I came to know of A and V Drive In at1200 Chevier Blvd.years ago when our office was looking at relocating in the area (they’ve been open since 2004). In my mind, a suitable lunch spot with great food is the number one priority when office scouting. We found the name a bit of a misnomer as there actually no cars driving in and taking out. On the other hand, there were a number of customers inside, apparently from the businesses and factories in the area. Although the restaurant is equipped with plenty of tables, they were all occupied upon our arrival, with the exception of one. This speaks to A and V’s popular reputation in the area, in my opinion.
On previous visits, I had sampled their Burgers which were outstanding, but on this occasion I was in the mood for something a bit lighter. There are a number of salads to choose from as well as Omelets, Burgers, Dogs, Sandwiches and Platters. A Breakfast Special is served weekdays from 6-11 am.
In the end, I selected the Greek Salad which comes with a garlicky slice of Texas toast that had been placed on their hot grill. Loaded with creamy feta cheese, it was a meal in itself but with the addition of a chicken breast (a steal at $2.), it was more than satisfying. In fact, I discovered that I could not eat it all! The addition of the purple cabbage was a bit nontraditional but the extra crunch and (medicinal benefits I am told) proved to be a pleasant twist.
My lunch date went all out with a Clubhouse Platter. We were surprised to see ham in place of the usual chicken or turkey but she was well-pleased and remarked that the plentiful bacon was perfectly cooked, which was her primary concern.
The fries were crunchy on the outside and potatoey in the middle and were perfectly devoid of the greasy taste that sometimes accompanies drive in fare. They had not been seasoned by the kitchen, which was also welcome, so liberal amounts of vinegar and salt could be added to taste.
All toll lunch for two was $18.50 before tax and tip which I thought was exceptional value.
Kath’s quote: “When I was a boy there were only three kinds of sandwiches in common use – the ham, the chicken and the Swiss cheese. Others, to be sure, existed, but it was only as oddities. Even the club sandwich was a rarity, and in most eating-houses it was unobtainable. The great majority of people stuck to the ham and the Swiss cheese, with the chicken for feast days and the anniversaries of historic battles.”-H.L. Mencken
Love-that is all.