Chevelles, Camaros, and Mustangs, oh hell yeah. Those are just some of the awesome cars you’ll see at the Sycamore Drive-In during Summer Cruise Nights. Tons of amazing classic, hot rods, and vintage cars, many super customized, out on display for you to gawk at. This goes down every Saturday night from May through September, 6-9 pm.
There is no charge at all, but when you’re there you need to do a couple of things.
1) Take some vintage photos of Sycamore Drive In and the cars using Instagram.
2) Talk shop with the classic car owners about your souped up Prius.
3) Head inside for some classic American food.
We’re talking your standard fare like hot dogs, club sandwiches, clam sandwiches, but they also have twist on the burger. They only use steak, freshly ground every day….French Style Steakburgers. Although the burger options might only seem minutely different, most order the The Dagwood Burger, “The Final Answer to the Burger.” It’s 5 ozs. of ground steak, topped with American cheese, pickles, ketchup, mustard, onions, tomato slices, crispy lettuce, and just a hint of mayo. When our burgers came out to us we saw the patties were thin, but we were happy because we had taken our waitress’ advice and had ordered two patties. Unless you’re a lightweight, always order two patties. The burger was good and the meat was fresh, but it felt very much like eating a steakwich. The onion rings were nice and crispy and the fries were good, too, but could have been crisper.
Something really fun to order is their homemade root beer, made since the owners first opened the joint in 1948. Kristien couldn’t just have it plain, so she got it root beer float style. Our waitress was kind enough to give her some more root beer when she ran out so she had more ice cream to float. Really excellent. Dan had a coffee milkshake that came out the perfect consistency: a medium thickness that allowed him to slurp it up through a straw, but didn’t require him to shovel it out with a spoon.
All around, coming to the Sycamore Drive-In is a fun experience, especially for the classic car and old-time vibe kinda people. It’s definitely something to put on your to do/to eat list. And, if you don’t want to come during Summer Cruise Nights (heaven forbid), you can visit them at any other time. And, if you’re feeling really nostalgic, honk when you’re in one of the car hop spots, they’ll take your order, then bring you your food.
Life was so simple back then, huh?
Sycamore Drive In
Address: 282 Greenwood Ave.
Bethel, CT 06801
Phone: (203) 748-2716