Miner’s Drive-In

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Whatever brand of franchised fast food you want, the city of Yakima likely has it. Yakima also has Miner’s Drive-In, which is one-of-a-kind. In the burger-shake-French fry business since 1948, Miner’s doesn’t actually offer car-hop service, but it delivers the spirit as well as the menu of a vintage drive-in. And it does have a drive-through lane, making it suitable for virus-avoiding meals.

The signature item, a Big Miner burger, really is very big — a good six inches across, on a bun to match — and while the meat itself is a forgettable flat patty, its garnishes and condiments make it sparkle. A good beefy alternative is what’s called a Double Burger Dip: two patties on a sub roll (cheese optional) with a cup of au jus. Using the gravy as a dip or to pour on the sandwich makes the meat sing. French fries are decent drive-in twigs, served in abundance. Four dips are available for the fries (or burgers): ketchup, mustard, barbecue ranch dressing, and the western favorite, fry sauce. That’s a mayo-ketchup mix similar to Russian dressing.

What I like best about Miner’s are 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. Among the premium flavors, made with actual fresh fruit or candy, are 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.

What to Eat
Miner’s Drive-In, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
Must-Try
A ridiculously thick maple walnut shake renders straws useless.
Miner’s Drive-In, Big Miner Burger
Big Miner Burger
The signature Big Miner burger is a reasonable 1/3 pound of beef, but the entire package is immense.
Miner’s Drive-In, Double Burger Dip
Double Burger Dip
Double Burger Dip is a gloss on French dip, but with burgers (and cheese).
Miner’s Drive-In, French Fries
French Fries
Crisp little French fry twigs are served in abundance.
Miner’s Drive-In, Fry Sauce
Fry Sauce
Fry sauce -- a mix of ketchup and mayo -- is the proper condiment for French fries in this part of the world.
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Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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