Frisco’s revives nonstalgic vibes


Frisco’s Car Hop Drive-in, located in City of Industry, looks as if it’s straight out of a scene from “Grease.” The 1950s-themed diner capitalizes on its vintage vibe by displaying emblematic characteristics of that era, such as flashing neon lights and popcorn machines. As a whole, the restaurant makes customers feel as if they are immersed in the generation blooming with cars, music and movies.

The spacious interior is pumped full of energy as waitresses take orders and deliver trays while cruising around on rollerskates. The skating staff members are reminiscent of those in the first drive-in restaurants and popular diners during the 1950s. In addition, a call button on the table allows for quick service and a lot less awkward hand-raising to get your waitress’s attention. A pink and blue color scheme is apparent in every aspect of the restaurant, from the car-shaped sitting booths to the waitresses’ tutus. The fluorescent colors reflect off of the black-and-white checkerboard tile floor, creating a vibrant and chaotically lively atmosphere. Customers can enjoy their meals while old rock tunes blast and memorabilia from the classics “Rebel Without a Cause,” “I Love Lucy” and Elvis’s “Jailhouse Rock” decorate the walls.

Unfortunately, the food lacks the same attention to detail that goes into crafting Frisco’s memorable, feel-good vibes. I ordered a Chipotle Chicken Sandwich with a side of soup from the main menu, which is uniquely stylized to look like a jukebox. From the breakfast menu, I ordered an unassuming hash browns and eggs breakfast platter with an extra side of french toast.

As expected from the brief, colorless description in the menu, the breakfast platter is plain but nonetheless filling. It is one of the more commonplace menu options, so I would recommend trying one of Frisco’s signature dishes instead. The Chipotle Chicken Sandwich is composed of generic ingredients — a grilled chicken patty, tomato, lettuce, pepper jack cheese and chipotle sauce — and is only subpar. The chicken itself is too salty, dry, and overcooked. In addition, none of the other bland components add much flavor to burger. The chipotle sauce packs no heat and lacks its usual, distinctive barbeque taste. Despite the large portion sizes, neither of the dishes are worth the total cost of $22, as they are poorly executed and made with uninspired ingredients.

Although one of Frisco’s key features is its 1950s feel, the restaurant staff is also notable for having close ties with its customers. By observing the way customers greeted waitresses by name and started casual conversations, I could tell that many of them were regulars at the diner.

Anyone with a fondness for vintage cars or a deep appreciation for the rock & roll genre of the 1950s will appreciate the restaurant’s efforts to replicate the cultural phenomena of that era. For those who know nothing about the 1950s, Frisco’s is a great place to start learning and understanding such a pivotal time in history. Although the food is only mediocre, students will get an idea of what the bustling 1950s were like by hanging out at a popular local diner and may even begin to appreciate the novelty of the “golden decade.”

By Angela Zhang, Staff writer

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