June 29, 2010
On hot days, reach for the coolest treats Issaquah has to offer
Summer, glorious summer, means fat ice cream bars at Boehm’s Candies, enough Triple XXX Root Beer to float a battleship and ample pints at the Issaquah Brewhouse.
Summertime makes for a great excuse to sample quintessential delights from the classic Issaquah joints. Bonus: On blistering days, the treats offer respite from the heat.
Forget the drizzle and damp. Forget calorie counts. Indulge in something cool — and a little nostalgic. Hey, it’s summer.
Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in stands as a monument to the era before interstates and drive-thrus. Behind the barrel-shaped façade, the Enciso family serves big burgers portioned for Fred Flintstone, canoe-sized sundaes and enough flavors of shakes to put Baskin-Robbins to shame.
The titular attraction reigns supreme: root beer served in a frosted mug as big as a medieval tankard. Upgrade to a root-beer float and the potion comes crowned with whipped cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream as big as a baseball.
February 9, 2010
If you have a car club and missed out getting on the 2010 calendar of shows at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, you’ll have to be quicker next year. This year’s list is filled. Read more
August 18, 2009
Many people have private collections featuring a piece of rock ’n’ roll history. Jose Enciso jumped at the chance to acquire a huge chunk.
As the owner of the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Enciso said he’s always searching to bring something else into Issaquah that gives it a signature attraction. The interior of his restaurant already features a museum’s worth of kitsch. Now, his parking lot features the biggest item yet — Buddy Holly’s tour bus.
Enciso cannot confirm the chain of ownership of the 1950s Kenworth. He can only share what he’s been told. But the mystique, whether true or not, of possibly owning something out of rock infamy is what he hopes draws in customers. Read more
August 11, 2009
There was a time when Brian Turney didn’t have the spiffiest car on the block. So, in looking at today’s economy, he empathizes with families who are finding it hard to make ends meet. Read more
August 4, 2009
Scoopers at Cold Stone Creamery ratcheted production of chilly creations during a record-breaking heat wave last week. Then, the air conditioning unit broke.
Customers continued to stream to the East Lake Sammamish Parkway store, eager for relief from triple-digit temperatures.
At XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, dozens of customers lined up in 100-degree heat for signature root beer floats.
“Some are even going from the small to the large,” employee Jose Enciso Jr. said.
At ice cream shops, movie theaters, pools and beaches around Issaquah, residents sought refuge as the mercury climbed beyond 100 and residents slogged through days of high temperatures — including record temperatures.
Temperatures at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — where the official readings for Seattle are taken — reached 103 degrees July 29.
July 14, 2009
Renowned for its car shows, the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Restaurant has tried to host motorcycle rallies in the past with mixed results. This year, with a local motorcycle club organizing the proceedings, plans to host one of the biggest rallies west of Sturgis look more realistic.
David Harris, president of Issaquah’s Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club, has expanded the program to a two-day event July 18-19.
Day one is a charity ride to raise funds for Issaquah’s Life Enrichment Options and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Harris said the club is not your stereotypical, hide-the-women-and-children motorcycle gang.
“We’re just a fun bike club for those interested in biking,” he said. “We’re also a social club with a nonprofit status.”
For a $20 donation for the charity ride, bikers go on a three-hour tour of the countryside, with several stops along the way. At each stop, riders are given an envelope with three poker cards. By the end of the ride, the riders who can make the best hands from their combined cards win prizes. Read more
June 23, 2009
Stop by XXX Rootbeer Drive-in for a to-go root beer, and the signature drink will be served in a plastic foam cup — for now. Employees at the drive-in and many other Issaquah restaurants could be forced to swap Styrofoam and other polystyrene containers for eco-friendly materials.
Drive-in owner Jose Enciso said his restaurant uses polystyrene products because they cost less than alternatives. As the City Council considers a ban on Styrofoam to-go boxes and other food containers made from eco-unfriendly polystyrene, Enciso and other business leaders said the ban could mean higher prices on the menu.
But Enciso said he was comfortable with the switch for environmental reasons. Read more
June 16, 2009
Souped-up hot rods and classics go bumper to bumper at Issaquah’s Fenders on Front Street on June 21.
DownTown Issaquah Association organizers said they are hoping for good weather and plenty of patrons to help them celebrate the best of all things automotive on Father’s Day.
“I think fathers and cars always go together, and sharing it with their kids makes it that much better,” said Joe Forkner, an organizer for the event. “There is no restrictions on cars, so there will be new ones, old ones and all sorts of stuff.
“Besides, you’re not going to get through downtown very fast, so why not stick around?” he asked.
Fenders on Front Street debuted in 2005 with overwhelming participation. Nearly 800 cars lined the street and filled parking lots at XXX Rootbeer Drive-in and other restaurants, according to Forkner.
Unfortunately, it rained the second year and only about 200 cars showed. Last year, extreme heat brought only 400 participants to the show. Read more
June 9, 2009
For two days in June, more than Interstate 90 will connect Seattle and Eastside residents.
The 1.4 million acres of natural land that make up the Mountains to Sound Greenway and stretch along I-90 will be part of the sixth annual Greenway Days.
Hosted by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, the festival will have more than 25 events June 20-21 in 10 communities over 100 miles along I-90. Participants will get a chance to learn more about the culture and history of the area, as well as the outdoor recreation available. The various activities include hikes, relays, bike rides, a car show and guided tours of local historical hot spots. Read more
February 16, 2009
Traditionally, classic car group leaders meet with XXX Rootbeer Restaurant owner Jose Enciso to schedule a show at his iconic landmark for the upcoming year.
Lately, Enciso said he’s seeing a new trend — the flash mob.
As defined by Wikipedia, a flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time and then quickly disperse. In this case, assemble on a whim at the XXX, compare cars, eat a quick burger and then hit the road.
“They’re using this new technology to e-mail each other and suddenly 200 car owners — Civics, Preludes, whatever — will show up without any notice,” Enciso said.
He said his staff has no problem accommodating so many car nuts on short notice. But he said he hopes this trend isn’t the wave of the future for organizing car shows.
“A lot of us classic car owners are old-timers. We’re pretty set in our ways. We like to have a set schedule to go by,” he said. Read more