Sonic Drive-in boasts a hunger-obliterating menu of burgers, coneys, shakes, and more—all delivered straight to your horseless carriage by gracefully roller-skating carhops. Settle burger-craving stomachs with a supersonic cheeseburger ($4.19), and craft a creative meal out of sides like mozzarella sticks (five for $2.99), chili cheese tots ($2.59), ched' r' peppers' ($2.99), and onion rings ($2.19/large), which, like engagement rings, symbolize love and taste better dipped in ketchup. Cleanse your crumb-covered palate with a Sonic signature limeade ($2.09/medium) or a slush ($1.89/medium) in any combo of classic flavors like cherry, grape, watermelon, orange, or quantum particle, which tastes like everything yet strangely nothing. Once you've ordered from the comfy confines of your car or decommissioned lunar module, your all-American feast will arrive balanced atop the head of your roller-butler just in time to catch you tearfully singing along to "Forever Young." Customers are welcome to feast in their cars or savor their selections on Sonic's outdoor patio.
The house-turned-eatery known as The Backyard Café puts out an eclectic selection of grilled American fare. Gracious guests can get started with apps, such as artichoke spinach dip ($6.99) or the Backyard salad ($6.99+)––infused with roast beef, turkey, ham, bacon, egg, cheese, and veggies. Hearty bites include the Backyard burger ($7.89)—a half-pound circle of Angus beef bear-hugged by cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon, served with a choice of a side—as well as the teriyaki salmon ($13.99), which arrives steamy atop a fluffy bed of rice pilaf. Diners can complement their consumption with a bottled beer ($2.50+) or glass of wine ($4.50+), or wrap up with a cool scoop of homemade ice cream ($1.99 single scoop) and a hot cup of Coffee Cabana coffee ($1.59).
Johnny's Tony's, formerly Zia’s New York Pizza, is home to dough wizards who magically twirl and knead floured orbs into saucy New York–style pies, as well as summon a trove of meaty heros and pasta entrees. Savor the classic simplicity of a cheese pizza ($4.50–$11.65), or adorn your pie with standard toppings ($0.35–$2.00/ingredient), including pepperoni and sausage, or premium adornments ($1.50–$3.00/ingredient), such as chicken, artichoke, and feta. The signature pies, such as a bacon-and-ranch soused Hometown pizza ($6–$18.25), treat tasters to an edible amalgamation more flavorful than an oven-baked Picasso painting. Hand-breaded cuts of poultry saunter atop drifts of spaghetti to create the chicken-parmesan pizza ($7.25), while a calzone erupts cheese and marinara through a crunchy crag of baked dough ($4.85 for a small; $9.55 for a large). Wrap hands or novelty foam fingers around the baked breading of a meatball hero ($6), or satiate beefy urges by snagging a steak sandwich ($6.50). To satisfy families or air-guitar troupes of 4–6 members, Johnny's Tony's serves up a family spaghetti meal ($14 regular; $15.99 with meat sauce), which arrives at tables accompanied by eight slices of garlic bread.
The casual eatery welcomes the lunch and dinner crowd, as well as those looking to sip or slug a tropical cocktail at the full-service cantina-style bar. Each order from the varied menu is freshly prepared in front of the hungry eyes of diners and the watchful eye of Zeus. All tacos ($2.09–$2.49), burritos ($4.59–$6.99), nachos ($5.99–$6.99), and quesadillas ($4.59–$6.99) are compiled from a mixable-and-matchable array of salsas and fillings, such as guacamole, salsa, and jalapeños. The starring role is to be determined by each feaster—and the nominees are: beef, chicken, grilled steak, Russell Crowe, shrimp, veggies, ground beef, or shredded pork. Pirates dying to try out their fork-hand attachment can shiver their timbers on a customizable salad ($4.99–$6.99), and younger feasters can sink whatever teeth they have into a kid's meal served with chips, a cookie, and kid's drink ($3.49). Take the feasting fiesta to go by building a take-home value pack, which feeds four to eight hungry mouths. Simply select a meat, shell, bean, and salsa option, and add on your favorite toppings (prices vary) for a spiced-up family meal, business meeting, or Oktoberfest blowout.
Ismael and Silvia Villegas have been snipping off sprigs of cilantro and squeezing limes onto tacos inside Casa Linda Mexican Restaurant's kitchens since 1993. Beneath decorations such as papel picado and piñatas, staples such as chicken in mole sauce and tacos al pastor join specialties such as the Pollo Loco, a chicken breast topped with cream sauce and a medley of squash and other vegetables. The restaurant also shakes and blends specialty cocktails such as açaí cosmos and superfruit margaritas.
It was 1926 at the Kaufman County fair. A large crowd gathered around a small stand, where Adelaida Cuellar stood passing homemade tamales and chili into outstretched hands. The high demand for her recipes continued after the fair grounds were emptied, and soon after, Adelaida opened a small café, Mama’s Kitchen, with the help of her 12 children. In 1940, five of her sons moved the eatery to another location in Dallas, re-christening it El Chico, which means, “the five sons that opened their mother’s restaurant in a new place”. More locations soon followed, with close to one hundred now in operation. And, just like Adelaida, the El Chico team spent some time passing out their specialties from a stand when they fed a crew of local volunteers on an episode of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
At El Chico, Adelaida’s recipes still appear on the menu, from the spicy enchiladas with chili con carne sauce to the mexican apple pie with mexican brandy butter sauce and cinnamon ice cream. El Chico also has its own signature line of dishes called Top Shelf, which includes fajitas and quesadillas.