An oasis of barbecue goodness off Highway 25, the bright red roof of Huntin Camp BBQ and Grill draws drivers' attention to the restaurant. Among wood-paneled walls, taxidermy animals, and local sports memorabilia, diners tuck into meals of homestyle ribs, wings, steaks, and burgers. Lunch and supper buffets present a chance to sample a little bit of everything, like heaping portions of sides such as hush puppies, baked beans, and sweet potatoes.
Few things bring to mind the lazy warmth of summer like a fresh funnel cake laced with powdered sugar. At Confections Carnival Food, patrons surround themselves with fair food throughout the year in a space bright with the primary colors of a circus tent or a clown's makeup-stained pillow. The deep fryer crackles sharply, crisping battered Oreos, cheesecake, and nuggets of cookie dough, and nine different flavors of cotton candy pull apart into pastel tufts of cumulonimbus. From the kitchen drift scents that hint at chicken cheesesteak smothered in onions and mushrooms as well as hot dogs, burgers, and corn dogs.
Aqua-hued walls and potted plants lend Chill 'N' Grill's interior a cheerful ambience, and an outdoor deck, nestled beside a placid fishing pond, offers diners a scenic view. Seated in either area, guests can tuck into comforting, homestyle cuisine: specialties include hand-sculpted half-pound burgers, shrimp and grits, and steak salads with bleu cheese, walnuts, red onion, and eggs. The eatery's cooks also concoct desserts such battered, fried peaches crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Owner Lazaro Montoto maintains a healthy diet, and doesn't believe in sacrificing flavor to do so. That's why he opened Tropical Grille as an alternative to the nation’s preponderance of greasy fast-food dives. Natural light pours from wall-length windows onto his steaming grill, where the smell of sizzling chicken and steamed veggies mingle with the aromatic release of Lazaro's flavor-packed spice rubs. He puts those blends to good use; in addition to spicing up the grill, they also infuse his signature pork, which marinates for 12 hours before taking a trip to the slow-roaster for inclusion in thick sandwiches and hearty wraps.
Sonic boasts a hunger-obliterating menu of burgers, coneys, shakes, and more—all delivered straight to your road vessel by graceful roller-skating carhops. Settle burger-craving stomachs with a supersonic cheeseburger ($4.64), or craft a creative meal out of sides such as chili-cheese tots ($2.69), the cheesy jalapeño poppers ($3.23), and onion rings ($2.50/large), which, like engagement rings, symbolize love and taste better when dipped in ketchup. If crumb-covered palates need a cleansing, swallow a Sonic signature limeade ($1.50/medium) or a slush ($1.50/medium) in any combo of classic flavors, such as cherry, grape, watermelon, or orange. Once eaters have ordered, the all-American feast will arrive balanced atop the head of a roller-butler. Customers are welcome to feast right there in their cars or savor their selections on Sonic's outdoor patio.
In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.