As the clientele winds its way around the expansive buffet tables set up inside Manchuria Garden, it finds a culinary path that extends far past the Far East. Yes, the diners might plate themselves a sampling of sushi rolls, mongolian beef, and shrimp in chili sauce. And yes they might choose the ingredients of a create-your-own hibachi dish. But as they continue on, they also pass pizzas, greek salads, house fried rice, and meatloaf. In fact, if they take a turn around the entire selection, they find 150 dishes from China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and the US, among others.
It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.
As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.
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.
Mountain Pizza & Wings keeps its menu simple so that it can enchant taste buds with a diverse selection of sauces and toppings to customize their pizzeria cuisine. The eatery’s eponymous Mountain White pizza trades traditional tomato sauce for a garlicky base, then covers that with layers of chicken, tomatoes, and feta. Chicken wings steep in one of six sauces, including traditional drizzles of hot or honey BBQ and more complex blankets of lemon pepper or Enigma codes. Five oven-baked subs sandwich a map-full of fillings from Italian staples, such as meatballs and sausage, to Philly-inspired steak 'n' cheese.
With its high ceilings and exposed pipework, Bento Cafe “feels more like a cool converted warehouse in the heart of a major city than a restaurant in a Norcross strip mall,” according to Creative Loafing. Servers top polished steel tables with Taiwanese street food such as chicken nuggets and gua bao or deliver main-dish plates of fried or grilled chicken drumsticks and mix 'n toss noodles in pork meat sauce. As they eat, diners can test their dexterity by plucking up morsels with chopsticks or juggling tapioca pearl balls from a heat-sealed cup of Bento’s fresh-brewed bubble tea.
Thinly sliced gyro meat and fettuccine alfredo are both stars of the menu at Aldo?s Caf?, where the chefs spend their days cooking traditional Mediterranean dishes. They smother chicken in a marsala wine sauce and skewer marinated pieces of lamb to make kebabs. The sides straddle the same Italian/Greek divide, with more than a dozen options that range from kalamata olives to meatballs. The appetizers are just as varied, with grapes leaves stuffed with rice, and mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat.