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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In sight


It must be right. The back of Steak 'N Shake on Wabash.

Back before we started driving, my then best friend, Gail, and I would go roller skating almost every Friday and Saturday night. On the nights her mom would pick us up, we'd stop at Steak 'N Shake on South Grand (which is no longer there). It was the old-time drive-in where a car hop would come out to the car, take your order, and then return with the food on a tray which got hooked onto the partially rolled down car window. Her mom would always order a fried egg sandwich and a bowl of chili. I thought that was so adventurous at the time.

Posted by Marie at September 19, 2007 11:22 PM


I lived in St. Louis for a couple of years. I discovered the Steak 'n Shake on Natural Bridge Rd. right across from where I worked. Used to love to go there usually for the namesake foods. I was always fascinated by the bottles of small chiles they had on each table. Nothing like them in Michigan where I grew up.

Posted by: Kem White Author Profile Page at September 20, 2007 6:12 AM

No Steak 'N Shakes in New Orleans that I remember. Our local drive-ins were Hopper's. The car hops would run to and from the cars to serve the customers. You could hear the loose change jangling in their pockets. One of my fondest memories. Dad and Mom would take us there for ice cream. Mom would get a hot fudge sundae and everyone else would get a cone. Her treat for putting up with all of us, I suppose. :) And, yes, the tray went on the window glass and was always a trial and error thing to get the glass at the exact right height.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at September 20, 2007 9:28 AM

"... it must be right."

And remember: "We protect your health."

That's still the oddest billboard slogan I've ever seen for a fast-food joint.

Posted by: Dan at September 20, 2007 11:14 AM

Kem, Are you supposed to sprinkle that chile liquid in your chili or on your fries? I never did try it.

Rob, We once had a car that had metal trim along the top edge of the glass. I always wondered if that was invented to help keep food trays in place.

Dan, Very odd, indeed. I guess they thought if they had all four food groups covered, they were in the health business. I don't know. Anyway, that must have been for the one in Normal. I never saw it around here.

Posted by: Marie at September 20, 2007 1:02 PM