Lou’s Drive-In is closing this Sunday, September 3rd. So if you want a last Lou’s fix before the summer ends you’ve got less than a week to get there. And prepare for a crowd, I originally went on Sunday and it was so crowded I thought I’d go back on Monday after the lunch rush hour and that time is here now. And a special driver is waiting outside to whisk us to this iconic Peoria drive-in...
And that special driver is my dad, Jerry Wombacher! The nicest guy in the world! We thought we’d have a little father-son outing for the last seasonal stop at Lou’s Drive-In. And there it is, straight ahead!
Lou’s Drive-in, the oldest drive-in in Peoria. There’s the closing sign for next Sunday. And even though it’s after one in the afternoon on a Monday, there’s still a crowd here! Doesn’t anybody work or go to school anymore?
There weren’t any seats around the island, so we ordered at the window. That’s Olivia looking very cute and she took our order. After we ordered two spots opened up on the island and we grabbed them!
Here’s the view from my seat: There’s the lit-up menu, some smiling faces are back there in the kitchen and Olivia takes another order at the window.
Here’s a shot of the other side of the island and as you can see, all of these spots are filled too! Looks like they’ve had a run on their famous popcorn!
Meanwhile, back at our seats, the first of three ice cream treats has arrived! My dad got a root beer float and it looks delicious. He said it was really tasty and creamy. It’s made with the home-made root beer here at Lou’s.
One thing I’ve never had here is the chocolate malt, so I ordered one. It was really thick, rich and had a nice sweet, malted milk ball flavor to it!
I had one more ice cream treat on the way, but I ordered a cheeseburger to act as a palate cleanser in between the chilly treats. I realized after I ordered it that I’ve never had a cheeseburger here! I usually get either a corn dog or a chili cheese dog. It arrived and at first I wondered where the cheese, mustard and onion were and then I flipped the burger up and all the toppings are on the bottom! It was really a good burger and I like the fact that it’s not huge, it’s really the perfect size because you don’t feel stuffed after you eat it. The bun was toasted nicely and the burger and melted cheese was tasty and satisfying!
After the burger it started to slow down a little bit and we met the other pretty woman on duty, Vickie! Vickie told us this is her 15th summer at Lou’s and Olivia is on her 6th summer of duty! Two veterans of Lou’s!
Now Olivia’s going to work on the last ice cream item, a butterscotch sundae. One thing I like about Lou’s is they’ve kept it simple, there’s not a ton of choices here, it’s chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch and strawberry. No Wizards, Blizzards, Gizzards or 79 flavors to pick from and I think that’s a good thing. It takes me back to a time when there was just three channels on a TV, the phone was stuck to the wall and people actually looked at each other when they were out instead of staring at a phone like a zombie-waffle wing-wang. Okay, here’s Olivia with the sundae and she made it in record time, you can tell she’s made quite a few of these in her six summer’s of duty at Lou’s!
As I said, the treats here at Lou’s are simple. Creamy, soft-serve vanilla ice cream and sweet butterscotch syrup.
Simple yet oh, so delicious! Sometimes all you need are two flavors for a fabulous and tasty ice cream treat! That’s it for Lou’s till next season! Thanks to Olivia and Vickie for the great service and conversation! And thanks to my dad for driving and hanging out with me, it was a fun afternoon, till I had to go to work! We’ll see you all tomorrow.
Ice Cream Rating
Three and a half ice cream cones. Lou’s serves up the ice cream and food the old fashioned way and I hope they never change!
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