Patty Melt, Hand Cut Fries, & a Shake

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Growing up there was this old drive in my grandparents used to take me to that served patty melts and delicious food. I remember the green sign and the big bags of fries. Nothing like any other joint around. It was called Lucky Boy. My grandmother loved their pastrami sandwiches. My grandfather loved the burgers and fries. I remember the milkshakes. That’s why I made this patty melt, hand cut fries, and a shake.

Lucky Boy in South Gate - Patty Melt
Lucky Boy in South Gate
patty melt, hand cut fries, chocolate milkshake

I want to give everyone a dish that would be reminiscent of a time I spent with my family for this #SundaySupper. So here is my version of a patty melt, hand cut fries, and a chocolate milkshake.

patty melt, hand cut fries, chocolate milkshake

Patty Melt, Shake, and Fries

Yield: 6


  • For Patty Melt
  • One loaf rye bread
  • 1½ lbs grounds beef
  • Sliced cheese of choice (we used cheddar and pepperjack)
  • 1 onion; sliced in rounds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter for bread
  • For Hand Cut Fries
  • 6 to 8 potatoes; sliced into strips
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For Chocolate Milkshake
  • 3 scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 squeezes of chocolate syrup


  1. Make hamburger patties square or round to your preference. In a frying pan, add one tablespoon olive oil and fry burgers until cooked to desired wellness. Pull out patties and butter the bread. Toast bread with cheeses and add the meat. Serve with gooey cheesiness!
  2. Wash potatoes and cut in half and then in to long strips. Heat oil to medium heat and fry potatoes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and then salt and pepper to taste. A small amount of cinnamon, paprika, sugar, salt, and pepper makes a wonderful seasoning to the fries.
  3. In a blender, add three scoops of chocolate ice cream and ½ cup of milk. Blend for 1 minute on high. Add three squeezes of chocolate syrup and blend for 30 seconds. Serve with whipping topping and a cherry or plain jane.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1083Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 670mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 9gSugar: 39gProtein: 51g

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  1. What a cute little drive in. I love that you served your dish on a plastic basket. So retro and your dish looks amazing! I just want to dig into in face first.

    1. The plastic baskets I bought for my son’s 16th almost two years ago. I have 40 of them in black and red. They are fabulous for parties for burgers, sandwiches, sliders, and anything similar. We even use them for weeknight dinners 😀

  2. Yum! This is one of my favourite meals ever! There was this really old school diner in my neighbourhood that had been around forever. It was a Vancouver institution famous for its burgers. Sadly it closed down a few years ago so I’ll just have to make these myself with your recipes.

  3. This is absolutely fantastic! I totally want to dig in right now, strap on some roller skates and maybe head over to the drive-in movie (although, the only thing I really ever did was roller skate!)

  4. This picture is of the old one in South Gate but I hear there is a Lucky Boy in Pasadena now. If it is you should try it! It looks the same with the fries and such from the website. The old one in South Gate was replaced with a McDonald’s.

  5. Is this the same Lucky Boy in Pasadena next to the Trader Joe’s on Arroyo Parkway? If so, I’ve seen it many times but have never stopped. Will definitely have to try and I love how you made the full retro meal here.

  6. Now THIS is a retro meal. Perfect. This is one of those meals I love to eat but know the grease factor is super high. I’m sure your version is much better then a restaurants-now I’m craving fries dipped in a shake!

  7. My mom didn’t drive so I never got to go to the drive in unless we went with another family. But I really don’t think we ever did. I know I went as a teen with my friends. Hey the drive through is making a come back!

    We love a good burger with homemade fries! Yours is making my mouth water.