Curbside diners, like hungry shot-putters, evolve from a profound longing to hurl burgers at automobiles. Drive into an appetizing assault with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sandwiches, hot dogs, and root beer at The Root Beer Stande.
Dayton's full-service curbside drive-in, The Root Beer Stande's halcyon eatery crafts its own root beer daily and serves it alongside a delectable menu of sandwiches, hot dogs, and deep-fried sides. Culled from a top-secret family recipe and decanted into the glacial embrace of a frosty mug ($.99–$2.69 for an individual, $6.99 for a gallon), the Stande's house root beer ably washes down a bevy of bun-ensconced burgers ($1.19–$3.69) as well as venerable foot-longs topped with a savory slew of chili, slaw, onions, and wooden rulers to verify appropriate diameter ($3.25). Combo baskets merge pork tenderloin ($3.59) and BBQ sandwiches ($3.49) with a side of crispy fries, and the Stande's dynamo deep fryer shrouds cauliflower ($2.25 for a regular, $4.25 for a large), pickles ($2.65), and corn dogs ($2.59) in a scrumptious golden fleece. Rhythmically sip a root beer float ($2.25 for a small, $2.99 for a large) to the timeless tunes emanating from the outdoor stand, or nosh curbside while nestled in an auto, buggy, or dining car purloined from a local railway.
The Root Beer Stande
Classic oldies waft through the air at The Root Beer Stande, a drive-in eatery dubbed "a Dayton summertime staple since at least the 1960′s" by Dayton Most Metro. Carhops step out to vehicles to take orders for Coney Island–style hot dogs, grilled sandwiches, and other satisfying American food, and then serve the victuals on metal trays that attach to drivers' windows. For a sweet pairing, try a malt, a sundae, or a mug of housemade root beer.