Hamburgers and Freedom at Hob Nob Drive In

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1701 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, 941-955-5001

The black and white checkered tile, the neon signage, the car wash out back and, yes, its insistence on serving no-nonsense burgers, hot dogs and shakes all help Hob Nob evoke the optimism and industriousness of the post-WWII era. Something in the shininess, the bustle, even the noise of passing traffic, make it feel like an appropriate venue to eat a burger with all the fixings and contemplate a time when the country, thanks to the heroic exploits of its military men and women, saw itself propelled on an upward trajectory the likes of which might not be seen again for generations.

The Hob Nob burger comes with two thick patties topped with lettuce, tomato and onions, with mustard, pickles, mayo and cheese finding a home in the multi-story affair. The crinkle-cut fries are perfect with a dash of salt and a zig zag of ketchup. A glass bottle of Coca-Cola would certainly have deepened the illusion of a time warp, but it does stay colder longer if served on ice in a Styrofoam cup. And why not get a chocolate milkshake to share with your sweetheart?

1701 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, 941-955-5001

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