Ray’s Drive In, in Kokomo, is one of those places I’ve heard about for quite some time, but when we were in Kokomo it wasn’t mealtime, so we’d not had the chance to visit.
Friday we had the opportunity to go up to Kokomo for lunch, so we called our friend Doug Arnold up there, and asked him if he’d like to meet us, and luckily, his schedule allowed it!
Ray’s is located in a mixed industrial/commercial area of Kokomo, off of the beaten path. It’s one of those places that you likely won’t just stumble upon (unless you’re lost!). You will have to seek it out.
It’s an old, 50’s style drive in, but it also has an inside dining room which has obviously been added on much later. They have curb service, but I’m not much of a fan of eating in the car…I spend enough time in the car as it is. So when I have a chance I want to get out and stretch my legs, I like to take advantage of it! We chose do dine inside. The dining room is small, but comfortable with some pictures of the history of Ray’s on the walls.
They menu is a mix of traditional diner food (sandwiches, fries, etc.) and comfort food. On the menu, there are 3 tenderloins listed…the king tenderloin, a tenderloin, and a mini tenderloin. I asked our friendly waitress what the difference was, and she explained that the tenderloin and the mini tenderloin are fritters, but the King Tenderloin is hand made in house. So, of course, I chose the King Tenderloin.
The sign outside proclaims Ray’s as “Home of Indiana’s Largest Tenderloin” and if it’s not, I’ll be surprised. This is one big sandwich. It’s appears to be hand pounded and breaded, given the uneven shape, and the meat itself was a bit thicker in some places than in others. The meat itself was tasty and moist, and I LOVED the texture of the breading. The flavor of the breading was good, but in my opinion fell a bit short of outstanding. For my personal taste, I think a bit more seasoning is in order.
And, although this sandwich is thinner than I prefer, I still like it a lot and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again…although I’ll share it with someone the next time I order it. I’ll give it a 4 out of 5. Had it been a little thicker and seasoned a bit more, I’d give it a 5 out of 5, no doubt.
For her lunch, Holly had a half order of chicken and noodles. The lunch platter comes with mashed potatoes and gravy, an additional side, and a choice of bread. This classic comfort food lunch was very basic and filling.
Ray’s Drive In is located at 1900 N Courtland Avenue, Kokomo, Indiana. I was unable to locate a website or Facebook page for them.