As soon as customers pull in and park at Ardy and Ed’s, pony-tailed carhops on antique skates roll out to offer a warm greeting. Ardy and Ed's is the real deal. This popular restaurant has been continuously operating on the south end of Oshkosh for more than 60 years, and it doesn't feel like anything has changed since the place opened in 1948.
It’s fun to consider old-fashioned fountain favorites from the menu painted across the front of the burger shack. Summer breezes waft off Lake Winnebago across the street, and the 1950s music playing in the background adds to the ambience. Carhops hitch black plastic trays laden with fresh, hot food to drivers’ side windows.
These are some delicious retro eats: paper-wrapped sandwiches, fried perch and salty crinkle-cut fries. Fab 5 value meals offer the most bang for the buck with a choice of hot dog, Coney dog, hamburger, BBQ sandwich or grilled cheese with regular fries and a regular drink ($5.55). To wash it all down, the frosty mugs of draft root beer and root beer floats are a nostalgic treat. The only downside? Ardy and Ed’s is only open seasonally from February through September.