A Down Home Favorite In My Home Town

This little Tastee Drive – Inn & Out has been around for many years in Lincoln, NE. When my parents were first married back in 1956- 57 they could afford to go once a month to get a tastee sandwich and onion chips with dip and it was a big treat for them. Mom says the tastee sandwiches were about 15 cents each and the onion chips with dip were about 25 cents. Other than the price not much has changed at the little drive – inn as you can tell by the way the menu board looks, bare bulb and all!

Mom suggested we have it for lunch yesterday and it sure hit the spot. She has a little bit of an appetite back so that is a good sign.

Note that the drive up window is on the passenger’s side of the car! We have never understood why they made it this way. It is a challenge to go through the drive through by yourself.

The sandwiches are similar to the loose meat sandwiches that were popular in Iowa when hubby and I lived there. They are seasoned ground beef served on a steamed hamburger bun with a little mustard and a hamburger dill pickle slice.

I have never seen onion chips or dip like this anywhere else. The onion chips are one of the few fried foods I allow myself to eat. I ended up having 7 of the onion chips and 1/4 cup of the dip. The dip is blended cottage cheese mixed with Lipton onion soup mix and horseradish. It sounds odd, but believe me it is outstanding!

I usually only have this meal once a year, but this is my third trip to visit my parents since last June and I have had all of my home town favorite foods on every visit! Since I had extra calories with fried foods at lunch I just had soup for dinner and a snack of popcorn.

Eating healthy, losing weight or maintaining your weight isn’t about depriving yourself of some special eats once in a while. I would never eat this meal on any kind of regular basis but a few times a year isn’t going to derail my usual healthy habits.

What are some of your favorite foods that are not too healthy that you allow yourself to have occassionally?

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  1. emily @ www.helpemilylose.blogspot.com says:

    i agree you can’t deprive yourself all the time..otherwise you get so sick of it you just give up. I am going to try making that dip sometime. we love cottage cheese dips around here. i put ranch mix in it and my kids love it on crackers.

    in st. george utah there is a place called frost top that has picadilly chips. i ADORE them. they are so fattening though. Not sure I would ever have the strength to just eat 7 of them!

    1. Tami says:

      I have never heard of picadilly chips! I have the dip recipe at home and I will try to remember to post it when I get back there. I find that I am satisified with a smaller portion of the fattening stuff these days. That is progress!

  2. Marisa (Loser for Life) says:

    What a cool place! I have never heard of onion chips, but yum! They look so good and I love the dip that goes with it! Hey, cottage cheese is healthy, right?? 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      LOL! Okay Marisa it is pretty hard to justify any merits of health with this meal but I can go with the cottage cheese is healthy theory! I like that!

  3. Carol says:

    Can’t beat these long time eateries!We had a place here called Tastee Freeze that was awesome!

    I think that depriving ourselves of our favorite foods all the time is not good…a treat once in awhile IS good! Those onions look delicious!!!!

    1. Tami says:

      Carol we had a place called Tastee Freeze when we lived in Sioux City, Iowa. You are right a treat once in a while is a good thing!

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