If you are traveling through Osage, Iowa and don't stop at Stan's Drive In you aren't just missing out on history, you are missing out on some of the best food and ice cream in North Iowa!
Stan's Drive-In opened in 1955 and is a staple of the City of Maples! At Stan's, you won't need to even get out of the comfort of your air-conditioned car to place your order. One of their friendly car hops will come to take your order and deliver your food or treat to your car just as they would have in the '50s. Some of our favorite treats from Stan's are the breaded pork tenderloin, cheese curds, and of course a chocolate shake! I think I am partial to drive-in's because my first ever job "off the farm" was as a car hop at Jim's Drive-In in Nora Springs. I was only 14 years old, but I learned so much from that job.
You can stay right at the drive-in to eat in your car or you can take it to go as we did on a recent visit. We took our food to one of my all-time favorite parks for a little picnic. My last memories of my Grandma Patty were at Spring Park. I remember we drove to the drive in for chicken, took it to the park for a picnic, played on the teeter totter, and drank from the natural spring. I love taking our girls there to do some of those same things. They are getting wise to my trick when I tell them to look real close into the spring to take their drink and dunk their heads though. 😉 I think I will keep trying, after all, it is a tradition.
What is your favorite item to order from a drive in? Have you been to Stan's and have a favorite?
From the gravel road-