John’s Drive-In

17 N Charleston Ave
Fort Meade, 33841
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We've passed by this place a handful of times on the long and pleasant drive down US-17 between Orlando and Ft. Myers, but today was the first time our hunger aligned with our proximity to the place and our sense of (admittedly mild) adventure. In short, it was alright. We bought and ate the food from our car, which is cool and increasingly rare. There's no commonly accepted use of the term by which I'd call the service enthusiastic; in fact, the employees seemed listless and dead inside - a Stephen King "no light behind their eyes, something is awry in this town" kind of vibe. But they weren't rude, either. We ordered light: a cheeseburger, tater tots, sweet potato fries, and a couple sodas. The tots were great, I have to say - crispy on the outside and soft inside - and my wife loved the wedge-shaped sweet potato fries. After reading other reviews I'd meant to get the Miner Burger but blew it and got a large cheeseburger instead (I only afterward noticed they're different). The burger was of the very-thin-but-large-diameter variety where the toppings dwarf the meat - you know the kind - but the taste was fine and the toppings fresh. Overall, not notable in any way, bad or good. If we come back, I'd try something more interesting than a burger. It all came to $12.50 or so, which, as someone else noted, is probably less than we would've spent at McD's. Hard to regret that.
Classic Little Florida Diner. Great service. Good Food. Nice classic salad bar (think Sonny's Jr) I had some good fried oysters and pretty good fried okra. The chicken tenders were great, hand breaded chicken breast instead of the frozen stuff. Don't expect much in the way of decor but you can actually eat in the car, classic drive in style. All in all, if you are driving to Sarasota from Otown down highway 17, I would suggest making this a pit stop.
Solid roadside burger. Staff was nice, food was fast, table was clean.

(863) 285-9680

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