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The Rootbeer Stand,Corbin Kentucky

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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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  1. I'm sold.....

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

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      1. re: Spoonula

        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!


        1. re: LaLa

          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. Does anyone know what months it's open??


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        1. re: Davwud

          usually mid March to Mid October

          1. re: LaLa

            How about for the 2010 season??

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


            1. re: Davwud

              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.

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

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


                1. re: Davwud

                  They willl be open

                  1. re: LaLa


                    <maniacally wringing hands>


                    1. re: Davwud

                      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.

                2. re: scrumptiouschef

                  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.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    Here's my blog entry.



                    1. re: Davwud

                      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.

                      1. re: shallots

                        Glad you liked it.