Last night we followed our Valentines evening tradition and headed to Keller’s drive-in. As I mentioned in my Valentine’s Day post it is an old timey drive-in complete with car-hops who still look like they did in the 80’s. They call you “hon” and “sweetie” and they don’t even know you. It’s a composition of bikers, families, couples, hot rods, single guys, dogs ridin’ shotgun and folks driving through for cases of cold beer. Keller’s may be the cheapest place in town judging by the number of cars who pull up and never turn off their engines. They cruise in, order a case, pay and keep on movin’, dodging pot holes and car hops.
We ordered our #5 Specials with grilled onions, tater tots and two cold brews. A #5 Special is two all beef patties, cheese, tomato, lettuce and special sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun, and if you ask you can get grilled onions. Miss T opted for a cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper. She’s a low maintenance kind of girl. We tuned in some nice latin jazz on the radio, rolled down all the windows and kicked back. Luckily the weather was perfect for doin’ the drive-in and we could experience all the sights, sounds and smells of the night. It was crowded, as it is every time on Valentine’s. It evokes a sense of kindred spirit. People from all parallels of life eating #5 specials, downing cold beer, and checking out the other guys ride, all in the name of “love”.
Is this meal the healthiest on the planet – I don’t think so! Was it greasy – well yes, just a tad. Was it delicious – absolutely. It is a tradition we won’t soon toss aside for an extravagant dining experience. We eat, we smile, we laugh, we listen, we look, we wipe our greasy faces and we head home in good spirits knowing that we carried on our special tradition once again. Life is good….