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Carlson's Drive In

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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
Fun! Food trays on window!

Our kids love root beer so when we read about this old fashioned drive-in, we had to try it! The kids thought the frosty mugs mounted on the window tray was awesome. Our waitress was really nice and food was really affordable. Fun experience for our kids. Worth the trip!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Our kids love root beer so when we read about this old fashioned drive-in, we had to try it! The kids thought the frosty mugs mounted on the window tray was awesome. Our waitress was really nice and food was really affordable. Fun experience for our kids. Worth the trip!

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Toronto, ON Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Stumbled on this restaurant after visiting the outlet mall. Parking lot was busy on a Friday afternoon. Burgers were average, but service was friendly and had that old fashioned feeling. Had a cheeseburger, fries and cream soda. Bill came to 10 dollars with tip. Cream soda was excellent. It was nice to see a small non franchise business doing so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Awesome...a must!!! Burger was great... taco awesome... root beer a must have... tenderloin good... fried veggies delish

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

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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  • 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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