NOTE: see the bottom of Sunday's Site posts for homes for sale in the area
This past week 'Where is HomesMSP?' has been visiting local drive-in restaurants. It has been fun searching out these icons of decades past (no, Sonic isn't in this group), with many hearkening from the 1950's on the outer reaches of the metro area.
I have longed for years to re-discover the onion rings of the beloved A&W drive-in from Grand Forks, ND, where I grew up… (the restaurant was such a busy hang-out that it had controlled access and you had to use the token delivered with your order to raise the bar to get out!) …I think they use the same recipe for their homemade onion rings at the Minnetonka Drive-In, and although the fresh onions aren't cut as big and fat as those I remember it was still a delicious discovery!
On the opposite side of the metro, on St. Paul's East Side, I discovered Dari-ette, an Italian-American neighborhood icon which offers not just burgers and ice cream treats but also fabulous homemade Italian red sauce…which they sell by the gallon! Their famous meatball sandwich is not to be missed.
Most of the drive-ins I discovered still have the nostalgic retro look of the time when drive-in restaurants were born. Not so at the Galaxy Drive In in St. Louis Park!
There has been a local drive-in on this corner of Highway 7 and Quebec west of Highway 100 since 1951, 'Wagner's Drive-In' the most well known. The look and menu hadn't changed much over the years… until Steven Schussler, long-time St. Louis Park resident and the creative mind behind the Rainforest Cafe, bought it and transformed it into a mash-up of the Flintstones meet the Jetsons meet the Blues Brothers!
It's hard to miss the Intergalactic, Retrofuturistic and Pet Friendly Dining Experience of the new Galaxy Drive In! The latest incarnation of this neighborhood icon is more family friendly than ever, with not only a kid menu but a doggie menu as well… including free soft serve ice cream cones for your four-legged friends. Order a s'more kit and roast your own marshmallows over their fire pit.
Although food reviews are mixed, simply being there is a unique experience… whether you dine in your car or at the outdoor tables.
Click here to see homes currently for sale in the area around Galaxy Drive In at 3712 Quebec Ave S in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Please be patient while the link searches for the most current listings…click on the map to zoom in until you see icons on the dots, then pass your cursor over them for property information, click for property details.
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