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Carlson's Drive In

118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
219-872-0331
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Poplarville
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

awesome dogs! & they make their own root beer! Root beer float was great. Great service & friendly staff

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Mattoon, Illinois
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286 reviews 286 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Dinner on the next to last day of our vacation was as at Carlson’s Drive Inn - TripAdvisor’s number 6 (out of 120) and recommended by RoadFood.com as well. They still have carhops (but not on roller skates - like Rudy's in La Crosse, Wisconsin). Rather than eat in our vehicle we chose to sit at one of the picnic... More

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washington,dc
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62 reviews 62 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It's an old drive-in - it's been around since 1947. The service was prompt and friendly - definitely try the fried veggies - it's a great combination of cauliflower and mushrooms and zucchini and onion rings - perfectly fried and crunchy and good. The Chicago dog was good, but would've been tastier had it been grilled. The pork tenderloin sandwich... More

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London, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I ordered a hot dog and battered cauliflower. I would rate them both 'better than average'. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The drive in restaurant was fun, and something different than a take out window. Recommend!

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Avon, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Chili dogs and root beer to die for. I've been going for over 30 years and nothing changes. Cheap good food and great service. Love it.

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Gas City, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Neat little root beer stand with a good junk menu...hot dogs, ham and cheese, etc., that provides one with a fix of fat. I'd go back again anytime.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After a long day at Warren Dunes we stopped in Michigan City to try a drive-in called Carlson's. It was a great choice. I had the chili cheese dog and the sauce was great. My husband tried the Chicago style dog and he said it was the best he has ever tried. Our grandsons ( 6 yrs and 5 yrs)... More

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Zionsville, Indiana
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Carlson's Drive In was very nice. My kids had never been to a drive in so this was a new experience for them. The menu consisted of numerous types of hot dogs, fries, onion rings, BBQ, grilled cheese, etc.. They brew their own root beer both regular and diet as well as make their own pulled pork. The hot dogs... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is nice place to go for a reasonble priced meal in Michigan City. Or just cold glass of Carlson's Root Beer. It's not to far from the outlet mallor Blue Chip Casino so on your next Visit to Michigan City or on your way to or from Chicago, plan on visiting Carlson's

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Deerfield, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We just had dinner there and had a great experience. The employees were friendly and professional, the place was very well kept, and the food was tasty. It was a beautiful night, so we chose to eat outside at one of the picnic tables. As it was our first time there, we had the pleasure to sample both the cream... More

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