Jan. 23: Coyote Drive-In, Lewisville TX

photo from the Coyote Drive-In Facebook page

It’s Day 23 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey, and I must confess that I almost missed this one. When I started planning this trip last fall, the Coyote Drive-In in Lewisville TX hadn’t opened. I almost zipped through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex without checking it out! Instead I drove over an hour, through downtown Dallas, to get to one of the newest theaters I’ll visit this year.

The Lewisville location became the third Coyote drive-in when it opened in late October 2016. The second was in Leeds AL, which I visited just a couple of weeks ago. The first was in Fort Worth, and that’s where I’ll stop tomorrow night.

I’ve got to love any concession stand where half the menu is made up of alcoholic beverages and the caution, “Taxis are available.” Considering that a “small” fountain soft drink is $5.50, a $5 can of craft beer looked like a real bargain. Add a footlong corn dog, and I had everything that I needed.

The movie choice I made the night before paid off. Of the five early movies available, two were creepy, two were movies I’d already seen, and the fifth was xXx: Return of Xander Cage. So now I’ve seen that once, and I wonder how many more viewings I’ll get.

Miles Today / Total:  56 / 2901 (rounded to the nearest mile)

Movie Showing / Total Active Nights: xXx: Return of Xander Cage / 17

Nearby Restaurant: Lewisville Lake is a lot closer to the Coyote than any decent restaurant. Fortunately, Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern was the closest I could reach without getting on the tollway. Since the weather outside was in the 60s, I enjoyed the patio of the remodeled house while eating meatloaf. It felt like someone’s mom would come out at any minute and ask how I was doing.

Where I Virtually Stayed: Although it’s a little pricey compared to its neighbors, I treated myself to the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Since I’m a Hilton HHonors gold-level member, I get the excellent HGI breakfast buffet for free.

Only in Lewisville: According to The Lewisville Texan Journal, the City of Lewisville jumped in with both feet on the Pokemon Go craze last year, co-sponsoring two free rallies at Wayne Ferguson Plaza with Freaks and Geeks of Denton. The Texan Journal wrote, “Attendees will be able to chase, capture and potentially train Pokémon.” Fergson, a former mayor and city council member, was credited as the man behind the 121 Bypass.

Next Stop: Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth TX.