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Carlson's Drive In

118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
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Ranked #11 of 118 restaurants in Michigan City
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90% Recommend
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English first
Michigan City, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Polish dogs an apple fritters amazing!! Would love for one of these in japan! For sure a weekly meal.

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East Lansing, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

what is says it is! Loved the root beer and the creme soda (my first) you can tell it's fresh...and you can get a small sample if you ask. Food was good, -- tried the pork sandwich, corn dog and double burger, atmosphere was great and service very friendly....just the kind of place we like to find when traveling.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stopped at Carlson's based on trip advisor. Food was average, but the historical atmosphere of the place is worth a stop. The Root Beer had a different taste. Bubbles Ice Cream is right across the street and a definite must see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Great experience, something you won't find in Europe! Food is good, fried veggies excellent, root beer a class of its own. Prices are ok

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Belleville, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My sister, daughter-in-law, daughter and I were traveling and wanting somewhere unique to eat. We didn't want the same old fast food. My daughter found this drive-in was nearby by searching the internet on her phone and we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The root beer is delicious! I loved the pork tenderloin sandwich and... More

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Portage, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Carlson's is really something to experience on a summer or early fall evening, It is very nostalgic. The root beer is most unique and difficult for me to describe but I highly recommend it! We generally get hot dogs (Eckrich brand is used) and fries of course! Nearby is Bubbles Ice cream parlor if you have room for dessert!

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Bella Vista, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Long before there was Sonic there was Carlson's -- I've been coming here for 50 years! Friendly car hops serve to your vehicle, or on a nice day sit outside at a covered picnic table. Hot dogs and hamburgers are standard, large menu offers wide variety of other choices (good pork cutlet sandwich). Love the fried mushrooms, cauliflower and zucchini... More

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were in Michigan City on vacation and saw an ad for tCarlson's restaurant in the "Beacher" newspaper. It is their 60th year and the ad stated that they MAKE their own rootbeer. I drank rootbeer as a kid but have not had rootbeer in many, many years. So, my husband and I ordered the Chicago style hotdogs, he had... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Folks, it's time to step back in time to the Fifties, to that wonderful era of Drive In Movies and Drive In Restuarants and Root Beer stands. Remember Root Beer? We loved it as a kid, long before all the Cola Wars and stuff. Root Beer is fun and nostalgic. Carlsons has been around since the Fifties. They've ALWAYS served... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Stopped for a chili dog and root beer after shopping at the outlet mall. You have the option of carhop or picnic table service. I opted for carhop. The service was quick and the food was tasty. My fries were good but I would have liked them a little hotter. My only regret was not getting a larger size of... More

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