Eat Up Drive In serves homemade food on the go
When you think of a drive-through restaurant that specializes in curbside pickup and on-the-go dining options, you might think of a national chain that serves frozen beef shipped across the country. You probably don’t think of a quick, casual local restaurant that serves home-cooked and locally-prepared meals at nearby farms, bakeries, and cafes. In stages Eat in the car, a new concept from Jocque Concepts – the owners of Diego Pops, The Montauk and The Hot Chick in Scottsdale.
Eat Up Drive In is located in Arcadia right in the middle of a thriving culinary district that includes restaurants like Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, The Porch and The Vig Arcadia, among others. What sets this new restaurant apart is that it specializes in fast, casual dining that you won’t find anywhere else. Forget about typical drive-thru options like burgers and burritos. Eat Up Drive In features options like the short rib stew served over homemade mac and cheese, wood-grilled flat iron steak, and six different types of baked potatoes.
Home cooking slowly cooked to perfection
While their Hot Chick Sandwich – adopted from sister restaurant The Hot Chick – is currently the most popular and high-profile item on the menu, Eat Up Drive In has plenty of variations of protein, cheese, and fresh veg for anyone with a sweet tooth.
One thing you need to make sure you order is the mac and cheese. It is served with certain dishes such as the rib stew mentioned above, but it is also offered as a side dish. And the old cliché says it’s not your grandma’s mac and cheese. It’s served with a creamy blend of smoky Gouda, Havarti and cheddar cheese to make your taste buds guess with every bite.
One of the managers recommended the pulled chicken chopper so naturally we had to try it. This is a chewy but important baguette stuffed with juicy pulled chicken (served cold) and salami, topped with Havarti cheese, tomatoes, pepperoncini peppers and a delicious dressing. Needless to say, we were not disappointed.
BBQ-braised baby back ribs are another great option for those of you looking for a hot, homemade meal. It’s served as part of their simple, family-friendly meal options, which come with your choice of two sides (hint hint: here is your chance to order the mac). Slow cooked ribs are served shredded and topped with a tangy barbecue sauce, which still makes my mouth water as I recap the experience.
Ultimately, Eat Up Drive In is the place to be for anyone looking to shop for food for the family and dress it up as their own homemade meal. Come on, we’ve all done it. One thing is for sure, you won’t disappoint anyone with this menu.
It must be said that there are a few tables located in the restaurant and plenty of space for alfresco dining if you are looking to sit and enjoy.