Perkins began as a single humble Ohio pancake house in 1958. More than 50 years––and 440 national locations––later, each Perkins restaurant stays true to its roots by keeping those signature buttermilk pancakes the focal point of a 90-plus-item menu. Cooks layer the popular flapjacks in stacks of two, three, or even five and make the fluffy towers all the more tempting with toppings such as glazed strawberries, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. Breakfast favorites—including hearty omelets and country benedicts—are served all day, meaning kids and adults can order short stacks to accompany their jumbo-shrimp or steak dinner, instead of smuggling them in under a stovepipe hat. Unlike most other chain restaurants, Perkins also features in-store bakeries that churn out the shop's real fruit and cream pies, muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
The quick-serving cooks at Spangles engage appetites in a '50s-themed dining environment, having recently bolstered the menu with a saucy taste of the Far East—Wok 'n' Roll Bowls, which come in three flavors ($4.49 each). The sweet chicken teriyaki and sirloin steak spoon with stir-fried carrots and broccoli on a bed of steamed white rice, and diners longing for legumes can sink their teeth careening into the spicy kung pao chicken bowl crowned with peanuts. Keep thirsty mouths from imbibing ketchup packets by dangling a pair of 32-ounce soft drinks in front of them ($1.69 each). Ten varieties are available, such as tropical punch, green-peach tea, Pepsi, and root beer.
Though Dannyboys Smokehouse chefs whip up an impressive array of more than two dozen varieties of barbecue sauces, they are most proud of their signature, slow-smoked barbecue meats. The smokehouse masters dry rub all of their beef, pork, and poultry before smoking meats for up to 14 hours to procure their tangy flavor. They assemble meats into a variety of platters, sandwiches, and specialties, pairing plates with sides of baked beans, potatoes, and salads. Out in the dining room, guests deliberate over options at the lengthy sauce bar or linger over final bites of fruit cobblers. The restaurant’s lengthy family-style tables, cheerful Western decor, and absence of piranha-filled fish tanks create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Since 1939, the Fraese Drug Soda Fountain & Grill has been associated with healing pharmaceuticals and tasty old-time fare. Now under the direction of Janet Ellis and Don Kaufman, Fraese Drug deals prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as odds and ends such as glasses, sunglasses, vitamins, and diabetic supplies. At the soda fountain, decorations harken back to a simpler time while a menu teases nostalgic palates with classic sandwiches, burgers, desserts, and ice cream treats.
At CherryBerry Hutchinson, patrons personalize cups of frozen yogurt while moving through a self-serve system with a wide selection of toppings. Much like a con-man's birthday, CherryBerry's selection of 12 flavors changes regularly, but each graces tongues with live and active cultures known to boost digestive health and immunity. The real-dairy treats are also low in fat, making them all-around healthy alternatives to typical desserts.
Doctors of Chiropractic Joshua Ferrell and James Perulfi, along with certified massage therapist Megan Fleming, join forces at Chiropractic Plus to help assuage their patients’ pains. They aim to erase the discomfort associated with migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and out-of-whack backs with services that include chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massages.