The dream of Sonic was first born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1953, an era when drive-ins were plentiful across America. Now, more than half a century later, Sonic stands as the enduring drive-in restaurant with 3,500 locations sprinkled throughout the country. Hungry cars full of terrified passengers scramble to the drive-in locations, where they park next to speaker-equipped menu boards and order burgers, coney dogs, and frozen desserts. Carhops clad in roller skates or massive hamster balls then deliver these treats for passenger enjoyment. Customers can choose to enjoy their food while parked outside of Sonic or as they drive into the distance.
The scents of coconut shrimp, smothered sirloin steak, Italian chicken, and breaded catfish fillets have been wafting from the cozy confines of Spurlock?s for more than seven years, coaxing passersby to indulge in some classic American comfort food. In addition to 15 appetizers, including chicken wings and fried veggies, the kitchen staff prepares generous portions of grilled salmon and grilled pork fillets and wraps its 8-ounce filet mignon in bacon.
Misty and Josh Barnett, owners of Three J's Pizza, named their pizza joint after their three kids, Jeremiah, Joslyn, and Josiah. The family-minded eatery serves everything from the 10-topping Jaegar pizza to pastas, meatball sandwiches, homemade breadsticks, and cinnamon sticks. The kitchen staff even encourages customers to submit their own creations, whether they're topping combinations for pizza or blueprints for meatball-made houses.