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 Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
The team at NuVibe Juice & Java fills vacant cups with free-trade, air-roasted coffee drinks and more than 30 flavors of smoothies. As they blend pieces of nutritious fresh fruit, 100% juice, and creamy yogurt or sherbet, staffers eschew the use of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and forced smiles. Power smoothies contain 25 grams of whey protein to fuel working muscles, and the menu caters to low-carb and kid-sized diets.
The shop procures its coffee from The Roasterie, a nationally renowned company that uses a convection-air method to roast beans purchased from small specialty farmers. The smooth-tasting results comprise concoctions such as creamy caramel lattes and chocolate peanut-butter blended ice coffees, and both pair well with free WiFi and a hot pretzel or muffin.
Since 1890, the Rosati family has crafted Italian-style pizza in its classic New York and Chicago pizzerias. The epicurean legacy continues into its fifth generation with secret family sauces and cheese blends spread across circles of fresh dough. Sandwiches, pastas, and entrees accompany the restaurant's own pizza creations, which include the double-dough pizza with a thick and crispy hand-rolled edge. Signature combinations include the 10-topping Rosati's Monster and the Quattro Streggoni, or "four seasons," which celebrates the plentiful green olive, black olive, artichoke, and mozzarella trees of the Italian countryside.
For more than 25 years, the chefs at George?s Restaurant have satiated breakfast-goers with early-morning staples such as pancakes, french toast, and cr?pes, and quelled lunch- and dinnertime belly rumblings with half-pound burgers and a slew of sandwiches. The eatery?s party room accommodates as many as 70 people, ideal for business parties, postgame football-team celebrations, and musical-chairs tournaments.
Casual Fine Dining restaurant and full service banquet facility located in the Historic Gaylord Building. 1 of only 28 National Trust Historic Sites in the entire Country! Seasonal patio dining with dog friendly dining featuring Yappetizers.
For more than 30 years, Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage has served up a Chicago-centric menu of beef sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs. Silence empty-belly rumblings with one of Pop's delectable beef sandwiches ($4.19–$6.35), such as the italian beef, heaped with mounds of succulent, thin-sliced beef soaked in special spices and natural gravy. Windy-city visitors can delight in the classic Chicago hot dog and the savory polish sausage (each around $2.29–$2.99, depending on location), each nestled underneath mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and the looming shadow of oscillating skyscrapers. Other handheld fare includes the meatball and corned-beef sandwiches, which can be upgraded with a variety of extras, including red sauce, sweet peppers, hot mix (all free on sandwiches, extra as a side), feta cheese, and bacon. A fleet of made-from-scratch soups and salads is also available, and includes such options as the hearty cream-of-chicken rice soup and the large garden salad ($2.09–$3.99).