South 21 Drive-In

Drive-In | Hamburgers
Worth a detour

When South 21 Drive-In boasts that its Super Boy burger is a meal in itself, that’s only partially true. It’s a lot of food, for sure: two good-size patties with the works in a sesame bun crowned with a quartered pickle spear and sided by a heap of French fries. That may indeed be a meal, but the large cadre of fans of this vintage 1955 drive-in know that no meal is complete without an order of onion rings. They are individual hoops that arrive so greaseless that they first appear to have been baked, not fried. But after a few bites, the luxury of the fry kettle becomes deliciously apparent as the crust melts and melds with the sweet vein of onion it contains. With a jot of salt added, these are four-star o-rings. The other thing necessary to complete the meal is either cherry-flavored lemon Sundrop (a tradition hereabouts) or, better still, one of South 21’s excellent milk shakes, blended to order.

While we love this old-fashioned drive-in with its articulated windowside trays and Servus-Fone ordering equipment at every car slip, we do believe the hamburgers need doctoring up; they tend to be dry enough to beg for extra condiments. That’s why many regulars prefer the heftier and juicier hamburger steak or the drippy fried chicken.

What to Eat
South 21 Drive-In, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
For me, onion rings are the stand-out dish. At first bite, I wasn't sure I liked them because they didn't have the grease factor I expected. Into my 2nd, 3rd, 4th rings, it dawned on me just how good they are. Greaseless perhaps, but that in no way precludes extreme lusciousness. (note the Servus Fone apparatus in the background.)
South 21 Drive-In, Fish-O-Burger
The Fish-O-Burger tastes much better than it sounds. Those are two firm lengths of flavorful trout on the sandwich.
South 21 Drive-In, Super Boy Burger
Super Boy Burger
The signature dish of the South 21 Drive-In is a Super Boy Burger: twin patties dressed to the nines with French fries and a pickle spear.
Cherry Lemon Sundrop
Milk Shake
Directions and Hours
open now
Tuesday11 am - 3 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday11 am - 9:30 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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