I’ve got a list that I carry with me of restaurants that I’d love to eat from. Moonlight Drive-In has been on this “list” for over five years. Every time I tell myself that I’m going to stop in on one of my trips to Central Florida something happens to change the course of that plan but I finally made it!
The Moonlight Drive-In went up for sale almost three years ago so now it’s a race against time to make it there before a change of ownership. It’s been owned by the same family since the doors opened in 1964.
To get the full experience we park and place our order with the carhop. There is the option to eat inside but I wanted to keep it old school. Our carhop runs in our order and before you know it I’ve got a tray of food hooked on my window.
The Chili Dog features an all-beef chili more in keeping with Coney-style Chili Dogs. You’ll hear no complaints from me as I love beanless chili on my hot dogs. I wish I had been on my game a little bit more and a Chili Cheeseburger would have been ordered too.
My Double Cheeseburger had some pickles on the bottom bun, always a nice surprise. It’s a perfect little ditty.
I wish I had grown up eating in a place like the Moonlight. The restaurant drive-in culture has been gone for a very long time from Miami. The Hameds who own the Moonlight Drive-In have shrunk the operating hours down to Friday from 4 to 8PM and Saturday 11 through 8PM. They retired last year and are trying to enjoy time with their family before it sells. I can’t blame them but you’ll have no one to blame if you don’t pay them a visit before they sell or worse, close up shop for good.
1515 S Washington Ave
Titusville, FL 32780