Want to relive the good old days when you could just pull up, give your order and enjoy your food from the comfort of your car? Well, look no further. Here are Sacramento’s best drive-ins.
6229 Watt Ave
North Highlands, CA 95660
Lou’s Drive-In in North Highlands is nearly half a century old and counting. The original owner, Lou Bergh, passed away in 1993, but his friend and business partner, Don Roberge, now runs the place. At Lou’s, you can get a Burger, an order of fries and a milkshake for under $6! Be sure to try their specialty banana milkshake, which is made from scratch.
Snow White Drive-In
1210 W Turner Rd.
Lodi, CA 95242-2354
You’ve probably driven past it, especially if you’ve spent time cooling off across the street in Lodi Lake. Snow White Drive-In is a burger joint that is as down and dirty as it gets. The “Snow White Special” is a customer favorite. It’s a $5.29 double cheeseburger that regulars swear is the best in the Central Valley. There is also a special sauce that is spread on the burgers that is absolutely delicious. Check them out!
10408 Franklin Blvd.
Elk Grove, California 95757
C.J’s sits between antique shops and a roller rink, this establishment has to be one of the coolest joints around. Until a few years ago, C.J’s was about the only place to wine and dine in Elk Grove. While the area has grown, CJ’s hasn’t. The place has the same rustic, comfy feel as when it was a mule station and bar a hundred plus years ago. This is a really local hangout; regulars have been coming in for years. There is lots of memorabilia that hangs on the walls; you feel like you’ve traveled through time. Cheeseburgers are a favorite, but there are some surprises on the menu too. The dinner menu includes a steak, which regulars say is the best around.
763 West F Street
Oakdale, CA 95361
Gillman’s Drive-In is a neighborhood joint defined. A landmark in Oakdale, it represents 50 years and three generations of the best fast food around. The establishment uses fresh meat in the patties, and the same recipe as the day they opened the store. This eatery is also a great place to stop for a snack before you head up to the Sierra.