers can use to finally purchase that diamond-encrusted ball marker they’ve had their eyes on. The practice facility also encompasses a putting green, sand trap, and chipping areas. PGA instructor Jim Williams oversees the facility’s action, dispensing advice in lessons for players of all ability levels.
But Caddy Shak is not merely a practice venue. Staffers also maintain a 12-hole, par-three course, which packs all the pressure and fun of a live round into a compact 1,788-yard layout. The course tests golfers’ touch with the short stick on holes as short as 80 yards, while forcing some to reach for a 3-wood or oversized crow bar to reach greens 190 yards in the distance.
Tokyo Grill’s chefs stand over sizzling grills, their furrowed brows illuminated by the dancing flames as they speedily prepare food that blends hibachi flavors with fast and casual dining. With swiftness and precision, they grill fresh vegetables alongside juicy strips of steak, cuts of chicken, and plump jumbo shrimp, then quickly plate the still-steaming meats atop beds of rice speckled with wedges of zucchini, slices of onion, and traces of fairy dust. Elsewhere in the kitchen, sushi chefs are equally hard at work, folding crabmeat and crisp cucumbers into sushi rolls.