- 1299 Lincoln Road
- Allegan, MI 49010
- (269) 673-4555
- No Known Website
Sunday’s have become our day for venturing out. It’s the only day J and I have off together so I do my best to get up before noon. I got home really late from work last night, so getting up was really hard this morning. Lucky for me, I have J and L to wake me up.
It’s kind of funny because after they work me up, L needed a nap, so I got up only to get up and lay on the couch while the two ladies went back to bed for a while. J was texting me from the bedroom telling me she was hungry. When L got up, she wanted to go eat somewhere.
There’s a couple places in Allegan I wanted to go to so I gave J the choice. She picked Corky’s Drive-In on M-89 right on the edge of town.
The small drive in sits across the street from the Road Commission right near the city limits. It doesn’t look like the typical drive in with the long awning that extends out from the main building. There is an awning that comes out from the building and hangs over the parking spaces, but you park perpendicular to the building instead of parallel.
There’s a large menu board hanging on the wall near the picnic tables that take up space next to the building. We weren’t 100% sure that it was carhop service when we pulled in, but almost as soon as we were parked, a carhop came out of the building and came toward us.
The menu is pretty much what you would expect from a drive-in. There are a number of sandwiches and fried foods including broaster chicken meals. J had heard that the burgers were really good and I don’t really need much convincing to order a burger. I got the Bacon Cheeseburger basket which comes with fries and slaw. For a drink, I went with a large Coke that is served in a large plastic root beer mug. The burger is standard greasy spoon diner fare. It’s a fairly thin burger with a slice of American cheese and crispy flat top bacon. The burger was nice and greasy…just the way I like it. The fries were actually the stand out here. They were battered and fried to a crispy golden brown. While the burger was pretty standard drive-in fare, the fries were not. They were quite delicious.
J ordered a grilled cheese with fries and a large mug of Root Beer. The grilled cheese was, again, pretty standard. Two slice of white bread with American cheese in the middle. The diner style flat top gave it a deep golden brown color and J seemed to like it, but she was more interested in the fries.
The total for that portion of the meal was just a little over $14 and Corky’s only accepts cash. Lucky for us we had just made an ATM stop or neither of us would have had the cash on us. There are signs all over the place though, so you shouldn’t be caught by surprise.
When the carhop came back to get our tray, J asked about the “Hot Donut’s” on the menu. The Hot Donut Deluxe sounded really special with a deep fried doughnut, ice cream and chocolate sauce, but J wanted something she could eat in the car, so she stuck with the Hot Sour Donut. It’s still a deep fried ball of dough that she said was a little bit sweet and a little bit sour. That set us back about another two bucks.
Corky’s Drive-In fits the bill as a nostalgic drive-in. The food is solid and our server was fantastic. At one point, L, who was sitting in the front seat with us during lunch, got to the car horn and the carhop came running out. We were frantically trying to wave her off a little embarrassed that we looked like impatient assholes, but she seemed to understand.
Corky’s is definitely a place for a solid greasy spoon meal. Whether you’re driving through Allegan or looking for a Sunday drive, keep this one in your back pocket.