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118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
219-872-0331
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
MC Staple - Summer Must Do!

A MUST DO while in MC. There is nothing like a cheese dog, fries and a nice cold rootbeer from Carlson's. Perfect place to take the kids. John Herman, the owner is often on the property and keeping the quality and service held to high standard. FYI: they only take cash!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Michigan City, Indiana
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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A MUST DO while in MC. There is nothing like a cheese dog, fries and a nice cold rootbeer from Carlson's. Perfect place to take the kids. John Herman, the owner is often on the property and keeping the quality and service held to high standard. FYI: they only take cash!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Had the Chicago dog... was really good! Shared fries and onion rings with a friend. Onion rings were good! Fries, nothing special. Didnt like that they only take cash. Wait was a little long for not being busy.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is a historic drive up diner. They have great food on menu. The homemade root beer is wonderful. I did not give 5 stars because the food we got Chicago dogs and chili dogs were lukewarm. The service was very good. They only take cash so plan accordingly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A fabulous stop in Michigan City. They come up right up to your car and it's super fast. An amazing burger-I'm already missing it! The root beer is fantastic. All four people in the car got one and we will be back soon! Cash only and worth every penny!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Drive in root beer stand with car hops Love this place Best chili cheese dogs evur Bring cash only First stop in summer when my grand kids get in from colorado Love the little glass root beer mugs makes it so personal

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Sandusky, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Did not eat here this trip last week, but ate here in the past several times. Unfortunately time restraints kept us away this visit. It was always a good and fun place to eat in the past and based on the amount of cars in the parking lot going by, it appears it is still up to its excellent reputation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I LOVE their food! Best place to eat when it's nice out, I mean I just love their food. Don't get me wrong they are over priced. But I come here every year, they close during winter. But it's amazing. Must try!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We use to love coming here but last year we gave them 3 chances and all 3 times, the hot dogs were cold. Root beer is good, cold. We tried chili dogs the last time, thinking that they would surely have to be hot with hot chili on them. Gross! Terrible food, nothing on the menu that is even close... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is our go to place for a hot dog and homemade root beer when in Michigan City. They have a huge menu, but we usually get the all beef dog, onion rings and diet root beer. The employees are quick, friendly, and the food reminds you of another time. There are picnic tables or you can eat in your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Root Beer & Hamburgers!!! First visit back to Michigan City in over 16 yrs. and visiting Carlson was on my list to do with my family and yes still as awesome as I remember - making new memories! Staff still as friendly as ever.... :) Wishing you much continue success with your family business. Thank you, Pamela L.

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Address: 118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
Phone Number: 219-872-0331
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Michigan City

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  • Address: 118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Michigan City
  • Phone Number: 219-872-0331

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