Saturday Night Cruisin' - Gus' Drive-In

As mentioned in my last post, we've been taking long drives and exploring small towns here in Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin. It's amazing how many small towns here still have quaint town squares. diners, and drive-in restaurants here in the heart of the midwest.

We recently heard about Gus' Drive-in in the sleepy little town of East Troy Wisconsin and headed out this past Saturday evening to check out their cruise night. We arrived there just before 6pm and the place was hopping. Families and people from both Wisconsin and Illinois come for the great food and ice cream, to check out all the slick cars, and to listen to the fab oldies being played in a mobile DJ booth.

We saw cars from the 40s to the 70s...beautifully restored old cars, to old race cars and custom street rods, and a few that are awaiting some TLC. Definitely something for everyone. A few of my faves were the 1957 Chevy Belair (my dream car), and the old Ford Country Squire station wagon (ohhh I would look so fab in this retro grocery getter, huh?)


The Menu at Gus' is sizeable, offering what most would expect at a diner or drive-in: Burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, but also includes typical Chicago-style items such as Chicago-style hotdogs, Italian Beef sandwiches, Italian and Polish Sausages, and Gyros. They also offer a few more modern items, such as gourmet coffee, hot tea, several types of salads, and broasted chicken. They've got a good variety of sundaes, shakes, malts, and other ice cream dishes, and a decent kids menu. The prices are reasonable, portions are good and the food was delicious. They have something for just about everyone.

Hubby had a juicy cheeseburger and I had the chicken breast melt on rye (grilled chicken, grilled onions mozzarella cheese and BBQ sauce. The mozzarella cheese seemed a little odd with BBQ sauce, but was pretty yummy just the same). The crinkle cut fries, the best kind, were hot and crispy. Their shakes and malts are thick and delicous. It wasn't exactly a low-fat meal, but it sure was tasty!

We really enjoyed hanging out at Gus' cruise night. A nice drive on a beautiful summer evening, good food, fab cars, a nice family crowd, and great oldies music. A great way to spend a Saturday night in the midwest....we'll definitely be going back! 

Do you know of any great diners, drive-ins or other great roadside attractions in the midwest? What's your favorite?

(This was not a sponsored or official review...just the author's experience and opinions.)

1 comment:

Amy said...

we were in that area sat night too, but we didn't stop at the car show. my dad, sister and brother were there sometime after 7ish though.

check out the east troy railroad museum and an old fashioned type ice cream parlor (Lauber's) in East Troy too if you haven't already


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