Drive in

Drive In | Coulee City, WA | July 2019

There are travelers, I’ve heard, who zip past roadside eateries even though hunger has hitched a ride. In my family, those first faint cravings trigger the search for jalapeño corn dogs and teriyaki chicken wings. In fact, hunger governs the brake pedal, so we slow at every mom-and-pop gas station to fuel-up on, possibly, fried meat pies. It goes without saying that any cafe with big statues — a lumberjack, dinosaur or (in Maine) rooftop lobster — requires investigation. Sculptures out front could indicate creativity inside, such as ostrich burgers or Ukrainian dumplings. Uh-oh … my ol’ buddy (hunger) Pang is poking me in the ribs. Ribs? Did somebody say ribs?