Ryan and Caitlin Jocque are no strangers to the restaurant industry. The duo, who are behind the popular Valley eateries Original Chop Shop, Diego Pops, The Montauk and The Hot Chick, recently opened Eat Up Drive In, a new fast-casual concept in Arcadia that pairs homestyle meals with convenience.
When the Jocques first saw the property at 40th Street and Indian School Road, they immediately thought it would be a great location for a drive-in restaurant to serve the surrounding neighborhood. “We wanted to create a place that serves homestyle classics and today’s favorites all made from scratch with nothing processed,” Caitlin says. “It’s basically food that you’d cook at home.”
For the Jocques, who have two small children, being able to order good quality, unprocessed food seemed like a winning idea. Picking up food also allows for more family time. “I was always coming home from work and cooking for two hours, and then I wouldn’t get to spend time with the family,” she says.
The menu offers single and family meals with sides that serve up to four people, including wood- grilled citrus chicken or flat iron steak, crispy chicken breast strips, charred chile shrimp, braised barbecued short ribs and short rib ragu served over macaroni and cheese. Family meals take about 25 minutes to prepare, so it’s best to call ahead.
Also on board – healthy sandwiches and wraps, salads and baked potatoes loaded with the likes of turkey chili, broccoli with cheddar cheese and braised barbecued short rib; kids’ meals; coffee drinks; and soon, plant-based gelato.
While the majority of the menu reads healthy, there are a few exceptions. “A lot of the unhealthy stuff has been the most popular, like our fried chicken sandwiches and chicken fingers,” Caitlin says. “But the chicken has no hormones or antibiotics and is all natural. I feel a lot better as a mother feeding that to my kids than whatever fast food is out there.”
Caitlin confesses to frequenting Eat Up Drive In about four to five times a week. “We’re your average family with two working parents. Sometimes, it’s just kind of hard to do it all.”
Drive through, pick up curbside or dine in. 4001 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-441-4750, eatupdrivein.com