Summer wouldn’t be complete without that burger-milkshake-fries trifecta from a classic Central Oregon drive-in.
Nothing says, “summer is here!” like a burger hot off a sizzling grill with a side of piping hot fries, preferably served with a milkshake. No Central Oregon summer vacation or staycation is complete without a stop at one of several nostalgia-rich, drive-in burger joints sprinkled around Central Oregon.
In Bend, Pilot Butte Drive-In is without peer. The place retains its vintage A & W feel, complete with drive-up stalls. Wash the grub down with a fountain soda or, even better, a handmade chocolate malt.
917 NE Greenwood Ave., Bend
If you venture east, the Tastee Treet in Prineville is a mandatory stop. The drive-in feels like a historic landmark, with the old-fashioned sign intact and a drive-up window. The burgers and shakes on the menu don’t change, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Tastee Treet is a great stop in Prineville while you’re on the road, but it also serves as a destination itself.
493 NE 3rd St., Prineville
When in Redmond, the place to be is Jody’s, where it’s always standing room only. The classic burger is always a win, but the specialty burgers are inventive and won’t disappoint. The outdoor seating adds to the classic ambiance of this place.
807 SW 14th St., Redmond
Sno Cap Drive In
The perpetual line outside of Sno-Cap in the summer may seem daunting, but it’s there for good reason. Sno-Cap has some of the best burgers and fries in the region that satisfy after any day hiking in the Three Sisters Wilderness or swimming in one of the nearby lakes. The milkshake list is long, so it may require a few repeat visits to make your way through it all.
380 W Cascade Ave., Sisters
With covered drive-up stalls and waitstaff zipping around on old school roller skates, Dandy’s is a true throwback to the days of muscle cars, drag racing and pop crooning. Dandy’s keeps it simple with burgers, fries, milkshakes and few other drive-in worthy items. The burgers are made to order and served up with a side of piping hot fries, the perfect treat on a long summer day.
1334 NE 3rd St., Bend