Since I focus so much on local places and steer away from national chains, I unintentionally have left out some local drive thru joints that I really love. I’ve been going to Ab’s Drive-In for over 15 years and really love it. There is absolutely no reason to visit McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr, and *gulp (I’m going to go there) In & Out Burger if you live anywhere close to Ab’s. They really only have one thing they could improve upon which I will get to later, but they are a solid solid choice.
So upon looking at the menu, the first thing you might think about is Arctic Circle. You would be correct, the menus are very similar between the two chains. I personally feel Ab’s is 100 times better than Arctic Circle. When I walk into an Arctic Circle, I feel like I’m walking into a grease cloud. When you go to Ab’s there are no heat lamps, or fry holding trays. They make everything fresh to order there.
The main burger on the menu is the Fat Boy. I love the Fat Boy, it is what I get every single time. Keep in mind that it is only $3.49. With that said, the patties are pretty thin here. I wouldn’t mind seeing a thicker patty on one of their burgers even if it means charging a bit more, because I really enjoy the other elements of the Fat Boy. The bun, to the mayo, to the ketchup…. it just all goes together well, plus I don’t feel like I’m stuffing thousands of calories down my mouth when I eat one. There is always a lot of room for the true star of Ab’s…. the fries and sauce!
The Ab’s fry sauce is in my top 3 for best fry sauces in the city, and perhaps the state. They have the standard ketchup and mayo base, but they also have a sweet ingredient too. Correct me if I’m wrong Ab’s but is that secret ingredient honey? And of course the sauce isn’t just good on the fries, but I love dipping my half eaten Fat Boy into the sauce as well. Either way you go, every order you have to include one or two fry sauces to go with your food.
The fries are awesome! As mentioned before, you will never get fries that have been sitting around under a lamp. They are excellent and salted just right. I’d compare them in appearance and taste to Five Guys.
One important thing to note is the great Saturday special they have on cheeseburgers and corn dogs. You can get a truck load of the delicious corn dogs on Saturday, and it will only slightly dent your wallet.
So this is my favorite, drive thru, quick, local burger joint in Utah. There used to be a place up in Cottonwood called Eat a Burger that was excellent, but they have since gone out of business. Abs has locations in West Valley and West Jordan.