A couple of Saturdays ago I didn't have anything really pressing at home and since it was such a nice day I decided to keep one of my promises to myself and head up to Oshkosh to Ardy & Ed's Drive In
, which has been mentioned a few times here.
Along with car service there are a few picnic tables out back, so I parked on the side street and staked my claim. It only follows that the first thing I saw was the back of the building.
There are windows on 3 sides of the building and while the skating carhops handle the orders to the cars and tables it's also possible to place a walkup order, whether for yourself or for man's best friend.
Drink enough root beer and you'll be glad to see this.
The bigger sandwich on the right is the Drive-In Double
, which is a burger on top of a Klement's bratwurst patty. I had initially planned on getting just one regular burger but then I found a BOGO coupon on A & E's website...so I got two. The root beer was cold and refreshing without being too sweet or too carbonated; it's served draft-style and is made fresh daily, but I don't know how much of it is from scratch.
The burgers were hot off the griddle and pretty good, but what I really noticed was the pillowy softness and bready flavor of the buns. Wherever they were from, they hadn't left there too long ago.
The Drive-In Double came on a more substantial bun that had been griddle-toasted, and a slice of American cheese separated the burger and the brat patty.
This was a filling sandwich but as often happens with this kind of combination the bratwurst seasonings tended to overpower the burger a little bit, and I would've liked just a little more balance. I'd still order it again, though. Easydoesit
had suggested I try the "Ho-Made BBQ" but I'm just not a fan of Sloppy Joe-style sandwiches, so I passed.
There's a public park and boat launch across US-45 so after eating I headed over to check it out. Lake Winnebago
is Wisconsin's largest in-state lake.
I enjoyed my lunch but what takes things up a notch are the setting and the history. Ardy & Ed's is an established tradition great for a family dinner on a summer evening, a first date for teenagers, a group of fishermen or boaters looking to fuel up before or after a day on the water, or even some fool willing to drive 90-some miles just to check it out.