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.
Although Jason and his grandfather hail from different worlds, they've landed in the same space: Marmalade's kitchen. After retiring from the CIA, Jason's grandfather opened The Egg & I in Florida. It has been dishing out breakfast for nearly 30 years since. Jason has a more traditional culinary background, attending Johnson & Wales culinary school before working in La Petit Auberge's kitchen and serving as the sous chef at Lake of the Woods Country Club. The two have merged their collective experiences to open the breakfast-centric Marmalade. Dishes include five variations of poached eggs, crepes with lingonberries or orange marmalade, and french toast freshly made with banana-nut bread, caramel, and whipped 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.