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The Rootbeer Stand,Corbin Kentucky

scrumptiouschef Jun 14, 2007 12:56 PM

After a brief tumultuous relationship with A&W Corp. The Rootbeer Stand has returned to its' indie roots and not coincidentally,its' former glory.Set on the side of 18th St. for the last 50 or so years this is a classic,Southern drive-in with curb service and prices that beggar the imagination[$1.60 hamburgers].They're legendary for the foot long hotdogs but I've always gotten the same thing;Hamburger,Fries and Rootbeer[$4.20]the hamburger is the kind of loose,misshaped patty your grandma made you out of a cast iron skillet,the fries are the crinkle cut variety,invariably perfectly cooked and served in a yeoman portion,the Rootbeer is draught and comes in a frosted pint glass with a handle.Atmosphere,as you might imagine is stellar.Go at a sunset and watch the sun disappear behind the nearby Appalachians,the long yellow bulbs will click on as the lightning bugs begin blinking on the lawn of the nearby high school.Carloads of good,country folk start pouring in and feeding well and cheaply on the gravel parking lot.In a world of Sonics this little joint has some serious Chow magic.

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    HickTownBarnaby RE: scrumptiouschef Jun 15, 2007 10:36 AM

    I'm sold.....

    1. Spoonula RE: scrumptiouschef Jun 15, 2007 10:39 AM

      Wow, what a great description! I was drooling and squinting at the sunset as I read it.

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        LaLa RE: Spoonula Jun 22, 2007 05:05 PM

        I always get the footlong hotdog , onion rings, and rootbeer float...oh my goodness! If I am lucky someone else in the car will let me have a bite of their burger...of course when I was pregnant I would get the burger and fries in addition to my regular order!


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          scrumptiouschef RE: LaLa Mar 29, 2009 08:49 AM

          After a long,cold Winter with the seasonally closed Rootbeer Stand lying dormant Spring has come to Corbin.

          The Rootbeer Stand is open.Word on the street has it if there was a door to the joint a line would be forming.As it's a drive-in people are just circling the lot waiting for openings.

          Has anyone been this season? She normally runs all the way through the Summer months so we've got plenty time to see if the old standards are still in place.

          Rootbeer Stand
          129 18th St, Corbin, KY 40701

      2. Davwud RE: scrumptiouschef May 28, 2009 11:25 AM

        Does anyone know what months it's open??


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          LaLa RE: Davwud May 29, 2009 08:57 AM

          usually mid March to Mid October

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            Davwud RE: LaLa Feb 19, 2010 01:27 PM

            How about for the 2010 season??

            I can plan on being through there around Easter. I'd love to try it.


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              scrumptiouschef RE: Davwud Mar 25, 2010 06:47 AM

              The Rootbeer Stand has opened for the 2010 season. My hound on the ground in Corbin reports that the ol girl is at capacity from open to close. So be prepared for a wait.

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                Davwud RE: scrumptiouschef Mar 25, 2010 07:54 AM

                Do you know what their hours are?? We're looking at lunch next Wednesday.


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                  LaLa RE: Davwud Mar 25, 2010 05:48 PM

                  They willl be open

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                    Davwud RE: LaLa Mar 25, 2010 05:52 PM


                    <maniacally wringing hands>


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                      LaLa RE: Davwud Mar 26, 2010 08:54 AM

                      I am so disappointed because I was supposed to be in Ky next week...I was already licking my lips....alas work load held me here.

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                  Davwud RE: scrumptiouschef Apr 1, 2010 07:36 PM

                  Hey Chef.

                  It was pretty packed but it's run very well. We were in and out in just over half an hour.

                  The food was great. I even opted for a chili bun.
                  The root beer float was just great. I haven't had a float in forever and it was a welcome treat.

                  I'm working on my blog and will post it in a week or so.


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                    Davwud RE: Davwud Apr 8, 2010 03:49 PM

                    Here's my blog entry.



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                      shallots RE: Davwud Apr 16, 2010 02:14 PM

                      Thanks to Davwud's blog entry, I talked Mr. Shallots into a rootbeer float today while I had my first chilibun ever. Because we got to see other food delivered before we ordered, he also went for a cheeseburger and onion rings. (I, blush, also had a Dixie Burger.) The food was very good. No overwhelming overspicing, but enough subtlety to make me appreciate that goodness can rest in well cooked freshness.

                      Then we drove up 25W to the KFC mecca.

                      I loved the Root Beer and really wish it were available closer.

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                        Davwud RE: shallots Apr 16, 2010 03:21 PM

                        Glad you liked it.


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