Photo Courtesy Wag-Niters Car Club
There’s something about summer and a drive-in. Many of us have heard of or have visited Peppermint Twist out in Delano, such a great spot for kids, but right here in the metro we’ve got a classic drive-in that’s been around for more than 40 years.
Opened in 1972, Wagner’s Drive-In's original spot in St. Louis Park is now the site of Galaxy Drive-In. The second spot is still Wagner’s, right along Highway 81 in Brooklyn Park, just off of Interstate 694. To complete the atmosphere, it’s right along the freight train tracks.
Still, there’s something charming about the old building, the old menus, and the old speakers where you flip the switch, and place your order from your parking space. The food is honest, straight, and good. There’s nothing fancy here.
Jim Wagner, the son of the original owners, is still making things from scratch: homemade soups, cole slaw, hand-pattied hamburgers. My son loved the bacon cheeseburger, I loved the Patty Melt with Swiss and American cheese and 1000 Island Dressing on grilled rye bread. You need to get the giant order of onion rings, and yes, you need to order a shake or a malt. The blueberry shake was incredible with chunks of real blueberries mixed in.
Wagner’s is open all year: Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday till 10 p.m. Every Monday night in summer, the Wag-Niters Car Club pulls in with classic cars, so that’s a real trip too.
Wagner’s Drive-In, 7000 Broadway Ave. W., Brooklyn Park, 763-533-8262, wagnersdrivein.com