Drive-ins & Soda Shops

Get a retro refreshment! Drive-ins are a welcome throwback to another, simpler time. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a trip to a local soda shop for a treat with your sweetie.

Americas romance with drive-in restaurants can be traced to just after the turn of the 20th century, when the first documented takeout service took place at a drugstore in Memphis. The soda fountain was swamped with customers waiting for seats, so the owner allowed his gentlemen customers to take orders outside to their ladies waiting in carriages. 


Go early to Hoskins Drug Store in historic Clinton, because the grill closes at 1:30. Order old-fashioned cheeseburgers, classic grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup . . . and milkshakes to write home about. For something a little different, try the Greek and Italian food at Knoxville’s Pizza Palace. Keep an eye out for the renovated historic sign. Drive up to Nashville’s Joe’s Bar-B-Que & Fish and dive into smoky-sweet pulled pork sandwiched between two griddle-cooked cakes of cornbread. Or try the fish that’s so flaky and light. Perfectly capture the pure joy of the quintessential sundae at Wiles-Smith Drugs in Memphis. You’ll feel like a kid again!

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