Remembering the best burger place in the solar system, which now stands in the shadow of Rio Tinto Stadium

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  • Sally Smiles-a-Lot Vernal, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    Ah yes, the Center Drive-In. I loved their mashed potatoes and gravy, and once when I was a student at Mt. Jordan Jr. High, I sneaked away at lunch time, ran all the way there and bought mashed potatoes and gravy, and had to run all the way back, since lunch "hours" were only 1/2 hour. But it was worth it. They had great food, and it was just a fun place to go. I graduated from Jordan High School in 1965. So many places from my childhood are gone. My home in high school, and now my Jr. High School, too...the dairy barn on 12300 So in Draper...the Draper Park is all different, and that roundabout!! The first time I tried to go through that intersection I got stuck in the roundabout and couldn't get out!

    But I am glad to have the memories of growing up in Draper, and of the Center, and so many other places that meant a lot to us then, but even more now.

  • Pete234 Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Yes, thanks for the memories Lee, I worked there in 1956-57, Myrle hired me to make "Curley Fries" every day after school JHS, we made up a hundred pounds or so daily, thanks for the automatic potato peeler. The Center was the grooviest place in all of South Valley, and beyond.

  • YOBANFA Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 10, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    This is also my life long stomping grounds! Although I was a Husky and not a Beetdigger, this part of town holds a special place in my heart. My memory does not predate "Jim's" but I certainly remember the food there was awesome. My son is a current "Beetdigger" and has loved eating breakfast there with the JHS State Champion football team! I have lived in this special blend of Sandy and Midvale for almost my entire life and have marveled that "Jim's" is still there. I love to see the blue and white building thumbing its nose at the progress around it. Things certainly change, I have loved having this special tie from our childhood to our son's childhood around us. Thanks Mr Benson for the memories!

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 8, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    For me, one of my favorite childhood eating digs was a Jack-In-The-Box in Phoenix. Nothing special about it except for the fact I used to...

    A) hop on my bike and collect only 1/3 of my paper route instead of the whole thing
    B) with a little money now in my pocket, ride solo the 3 miles to Webster's Hobby Shop and drool over the model planes and trains....I'd be there for hours and hours every Saturday
    C) ride back towards my home but swing by the Jack-In-The-Box first for a cheeseburger, fries and a vanilla shake which I'd buy and then eat on the top of a cylindrical, round, stone column that formed part of a fence about 50 yards from the Jack-In-The-Box
    D) after eating, ride my bike the LONG away around the block back home so my mom or dad wouldn't see me coming from the 'wrong' direction if I HAD been actually collecting my entire paper route

    The food was tasty but, to me, the thing I relished most was the sense of freedom I felt while only 10 or 11 years old.

    Good memories.

  • starrchild millcreek, UT
    April 8, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    I worked there 1968-70

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    April 8, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    I, too, have these kinds of great memories from my hometown.

    It's said that many of today's youth don't have connections like this which bind them to a wonderful past and anchor them when the winds of change batter them.

  • Independent Thinker West Jordan, UT
    April 8, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Nice reflections in this article. The names and locations will differ, but all across the country, boomers will likely relate this story to their own youthful experiences.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Great column. The sentiment reminded me of a few lines from a poem ("Memory" by Abraham Lincoln) "So memory will hallow all we've known but know no more."

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    April 8, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    I remember that place.
    We were driving from Ogden to a Disneyland vacation ... and we all got hungry in a town named Sandy.

    Good burgers.
    But the taste is the memory, and Ogden burger joints were darned fine, also.

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    April 8, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    As Real thinks about expanding, they may want to consider creating some parking for their patrons, so they don't clog up every available piece of street for 5 blocks around the stadium.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 8, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    A Chubby, curleyque fries, and an Ironport. Nothing better. And I lived in Murray. My Dad used to hang out there way back in the late 1940's when he was in high school.