Last week, Galaxy Drive In’s website touted its July 9 opening. On Friday, the Foodie File blog promised it was open. So imagine my surprise early on Saturday evening when my family and I drove up to the newly revamped restaurant on Highway 7 in St. Louis Park and noticed chains barring us from entering the parking lot. Two uniformed women on roller skates had the undesirable job of telling would-be customers that the Jetsons-style drive-in wouldn’t be serving up Galactic Burgers and Cosmic Cones until today. Sigh.
But Galaxy gals did have one small token for those who came and left empty-stomached — the drive-in’s menu, wherein lie a few noteworthy tidbits:
Aliens, Humans and All of Our Four Legged Friends Welcome™
Fantastic! Now ALF and I can finally schedule that lunch date. He can even bring along a cat as an appetizer.
Earth Girls Aren’t Easy, They’re Just Watching Their Figures
The Earthling Burger is a quarter-pound burger with sauteed onions and pickles. An Alien Burger Blast is made of two quarter-pound burgers with sauteed onions and pickles. Are we to deduce that making your burger a double makes you extra-terrestrial? Or just extra-prone to heartburn?
Presenting… Pronto Pups?
Do Pronto Pups really exist outside the Minnesota State Fair? Apparently so, and Galaxy has them, albeit with the moniker “Area 51 Pronto Pups.” With the Great Minnesota Get-Together coming up next month, ambitious corn-dog lovers can taste them head to head to see which version is out of this world. (Sorry, I couldn’t help it.)
Burgers and Fries Must Not Co-Exist in Outer Space
The Space Dogs come with fries (excuse me, Galaxy Fries), but the Galaxy Burgers don’t. Weird.
S’mores Fire Pits
This move is either genius or a disaster in the making — you can buy the fixings for s’mores and make your own in the fire pits in front of the drive-in. It’s a good thing Galaxy doesn’t serve alcohol. Drunks+junk food+fire=bad.
We Get It, It’s a Theme Restaurant
But really, Starburst Milk? Does it have the fruit chews mixed into the drink? If it doesn’t, just call it milk. Same goes for the Bottled Moon Water and the Intergalactic Iced Tea.