Whenever I’m on one of my road trips, any drive-in restaurant is a must stop. So stopping in at Parkette Drive-In was not much of a surprise. While we’re on this topic, make sure you check out my page about drive-ins (click here) that are still operating in the United States.
Joe Smiley opened the Parkette Drive-In (1230 E New Circle Rd, Lexington, Kentucky) on November 11, 1951, but their beautiful sign wasn’t built till 1957. Since then, the building seems to have undergone some structural changes on the backside in what appears to be a former garage area. Joe also created their signature Double-Decker hamburger called the Poor Boy.
Kentucky Fried Chicken?
I know that once upon a time, the Parkette served Kentucky Fried Chicken back when Colonel Sanders would franchise his chicken recipe to any 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.
We did order a few other things to share from the Parkette Drive-In menu like the chili cheese dog, chili, and Hot Brown.
The Parkette is one of those types of places that deliver on the food and the nostalgic experience. I love them for that.
P.S.: If you’re keeping score at home, Parkette Drive-In was in Season 10 of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.