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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
"Great 50's & 60's Drive In Thrives with Great Food & Rootbeer"

I have been going to this wonderful Rootbeer stand since I was a teenager. The food is delicious. Favorites are: Chili-cheese hotdogs, Hamburgers, Pizzaburgers, Frenchfries, Fried Zuchinni, Fried Cauliflower and Pork Tenderloins. This place also makes it's own Rootbeer which is Fantastic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Sherie N
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Michigan City, Indiana
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Michigan City, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I have been going to this wonderful Rootbeer stand since I was a teenager. The food is delicious. Favorites are: Chili-cheese hotdogs, Hamburgers, Pizzaburgers, Frenchfries, Fried Zuchinni, Fried Cauliflower and Pork Tenderloins. This place also makes it's own Rootbeer which is Fantastic!!!!! They have recently started making a sugar free Rootbeer which is very good!!! I highly recommend this quaint... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Make sure you have cash when you go here!! Carlson's is the best drive in food that I've had in this town. Everything is delicious including their own root beer. However it is a bit pricey for one or two people, so make sure you share the fries and mozzarella sticks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

Kids loved the place.great root beer..good bathrooms..thick napkins...could eat them morning..noon. night..yum..yum..yum..yummy

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Poplarville
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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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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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55 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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16 helpful votes 16 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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15 helpful votes 15 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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  • 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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