History: Where do we begin? This little Drive-In is full of local history. Since 1947, Taylor’s has sat on the corner of Kimbrough and Trafficway in what is known as Memorial Drive at the end of the Benton Avenue viaduct. Named after the original owner (Bob Taylor), this local treasure would have looked like a scene from”American Graffitti” or “Grease” with hot rods and teenagers cruising through showing off their cars.
Moving from Sioux City, Iowa to escape the cold winters, Jack and Darlene Collins purchased Taylor’s in 1978 and have operated it ever sence. Known for their steakburgers made from freshly grounded beef each day in the basement, they also have another local favorite known as the Bacon Dog. It’s a hot dog wrapped in Bacon and deep fried. They still make homemade milk shakes and you can get an Old Fashion Ice Cream Soda but only if Darlene is there, she is the only one who knows how to make it.
Taylor’s Steakburgers Restaurant
139 Memorial Drive
Springfield, MO 65806
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm
What We Ordered:
Chris: Double Steakburger with Cheese Basket the Taylor Way (Mustard, Ketchup, Pickles and Onions), French Fries, Side Salad and Vanilla Milk Shake. $8.69
Kent: Super Steakburger Basket with Onions, Pickles, Mayo, Mustard, Lettuce and Tomato, Swiss Cheese, Fries, Salad and Chocolate Malt: $11.81
Jeff: Bacon Dog, Fries, Salad and an Old Fashion Chocolate Soda. $10.08
Atmosphere-5 Stars: To define atmosphere as what the place looks like really is not fair to Taylor’s. It’s a very simple, down to earth place with wood paneling and simple decor on the walls. But the atmosphere here is really the staff. Starting with Darlene, you’re felt welcome the second you walk in and after you leave you feel like you have known her your entire life.
Food 4.5 Stars: I could have easily given Taylor’s 5 but the salad isn’t really much. But if you are judging Taylor’s on the salad then you are missing the point. I had the double steakburger made the Taylor way with Mustard, Ketchup, Pickles and Onions. It was FANTASTIC! Full of flavor and absolutely delicious. The fries were good too. But the bonus was the homemade milk shake to finish off the meal. Thick and GOOD!
Service: No brainer….5 Stars!
Overall: Living in the area for 36 years, I am ashamed to say this was my first visit that I know of to Taylor’s. I fell in love with this place. The overall feeling one gets from this Drive In is great. Do yourself a favor, visit Taylors sometime for lunch and make a point to talk to Darlene and her staff. You will be happy you did!
Kent Kelso: FACEBOOK
Ok, this is the REAL DEAL! Forget the chain “Steakburger” places and “Whateverkindasak” they want to talk about, Taylor’s is the ORIGINAL Springfield, MO. Steakburger since 1947! Genuine ground sirloin, ground fresh daily and only available M-F 11:00am-2:00 pm. I know this is a short window; however; don’t miss out on all the love served up by the same family since 1978!
The Steak Burger is thin but juicy, the Fries crispy, the Salad fresh and simple and the Hand Dipped Chocolate Malts are OH SOOO CREAMY AND DELICIOUS!!!
Bottom line, the Food is 5 Stars! The Service is 5 Stars! The Atmosphere is 5 Stars! This is what this project is ALL about, long-term love and commitment from their family to your family for over 6 DECADES! I did not use the restroom so I can not comment on it, but, based on the rest of the experience, WHO CARES!!!
Food-3.5 Stars: I had the bacon dog-an original there. Basically an all beef hot dog with a slice of bacon wrapped around it, then deep-fried. Good, but one is not enough. I Added a side salad and fries to complete my meal, but the burgers looked much more appetizing. I did have a chocolate ice cream soda, made by Darlene herself–a very good dessert option.
Atmosphere-5 Stars: Friendly, bright, small, had a real diner feel and everyone was friendly, which made for a real comfortable atmosphere.
Service-5 Stars: Everyone is very experienced in the food service industry at Taylor’s and it shows. They say Hello when you enter and know almost all the customers, They talk and joke and don’t miss a beat on service, flowing from table to table.