Station, St. Helena, California
Gas station convenience stores may conjure up visions of slim pickings such as beef sticks and corn nuts. But that’s not the case at Station, located in the old Napa Valley Petroleum station in downtown St. Helena. Winemaker and restaurateur Joel Gott of famed Gott’s Roadside reimagined the space into a bright, white-tiled restaurant that beckons you to walk up for cold brew and chai latte. The menu epitomizes California with avocado toast, grain bowls, crustless quiche, and almond flour SuperHero muffins studded with apple, carrot, zucchini, and dried cherries.
Snappy Burger, Las Vegas, Nevada
Snappy Burger is a throwback to the days when you could sink your teeth into a cheeseburger and take in a flick on a big screen—all in the comfort of your car. This unique family-owned joint offers a compact yet eclectic menu of burgers, fries, Snappy Ice slushies, buckets of buttered popcorn, and retro sodas in glass bottles. Pull up to the kiosk, done up in campy sci-fi and monster movie posters, to order. After the food arrives, drive into the parking lot, tune your radio to the designated station for the audio, and enjoy old-school TV shows, second-run films, or even an Elvis movie marathon while you dine.
Scoopers Drive-In, Sparks, Nevada
Locals have hightailed it to Scoopers Drive-In for 41 years for a true taste of nostalgia. It’s destination dining for those hankering for a ¼-pound hot dog filled with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and deep-fried; a pastrami burger complete with gooey Swiss cheese; and the behemoth Al Burger, a ¾-pound patty with triple cheese, named after a regular who craved a particularly bountiful bite. Scooper’s is especially beloved for its creamy, dense shakes in an array of flavors, including coconut crème, gingerbread, huckleberry, and bubble gum. Flavors can be mixed and customized, too, for endless variations.