Joe Smiley opened the Parkette Drive-In on November 11, 1951, but their beautiful sign wasn’t built till 1957. He also created their signature Double-Decker hamburger called the Poor Boy.
Whenever I’m on one of my road trips, any drive-in restaurant is a must stop, so the Parkette was no different. While you’re at it, make sure you check out my page to find drive-ins (click here) that are still operating in the United States.
The building seems to have undergone some structural changes on the backside in what appears to be a former garage area. We did order a few things to share from the Parkette Drive-In menu like the chili cheese dog, chili, and Hot Brown.
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN?
I know that once upon a time, the Parkette served Kentucky Fried Chicken back when Colonel Sanders would franchise his chicken to interested restaurants. I came here to try their double-decker, but the fried chicken sold me on how good their food is.
Finally, I was face to face with the beauty that is Parkette’s Poor Boy Double Decker. After my infatuation began to wear off, I took a nice big bite. Two bites in, and I was in heaven. My wife looked at me with the I thought we were sharing face when I went in for the third bite. After polishing off my half, she was able to enjoy its almost identical sibling.
The Parkette is one of those types of places that deliver on the food and the nostalgic experience. I love them for that.
Parkette Drive-In was featured in Season 10 of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for those of you keeping score at home.
1230 E New Circle Rd
Lexington, KY 40505