The Kiltie Offers Customers a Drive-In Experience

The Kiltie Offers Customers a Drive-In Experience

Samantha Witter, Reporter

Today’s generation spends a lot of time on technological devices, but Oconomowoc’s drive-in, The Kiltie, proves to be an escape from the digital era and sends customers back to the 1940’s.

The Kilte is a drive-in restaurant. It is open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Mondays through Sundays, and is located at N48W36154 E Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc, WI. This fast food joint is open seasonally, from April to September.


According to The Kiltie’s facebook page, they are most famous for their burgers, fries, and custard, but they also sell other types of food such as chicken sandwiches and deep fried mac n’ cheese bites. From dinner to dessert their prices range between $2.00 to $10.00. They only take cash so any credit or debit cards won’t be accepted.

Customers pull into this location and find a spot to park. Carhoppers walk up to their car and take their order. Once their order is complete it is delivered on a metal tray which latches onto the window, just like the original fast food restaurants in the 1940’s. The customer can than remain in their car, or they can walk to the back of the site and sit on a picnic bench.


Karrie Beth, mother of a senior at Arrowhead and sophomore at UW-La Crosse, said, “I enjoy the old feel that The Kiltie offers. With all the restaurants around and everything new age it’s nice to go back to the basics. You don’t have to worry about what you look like or what you’re wearing. I think I’ve even gone in my pajamas.”


According to, The Kilte has done many things to preserve their 1930’s and 40’s feel. They have opted out from creating a flavor of the day menu like many other custard restaurants. Instead, they randomly release a special flavor every once in awhile. These flavors have included Mint Chip, Pineapple Mango Dole Whip, and many others. Special flavors are announced through their employee run Facebook page. This page was created to easily connect with customers, but Facebook was not around in the 1940’s. Carhoppers at The Kilte wear short tiered skirts which help customers feel like they have traveled back in time. The Kilte hasn’t made many upgrades to their building. It still has checkered trash-cans, hanging menus, and a fluorescent red Kiltie sign. Customers are not allowed inside, however there are many seating areas around the property. It still has checkered trash-cans, hanging menus, and a fluorescent red Kiltie sign.


Even though The Kiltie has been open for 70 years, they still attract new customers.


Shelby Lanser, a junior at Arrowhead and first time customer, said, “The Kiltie was fun. I ordered the Animal Circus sundae and fries. I liked that they took your order from your car, and the food was really good. The portions were perfect sizes, and I didn’t feel like the prices were too expensive.”


The Animal Circus sundae costs $3.20 and consists of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, a cherry, and frosted covered animal cookies.


Karrie Beth, who has been going to The Kiltie for 33 years, said, “I’ve been going to The Kiltie since I was 13 years old. I wait every April for it to open–it’s an easy answer as to why I keep going back, The Scotch Laddie sundae of course.”


The Scotch Laddie sundae costs $5.25 and includes vanilla ice cream, butterscotch topping, jimmies, and pecans.


Both old and new customers appreciate a cold scoop of custard on a warm day, and The Kilte seems to be the perfect solution for them.


The Kiltie was created back in 1946. Since than they have strived to provide Lake Country Area residents with a memorable experience. Not many changes have been made to the building or menu so customers are sure to feel like they are back in the 1940’s.