Tastee Inn & Out

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Most onions are fried as rings and strings; recently, there has been a trend for whole bulbs to get tossed in the deep-fryer to become “blooming onions”; but as far as we’re concerned, there is nothing better you can do with an onion and hot oil than make onion chips. Chips are a specialty of Tastee Inn & Out, a Sioux City Drive-In that has been run by the Calligan family since the mid-1950s. A chip is vaguely potato-chip shaped, a slim, bite-size piece from one layer of an onion that when battered and fried, makes a snack food / side dish that is simply impossible to stop eating. Continue reading

Most onions are fried as rings and strings; recently, there has been a trend for whole bulbs to get tossed in the deep-fryer to become “blooming onions”; but as far as we’re concerned, there is nothing better you can do with an onion and hot oil than make onion chips. Chips are a specialty of Tastee Inn & Out, a Sioux City Drive-In that has been run by the Calligan family since the mid-1950s. A chip is vaguely potato-chip shaped, a slim, bite-size piece from one layer of an onion that when battered and fried, makes a snack food / side dish that is simply impossible to stop eating. At Tastee Inn & Out, orders of chips are sold in sizes that range from individual to a party tub; and they are accompanied, as is local custom for all fried onions in Siouxland, by a creamy white dip that is a local cognate of what Utahans know as fry sauce.

The other item on the menu that all visitors need to know about is the Tastee sandwich, this drive-in’s version of the locally popular loosemeats. It is ground beef on a bun, sort of like a fallen-apart hamburger but with extra seasoning in the meat. Tastee’s version bears virtually no resemblance to the ground beef dishes that are known elsewhere in other parts of America as the sloppy Joe (Midwestern), American chop suey (Yankee), New Joe Special (San Francisco Bay), or Cheez-br-gr (southern Indiana). Compared to any of these other presentations, the tastee is veritably Spartan: just meat and seasoning, no sauce at all. (But pickle and onion on top, please! And of course a stratum of melting orange cheese.)

As you might infer from the name of the restaurant, Tastee Inn & Out is a drive-in with a walk-up order window but no seats whatsoever inside. Most people place their orders at a drive-by menu that is equipped with a speaker and microphone and pick them up through the car window farther down the line. There is a picnic table and a large parking lot for in-car dining

Dishes to try
Tastee Inn & Out, onion chips
onion chips
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A pair of Tastee onion chips on the dashboard
Tastee Inn & Out, Tastee sandwich
Tastee sandwich
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A Tastee sandwich served in the traditional manner -- wrapped in paper that serves as a dropcloth to hold meat that falls out while you eat.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday11 am - 11 pm
Monday11 am - 11 pm
Tuesday11 am - 11 pm
Wednesday11 am - 11 pm
Thursday11 am - 11 pm
Friday11 am - 12 am
Saturday11 am - 12 am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 4 hr 5 min total driving
5 stops | 2 hr 14 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes