Capital Buffet draws on spices, cooking methods, and ingredients from diverse regions of the south to assemble a smorgasbord of classic American cooking. It fills trays with dishes such as New Orleans–style jambalaya and southern barbecue chicken. The cooks at Capital Buffet can also cater their hearty dishes for lunches, meetings, and intimate competitive-eating contests.
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.
Named for its original location on North Fourth Street in Wilmington, NOFO @ the Pig now resides in what was once a Piggly Wiggly grocery, to which the restaurant pays homage with a bar constructed from Piggly Wiggly cans. NOFO has added more of its own touches, such as a chandelier encircled with hand-blown glass pigs. Perhaps in tribute to the grocery store’s diverse stock, the eatery’s lunch, dinner, and weekend-brunch menus showcase eclectic eats inflected with Southern touches. Diners feast on lunchtime burgers, sandwiches, and wraps such as the spinach burger with roasted tomato aioli. As the sun sets, dinner plates emerge from the kitchen bearing home-style eats, such as shrimp and grits or barbeque chicken with collard greens, 3 cheese baked macaroni and creamy coleslaw. Over the weekend, NOFO’s brunch blends everyday menu staples with omelets, eggs benedict, and french toast slathered in honey butter sweeter than the milk of a dairy cow that will only honeysuckle.
Conceived by Las Vegas restaurateur Mark DiMartino, Tilted Kilt evokes Ireland by way of Vegas, with waitresses dressed in plaid mini kilts shouldering trays of chilled beer and pub food. Like an enchilada stuffed with four-leaf clovers, the eatery’s irish nachos interpret a south-of-the-border classic in a Celtic way, slathering potato chips in cheese sauce and seasoned ground beef; alternatively, pot roast and vegetables simmer traditionally in the Olde Dublin irish stew’s Guinness-infused beef stock. Barkeeps pour a full bar’s worth of wine, cocktails, and beer, which surfaces in bottles, bombers, and multibrew mixes such as the Blue Moon and Guinness combination. High-definition TVs glow with a ceaseless parade of professional and college baseball, basketball, and hockey, and trivia adds to the entertainment smorgasbord on Tuesday nights.
In more than 580 frozen yogurt stores around the world, Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt allows visitors to create their own frosty treats. After guests pick—or mix—rotating flavors such as birthday cake, choco peanut butter, green tea, and guava, they can add the finishing touches to their creations at a topping bar stocked with candy and fresh fruit. In addition to dairy-based frozen yogurts and non-dairy sorbets, Tutti Frutti also offers soy-based nonfat frozen flavors, which are vegan. They don’t add any artificial sweeteners to their bean-based frozen treats, which are made from soybeans grown in the US, rather than from those imported from the top of Jack’s soybean stalk.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.