Looks like summer.
We were going to hold this brief review for the print edition, but this Old North End mainstay closes for the season on Monday, August 29.
Name change aside, the menu has been pared down since we last reviewed the place in 2012
. They don't even offer chili dogs anymore, ruining a perfectly good John Mellencamp joke. Oh well, life goes on.
The fast-food-flat grey burger patties haven't changed, though. A Mama Single combo
($6.29, plus 39 cents for cheese) comes with a fountain drink and small fries. Of note, the fries are good, pleasantly soft inside with a little tooth to the exterior, a little salty but not greasy. The burger itself comes on a nice enough sesame seed bun, piled with an excess of lettuce and a decent house-made Thousand Island dressing. Add buttery grilled onions for a decent fast-food indulgence.
Their raspberry shake
($3.25/medium) does surprisingly well — nothing particularly fresh or berry-rich, mind you, but better balanced than what you'll get at the drive-thru, and just thin enough for straw sipping.
Bottom line, if a quaint red-and-white patio on a sunny suburban street lined with idyllic homes sounds like a mandatory summer stop, The Drive In-Tasty Freeze is still open through the end of August and happy to serve.