Wright’s Dairy Rite

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Ice Cream Parlor
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Three years before Ray Kroc began franchising McDonald’s, Wright’s Dairy Rite of Staunton, Virginia, started serving Superburgers. Two beef patties with cheese and lettuce, topped with special sauce and layered in a triple-decker bun, this monumental hamburger is still served as it was in 1952 – by car hops at the window of your vehicle in a car slip at the side of the restaurant. Wright’s added a dining room in 1989, so it is possible to eat inside, where décor includes a handsome Wurlitzer juke box (with CDs rather than 45s) and vintage Wright’s menus from the 1950s and 1960s.

If really hungry and in search of juiciness, forgo the Superburger for a Monsterburger. That is one-half pound of beef barely sandwiched in a bun, available in a basket, with French fries or, better yet, with Wright’s homemade onion rings. To drink with this festive heap of food, one needs a shake. At Wright’s, milk shakes are the real thing, available in chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla, as well as with real bananas or strawberries, with or without malted milk for additional richness. While on the subject of dairy products, we should also note that this place knows how to make a fine banana split, a float, and a flurry (candy and/or cookies blended into soft-serve ice cream).

Wright’s serves three meals a day, and the menu goes well beyond burgers. There are regular and foot-long hot dogs, pork barbecue on a bun, sandwich baskets with potato chips and a pickle, whole submarines, hearty chili with beans, and even a few low-fat wraps. In addition to milk shakes and soda pop, the beverage list includes that drink known to connoisseurs of Dixie mixology as the champagne of the South – pre-sweetened ice tea, served in cups that range up to one-quart size.

What to Eat
Wright’s Dairy Rite, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
Must-Try
A couple of Wright's classic shakes. That's banana on the left, pineapple on the right.
Wright’s Dairy Rite, Carolina Burger
Carolina Burger
Must-Try
The Carolina Burger is an extra-large, hand-formed patty served with slaw, chili and onions. Being so big -- and cooked to order -- it is relatively slow fast food.
Wright’s Dairy Rite, Superburger
Superburger
The Super Burger is Wright's headliner. It's a handsome construct, but I prefer the thicker hamburgers on the menu for their juiciness.
Monsterburger
Wright’s Dairy Rite, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
They say on the menu that the onion rings are made daily and they tasted that way.
Wright’s Dairy Rite, Pork BBQ Sandwich
Pork BBQ Sandwich
The meat on the pork BBQ is moist and tender and comes lightly sauced, with the slaw on top.
Tater Tots
Sausage Cheeseburger
Mushroom Swiss Burger
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 9 pm
Monday10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday10 am - 9 pm
Wednesday10 am - 9 pm
Thursday10 am - 9 pm
Friday10 am - 10 pm
Saturday10 am - 10 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 218 MILES | 4 hr 15 min

Skyline Drive

The 105-mile two-lane that threads through Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, has decent food at its National Park Service Oases. (Try the Smithfield Ham Monte Cristo or the roast turkey with cornbread stuffing at Big Meadows Lodge at mile 51.2.) But when big appetite beckons, we head for one of the four entry/exit…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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