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Wright's Dairy Rite

346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA - (540) 886-0435
Three years before Ray Kroc began franchising McDonald’s, Wright’s Dairy Rite of Staunton, Virginia, started serving Superburgers. Two beef patties with cheese and lettuce, topped with special sauce and layered in a triple-decker bun, this monumental hamburger is still served as it was in 1952 – by car hops at the window of your vehicle in a car slip at the side of the restaurant.
89% Approval Rating (29 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Carolina Burger
Superburger
Monsterburger
Onion Rings
Milk Shake
Pork BBQ Sandwich

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Three years before Ray Kroc began franchising McDonald’s, Wright’s Dairy Rite of Staunton, Virginia, started serving Superburgers. Two beef patties with cheese and lettuce, topped with special sauce and layered in a triple-decker bun, this monumental hamburger is still ..."   [Read More]
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Peter Roaman
November 15, 2005
"I've been to Wright's a number of times. First time, I stumbled across it 'cause I like to take Route 11 rather than the interstate, and it blew me away finding an actual old style drive-in with curbside service. But after a few visits the novelty wore off. The ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA
(540) 886-0435

http://www.Dairy-Rite.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The Super Burger is Wright's headliner. It's a handsome construct, but I prefer the thicker hamburgers on the menu for their juiciness.
"The Super Burger is Wright's headliner. It's a handsome construct, but I prefer the thicker hamburgers on the menu for their juiciness."
Michael Stern





A couple of Wright's classic shakes.  That's banana on the left, pineapple on the right.
"A couple of Wright's classic shakes. That's banana on the left, pineapple on the right."
Cliff Strutz


They say on the menu that the onion rings are made daily and they tasted that way.
"They say on the menu that the onion rings are made daily and they tasted that way."
Cliff Strutz


The Carolina Burger is an extra-large, hand-formed patty served with slaw, chili and onions. Being so big -- and cooked to order -- it is relatively slow fast food.
"The Carolina Burger is an extra-large, hand-formed patty served with slaw, chili and onions. Being so big -- and cooked to order -- it is relatively slow fast food."
Michael Stern


The meat on the pork BBQ is moist and tender and comes lightly sauced, with the slaw on top.
"The meat on the pork BBQ is moist and tender and comes lightly sauced, with the slaw on top."
Cliff Strutz


The dining room features some old menus with shockingly low prices.
"The dining room features some old menus with shockingly low prices."
Cliff Strutz


If you choose to dine indoors, you place your order by picking up the telephone at your booth and calling it in to the kitchen. Soon thereafter, a waitress arrives with your drinks.
"If you choose to dine indoors, you place your order by picking up the telephone at your booth and calling it in to the kitchen. Soon thereafter, a waitress arrives with your drinks."
Michael Stern


Wright's has indoor seats, but many customers choose the more traditional place for drive-in dining -- their car.
"Wright's has indoor seats, but many customers choose the more traditional place for drive-in dining -- their car."
Michael Stern


For over a half-century, Wright's has been the place to go in Staunton for a burger, a milk shake, and the sort of car-to-car sociability that thrives at night in drive-in restaurants.
"For over a half-century, Wright's has been the place to go in Staunton for a burger, a milk shake, and the sort of car-to-car sociability that thrives at night in drive-in restaurants."
Michael Stern


Staunton has grown and changed tremendously since 1952 -- as has America -- but this place has remained true to the spirit of the car culture from which it sprung.
"Staunton has grown and changed tremendously since 1952 -- as has America -- but this place has remained true to the spirit of the car culture from which it sprung."
Michael Stern



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