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.
The Spot Sports Bar & Grill's kitchen produces flavor-packed wraps, sauce-coated wings, and other dishes from its sprawling menu and delivers them to tables of diners watching feats of sports derring-do on nearby TVs. Pairs or quartets can cram for kindergarten finals about sharing by splitting the Spot's loaded chicken or steak nachos or five-piece jalapeño poppers. Culinary gurus can nestle tilapia between two slices of bread, tuck meat and veggies inside a warm burrito tortilla, or hide a choice of meat or seafood among melted cheese in a quesadilla. Chicken wings arrive dressed in barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, or recently dry-cleaned formalwear. Thirst quenchers, such as Heineken, Shock Top, and Bud Light, travel safely from the yellow-lit bar to indoor tables or the outdoor patio in a small or large pitcher. In between bites, patrons can shoot pool, crawl languidly across the dance floor, play foosball, or do anthropological research on the rules and rituals of pro sports depicted on a legion of televisions.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
Roly Poly's expert rollers build sandwiches and craft fresh salads and soups, which precede fat-free cups of frozen yogurt. Cream cheese collects dried cranberries, walnuts, cashews, spicy honey mustard, and a collection of veggies to form the nut-and-honey cold rolled sandwich ($3.95 for a half; $6.50 for a whole), and inside the lower-fat, hot-pressed buffalo slim ($3.95 for a half; $6.50 for a whole), sliced chicken lifts mushrooms and plum tomatoes, and steams in a whole-wheat-tortilla sauna of spicy wing sauce, fat-free ranch, and melted reduced-fat cheese. Mixed greens mingle with turkey breast, black-forest ham, and crunchy vegetables in the Alpine chef salad ($7.25), and a bowl of creamy roasted-garlic tomato soup ($4.25) warms palates with each slurp. Towers of fat-free frozen yogurt ($4.95 for a large) slowly melt atop tongues, unleashing floods of rainbow sprinkles and chocolate syrup upon slumbering taste bud villages.
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.