H is for Hob Nob Drive In, Sarasota, Florida

Grab a Burger, Rings and Shake at the Hob Nob Drive In, Sarasota, Fla.

Grab a Burger, Rings and Shake at the Hob Nob Drive In, Sarasota, Fla.

I have a weakness for thick-sliced, golden, crisp onion rings and recently discovered simply divine rings at Sarasota, Florida’s Hob Nob Drive In. The exterior melted in my mouth while the onion slice was tender and juicy. Perfection!

Of course, the cheeseburger isn’t too bad either. Established in 1957, the Hob Nob Drive In is a Sarasota institution with its open-air seating, black and white checkered-tile and diverse clientele.

Cheeseburger and Onion Rings at the Hob Nob Drive In, Sarasota, Fla.

Cheeseburger and Onion Rings at the Hob Nob Drive In, Sarasota, Fla.

Hob Nob Drive In, A Sarasota Institution

Located on the corner of U.S. 301 and 17th Street, the city’s oldest drive-in serves up hand-made milkshakes, juicy hamburgers, and 1950s nostalgia with black and white stripes outside, black and white tiles around the main seating area and pop of fire engine red on the restaurant’s exterior.

The Hob Nob appeals to a variety of diners. Pony up to the bar and find yourself sitting next to a businessman in a suit on one side and a biker with a leather jacket on the other.

In addition to hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and rings, the eatery serves up breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. Adult beverages of beer and wine are available but bring out the kid in you with a thick milkshake.

My cheeseburger basket with onion rings with slaw along with a soda came to less than $10 with tax.

Should you find yourself in Southwest Florida, roll on over to the Hob Nob for a slice of Sarasota life.

Hob Nob Drive In
1701 N. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, Fla. 34234
Tel: (941) 955-5001

The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for both dining in and taking out. But dining in is way more fun!

This post is part of the 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Check back daily for a different letter!

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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  1. My sister is headed to Sarasota, FL in May! I’ll share this post with her for sure! Thanks for the review! ~ Angela

  2. Yum, now I’m craving onion rings….and I’m far, far away from Sarasota! Thanks! šŸ˜›

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