After 30 years of curating and perfecting recipes, founders Linda and Julie unleashed their culinary powers to create a Roly Poly menu of more than 50 rolls and sandwiches, plus a tempting selection of desserts. Slinging sandwiches for catering, lunch, and dinner, the sandwich artisans envelop a variety of inventive ingredients inside warm, floury tortillas, from fresh vegetables to pesto chicken to mustard-splashed tuna. Customized sandwiches may also be rolled to suit various diets, preferences, or carbo-loading competitive mimes.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic? powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers? cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit pur?e forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast 150 calories or fewer.
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 Milkshake, and Best Drivethru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through its program [Limeades for Learning](http://www.sonicdrivein.com/About/Community, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
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.
Giuseppi's Pizza & Pasta's dough-slingers compile fresh produce with authentic Italian meats and cheeses to create mouth-watering pies fresh from a stone hearth oven. The encyclopedic menu teases appetites with oven-baked chicken parmesan served over a heaping pile of spaghetti and covered in marinara made from California tomatoes ($9.95). Homemade dough can be tossed into thick disks or pies thin enough to make an atom feel excessively thick, then covered in toppings such as the mega meaty's quartet of pepperoni, ham, meatballs, and italian sausage ($19.95 for a 16”). Choose from one of many philly cheesesteaks or hoagies ($7.50–$7.95 with choice of a side), or forego traditional sandwiches in favor of a baked signature weggie, a pizza-dough purse accessorized with fillings such as marinated buffalo chicken and creamy homemade ranch sauce ($7.95). Guiseppi's also carbonates their own sodas in flavors such as cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, which can be sipped slowly or used in a squirt gun to spray a misbehaving middle school principal.
• For $7, you get $15 worth of in-house Mediterranean fare. • For $35, you get $70 worth of catered Mediterranean fare. Papouli’s Mediterranean Cafe and Market quells Corinthian cravings with a menu stocked full of Greek favorites and contemporary Mediterranean dishes. Accentuate a lively debate about first-century Olympians with sharable sides, such as hummus ($3.50) or eggplant-blended baba gannouj ($3.50), smooth dipping sauces perfect for skinny-dipping pitas. Entree-minded diners meet carnivorous cravings with souvlaki plates (chicken $9.25, lamb $11.99), savory spears of marinated meat grilled with green pepper and onion and served over rice pilaf with Greek salad and bread. Alternatively, appease corporate crowds with catered fare ($5.99/person), such as dolmades, seasoned rice and raisins gift-wrapped in marinated grape leaves, or beef and lamb gyros. Pastryphiles can mow down spanakopita, a wedge of spinach, feta cheese, and phyllo dough that doubles as a discus when frozen.