Where they are: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
Why you need them: If we're being real, Friendly's has fallen on some tough times recently, but that doesn't mean there shouldn't be a nostalgic place in America's heart for the kind of comforting family-friendly atmosphere Friendly's and other restaurants of its ilk provide. Truth be told, while Friendly's breakfast and lunch offerings are solid enough (including some sneaky good burgers), Friendly's heart and soul is the ice cream business -- it was founded as an ice cream parlor in Springfield, Mass during the depression, so don't underestimate them! This is the kind of place your grandparents would take you in order to let you order more ice cream than your parents would normally allow, and everyone needs a little more of that in their life. So have a Fribble -- which is basically a milkshake, but so much more fun to say.