By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Mar 24, 2020 at 1:31 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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We've officially made it through another winter, Milwaukee.

Not only is it officially spring, but the Nite Owl Drive-In, 830 E. Layton Ave., has reopened its doors for the 2020 season. 

And, while the restaurant might be operating in the carry-out only model for right now, there's still joy to be had in biting into that first luscious burger of the season.

It's the 72nd season for the iconic spot, which serves up a menu of classic offerings including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, fish dinners and all the fixins. There are also fries, onion rings, shakes, malts and sundaes ... pretty much everything you need to celebrate the spring awakening.

And if you want to learn more about this iconic Milwaukee drive-up – including why they limit the number of burgers they serve each day – listen to our conversation with owner Chris Roepke on the FoodCrush podcast!

So grab a few bucks and hightail it down to the South Side. There's a fantastic cheeseburger, fries and a big, fat slab of nostalgia waiting for you. 

Nite Owl is open seasonally (spring through fall) Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.