During spring and summer, roller-skating servers slip past cars parked outside of Arnold's Drive-In, steeped in nostalgia. And year round, Chefs prepare each order individually, decking plates with classic steak burgers and other favorites from a time when Eisenhower was more than just a curse word adults used when they stubbed their toes. Owner Lori Collier also presides over treats such as breaded pork tenderloin, chili cheddar fries, and a battered and deep-fried version of Elvis’ favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich. The sizzling oil also seals creaminess into deep-fried cherry cheesecake, served a la mode. Blenders purr through 40 flavors of shakes, and couples hunch over turtle sundaes with caramel, fudge, and pecans, basking in the glow of neon lights. The colorful glow dances across a hot rod painted with flames and walls covered in souvenirs and black and white photos.
The grills in Billy’s Downtown Zulu’s kitchen crackle and hiss as meats, seafood, and vegetables are prepared for the restaurant’s Mexican and American dishes. Chefs whip up house-made tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole for an array of taco, fajita, enchilada, and burrito plates, and American--style dinners are crafted by carving up T-bone steaks or hand-sculpting ground-beef burger patties into the likenesses of respected Revolutionary War generals. As servers tote steaming dishes to tables, bartenders dole out specialty margaritas and beers by the glass and pitcher.
In as little as 12 minutes, patrons can bronze their bodies in Tanning Haven’s Matrix bed. It is outfitted with more than 22,000 watts and six facial tanners. Less intense tanning options, such as base beds and standup beds, are also available and allow clients to relax for up to 25 minutes each session. For those wanting a glow sans UV rays, an airbrush tan or dip in a bath of melted pennies does the trick.
Opened as a tavern in 1837, Nine Mile’s name originally referred to its distance from the Allen County Court House. During its years of service, the restaurant's menu has evolved from simple tavern chow to delicacies from around the world and the Fourth Dimension. Meat-and-tater traditionalists revel in rib-sticking dishes such as the 10-ounce New York strip ($14.99), an aquarium load of seafood dinner plates such as the baked cod ($10.99) or southwest chicken breast ($9.99). Spicy up hump day with Nine Mile's selection of Mexican entrees or set sail for Europe on Thursday evenings when all things Italian, such as boot-shaped chicken marinara and chicken alfredo, and Geppetto, the first puppeteer in space, make an appearance. Nine Mile also has a breakfast menu sure to suit sunrise aficionados .
In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan decided to get $500 together and buy local pizzeria Domi-Nick's in Ypsilanti, Michigan. More than 50 years later, the Monaghans had sold their creation, with more than 9,000 Domino's Pizzas peppering the globe from New Delhi to New York. The pizza chain's menu ranges from pizzas to pastas and boneless chicken wings, side-kicked by their bread sticks and bites, which simmer in garlic before being baked to golden crispiness. Since the reboot of their traditional recipe in 2009, Domino's now offers more than 37 toppings to craft a build-your-own pizza or decorate your neighbor's car.
Nestled in 200 rolling acres, Bearcreek Farms offers the opportunity to relax in comfortable lodging and take in great music from renowned artists. Overnight concert package patrons can use their silver seating tickets for an array of family-friendly shows, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray Price, and Tanya Tucker. Following bouts of mellifluous jams, guests can sample the dinner buffet at The Heritage Dining Room featuring an expansive spread of fried chicken, seafood, salad-bar eats, desserts, and more, before cushioning overworked mandibles in an idyllic country cottage equipped with two double beds, private baths, climate control, and television. Friday through Sunday morning, a hearty continental breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, ham, fruits, and cereals coaxes mouths awake like the dulcet tones of a mother’s gentle hands banging ferociously against a metal pot. Porches afford shade to artists rendering the bucolic countryside in crayon, and nearby fishing and golf options entertain additional arm-intensive pursuits. Cottages do not come equipped with phones, but WiFi is available.