World War II was over; Eisenhower was President and the American diet included franks and burgers. Roller-skated girls served cheese fries and cold malteds, right to your car window.  Such was the founding time of The Circus Drive-In at the Jersey Shore.

Today, thanks to a silly cable television show, people think of the Jersey Shore as the domicile of muscle-bound jocks and brainless girls with horrible hairdos whose lives seem like something from a comical soap opera.  Well, that’s just not true.

The Shore is a family fun zone, with great white sandy beaches, amusement parks for young and old, and interesting, unique dining opportunities. Among the best is The Circus Drive In, founded in 1954.  While the food may not be haute cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs, it’s the most comforting, relaxing and enjoyable American cooking, straight out of an episode of Leave It To Beaver.

Copycats like Johnny Rockets can’t compare with the real deal – an authentic, 1950’s drive-in diner where you’ll find the scene hasn’t changed since Nixon was Veep.

The food may not be the most glamorous in the world. Nor is it served on fine porcelain or bone china, but it tastes great and it’s family focused.  A perfect place to take the kiddies (young or old) for a really interesting, amusing and tasty meal.  You’ll love the foot long franks, the lobster rolls, soft-shell crabs and ribs. But everything is fresh and delicious.  You’ve got to try an Orange Whip (a contemporary creation to the Orange Julius) or one of their fantastic malteds or shakes.

Located in Wall Township, you’re just far away to avoid any undue influence on your kids by Pauly or Snooki. Let us know your comments!

Check their website, linked below, to find the menu, directions and more.

1861 Route 35
Wall, NJ 07719


 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Meals Served: Lunch, Dessert, Tea, and Dinner
  • Price Range: $ (Under $9)
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Alcohol: Not Permitted
  • Restaurant Style: Diner
  • Smoking: Outdoors Only
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