Now That’s My Kind of Drive-Thru: Healthier and Elevated Drive-Thru Restaurants


For the days when you forgot to  pack a snack and your kids aren’t letting you forget it or you’re on mom-Uber duty running back and forth from summer camps to swim lessons, here are a few DRIVE-THRUS with some healthier and more sophisticated menu items. 

D’Lite Healthy On The Go  – Check out their menu online before you head to the drive-thru as there are so many options. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serve all kinds of delicious combinations including ingredients like pesto, portobellos, quinoa, and albacore tuna. The kids menu has some basics as to not scare away littles with less developed pallets.

Scottsdale D’Lite Drive-Thru Locations: Scottsdale Rd. and Shea Blvd. AND Scottsdale Rd. and Thomas Rd.

Portillo’s – You’ll probably first think of Italian beef sandwiches and hot dogs, but they also have easy grilled chicken, unique and yummy salads, and the most wonderful, fresh berry fruit cup!

Scottsdale Portillo’s Drive-Thru Location: Shea Blvd. and 90th St.

Renegade Coffee – This coffee shop/bistro touts craft food and small batch coffee brews. They have great breakfast and lunch options! Again, with so many options, you may want to check out the menu before you make your first trip.

Scottsdale Renegade Bistro Drive-Thru Location: Granite Reef Rd.

Panera – Many families have visited a Panera before so there won’t be much to add for the menu, but this one has a drive-thru. Score for smoothies on the go!

Scottsdale/Phoenix Panera Drive-Thru Location: Paradise Valley Mall Cactus Rd and Tatum Blvd.

Boston Market – Did you know they have steamed mixed vegetables, corn, plain green beans, and rotisserie turkey breast?

Scottsdale Boston Market Drive-Thru Location: Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and Pima Rd.

Kneaders Bakery and Cafe – Grab a ham and cheese on wheat with grapes for the kiddos and something a little more complex for the adults. But beware, almost all of the smoothies have sherbet in them so they won’t be the lightest of choices.

Scottsdale Kneaders Drive-Thru Location: N. Hayden Rd. and N. Northsight Blvd.

Starbucks – Yes, we are all familiar with the Starbucks drive-thru, but don’t forget they have some pretty convenient and healthier food options. Protein boxes come with sides like grapes, carrots, cucumbers, and apples. Remember they also have fruit cups and even Peter Rabbit Organics pouches.

Many, many Scottsdale Drive-Thru Starbucks Locations, find a list here.

Where else do you like to stop in for a quick bite with the kiddos or pick up with a curbside order?


  1. Buzzberry was sold earlier this year and is now Renegade coffee. It was closed for a while for remodel and is just recently reopening. Haven’t been back since it’s changed…

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