N Broadway (Route 37 N), Salem, IL, USA
Gary's Drive-In Salem Reviews
Grab a Wimpy! Jun 02, 2010
A hometown favorite, Gary's Drive-In is located north of Salem on 37. Gary's has been a grease pit for a number of years, owned by Gary and Doris Powell. The must-eat item is a Wimpy Burger, a large cheeseburger with all the trimmings. They also have EXCELLENT fried mushrooms. I also like their grilled chicken sandwich and onion rings. Wednesday night is all-you-can-eat fish, and you can certainly stuff yourself on the deep-fried goodness.
Gary's is one of those hometown places that when someone comes back home for any reason, it's one of the first places to grab a bite to eat. It's almost a requirement. (And, if you need to find my dad on Saturday around 11 or noon, this is where you go).
There are tables and booths around, but there is a large table set up in the middle, where regulars congregate. Gary's is a true dive, with signs advertising their attitudes -- this isn't Burger King, you don't get it your way. (Which isn't actually true, they will make your burger according to order.)
If you're in Salem for events such as Antique Power Days or the Little Egypt Festival or passing through Salem for any reason, stop in at Gary's and grab a Wimpy!
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