Wagner's Drive-In in Brooklyn Park, MN
Ok, so it doesn't really qualify as a "roadtrip," I guess, but it did take me about a half hour to drive there from my home.
I was giving a lecture at the Liberian Consulate in Brooklyn Park, MN on Friday afternoon, and before I went, did a search to see if there were any Roadfood-worthy spots. Found this place: Wagner's Drive-In
So, we went there for a late lunch/snack (around 3 p.m.).
According to the web site, it's been there "35 years," but I think it was actually opened around 1972. The original version was in St. Louis Park; I'm not sure that one exists any longer.
Anyway, it is a true "drive-in," in the sense that they still have car hop service. You park at one of the stands, peruse the menu, and flip a switch when you are ready to order (it turns on a light), and the car hop comes and takes your order.
In a few minutes, she returns (complete with the obligatory addressing you as "Hon") with the laden tray and places it on your car window (partly rolled down, of course). When you're done, you flip the switch again, and she removes the tray and presents you with the bill. You can also have your food packed to go if you don't want to eat in your car.
It's a little run down, and like so many of these family-owned places, it seems, one of the owners has health issues, which has resulted in a cut-back in their open hours (now closed on Sundays) and also in a fundraiser coming up later in October.
As for the food -- my husband's cheeseburger was exactly what you'd expect in a joint like this, in a good way. He said the hamburger bun was especially tasty. The fries that he had, and the onion rings I had, were probably out of a Sysco bag, but they weren't greasy and had been fried in fresh-tasting oil. I ordered two fried chicken wings, which tasted fine at the time, but I was still "tasting" them two days later. I didn't get sick or anything, so I suspect I may just be sensitive to whatever batter or seasoning they use. We each had fountain Cokes to drink, but I gather their milkshakes are very popular. They also make their own soups, which I didn't try, but I understand from their Facebook page that they're making wild rice soup these days. https://www.facebook.com/Wagners-Drive-In-North-118580844825622/
They serve sandwiches (like turkey) on kaiser rolls, which is a big plus for me, so if I go back, that's most likely what I'll have.
They also host the Wag-Niters Car Club https://wagniters.webs.com/
in the summertime.
It would have been out-of-the-way for the Twin Cities Crawl, but if you're in that area anyway -- and it is open year around -- it's worth a visit.