During spring and summer, roller-skating servers slip past cars parked outside of Arnold's Drive-In, steeped in nostalgia. And year round, Chefs prepare each order individually, decking plates with classic steak burgers and other favorites from a time when Eisenhower was more than just a curse word adults used when they stubbed their toes. Owner Lori Collier also presides over treats such as breaded pork tenderloin, chili cheddar fries, and a battered and deep-fried version of Elvis’ favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich. The sizzling oil also seals creaminess into deep-fried cherry cheesecake, served a la mode. Blenders purr through 40 flavors of shakes, and couples hunch over turtle sundaes with caramel, fudge, and pecans, basking in the glow of neon lights. The colorful glow dances across a hot rod painted with flames and walls covered in souvenirs and black and white photos.
The grills in Billy’s Downtown Zulu’s kitchen crackle and hiss as meats, seafood, and vegetables are prepared for the restaurant’s Mexican and American dishes. Chefs whip up house-made tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole for an array of taco, fajita, enchilada, and burrito plates, and American--style dinners are crafted by carving up T-bone steaks or hand-sculpting ground-beef burger patties into the likenesses of respected Revolutionary War generals. As servers tote steaming dishes to tables, bartenders dole out specialty margaritas and beers by the glass and pitcher.
H. Souder & Son's Coffee Cabin brews drinks from beans roasted on-site in an impeccably old-fashioned environment. Baristas whip up two hot, foamy cappuccinos or refreshing iced cappuccinos, or one of each to create one giant lukewarm cappuccino. Egg and sausage piled between english muffins extend morning coziness into the midday as effectively as keeping a spare pair of bunny slippers at the office, and cheeseburgers embrace hearty Angus beef patties. An ice-cream bar chills and cleanses the palate. Later, customers can recall their café experiences with pots of joe brewed from fresh-roasted Grabill-blend coffee beans.