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Don’t Drive By, Drive-In: Three Western Wisconsin Drive-In Restaurants

your guide to classic tastes and old-timey drive-ins in the region

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SOFT SERVES UP. Dairy Way in Black River Falls offers colorful cones. (Photo via Instagram)
SOFT SERVES UP. Dairy Way in Black River Falls offers colorful cones. (Photo via Instagram)

Dairy Way

111 Gebhardt Road, Black River Falls • Find it on Facebook

Open April through September, this classic roadside stand has an extensive array of cold, milk-based treats. Flurries, malts and shakes are faves. Burgers grace the top of the menu, but further down are choices like chuckwagon steak sandwich and veggie sub.


 

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. In addition to ice cream, Gup's Drive-In offers fare like this tasty-looking chili dog. (Photo via Facebook)
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. In addition to ice cream, Gup's Drive-In offers fare like this tasty-looking chili dog. (Photo via Facebook)

Gup’s Drive-In

607 W. Lincoln St., Augusta • Find it on Facebook

Gup’s (formerly known as Tep’s) is a classic, with real carhops, real trays that mysteriously attach to your window, and old school prices. The menu offers burgers, chicken, salads, sandwiches, plus garden burgers and grilled veggie sandwiches. There are many different ways to get your soft serve ice cream, and they make their own root beer.

OLD-FASHIONED STYLE. The window at Gup's Drive-In, formerly known as Tep's. (Photo via Facebook)
OLD-FASHIONED STYLE. The window at Gup's Drive-In, formerly known as Tep's. (Photo via Facebook)

 


Panther Drive-In

1018 E. Prospect St., Durand • Find it on Facebook

The menu features burgers, fish, chicken, BBQ, and steak sandwiches, mini tacos, and dogs. Plus pick from fries, rings, hashbrowns, mushrooms, cheese nuggets, poppers, and more. Waffle cones, floats, freezes, shakes, malts, sno-cones, and Cyclones make for a daunting dessert selection. The ice cream is soft-serve, and there are 20 options.