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Miner’s Drive-In | Washington State Burgers Fries and Shakes
Review by: Michael Stern
Drive-In With Personality
Whatever brand of franchised fast food you want, the city of Yakima has it. Yakima also has Miner’s Drive-In. Here you will enjoy an eatery with its own personality. In the burgers fries and shakes business since 1948, Miner’s isn’t technically a drive-in. You’ll find no car hops, but it surely delivers the spirit and the menu of a vintage drive-in. And it does provide a drive-through lane, making it suitable for folks on the go and virus-avoiding meals.
The signature item, a Big Miner burger, really is very big. A broad bun nicely holds its six-inch girth. While the meat itself won’t make you swoon, its garnishes and condiments sparkle. If you seek more beefy satisfaction, have what the menu calls a Double Burger Dip. You get two patties on a sub roll (cheese optional) with a cup of au jus. Pour the gravy on the sandwich or use it as a dip: the meat will sing. French fries are decent drive-in twigs, served in abundance. The drive-in provides four different dips for fries (and burgers). Choose ketchup, mustard, barbecue ranch or the western favorite, fry sauce. That’s a mayo-ketchup mix similar to Russian dressing.
Super-Thick Milk Shakes
Miner’s earns high marks for milk shakes. They are nearly as thick as a Ted Drewes concrete, causing serious cheek hollows if you try to suck one up a straw. Actual fresh fruit, good candy and cookies, and plenty of nuts compose premium flavors. Devoted milk-shake drinkers speak highly of maple-walnut (loaded with nuts), banana cream pie, strawberry, Oreo, Reeses, peach, and pina colada. Shake sizes range from 16-ounce small to 44-ounce extra-large.
A visit to Miner’s includes not just burgers fries and shakes, but an unexpected education. Glass cases along the wall display Native-American costumes and artifacts. It’s a veritable museum of Native-American life in the Pacific Northwest!
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|