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March 7, 2007
From journal Finding Shakespeare in Staunton
Cary, North Carolina
July 7, 2000
Just push the button, and out pops one of the many area teenagers that are employed at Wrights Dairy Rite. (As a matter of fact, when I was growing up in Stauton, if you had to get a job, this was one of the more acceptable form of employment - as far as "coolness" factor goes.) Place your order, and about 10 minutes later your food arrives and is set up for you on the window of your car.
If curbside service makes you worry about your nice leather interior, no fear. Just park and go inside the diner. The dining room was redone in the early 1990s, but kept the 50s retro feel - jukebox and all. The walls are decorated with pictures of famous folks that have been in the establishment, including local heroes, The Statler Brothers. (see entry for Statler Brothers Museum ) Each summer, the nostalgia gets even stronger, as Wright's hosts Cruise Ins, where classic car owners (and modern hot-rod owners) can drive into the parking lot and show of their rides. There are contests, prizes, games, etc. It's quite the local draw.
But let's get to the heart of the matter. You want to know about food. If greasy spoons are your thing (as they are mine) you'll love it. My favorite thing is a burger (leave the pickles off please) and the thick crinkle fries. (Make sure to order them EXTRA crispy.) Top that off with a thick vanilla shake, and I'm in heartburn heaven. Other choices include foot-long hot dogs, chicken breast filet, pulled pork BBQ sandwich (topped with slaw), subs and more. There's a low-fat menu as well, but come on, you're in the south! If you want healthy, keep driving. :)
I'd say that a person could eat here for $5 or less, unless you go all out with the fried chicken dinners. The food is great, and it's just what you'd expect from a 50's dinner. So put a quarter in the jukebox, pick an Elvis song (or the Statler Brothers) and enjoy your trip back in time.
From journal Staunton, Virginia - A Small-Town Treasure