12 Portland-Area and Road-Trip-Worthy Drive-Ins for Beefy Burgers and Swirls of Ice Cream

Drive-in burger spots first appeared in the United States in the 1930s. By the mid-1960s, almost every town in the country had a place to eat greasy burgers and show off large automobiles. Orders were made through a speaker system. Car-hops walked or roller-skated to diners waiting in their cars while balancing trays filled with burgers, fries, and shakes.

Decades later, many drive-in burger places persist throughout the Portland area, as well as popular road trip routes like the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge. While true car-hops are few and far between, these car-culture-inspired places create the perfect place for a socially-distanced meal. An enclosed vehicle provides

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