By Annika Tomlin | August 22, 2021
Arcadia’s Eat Up Drive In, the latest venture by the Jocque Concepts, is considered a “home away from home” to manager Alison Salazar.
“We do homestyle cooking for families and everyone around in Arcadia to come in and just have that home-cooked meal that they don’t have to prepare,” Salazar says.
Located off 40th Street and Indian School next to The Porch, Eat Up serves individualized and family-sized meals with a dine-in and drive-thru services, as well as a no-contact delivery option.
“We handpicked everything to be healthy in a quick service restaurant feel,” Salazar says about Eat Up’s mission.
“We have options from gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and something for our meat lovers as well.”
Eat Up supports the community by working with local farms and vendors, including Maya’s Farm and Passport Coffee & Tea, Blue Sky Organic Farms and Sarah Farms City Bakery.
“Our staff is just that neighbor next door,” Salazar says. “That nice neighbor who you want to talk to is how we portray our employees. They want to be your friend. They want to get to know you.”
The restaurant is only open at nights, but Salazar is eager to open for lunch in the coming weeks as she hopes the “lull in getting employees” subsides.
“I think with COVID it actually sparked that curbside drive-thru likeness of everything,” Salazar says.
“People during COVID had to do curbside everything, so now people are used to it. They don’t want to get out of their cars. We come to you.”
One of Salazar’s “absolute favorites” is the pulled chicken grinder ($11.50) made with tomato, pepperoncini, salami, Havarti cheese and vinaigrette on top of a baguette served with either a Caesar salad or French fries.
“A house favorite would be the hot chick sandwich ($12.50) because it is Nashville style and it’s a pretty big chicken breast and it’s breaded. It’s fantastic,” Salazar says.
Among the individual and family-sized meals, some of the main dish options include wood-grilled flat iron steak ($14/$44), charred chili shrimp ($14.50/$46), braised barbecue short ribs ($14.50/$46), short rib ragu served over mac and cheese ($14/$44) and wood-grilled citrus chicken (breast $12.50/half $16.50/whole $26).
Each meal comes with two sides, with the choice of cauliflower potato-less salad, French fries, roasted broccoli and potato gratin.
Another staple on the menu is the six styles of potatoes from a turkey chili potato ($8) topped with sour cream, cheddar and chives, to vegan chili ($8) topped with chives and the basic plain potato ($4) with a side of butter.
“My favorite potato is the classic loaded potato ($6) with bacon and sour cream and it’s huge,” Salazar says. “I could eat it for two or three meals if I wanted.”
Salads, soup and chili are included in the menu options along with additional sandwiches and wraps.
Eat Up also offers kid-friendly meals ($6) like cheeseburgers, crispy or grilled chicken strips and a choice of side and drink along with a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.
“We want people to come in and try us out,” Salazar says.
“With our family meals we just ask that they order ahead because they take a little longer, but other than that, we are your next door neighbors. We’re here for you and we want people to come and try it out.”
Eat Up Drive In
4001 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix