Val's Rapid Serve in St. Cloud: a burger joint with retro flair
|Val's Rapid Serve: Blink and you'll miss it!|
Val's Rapid Serve is fast-food takeout with an old-fashioned flair. Val Henning opened the restaurant in 1959 and sold it to his sons Bill and Dave Henning in 1979. The burger joint likely hasn't changed much since then.
Val's Rapid Serve is a study in contradictions. Despite the retro vibe, there are these computerized contraptions where you can place your order directly into the machine. It spits out a number and you're waiting for your order. Choose between hamburgers, cheeseburgers, shrimp and fish sandwiches, and the biggest selection of shakes you've ever seen: pumpkin, cappuccino, dreamsicle, pina colada, cherry cheesecake...and of course more traditional choices like chocolate, vanilla, and mint. The milkshakes taste like old-fashioned malts, and the burgers are pretty standard fare.
|The big draw at Val's? These tasty french fries.|
Hamburgers start at $1.55. Small fries are $1.75 and a large costs a quarter more. A shake will run you $2.30 for a small or $2.70 for a large. Good prices, quick service. Next time you're driving up north and need a pit stop, skip McDonald's and go to Val's Rapid Serve instead.
Val's Rapid Serve
628 E. Saint Germain St., St. Cloud