Ah, the drive-in! Tasty burgers, fries, rings, malts, ice cream... it's not all health food, but it sure does hit the spot! Something about service in your car - sometimes delivered by car hops on skates - makes it a cooler experience.
The drive-in is an all-American invention, launching in the 1930s and really becoming a force after World War II. One of the oldest remaining drive-in restaurants in the country is The Spot in Kenosha, which has been at it since 1945. In my own State Trunk Tour road trip website, I catalog 20+ drive-ins around Wisconsin that remain open (usually seasonally), locally-owned, and great places to stop.
In our latest episode of The Cabin (called "Wisconsin's Best Bites: Drive-In Edition"), Mariah and I talk about Wisconsin drive-in restaurants, including nearby places like The Kiltie in Oconomowoc, Wayne's Drive-In in Cedarburg, Gus' Drive-In in East Troy, The Spot and Andy's in Kenosha, Annie's Burger Town (a recent discovery of mine) on the north side of Elkhorn, Mullins Short Stop in Columbus, up to Chester's in Plymouth (where I took this delectable picture), and a lot more across the state! We also dive into the world of post-production for the Discover Wisconsin TV show, with producers and editors in as guests. And yes, a few behind-the-scenes stories get revealed.
Above: A loaded-up burger, awesome deep fried cheese curds, and a malt at Chester's in Plymouth, along Highway C just west of Highway 57.
Below: A tasty burger with perfectly fried onion rings at Gus' Drive-In in East Troy, along County ES just southwest of their town square.