Little did I know that I would start such a large thread. It seems that I have missed a lot of great local drive-ins all over the country. I will visit as many as I can, however, I don’t get to the East Coast often. Thanks to all who replied to this thread. [:)]
Another great drive-in worth mentioning is Don’s Drive-in in Traverse City, Michigan. I was there in May and had a fine foot long coney with curly seasoned fries. But the star of the meal was the cherry fresh fruit shake. It had big pieces of cherry throughout and was the best milkshake I have ever had!
Thanks for the tip on Skyway Drive-in. I will be in Akron again next week and will try them out. Any preference between Skyway and Swenson’s?
Wonder if that’s the old A&W? Became Cluck’s sometime in the 70s (name notwithstanding, I don’t think chicken was a highlight). Definitely give us a writeup.
I remember there was a nice old-school ice cream parlor nearby; wonder if it’s still there? Do kids still eat ice cream? I just don’t know if it’s still "cool".
Nope, it was Skyway. Similar concept though. http://www.skywaydrive-in.com/ I ate at the one in Medina. Cheeseburg basket (grilled onions on the burger) with fries & slaw. Coffee Milkshake. Another cheeseburg with extra cheese and grilled onions to go. I was looking for Swensons and found Skway first. Hunger ruled so I stopped there. There are 4 locations on the menu, but only 3 on the website, so I don’t know if one is new or closed.
I enjoyed my meal though.
I assume the drive-in you are referring to in Akron is Swenson’s. http://www.swensonsdriveins.com There are, I believe, seven of them in the greater Akron area. I ate at the one in Stow on Sunday on the way to Cleveland for a baseball game. I had a Galleyboy (double cheeseburger), Potato Puffs, a California (ginger ale & grape soda) and a Cherry shake. Well worth the detour!
They seem to abound in Akron, OH. I will post name and locations of the one I sampled this past weekend when I retrieve the menu from my car. The claim to fame there is sweet hamburger meat. The meat has brown or white sugar added before cooking.
There is also a drive in in Ypsilanti, MI on MI Avenue. I do plan to stop in before I leave for GA. so I will give you a description then.
Also, don’t forget the Varsity in Atlanta, GA. Biggest, if not the best!
The following is a list of mom & pop drive-ins with curb service that I have patronized during 2005 and 2006:
Allen’s Root Beer, 378 W Chicago St (US-12), Coldwater, MI
Arnold’s Drive In, 222 N 13th St (US-27), Decatur, IN
Bellevue Drive-In, 9787 Battle Creek Hwy, Bellevue, MI
Coney Hut Drive Inn, 547 E Chicago Rd (US-12), Jonesville, MI
Hi-Lite Drive In, 1005 E Michigan Ave, Marshall, MI
Mason’s Root Beer Drive In, 1201 E National Hwy, Washington, IN
Rudy’s Drive In, 4061 Page Ave, Michigan Center, MI
Sumburger Restaurant, 1487 N Bridge St, Chillicothe, OH
Tree’s Drive In, 855 W Main St (US-27), Berne, IN
The Sumburger has a web site, http://www.sumburger.com
Bar-B-Que King on Wilkinson Blvd in Charlotte…actually go for the fried perch plate. There is no good bbq in Charlotte.
Beacon Drive In in Spartanburg,SC…Chili Cheese a Plenty is enough for two and maybe three adults.
You are all so lucky to know of drive-ins and live near them. No such luck here in Huntsville, AL. Anyone know of any close around?
While I was driving around Washington state last month, I found a great little drive-in just outside Yakima. It is called The Laredo and it is located on Hwy. 12 in Naches. We had plans to wait and eat in Yakima, but the place was too enticing to resist. The burgers, ham barbecues and shakes were all quite good.
Closer to home, Jerry’s Curb Service in Bridgewater, Pa. is still going strong since 1947. http://www.jerryscurbservice.com
I know of a little drive in, mom & pop style, in Lincoln, Ks. It has the best burgers and ice cream. So if anyone ever gets near the place, one should try it out! It is just south of the intersection of Ks. hwy 14 & 18. The name is Sunset Drive Inn,, just a little hole in the wall place. In the winter they serve the best homemade soups!
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. The high-cholesterol Wisconsin diet was a suitable challenge for the Viking descendants who originally settles here. For the others, think of it as Darwinian Selection: The Take-Home Game. [:D]
I mean, does any other state automatically BUTTER their hamburgers????
I returned from southeast Texas last night. Sadly, there remains only one Pig Stand in Beaumont – on Calder Ave. The College Street location apparently closed down in February. The one on Calder is no longer a drive through – it’s eat in only. Sadly, the food seems to be slipping. The food they served me was cold and pretty tasteless.
I took some pictures and will post them this evening.
My arteries hardened just LOOKING at their menu…
About the only drive-in I can recall that is in operation in the Harrisonburg, Va. area
is the Bar-B-Q-Ranch. They make excellent barbeque, burgers, shrimp, chicken, and fries.
You can go in and sit, or sit in your car and they come out to take your orders.
It’s on Rt. 11 North of Harrisonburg, just a mile or so outside of city limits. Worth
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