Thursday Trivia

Thirsday Trivia

Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a History test, with cars!

This week’s question is: When and where was the first drive-in restaurant opened? 

If you know the answer, make the jump to see if you are correct. But you better car hop to it.

From Wikipedia:

Kirby’s Pig Stand was America’s first drive-in restaurant, opened by Jessie G. Kirby and Reuben Jackson in September 1921, in Dallas, Texas.


The Pig Stand offered pulled pork sandwiches and a soft-drink, or even a Bud, to drivers who, as founder Kirby was keen to observe, were too lazy to get out of their cars to eat.

And another interesting fact from fhsbuffs:

In 1921 the Pig Stand made its debut in Dallas, with its tasty Pig Sandwiches that remain a favorite today. It was also during this time that young men, in an effort to serve all customers and avoid traffic jams, would jump on the running boards of cars, take the food orders and return as soon as possible with the meal. Thus, the term “carhop” originated!

So, not only did The Pig Stand create the first Drive-in restaurant, they also invented the term Car Hop. Here’s a picture of the Pig Stand near Hollywood and Vine in 1927, and  on a night when the hops must have been hopping.


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7 responses to “Thursday Trivia”

  1. MVEilenstein Avatar

    Again, my guess is somewhere in the northeast. New Jersey, maybe?
    EDIT: Wrong! Love the name of that place.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    Pig Stands used to be huge in Dallas, but the last ones (in San Antonio and Houston), closed in 2006, with the chain's bankruptcy. Pig Stands were responsible for the inventions of Texas Toast, the chicken fried steak sandwich, and the onion ring (that one was accidental).
    Houston Chronicle: Bankruptcy closes doors of historic Pig Stands

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar


    2. JayP2112 Avatar

      I was gonna stop by tonight for a Pig Sandwich.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    The World's Largest Drive-In is in Atlanta. It covers two city blocks. The Varsity!

  4. Tex Avatar

    The term car hops originated when the waiter would hop on the running board to take orders. And one of the Pig Stand buildings, shaped like a hod ( similar to the Bulldog in Rocketeer) is still located is the Southtown part of San Antonio.

  5. Pidgeonsplatz Avatar

    Pig sandwich…Sounds like a derogatory term for a sexual 3 way, with me in the middle.

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