Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Back in Time at Boomer's Drive-In

If you asked me, "What's your favourite movie?" my answer would instantly be American Graffiti. "Why American Graffiti," you ask? The "short" answer is, I learned to drive in the early 60's, I did my share of cruising, and I spent my summers near Modesto, California, the location for the movie.

Every time I see it I think of swimming in canals, cruising 10th Street, dragging on country roads and parking in peach orchards. Several movie scenes were at Mel's Drive-In, the quintessential 1950's fast food restaurant and teenage hangout. The real Mel's was in San Francisco, but almost every town had a similar drive-in with car service (with or without roller skates).

This brings me to Boomer's Drive-In in Bellingham, Washington. It truly is a step back in time. You can still pull up to covered parking, read the carside menu, turn on your lights and the waitress comes to take your order.

She returns with a window tray of delights that will really take you back. Boomer's signature dish is the Boomer Burger (really big and juicy) in a combo with one of their scrumptious hard ice cream shakes (try peanut butter) and crisp waffle fries. It's enough for even the hungriest guy.

They have other items, but I haven't made it past the Boomer Burger. When the weather's too cold for car dining, Boomer's has indoor seating next to a roaring fire. Maybe it's not Mel's, but a good addition for the Pacific Northwest.

You'll find Boomer's at 310 N. Samish Way (360-647-2666). Heading south, take the Samish Way exit from I-5 and turn right.

Boomer's is about half a mile on the right. It's a little hard to see until you are right on top of it, so go slow. -- Margy


  1. Sounds like you had a thoroughly enjoyable time in your teens and now you can savour the delights of Boomers! A great place!

    1. Yes, my teen years were lots of fun, especially when I visited my grandparents in Modesto during the summer. I had a car, we could swim in the canals, and cruise town at night. I even had a horse there to ride. Grand memories. - Margy

  2. Good old days. I bet there were some hippies in those scenes.

    1. Even older than hippie days, more like the 50s. - Margy


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