1315 12th St.
Mon-Sat 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
A great deal of the appeal of Fairhaven is the historic buildings and unique, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. There are no chain stores here, nor are there any fast food places -- so common in other parts of town. However, there is an obvious need for a quick and convenient locale to get burgers, fries and shakes, and Win’s Drive-in fulfills this niche well.
Win’s does not conform to the traditional design of the drive-in with covered stalls and plexi-glass menus. It is in all other respects the classic, small-town, independent burger joint. There are two small windows outside the building for customers to order from when weather permits. Interestingly enough, one is solely dedicated to the sale of Lotto and scratch lottery tickets. It isn’t uncommon for a line to form at the window when the jackpot rises. The interior is exactly what you would expect -- booths lining the wall from the front counter to the back room. Although there were quite a few paintings of Native American scenes and Bellingham, past and present, I was most impressed with the stained-glass representation of a hamburger, shake and fries by the front door.
One thing is certain: The menu does not disappoint those that appreciate fast food. Everything that can be deep fried or grilled is offered, from chili burgers, hamburgers, fishwiches and chickenwiches, to onion rings and corn dogs. The fact that I did not try the mysteriously named “yummy burger” haunts me to this day. A wide selection of milkshakes and malts cements Win’s as an upholder of the traditional Americana cuisine. I personally recommend the black raspberry shake, made with real fruit and ice cream. You ain’t going to find that at McDonald’s now, are you?
From I-5 and Old Fairhaven Parkway, turn right on 12th Street. Win's is a couple blocks down on the right.
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