Pick Quick Drive-In

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Roadside Stand
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We’ve been fans of Pick Quick for decades and assure you that nothing about this happy snack shack has changed except the prices. It remains a bargain – feasting on a double bacon cheeseburger, French fries, and a marshmallow hot fudge milk shake costs about $10, the cost of a meal also buying access to an extraordinarily pleasant dining area in a grassy grove of picnic tables with beds of colorful petunias all around.

Frankly, I would like this food even if it was served in a warehouse. Here you find perfect renditions of roadside quick eats, including hamburgers grilled to crisp-edged, glistening succulence along with freshly-cut French fries just moments out of the fry kettle, and a huge repertoire of milk shakes, including many summertime ones loaded with sunny fruits and berries. The burgers are fairly small, so a double makes sense; even a triple is good, although if you get it piled with cheese, grilled onions (a must!), and bacon, slippage and drippage are inevitable. While I am not saying that these are great gourmet burgers, they are truly great drive-in burgers: American classics.

Pick Quick is a minuscule establishment that originally served as the canteen for a long-gone drive-in movie. Its kitchen is ridiculously small, and on busy weekends, expect to wait in line. But the wait usually isn’t too long, and once you get to the head of the line, service is genuinely friendly. The tiny kitchen where milk shakes are made using a double-wanded blender and burgers come off the grill with lightning speed is all about efficiency. Orders are delivered within moments of their being placed.

Business is cash-only. No indoor seating is available.

What to Eat
Pick Quick Drive-In, Summer Fruit Milkshake
Summer Fruit Milkshake
Must-Try
Sun-Kissed shake: combo of peach and cherry, with bits of fruit.
Pick Quick Drive-In, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
French fries come HOT from the kettle.
Pick Quick Drive-In, Double Bacon Cheeseburger
Double Bacon Cheeseburger
Must-Try
Double cheeseburger deluxe with bacon: impeccable drive-in cuisine
Pick Quick Drive-In, Marshmallow Milk Shake with Hot Fudge
Marshmallow Milk Shake with Hot Fudge
Must-Try
Marshmallow milk shake with hot fudge added. Superb!
Pick Quick Drive-In, Coney
Coney
Underneath onions, cheese, & chili, is a big, buff hot dog.
Chili Fritos
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 6pm
Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday10am - 6pm
Wednesday10am - 6pm
Thursday10am - 6pm
Friday10am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 6pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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