SONIC is the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in America. With modest roots as a hamburger and root beer stand founded in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, the name was changed to SONIC in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla. and today the chain
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,400 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Milepost 111 Brewing Company keeps the libations theme going by pouring more than 20 regional beers from its taps. But it's not just known for its Pacific-Northwest-only brews. A large menu brims with everything from crab cakes and black bean burgers to NY steak and teriyaki chicken sandwiches. During breakfast, the brewery serves up omelets and buttermilk pancakes, and a children's menu complete with macaroni and cheese and hot dogs keeps kids from developing an expensive filet mignon habit. A large back deck looks out onto some pretty majestic mountain vistas, and at times playing host to local musicians. Before Milepost 111 Brewing Company occupied its current space, the location served as a winery, and before that, a Chevrolet dealership and a Cascade Helicopter facility.
Named one of the top 10 best winery restaurants in the state by Tasting Room Magazine, Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery and the adjoining restaurant provide visitors with a taste of the Northwest, whether it's a hand-crafted wine or a meal that incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients harvested from nearby farms or the grumpy neighbor's garden. On-site, resident winemakers craft a number of varietals, all made with locally-sourced grapes, and all available for sampling at the rustic tasting room. At the restaurant, chefs prepare gourmet meals, such as grilled ribeye steaks, French onion soup, and an assortment of seafood items, including linguini a la vongole.
Cuisine Type: Espresso, homemade pastries, bagels, etc.
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Raspberry cheesecake mocha
Pro Tip: We toast our bagels to perfection.To avoid a longer wait, tell me your bagel choice at the beginning.
Sourcing grapes from the vineyards of the lush Columbia Valley AVA and the Columbia River Gorge, Jacob Williams Winery’s vintners produce about 2,000 cases of award-winning wine each year. Owner Brad Gearhart and winemaker John Haw combine their talents to create varietals including the 2007 cabernet sauvignon, winner of Best Red Wine at the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit, as well as a runner-up for Miss Congeniality. Jacob Williams accommodates all palates with its other offerings, which include zinfandel, a reserve syrah, and a red blend named Sadie Red, after the family dog.
The winery’s new tasting room overlooks vineyards, the Columbia River, and perfectly spaced cherry and peach orchards under the shadow of majestic Mount Hood. During warmer months, sippers can sample blends while sitting at the outdoor patio’s rustic wood tables. Those hoping to stock up on the vineyard’s stellar creations can join the wine club, which offers perks such as a 30% discount, invitations to special events, and a complimentary tasting for up to four guests.