Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were determined in more ways than one.
July 05, 2011
The new fangled automobile.
"Can we stop?"
An idea whose time had come.
The drive-in restaurant has been around since the idea was conceived by J. G. Kirby, who opened a place called The Pig Stand right on the Dallas-Fort Worth Highway at the beginning of the "Roaring Twenties."
American drive-ins really took off when Ralph Stephens saw that same pig stand on that highway with “what looked like a thousand cars around it.”
That vision spawned Dolores Drive- In, home of the legendary Susi-Q potatoes that eventually found its way from Oklahoma to Beverly Hills and competed against the likes of Tiny Naylor’s on Sunset and LaBrea.
Those were the days.
Drive-ins, filled with character, characters, cars, carhops, and great food are mostly memories today.
You can still find pictures and stories of the classics in Michael Witzels "The American Drive-in" in their heyday.
Before they were toppled by the price of real estate (a high rise supplanted Dolores) and the lower prices of fast food restaurants practically next door who came out with the novel idea of the drive-through.
Sure, there are some drive-in chains even recreating carhops on roller skates, but they’re not the same.
How could they be?
No special trays that hang out your window ("be sure and roll them half way down") or fastened to your steering wheel.
I do know one thing.
When it comes to anything culinary, our members are always tray chic.