Although visitors to Chattee's Cafe and Drive-thru have the option of remaining inside their cars, the eatery's menu bears little resemblance to that of a fast food restaurant. Cooks prepare each dish to order, griddling huckleberry waffles and layering breakfast sandwiches with fresh eggs, bacon, and hash browns. Later in the day, they grill burgers and dress teriyaki chicken sandwiches with ham and pineapple. The restaurant hosts Car Cruise on Friday nights, which consists of classic cars and their owners hanging out around picnic tables, and patrons can dine on an outdoor patio decorated with potted plants.
At Sri Prasert Thai Bar & Grille, locally sourced ingredients are the building blocks for an extensive menu of Thai food. That menu includes staples such as pad thai, which comes with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, tofu, or shrimp, salmon fillets with red curry, and whitefish in a sweet-and-sour glaze. But the menu also has American-influenced items such as popcorn chicken and french fries.
In addition to a long and diverse menu, the eatery presents guests with an appetizing selection of entertainment. Karaoke fills the air seven nights a week, pool tables provoke heated competitions, and a bar refreshes revelers.
?It?s exciting, we want people to come and try another culture?s food," said Matavee Burgess in an interview in the Spokesman-Review. Matavee, a native of southern Thailand, and husband Tom own the four outposts of Thai Bamboo, and serve up a menu of authentic cuisine made from fresh, healthy ingredients. Each restaurant is carefully adorned with decor that transports guests to Thailand, from bamboo-lined walls to hand-made statues and custom-made tables featuring Thai carvings. Diners can count on classic dishes such as phad thai and coconut curries, in addition to a wealth of seafood and vegetarian entrees.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Since 1992, the kitchen crew at each locally-owned The High Nooner locale has mastered the art of adding flair to its gourmet sandwiches by mixing savory flavors?such as stuffing, horseradish, avocado, and bacon?with proteins to create signature creations. Each sandwich and salad is created from scratch to order, ensuring no reuben, cheesesteak, nor grinder holds a grudge from when you accidentally called it ?Mom? yesterday. Those who wish to build their own sandwiches can choose from seven proteins and six types of bread before pairing them with sides and desserts.
At Suan Thai Bistro, chefs introduce guests to the diverse and flavorful cuisine of Thailand, treating them to a spread of noodles, coconut-milk curries, and salads made with fresh veggies, pork, poultry, beef, and seafood. Nestled into cozy chairs of dark, varnished wood and black leather, guests feast on plates of papaya salad, pad thai noodles, or spicy red, green, and yellow curries. Paintings and statues of Buddha, leafy tropical plants, and lotus petals infuse the dining space with Southeast Asian accents, while walls colored in a dusty earth-toned orange and soft, warm light promote a sense of calm. Each dish is a blend of bright colors and rich textures, with slices of mango, morsels of duck, and steamed spinach and bell peppers peacefully cohabiting with lime garnishes, crushed peanuts, or scoops of rice noodles.