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Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is billed as a fresh, All-American diner experience for families, and this national franchise has opened two locations in the Upstate over the past two years with plans to open even more in Greenville and Anderson. I decided to try the newest restaurant, located in Taylors, to see exactly how family friendly and tasty it was.

The first thing you notice is the decor, which is a throwback to the diners of the 1950s. Seats and tables are pink and teal-colored and the floor is a checkerboard pattern. The walls are covered in oldies memorabilia, including posters of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and vinyl records from well-known artists. Oldies music plays in the background, and there’s an open-grill kitchen that lets you watch your order be cooked if you want.

Kids meals for ages 12 and younger are served with kid-sized fries and a drink in a classic car for $4.09. Kids can choose their own color car from pink, black and red, and they can decorate it with stickers while they eat to make it look even cooler. They get a choice of hot dog, chicken tenders, cheeseburger and grilled cheese as their main ingredient.

The most popular kids meal item, we were told, is the cheeseburger, so that’s what we ordered. The adults got the Original Special, which features the Andy’s cheeseburger with fries and a drink for $7.59. All burgers are freshly made and you get your choice of 13 toppings, which include mushrooms, grilled onions, slaw and chili.

For those who don’t like burgers, the menu also includes chicken sandwiches, shrimp po’boys, philly cheesesteaks and salads along with milkshakes and floats, sundaes and custards.

The food was good, and I liked that you get a larger choice of toppings than at most burger joints. I’m not a fan of crinkle fries, but they were a hit with my group. The milkshakes were also popular, and kids can sidle up to the bar and watch theirs be made.

Overall, Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is a fun place to go just for the nostalgia factor. Kids who’ve never visited an old-fashioned diner will enjoy having the chance to visit one here in town.

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Locations are 2789-2799 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors, and 205 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg.

To view the menu, visit www.hwy55.com.

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