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If you like retro diners and diner food, Porky’s Drive-in is the place for you. This Mansfield restaurant has been serving up hot dogs, burgers, hand-cut fries and their homemade root beer since 1949.
I’ve lived in Mansfield for years before I finally stepping inside the doors of Porky’s and I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. It is diner food, so I wouldn’t eat here every day, but if you’re in the mood for some good fried food and friendly service you’ll find it at Porky’s.
My husband just returned from a trip to Michigan so he had the day off. Rather than cook him some homemade food like a good wife would, I suggested that we go out for a late lunch at Porky’s Drive-in. I thought it was a good choice because my husband loves root beer floats so I thought he’d enjoy trying the homemade root beer. I wasn’t wrong.
We started our meal with drinks, or dessert, since our drinks actually consisted of a Root Beer Float for him and a Root Beer Milkshake for me. For a minute I actually thought of trying the Pineapple or Butterscotch shake since those are flavors that I don’t normally see on menus.
My husband ordered a foot-long Coney dog while I tried the Pizza Burger. We shared an order of fries (so yummy!) and mushrooms. The fries were amazing and the milkshake and float were delicious.
The small interior features six booths and a small bar area with minimal seating. The décor probably hasn’t been updated in decades leading to the retro feel. The curtains are black, white and red and you’ll find drawings of pigs, flying pigs and other pig decorations as well as an old cigarette vending machine and lotto tickets for sale. Depending on where you sit, you may be able to see into the kitchen and watch as the cooks prepare your food. It’s not a large restaurant, and it’s clear that the seats don’t stay empty long. In the short time we were there eating our food, we saw several tables leave and fill up again. Porky’s definitely has a following and is known by the locals. If you prefer not to dine in, you can stay in your car and a car hop will take your order and bring your food to you, 1950s style.
If you’re looking for fancy, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for good, greasy down-home food, you’ll leave satisfied. This small diner is unique enough that I’d love to see this featured on the Food Channel’s Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives.
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