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Back to the 50’s Drive-In

June 28, 2010

  • 8510 M-140
  • South Haven, MI 49090
  • (269) 637-1954
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

I guess it’s kind of throwback Monday.  As we were driving from Ma’s to the beach in South Haven, we came across a drive-in.  We obviously couldn’t eat then, but once we left after diving into three foot waves like a couple teenagers, we headed back for drinks.

Back to the 50’s Drive-In is on M-140 near the Blue Star Highway just south of the city of South Haven.  It’s actually an old A & W that has been rehabbed in recent years.  They do still have carhops, but there is also a walk-up window inside the building.

We pulled in around five o’clock and the carhop noticed us and grabbed a menu.  We were going to get out, but since she was already coming, we just stayed in the car.  Since we had just eaten a couple hours earlier, we weren’t super hungry, but wanted some sort of drink.

We found the small drink list on the flip side of the menu.  There was a large selection of shake flavors and that’s what we both ended up getting.  I stuck with a pretty simple vanilla shake, but J, of course, went a little more crazy.  She got a banana split shake. 

J mentioned that she sort of wished we knew about this place for lunch because the chicken strips sounded good. I suggested we just get one order and split them on the way home.  I wasn’t hungry enough to eat a whole meal on my own, but splitting one sounded like a good idea.

The waitress took our order and came back ten minutes later with our two shakes and the fresh out of the fryer chicken strips packed up in a Styrofoam to-go container.  Again, we really didn’t have enough cash between the two of us and were lucky they took credit.  I handed my card to the carhop and started to dig into the steaming hot chicken strips while she went to swipe it.

Our bill was around $15.  The shakes were pretty expensive at $5 a piece, but they were a pretty good size.  J really liked hers, but said there were a lot of pieces of banana (and pineapple?).  She could have done with less of those, but still liked the creation.  My shake was good to0, but it’s just a vanilla shake.  Just the way I like it.

After taking care of our business, we headed home.  The chicken strips were still pretty hot and needed a little time to cool.  Once they did, they were actually quite delicious.  They’re food service strips, but they were cooked well.  Nice and crispy and not greasy at all.  The fries are fast food fries similar to McDonalds.  There were quite a bit in the box along with a couple ketchup packets and a small cup of BBQ sauce for the chicken.

The food was good.  Classic drive-in food.  Like our previous stop, it’s more about the atmosphere.  The food is solid, but nothing extraordinary.  It’s one of those road food stops that is so hard for J and I to drive past and not stop at.

Vanilla Milkshake and Banana Split Milkshake

Chicken Tender Basket

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kala Barnett permalink
    October 5, 2010 9:22 am

    As a very frequent patron of The 50’s Drive-in, i believe that your review was ENTIRLEY WRONG. The resturaunt is known for it’s burgers, chicago style hotdogs, and shakes. Not chicken baskets. So as a suggestion for next time you do a review, ask the waitress/waiter what the place’s specialty is, and order that. You can’t say that a resturaunt’s food isn’t extrordinary unless you try more than one thing, especially a chicken basket, which is all deep fryed and has no way of portraying what the rest of the food is like.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      October 5, 2010 12:17 pm

      aren’t opinions a great thing?

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