The Last Triple X Drive-In

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2003/10/18 05:09:45 (permalink)

The Last Triple X Drive-In

Washington State residents, especially might want to try the
historic Triple X drive-in in Issaquah. King 5 news did a great
story about the place: it is apparently the last of a 76 restaurant
chain that began back in the 30's. The design of the building incorporates the logo-a barrel with three X's.
This one is a mecca for 50's retro afficiando's-not only car fanatics and rock-n-roll enthusiasts but foodies as well.

The burgers looked huge (and no forks or knives allowed). Per
the owner, "nothing we serve is good for you". They serve a proprietary form of root beer (made for the chain under contract
by Coca-Cola) in giant iced mugs. It sounds like our kind of place!

Triple X Drive-In
98 NE Gilman Blvd #28A, Issaquah
Telephone: 392-1266


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    hilldweller
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/18 10:09:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by silverspork

    Washington State residents, especially might want to try the
    historic Triple X drive-in in Issaquah.


    When I read the title I thought you were talking about an X-rated drive-in movie theater. Makes me wonder what XXX denoted before it became infamously associated with pornography (note: I just did an acronym search and none of the XXX acronyms seem related to a restaurant, but there was this ironic one: XXX - Straightedge; slang for no beer, no drugs, no promiscuous sex.) Did the article mention why they were named Triple X?

    Silverspork, love your name!
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/18 10:18:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by silverspork

    Washington State residents, especially might want to try the
    historic Triple X drive-in in Issaquah.


    I'd like to try it also, but it's a bit of a drive.
    (Hilldweller, Staten Island, NY)

    BTW, re-reading the message I picked up the "logo" comment about the barrel, that's the answer to my question, no? (XXX -150 Proof alcoholic beverages.) Although if so, it's a bit odd for a drive-in, since they promoted themselves with a "clean-cut" image, no?

    Geez, what else did I miss that I'll pick up once I post this? Must still be half-asleep (the first time I read the post I still thought you were talking about a drive-in movie with good roadfood.)
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/18 15:35:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by hilldweller
    (note: I just did an acronym search and none of the XXX acronyms seem related to a restaurant, but there was this ironic one: XXX - Straightedge; slang for no beer, no drugs, no promiscuous sex.)


    Before EliseT, the board's other '80s punk kid, chimes in, I gotta say: Whoever wrote that is full of it. The acronym for Straight Edge is sXe.

    Lucky Bishop, who thought the sXe kids were a bunch of self-righteous pricks and was more of a Descendents/Squirrel Bait kinda guy
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/18 16:57:55 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Lucky Bishop
    Before EliseT, the board's other '80s punk kid, chimes in, I gotta say: Whoever wrote that is full of it. The acronym for Straight Edge is sXe.

    Lucky Bishop, who thought the sXe kids were a bunch of self-righteous pricks and was more of a Descendents/Squirrel Bait kinda guy

    [url='http://www.acronymfinder.com/af-query.asp?p=dict&String=exact&Acronym=XXX']XXX Straightedge (slang for no beer, no drugs, no promiscuous sex) [/url]
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/18 17:56:41 (permalink)
    In the cartoons, (Snuffy Smith etc) XXX would be on the moonshine jug.

    That was my first association with it in my cartoon watching days.
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/18 21:54:42 (permalink)
    A series of Xs is a means for erasure or obliteration. Strong alcohol is also a means of erasure or obliteration. Hence the XXX symbol is triple oblitertion and became a popular symbol for denoting alcohol in my childhood. Drunks in cartoons were often shown with Xd out eyes. A soft drink like rootbeer with XXX designation was a bit of ironic play on the idea of obliteration or getting drunk on a soft drink.
    That chain, Triple X , was obviously selling the idea of "strong Root beer".
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2003/10/20 05:22:08 (permalink)
    Nifty looking place.

    http://www.roadsidepeek.com/rpeekeast/eatseast/rbeereast/xxxrootbeer.htm

    Might spend a couple of hours there and never get around to eating.

    Weren't A&W Root Beer stands fashioned like barrels, too?

    This site gives a little history of the brand and the XXX designation (last paragraph). More X's = higher quality.

    http://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant.com/tradition.html


    2Xly your, hermitt4d.
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2005/09/13 16:42:42 (permalink)
    What a small world, I used to go to that Triple X for lunch. It’s near the Salmon Hatchery…Is it still there? I relocated to Issaquah 10 years ago and actually lived not far off of Front Street. The place was quant back then but has seen a lot of development. They have a big Salmon Days Festival every year there and that offers a lot of food (fair type food).

    They are right off the I-90 and make a great burger stop on the way up the highway to Snoqualmie Falls and then over pass through the Cascades.
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2005/09/13 17:32:17 (permalink)
    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=2253

    If that one is the last of the chain, wouldn't that mean that the Triple XXX in Lafayette, Indiana is also closed? Or, is that a journalistic faux pas?
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2005/09/13 18:05:54 (permalink)
    Triple XXX in West Lafayette, Indiana is still in business and thriving - ask any Purdue student or alumnus. Great burgers and worth a stop if you're in the area.

    http://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant.com/index.html
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2005/09/14 13:27:42 (permalink)
    We ate there about a month ago; their tenderloins, while not the best of the best for Indiana, are pretty tasty as well. Nice and thin and crisp. And the root beer is excellent and creamy.
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2005/09/27 23:36:18 (permalink)
    I used to go to that Triple X for lunch. It’s near the Salmon Hatchery…Is it still there?


    The Salmon hatchery is still there. Gilman and Front Streets are both very crowded much of the time now. Lots and lots of development in the greater Issaquah area.

    Back to food...Issaquah has a JaKs Steakhouse, which is an outstanding value with excellent beef. There's the second location of a highly acclaimed International District Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Garden. If you've thumbed through the airline magazines, you may have noticed a "top 10" Sushi restaurant listing (along with three variants of the top 10 "independent" steakhouses) with one of the places called "Sushiman". That's located on Gilman. Right next to Shanghai Garden is Stan's Bar-be-que. Stan is from Kansas City and smokes ribs and pork butt just like they do back in K.C.

    Eating is pretty good in Issaquah.
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    RE: The Last Triple X Drive-In 2005/09/28 00:26:40 (permalink)
    Lucky Bishop, you just took me back about 20 some odd years!...I went to UK in the mid-eighties, and knew the the guys from Squirrel Bait WELL, as they were from Louisville, Ky...Thanks for the memory of a really good band!...Plus, they were so young and so talented!!!
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