Amy’s Drive Thru 58 Golf Course Dr. W/Redwood Hwy., just W of Hwy. 101, in Rohnert Park, 8 mi. S of town, (707) 755-3629. Daily 10am-10pm.
|exterior sod roof at Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California|
Farm-fresh vegetarian and vegan fast food is the specialty here. This isn’t too surprising, since it is brought to us by the makers of the well-known Amy’s frozen foods. Their commitment to sustainability includes chrome tables recycled from auto brake drums, employee uniforms made from fair-trade organic cotton, and compostable packaging. Featuring a sod roof and an airy barn-like interior (made with reclaimed barn wood but of course), this cheery spot also has a porch with plenty of covered outdoor seating.
|interior of Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California|
|dining patio at Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California|
You can’t go wrong with the veggie burger composed of a smoky patty made with a mix of grains, vegetables, and mushrooms and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and tangy sauce. A double-patty version is available, as is a low-calorie lettuce-wrapped burger. The crispy french fries are very good. I’ve heard good things beyond the burgers--the burritos and the mac ‘n’ cheese (especially the one with broccoli), the salads, the chili, the lentil soup, and the pizza, too. Sodas are made with cane sugar. Regular milkshakes are available, but so are non-dairy versions--I tried the vanilla no-dairy and it was cold and coconutty and didn’t upset my tummy. (And the pleasant staff is a step above. The super nice clerk who helped me offered to divide my milkshake into two separate cups when I said I was going to share it.) Dessert options are lacking. It did surprise me that there wasn’t at least a wonderful healthy cookie on the menu. Some items are available with gluten-free and vegan options.
|order counter at Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California|
|veggie burger and fries at Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California|
A small table is provided for children with colored pencils and paper, and outlets are provided throughout to charge your phone. Additionally, two drive-thru lanes keep things moving.
|activity table for kids at Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California|
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