Nick and I headed out to the Beacon Drive In located in Spartanburg because we had heard that they had the best sweet tea and good burgers. We went during a weekday after the lunch rush so it wouldn’t be that busy. The exterior of the place looks kinda run down but the Beacon Drive In has been around for many years so I’ll let them slide on that issue.
Before I go out to a location on the Wanna See It All project I do some research on the establishment so I know what to expect. I knew ahead of time that the ordering process could be unique and intimidating to some people. The process goes like this:
Step 1: A man will ask you promptly what you want to order minus the drink. He will next yell out the entire order to all the cooks behind him (It’s an open kitchen). He will tell you to move on.
Step 2: It is a cafeteria style set up, continue down the line and pick up a tray. As you move down the assembly line you will pick up your order and select your drink. Since the sweet tea and lemonade are the most popular they will have a bunch pre made already.
Step 3: As you head to the cashier, be ready with your money in hand. The cashier is super fast and doesn’t miss a beat. I was really impressed with the cashier.
If you remember these steps the whole process will go smoothly.
My order was the double bacon cheeseburger A-Plenty with a lemonade for around ten dollars. I’m not a sweet tea fan in general but I heard that the lemonade was popular too so I decided on that instead. I was curious about the A-Plenty option on the menu and how it comes together. A-Plenty is a huge stack of french fries and onion rings together on a plate. I don’t like onions at all but I thought the entire order would look good for the camera. I love my hamburger and does this Beacon Drive In burger pass on my scale system. The bacon double cheeseburger was alright overall with one small issue. The burger meat(thin patties) and bacon was awesome and was cooked just right. The burger was huge and filled me up really quick. I like my hamburger buns to be soft and fresh tasting. The Beacon Drive In buns were dry out and had a stale taste. I think they might throw the buns on the grill for a second and that was taking the moisture away from the bun. The lemonade had a strong artificial lemon taste and it was alright. The A-Plenty was losing already with me due to the dislike of onions but the french fries could make up the difference. My mother makes better french fries and she buys them from the frozen section.
Overall the Beacon Drive In has some good burgers and a rich history. I would not recommend someone to drive a great distance to check this place out for the first time. Everyone’s experience is different due to we all have different taste buds and enjoyments.