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Dude's Drive-In

1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA - (540) 382-7901
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/27/2006 11:22:00 PM
Pull up, study the menu written on the wall of the small restaurant (no seating inside), and toot your horn. A car hop will be at the driver’s side window ready to take your order.

The menu is a long one, including sandwiches of fish, barbecue, and chicken, dinners of fried shrimp and oysters, half-pound hamburger steaks, and fried chicken fingers. There is a long and intriguing list of hot dogs that range from plain ones with cheese and/or slaw to chili-slaw foot-longs, corn dogs, and hot-dogless hot dogs that consist of nothing but chili topping in a bun!

King of the menu is the Dude Burger. A nice-sized patty formed by hand from quality meat that is just fatty enough to be really luscious, the Dude burger is a royal configuration of meat, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a soft bun. American Cheese is optional. One Dude and an order of French fries, with a Dr. Pepper on the side, makes an outstanding drive-in meal. Meat-hungry eaters can get a double Dude, and those of meager appetite can get an ordinary hamburger (without all the garnishes on top) made from the same high-quality beef.

Car hop service is available for breakfast, too, but much of Dude’s morning business is in the drive-through lane, which is unlike most fast-food windows in that you actually deal with a human being rather than a microphone. If you are in a hurry traveling along I-81, Dude’s is an especially good place to know about for breakfast as an alternative to McSameness. Just minutes from the interstate, it is an opportunity to grab breakfast on the go without ever having to shut off your engine or leave the car. The breakfast menu is basically egg sandwiches and sausage sandwiches; the sleeper here is country ham – the real stuff, good and salty.

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The Dude Burger is a big meal in a bun.
"The Dude Burger is a big meal in a bun."
Michael Stern





Drive in, dine in the comfort of your vehicle, and drive away: that's culinary car culture.
"Drive in, dine in the comfort of your vehicle, and drive away: that's culinary car culture."
Michael Stern


A nice close-up shot of a Double Dude Burger with mayo, ketchup, cheese, and bacon, and a large order of fries in the background.
"A nice close-up shot of a Double Dude Burger with mayo, ketchup, cheese, and bacon, and a large order of fries in the background. "
Brad Cooper


The menu.
"The menu."
Peter Roaman


Honk for service.
"Honk for service."
Peter Roaman


Box office.
"Box office."
Peter Roaman


Wide screen while ya eat.
"Wide screen while ya eat."
Peter Roaman


Dude's menu is printed on the sign at the roof as well as along the wall on the left side of the picture, which is where you get orders you don't want to eat in Dude's parking lot.
"Dude's menu is printed on the sign at the roof as well as along the wall on the left side of the picture, which is where you get orders you don't want to eat in Dude's parking lot."
Michael Stern



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