The 10 Best Drive-Thrus

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Not this kind of drive-thru, but - hey - we're still proud of our Beverage Barns.
Sometimes it's just too damn hot to cook at home. And sometimes -- as in these days of record heat and few cloudbursts -- it's even too hot to want to brave a parking lot and sit in a possibly under-air-conditioned restaurant.

That's where drive-thrus and curbside pick-up become our best friends. What's better for beating the heat than having someone hand your food through your driver's side window while you never leave the A/C-blasting confines of your cool little car, absconding back home to eat your treasure on the couch with all of the shades drawn?

Maybe that's just me, but the fact is that great drive-thrus are often unrecognized, despite their ever-increasing popularity in our heavily car-crowded city.

10. Hooters

When we polled our readers earlier this week, Twitter follower Jeff Greer swore by the curbside pick-up at Hooters: "50 naked Bentley Flappers with bleu cheese from Hooters - perfect for a game or movie at home..." Although you kind of miss the point of dining at Hooters by not having one of its scantily-clad waitresses tend to you, we can't argue with the logic of curbside wings to-go.

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Photo by Erika Ray
Driving through Chacho's can net you this tasty pastor taco.
9. Chacho's

An old favorite of Robb Walsh's and of mine as well, Chacho's is famous for two things: Staying open 24 hours and serving fast-food tortillas that would put your grandmother's to shame. Check out the one on Westheimer near the Galleria for dual drive-thrus to minimize your waiting time.

8. Becks Prime

At certain Becks Prime locations, the greenery around the building makes it feel like you aren't even at a drive-thru; it makes for a pretty pleasant wait at this perennially popular burger joint. But the burgers and extra-thick milkshakes aren't the only draw: Where else can you get a drive-thru rib-eye or hunk of seared ahi tuna?


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16 comments
AmosW
AmosW

Gerardo's in in Northside, not the Heights - please give our beloved Northside credit for housing this gem!

Eric S
Eric S

I was tasked with bringing Gerardo's to a baby shower a couple weeks ago. On a Sunday at 1pm, there wasn't a line at all. The food was delicious and a big hit with the attendees. 

Corey
Corey

Yay for el rey!  Love the ropa vieja, cuban, and tempura tacos..  The washington locations quality fluctuates greatly but it's always better than the competition..

D.W. Jones
D.W. Jones

Taqueria Palenque is rising with a bullet.  Really good tacos, big portions and open 24 hours. 

Joel Weckerly
Joel Weckerly

Was pleasantly surprised to see Connie's on here. Love that place.

Jesse Rodriguez
Jesse Rodriguez

With the summer heat going on, I'm surprised not to see any refresquerias on the list like Tampico or El Regio. Fresh fruit cups with chile y limon, juices, aguas frescas, and snacks like frito pies and hot dogs. And they are better suited to this list than the curb side pick up places listed.

Michael Enak
Michael Enak

Chachos drive thru is okay, but you really have to go inside and load up from the salsa bar. They have go-cups with lids for you to use.

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

Before I clicked, I thought to my self "self, El Rey better be #1"

greatsuccess

thefifthtaster
thefifthtaster

Love the El Rey drive thru - LOVE IT!  Great post, well done.

csoakley
csoakley

The drink name at Sonic is the 'Route 44', for 44 delicious ounces of awesomeness. And it's 10% more than you get in a bottle of Olde English 800.

Don't forget Sonic Happy Hour. All fountain drinks and slushes are half price from 2-4. 

Brian
Brian

Chick Fil A is actually a Georgia chain. Good list though.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Ay yi yi; I meant that it was a treasure to Texans, but I can see how it reads differently now. Did I ever tell you about the time Truett Cathy came to speak at chapel in college and brought us all stuffed cows? I've kind of loved that place like it's one of our own ever since.  :D

Ali
Ali

I had a ton of those little cows from a promotion I did for a golf tournament. I love Chick-Fil-A but it gives me a giant case of the sads to see that they support organizations against gay rights. 

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