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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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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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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
Ice Cream and pie... summer indulgence & worth it.

A summer family visit. Everyone found something they wanted and enjoyed. Food as well as deserts (we ate across street at Carlson's so only had treats). Bubbles is a fun spot and conveniently located in downtown area of Michigan City. Everyone in our party was well satisfied.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
margaret b
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Michigan City, Indiana
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Michigan City, Indiana
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102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A summer family visit. Everyone found something they wanted and enjoyed. Food as well as deserts (we ate across street at Carlson's so only had treats). Bubbles is a fun spot and conveniently located in downtown area of Michigan City. Everyone in our party was well satisfied.

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Thank margaret b
By the lake in Indiana
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173 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

I am not a fan of Carlson's I hate to say....they used to have the best root beer, but when I tried it this year, it tasted "bleachy". Food is average and prices are high. Many people love them, but I am not a fan, I have had much better root beer stand food.

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Thank Antiquelover2
Michigan City, Indiana
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Get your drivin fix @ Carlson's quick. They will close for the 2015 season on Oct. 10th! Best onion rings in M.C.

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Thank Rick_B8s
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

We have wanted to try Carlson's for a long time. The root beer and fried veggies were good. However, the chili cheese dog was completely unremarkable. The hot dog itself was Ordinary, the chili ok but not enough was on the hotdog, the "cheese" was the fake cheez whiz type cheese, all served on a squishy white bun. We won't... More 

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Thank Nalabird
Chicago, Illinois
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

On Labor Day my wife decided she wanted to finish off the summer with a tall root beer. We had heard about Carlson's but were not going to drive that far south but circumstance (couldn't find a drive in in SW MI) forced us south into Indiana. When we finally got there, "WOW!" It was everything I grew up with... More 

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Thank Billwtz
indiana
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

fun place to visit chili cheese dogs are awesome. Wish the waitresses wore rollerskates! Homemade rootbeer is very good

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Thank pinkleslie
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank ChiTrippers
Toronto, ON Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank Kammi D
Michigan City, Indiana
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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