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.
Vin-Chet Pastry Shop, founded in 1946, provides a plethora of high-quality, delicious baked treats to eager icing lovers. The luxurious almond ring, a Danish coffee cake infused with almond paste, iced, and then covered with toasted almonds ($8.95), provides a delicious start to the day or an unconventional token of eternal devotion. Snag a cake (starting at $9.50) to add a sweet touch to special events, or take home a gluten-free pizza ($15.95) for a dinner companion that gives you unconditional love. Customers who savor sweet sensations can delight in a variety of pies, from traditional windowsill apple to blueberry and lemon-meringue.
At Yo Betty Frozen Yogurt, customers step up to the stainless-steel self-serve machines and fill their cups with one of eight flavors of frozen yogurt on rotation. Options include low-fat American peanut butter; nonfat, no-sugar-added pink grapefruit; and lactose- and gluten-free Mango Sans Souci. Patrons may dress up their yogurt dishes with an array of healthy toppings, such as banana chips, yogurt pretzels, and sunflower seeds, or splurge with indulgent treats, including cookie crumbles and cheesecake chunks. Knowing that each serving of yogurt contains real fruit puree, certified live and active yogurt cultures, and calcium, guests can feel good about what they're eating.
The boldly colored, retro-inspired plastic chairs welcome guests to take a seat indoors, and the outdoor dining area lures them to a challenge with the sun to see who can make the yogurt disappear fastest.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery fills rumbly tummies with American breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics all day long. Break fasts and pocket watches stuck on 6:42 a.m. with a plate of buttermilk pancakes made according to a secret recipe ($5.99 for five) or a signature omelet filled with a bevy of toothsome ingredients, and served with two sides ($8.19–$9.19). Burger-lovers can chew their way through a variety of ground-chuck patties, including the Tangler burger, piled high with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crunchy fried onions, lettuce, and tomato, and slathered in a grey-poupon bistro sauce ($8.99). The hearty Down Home meatloaf ($8.99) subdues substantial appetites with two beef-gravy-covered slices and two sides, surpassing pimento and lazy stepbrothers for the title of America’s favorite loaf. Diners can slake their thirst with a full selection of Coca-Cola sodas ($2.59), regular or decaffeinated coffee ($1.99), and hand-dipped shakes or malts ($4.79) while perusing the capacious bakery menu, loaded with fresh pies and tarts.
Canadian BeaverTails started from a family recipe more than 30 years ago: fried dough in the cylindrical shape of a beaver tail, topped with sugary delights. The treat has since become iconic—there are 115 Canadian BeaverTails locations throughout the country, and U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly made it a point to try one of the pastries when he visited Ottawa in 2009.
After a piece of whole-wheat dough is stretched into the shape of the national animal’s tail, it gets float-cooked in canola oil, and then dressed with delectable spreads and toppings. The pastries come in a variety of flavours, separated into several categories: Classic, Indulgent, and Decadent. The Classic version features cinnamon and sugar. Meanwhile the Indulgent variety includes flavours such as maple butter with chocolate sauce, and the Decadent BeaverTails add richer toppings such as chocolate hazelnut with Reese’s pieces.