Founded in 1958 as a single pancake house in the Midwestern United States, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery has since expanded into more than 440 locations across North America. Under each iconic green roof and striped awnings, friendly servers dish out freshly made comfort foods, including breakfast items?served all day?such as three-egg omelets and pancakes covered in Perkins' house syrup. More than 90 items fill out the lunch and dinner menus, from ground-chuck burgers cooked medium-well to triple-decker club sandwiches loaded with slices of Butterball turkey.
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.
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.
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.
Geographically speaking, Double Barrel Grill's menu goes all over the place. Hummus and cajun chicken pasta find themselves on the same menu as burgers and barbecue nachos here. But the glue that holds everything together are the all-American items like St. Louis-style ribs and sides of mac 'n' cheese that have been sculpted into the shape of Ben Franklin. Adding to the casual vibe, the restaurant features a full bar and hosts live shows on Friday and Saturday night.
A Latin American flair elevates the Colorado coffee at Aspen Family Coffee. Baristas fill cups with fresh-brewed Jittery Joe's Coffee, micro-roasted to be rich and smooth. They infuse Latin American coffee drinks with dulce de leche, coconut milk, or orange spices, while they serve yerba mate hot, cold, or poured boiling from a castle tower. Striving to be eco-friendly, the staff employs solar panels to power appliances.