by Kat Robinson
I went in and ordered a cheeseburger and fries. Turns out, unlike most places, there’s no default on the burger settings. What I mean to say is, if you order a burger you have to tell them exactly what you want on it. The sweet girl who took my order asked if lettuce, tomato and mayo were okay. Sounded fine to me. I got my tea from a milk jug on the counter.
There were a couple of guys talking about riding motorbikes on the weekend, seated at different tables and talking across half the room. I’d forgotten how the dialect sounded in the area — with the flat As and elongated Es from time to time. It does sound different from one corner
My burger and fries came out — sitting in paper boats, the burger wrapped in paper like a good drive-in does. The fries were crinkle-cut, which heaven help me I like, and I had a little ketchup with them.
The burger (a cheeseburger is $3.49) was juicy — I could tell from the little grease spots forming on the paper under the burger. I opened it up and took my photos. Of course, being a Dairy Shack, it had American cheese on it, also the shredded iceberg lettuce and tomato slices that had been ordered with it. The seedless untoasted bun was fresh and pasted to the top of the patty with the cheese.
Wish I could have justified getting a milkshake. I mean, after all, a Dairy Shack should have great milkshakes. However, I was on the quest for pie again and had seven other stops to make that day. No, I’m not kidding about that.
Dairy Shack also does a plethora of other things. There’s a daily lunch special for $4.99, a meat-and-two-veg special that sometimes changes and sometimes doesn’t, which features things like a chopped steak, fried chicken or chopped pork barbecue. In fact, the place smelled like barbecue when I pulled up. There’s items like locally farm raised catfish on the menu, as well as tilapia and shrimp. Barbecue sandwiches start at a buck 90, and there are nine different flavors of milkshake — including peanut butter, pineapple, butterscotch and cherry.
But the identity thing? Appears Dairy Shack and Josie’s share space at 7964 Highway 49, but they have different phone numbers. I would suspect Josie’s is an evening thing. I’ll have to go try a steak — I’ve heard they’re scrumptious. The number for Dairy Shack is (870) 579-2214.