Sumburger, Chillicothe, OH

On a whirlwind visit to Chillicothe, Ohio , yesterday (my wife, the lovely Robin's birthplace and childhood home) I drove up to Sumburger, a one-of-a-kind restaurant.

Sumburger is one of few original 1950s-style drive-ins left today. They still offer three options: drive-thru, carhop service, and dine-in (with phones at every booth for ordering!).

I didn't order the always juicy sumburger, but enjoyed my ham-and-cheese sandwich, fries, and chocolate malt.

Sumburger, first opened in 1953, on South Bridge Street (US 23) in a custom-made trailer. It was called Trailer Drive-in until 1954, when it was moved to its current location at 1487 N. Bridge Street and the name changed to Logan View Drive-in (with an additional trailer). In those days, it operated only during the warm months of the year, and only carhop and carryout service were available. Because the patrons referred to the sandwich as "some burger" the name officially changed to Sumburger Drive-in in 1974.

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