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Star Drive-In, Taunton: a Bright Light in the Southeastern Massachusetts Dining Scene

Star Drive-In, Taunton, Massachusetts

by Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 3/30/17. All photos by Eric.

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The Star Drive-In in Taunton, Massachusetts earns five-star status as a wonderful comfort foods destination.

With a classic 1950s drive-in look and a menu featuring American favorites like burgers, dogs, fried seafood and ice cream, the Star Drive-In might come across as a piece of heartwarming dining nostalgia, but it also transcends that genre with some nice 21st century touches. The burgers are fresh, not frozen, seafood brought in from a local vendor, and ice cream from Maine-based Gifford's Ice Cream. The kids working here are genuinely pleasant and work with efficiency, while owner Erika Madden serves as a great role model spending countless hours in the kitchen and overall restaurant operation with a high work ethic beyond reproach. With many years in the corporate world, Ericka has brought corporate precision and vision to the restaurant while maintaining the wonderful, old-fashioned feel. Admittedly, the Star Drive-In needed a facelift in all aspects and Madden came in as the restaurant surgeon to complete a successful operation.

Parents will love the low prices and family-friendly atmosphere, kids the yummy foods and the carousel out front, and everyone the vintage car shows, as well as movies played on a big projector outside from May to September. Big screen televisions add entertainment inside, while picnic tables on the extensive grounds provide an ever better show in the form of Mother Nature.

While the burgers, fried clams, fish and chips, hot dogs and ice cream remain most popular items, keep in mind the lobster and clam cakes, lobster rolls, and kale soup. For dessert, you can't go wrong with the many hard and soft serve flavors as well as the latest concoction: The fried dough sundae with a choice of three scoops and an option of hot fudge, caramel or peanut butter topping, whipped cream and cherry. This masterpiece is served on fresh dough, and dredged with cinnamon, butter and powdered sugar.

It's so nice to relive the "good, old days" at a place like the Star-Drive-In, but even nicer to see such pride of ownership and a commitment to fresh food. Sure, the Star Drive-In comes across as a relic of the past, but it is also a restaurant of the future -- that is, as a local landmark that might very well have its best days now and in the future.

The Star Drive-In is located at 205 Myricks St. Taunton, MA. Tel.  508-822-7827

Be sure to check out the Star Drive-In Facebook fan page for updates and some yummy food photos!

Editor's note: VisitingNewEngland business partnerships started on Jan. 30, 2017, and differ than feature articles previously posted on VisitingNewEngland. Businesses pay a small, one-time fee to have pages like this appear, and first must be accepted by VisitingNewEngland.com editor and publisher, Eric Hurwitz, as a business he approves as part of "real New England travel" to keep the integrity of the site. Businesses that sign up for business partnerships receive priority by receiving more social media exposure and link placement on VisitingNewEngland.com. Contact me if interested in forming a business partnership.

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