The Hob Nob Drive-In

12 Jun

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2008, the Hob Nob in Sarasota looks like a set for the old “Happy Days” TV series. This open-air burger stand has been a longtime fixture on the local dining scene. Fine dining it’s not, but if you’re in the mood for a good old greasy hamburger and some crispy fries, this will get her done. Skip the tiny cup of cole slaw (dry and bitter to my taste) that comes with most orders and focus on the tried and true standards. The Hob Nob makes a mean handmade milk shake with Edy’s ice cream — so save room if you can.

Prices at the Hob Nob are reasonable, but not exactly fast food cheap. A cheeseburger with fries and slaw will run you about $7. Add a shake and you’re well over $10 for lunch. Your bill comes to your table with a wooden clothes-pin to prevent your ticket and/or cash from blowing out into oncoming traffic on Highway 301. The onion rings are only average here (I’m guessing they’re of the frozen variety) but it’s really the history and ambiance that keeps bringing the crowds back to this classic drive-in. In an interesting twist, the Hob Nob also owns and operates a car wash and laundromat right next door. How’s that for one stop shopping?

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