Traveling along the White Horse Pike (Route 30) in South Jersey is a bit like getting in a time machine. You see what travel was like before the interstates existed, with kitschy roadside attractions and dining establishments galore who counted on the traffic to bring them customers.
It’s a little sad to ride down Route 30 now. Entire stretches of shopping centers, diners, fast food restaurants and other business lie abandoned. The for sale or lease signs outnumber the functioning businesses on the stretch from Collingswood through Berlin. This is a new development in the last half dozen years and a sad one at that.
One icon that has not faded, however, is Weber’s Famous Root Beer Drive-In. Yes, drive-in restaurants still exist and yes, like drive-in movies, the charm of nostalgia seldom recreates itself in the actual experience. Drive-in movies are uncomfortable, easy to be distracted from (thus denying you the experience of “losing yourself” in the movie) and relegated to the ash heap of history for good reason (for the most part.)
Weber’s Drive-In, built around a famous root beer recipe from the early 20th century, is a better experience then drive-in movies. But it’s still not something I would frequent.
Burgers and dogs are good. The root beer for which they are famous, like so many “famous root beer”‘s, underwhelmed me. But the eats are cheap, the root beer is cold and wet and the place is only open in the summer, when experiences like this seem a little better then they would in December or March.
If you’re shorebound, take the White Horse Pike after 11 am and pop in to Weber’s for a flashback to the 50’s that is not a recreation of an era past – Weber’s has never left the era.
105 S. White Horse Pike
There is a second location in Pennsauken which readers say is superior to the one in Stratford. Some day maybe we’ll try it.
Holly Eats has visited Weber’s. Read about it here: http://www.hollyeats.com/Webers.htm