The Kansas City metro has plenty of historic drive-in restaurants: the beloved local Winstead's (opened in 1940), Mug's Up Root Beer Drive-In (1957), Harold's Drive-In (1958), The Humdinger (1962), and the drive-in that may be the oldest of them all, the cozy diner at 1320 S. Fourth Street in Leavenworth called Homer's. It started as a root-beer stand - with male carhops wearing long-sleeve shirts and ties - in 1931. The current location was opened in 1938.
Unlike modern drive-ins, Homer's doesn't have a drive-through window. Unlike Mugs Up, there are no carhops. And if Harold's and the Humdinger are old-fashioned drive-ins that require patrons to park their automobiles and actually go into the building, Homer's has a sort of car service.
If a car stops in front of the entrance, an employee will run out and take the customer's order (and then deliver it when it's ready) or, if the patron called ahead to make an order, an employee will rush it right out. No one wears long-sleeve shirts and ties anymore.
Homer's has a full selection of Olathe-made Golden Boy pies - the standard of all great Kansas City diners. The apple pie can be ordered with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. Or both.