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May 15, 2013

My Retro Roadtrip – Part One

by Andrea

I’m back! Did y’all miss me? I’ve got some pics of the more mid-century highlights from my road trip to share with you today.

On Sara in Az’s recommendation, we went to XXX Root Beer in Issaquah. It’s a little out of the way, but definitely well worth the trip!

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From what I gather, they have been using the same recipe to make their root beer since 1930, and I can tell ya, it is delish!

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Served in a gigantic frosty mug, no less!  They also serve burgers and fries – I highly recommend the veggie burger.

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This vintage menu was hanging on the wall by our booth – check out those prices!

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They also have this fantastic 1950s Buddy Holly tour bus parked in their lot.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to XXX in time to see the vintage travel trailer show, but they do appear to have lots of car shows there throughout the year.  Even if they don’t have one going on, it’s still well worth the trip!

We also came across Dick’s Drive In, which appears to be a Seattle based chain.  Everything about the place screams out mid-century, from their signage, to the walk up window, to the menu.  We didn’t try the food here, but their milkshakes were fantastic!

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Now, for something I got a kick out of …


This is my kitsch-tastic velvet pirate ship painting, that hangs in my basement.  We went for some snacks and a drink one night to a bar called West 5 in West Seattle, and lo and behold, what did we see on the wall …

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It’s the twin pirate ship painting!  How bizzarre is that?

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It was on their wall that seemed to be filled with ship art.  West 5 is a vintage styled bar, and if you happen to be in the area, I would recommend popping in for a drink.

That wraps up part one of my Retro Roadtrip, come back on Friday for part two!



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3 Responses to My Retro Roadtrip – Part One

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Wheeeeeee……….you made it to XXX!!!! Totally jealous, love that place and the root beer really is the best isn’t it!

    How cool you saw the ‘twin’ to your velvet painting in Seattle!

    Sounds like y’all had a great time….I cannot wait to hear more!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      May 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      The root beer really is the best there, I do agree, Sara! It was definitely well worth the trip, thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

      • Sara In AZ Reply

        May 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        No probs, I’m glad it worked out! And I forgot to say before – totally missed you!!!

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