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America's First Drive-In, Established in 1921. inventor of Onion Rings. And all around classic Americana dining!
Folks went hog wild when the first Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921. Agile "car hops" leaped onto running boards of Model-Ts to deliver "curb service" to a generation on the go. It was the age of the automobile, and Pig Stands multiplied across America faster than you can say "soooo-eeee." It took the Great Depression of the '30s to slow "The Pig" down. Pig Stands, pioneers in franchising, pared down to concentrate on company-owned Texas stands, which continued to lead the way in dining innovations. Besides offering the world the first drive-in dining and drive-through window, Pig Stands introduced the taste buds of the world to onion rings in the '20s, "Texas Toast" and the chicken-fried steak sandwich in the '40s. Of course, their best-known offering is their original, trademarked "Pig Sandwich," featuring tender, sliced barbecue pork with relish and sauce on a bun.
The San Antonio restaurant, known as Pig Stand #29 (1508 Broadway just 5 minutes North of Downtown) continues the proud Pig Stand tradition of serving tasty American staples, such as hamburgers, chicken-fried steak, fried shrimp, chopped steak, club sandwiches, fried chicken, malts, shakes and banana splits (all of those tasty favorites you grew up with) in settings that make you feel you've stepped back in time. Slide into a booth and flip through the song selections for the jukebox. Doesn't that bring back memories?! Nostalgic black-and-white photos of Pig Stands past line the walls (with carhops in full regalia and vintage cars lined up for "America's Motor Lunch"), and "pigobilia" is everywhere. Pigs of all shapes, sizes and composition pack display cases and smile at you from multitudinous perches.
The Broadway Pig Stand (built in 1921) is one of the city's oldest eateries and was refurbished in the late '60s with all of the sleek lines and mod colors of that era. On Friday nights, cars that might have pulled up at the eatery in years gone by return for "Cruise Nights" from 6 to 11 p.m., featuring nostalgic curb service, music from the '50s and '60s, and mascot Charlotte the Dancing Pig.
Any way you slice it, Pig Stand and their family fare are as American as, well, a Pig Sandwich. Rev up your jalopy and cruise on over.
A Fine Motto To Live By:
"Eatin' speaks louder than words" --Sheriff Andy Taylor
(as conveyed by Miss Brennen Leigh)
Who I'd like to meet:
Friendly folks from near and far, who love great home-cookin'-style Texas food, fast, friendly service, and a classic American diner atmosphere! Whether your a cabbie or a cop... a trucker, biker, or a musician... a loner, a rebel, or a family of fifteen, Pig Stand has a place waiting just for you! Y'all come!
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