If you are looking for good food and a fun experience, try a drive in! Popular in the 50s and 60s, drive-ins have largely fallen out of style, but we are fortunately enough to have some right here in our own county! Drive-ins Diners are something everyone should experience once in a while. In their heyday, you would drive up to a drive-in, get your order taken from your window (often by roller-skating waitresses!), and then wait in your car to get your food delivered. You would then eat in your car with your date or group of friends. Today, most drive-ins have lost the in-car service, but still serve up the old-fashioned, all-America 50’s fare. So, grab a friend, maybe grease your hair or put on your bobby socks, and head out for a fun dining experience. Here is a list of some of the Drive-in restaurants in Mount Vernon and throughout Skagit County.
2030 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon
Burgermaster has been a family-owned drive-in since 1952. They serve up grass-fed beef patties, Alaskan cod fish, breaded in house, and house-made tartar sauce. And like all good 50’s diners, they have an assortment of shakes and malts that will make you feel like putting on a poodle skirt or leather jacket and heading to a sock hop. Not to be left in the past, they have a modern menu with things like veggie burgers and grilled crab and swiss sandwiches. Many of their customers have been going to their restaurants (there are five throughout Northwest Washington) since they opened. For more information, visit the Burgermaster website.
The Net Drive-In
18037 Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon
Since 1955 The Net Drive-In has been serving up burgers to hungry greasers in Mount Vernon. Their claim to fame? Twenty-five flavors of milkshakes! Perfectly paired with any of their made-fresh entrees like a chicken, fish, shrimp or clam basket, or their famous burgers. If you are looking to go all out, try the Western burger. They even have hot dogs and tacos – there is something for everyone at this Drive-In. For more information visit The Net Drive-In on Facebook.
321 State Street, Sedro-Woolley
What started out as a Dairy Queen, became Phyates Ice Cream in 1948, then Sedro Wolley Drive In, and finally, Hal’s Drive-In in 1964. Since then, Hal’s has been a staple in the area. From Hal’s famous “goop” spread for burgers and tartar sauce for fish and chips, the same recipes are still being used today by the current owners. If you are hungry, try the half-pound Jumbo burger. They have a large selection of chicken as well as beef burgers, hot dogs and even serve breakfast! And of course, they have over 15 flavors of milkshakes. For more information, visit the Hal’s Drive-In website.
45292 State Route 20, Concrete
Cascade Burgers has a full menu with burgers, sandwiches, baskets, salads, side and kid’s menu and of course, dessert. They have almost 30 flavors for their milkshakes, which you can mix and match to create endless delicious combinations – Caramel Hot Cocoa Cake shake anyone? For burgers, they have chicken and veggies options, and even gluten free buns. For more information visit the Cascade Burgers website.