If you love hamburgers and soft ice cream, Holly's Drive-In, in Post, Texas, is a must visit. If you live in or travel through the Post/Lubbock area, take the time to try the food at this great drive-in. It's a classic small town sort of place; a place where you can step back in time to a kinder, gentler era.
Holly's is far from the artificial atmosphere of too many modern themed restaurants. This family owned classic drive-in is a throwback to a time when quality in food and service, and a small town, homey feel meant something. Holly's is not a put-on – it is the real thing, an all too rare commodity in today's world.
How good are the burgers? Well, they are that good; good enough that I would drive out of my way to eat a Holly Burger. They are perfectly cooked to order, with fresh ingredients and the added touch of a bun lightly grilled in butter, all combined to produce one of the greatest burgers I have ever eaten. Sure, anyone can make a hamburger, but these aren't just burgers, a Holly Burger is a taste of America.
Whether you eat in your car, as you would have at a drive-in back in the 1950's, or eat inside, you can't avoid the feeling of stepping back in time. Of course, being so close to Lubbock, you realize you are in the old stomping grounds of legendary rocker Buddy Holly (apparently no relation), and outlaw country great Waylon Jennings, which adds to the unique quality of Holly's Drive-In – a reminder of a time when Buddy and his music captured Texas and America (Waylon played bass in Buddy's band for a short time).
Besides the outstanding burgers, the beauty of Holly's is that it is a real place, not some corporate person's idea of what America used to be, or a contrived way of trying to recreate the past by filling a restaurant with rusty flea market junk, like so many modern chain stores try to do. Holly's is as authentic as it gets, and they represent a lost art, an independent business that doesn't try to recreate the past. They allow you to step back into it. Post is a small town with the kind of atmosphere that only exists in such a place, a classic American town with a classic American drive-in.
Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories', 'A Sports Junkie', 'The Avery Appointment', 'Between the Fuzzy Parts'.
He also writes about baseball for Climbing Tal's Hill, food and travel on Miles & Meals, and music/guitars on The Backbeat.
He lives in Central Texas with his wife and family.