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The vintage neon clock on the deco glass brick wall of Tony’s Ice Cream in Gastonia NC clearly showed that it was breakfast time, so we stopped by this family owned and operated business for our first roadfood meal on our retro road trip through North Carolina.

Tony's City Ice Cream Neon Clock
Tony’s has been serving the Gaston County area since 1915, and since 1947 they’ve operated out of this yellow brick building right on the main drag in town. They also make their own ice cream here too, just 20 miles or so outside of Charlotte and a short hop off of 85.
Tony's Ice Cream and Sandwiches Exterior
We parked in the handy parking lot and entered through the side door to find a line of folks waiting for their breakfast fix. I was immediately taken with the tile walls, well kept chrome & red leatherette booths and Formica tables, many of them filled with families and local folks.

Tony's Ice Cream Red Booths
We were still getting our sea legs, this being one of our first food stops on our big retro road trip, so we decided to share a standard breakfast sandwich on toast. Looking at the menu now I wish we had thought to get country ham, or a biscuit or something more adventurous, but am relieved that we didn’t get the liver mush!

Breakfast Menu at Tony's Ice Cream

After placing our order (and trying to ignore the looming vintage scale behind us) we waited at the window for our number to be called, and tried not to get in the way of folks coming in the door. I wanted to grab some photos of the outside of the building so I met RetroRoadhusband out in the car where we unwrapped our delicious amalgam of egg, cheese and the everlovin bacon on white toast.

Breakfast Sandwich from Tony's Ice Cream
Mmmm look at that piece bacon sticking its tongue out!

This was to be one of many meals on the road, and I knew I had a burger in my future, so I graciously allowed RetroRoadhusband to polish off most of this sandwich. Next time we’re going through town I’m definitely getting an ice cream, no matter what time of the day it is!

Tony’s Ice Cream
604 East Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 867-7085

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Closed for the season when we drove by on a Saturday morning, Bill’s Belmont Drive In in Belmont ┬áNC has been providing the greater Charlotte area with that classic summer drive in movie experience for over 50 years.
Belmont Drive In SignWith room for almost 300 cars, they offer two first run shows, full service snack bar and Dolby surround sound at the bargain price of $4 per person.

Belmont Drive In ScreenThe Belmont is one of only 6 drive in movie theaters in North Carolina, so if you’re in the area and have a hankerin to see a film under the stars, visit the Belmont!

Belmont Drive In
314 McAdenville Road
Belmont, NC 28012-2424
(704) 825-6044

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I've Been Everywhere, Man!
That isn’t the RetroRoadmobile, but it is me, your hostess, Mod Betty, who is prepping photos and reviewing notes to share with everyone the details of our jaunt from PA to TX and back again. It was loads of fun and it will take a while, but I can’t wait to fill in all the details. It will be like retro road tripping all over again!

And for those of you who get the musical reference to the title of this post, here’s a link to our map of the places listed in the Hank Snow / Johnny Cash song “I’ve Been Everywhere”

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The whirlwind March travels of Mod Betty officially ended today as my plane landed safely in PHL from BOS. Home at last with RRH and the RRD (RetroRoadDog) I am happily exhausted from all the fun, and looking forward to uploading photos and sharing more info about the places we visited on our RetroRoadTour of the eastern states.

After a trip to the BarMobile of course :-)

hacienda-bar-mobile

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Don’t forget to come help save Stoughton’s State Theater and hear excellent tunes from Mike Viola tonight!

read all about it here:

http://retroroadmap.com/2011/03/23/help-save-the-state-theatre-in-stoughton-ma-with-mike-viola-one-of-mod-bettys-fave-songwriters-this-saturday-326/

I’d try to make the link prettier but I’m typing this on my phone while standing outside Of the RetroRoadkids’ elementary school fair. Think I’ll be having cotton candy for lunch!

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The screen is still up and the zig zag roof remains, I must be sitting in what once was the concession line.

I haven’t been on these grounds since I’d sneak in and take photos after it had closed down in the mid 1980’s!

Now I’m waiting for RetroRoadsis and the roadkids to pick me up from my airport ride.

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