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Carlson's Drive In

118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
219-872-0331
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Ranked #6 of 120 restaurants in Michigan City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Zionsville, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Family road trip from Virgina..great food..great service...awesome friendly staff..wish we had this closer to home..best food of the trip

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Michigan City, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Polish dogs an apple fritters amazing!! Would love for one of these in japan! For sure a weekly meal.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

what is says it is! Loved the root beer and the creme soda (my first) you can tell it's fresh...and you can get a small sample if you ask. Food was good, -- tried the pork sandwich, corn dog and double burger, atmosphere was great and service very friendly....just the kind of place we like to find when traveling.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stopped at Carlson's based on trip advisor. Food was average, but the historical atmosphere of the place is worth a stop. The Root Beer had a different taste. Bubbles Ice Cream is right across the street and a definite must see!

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Indianapolis
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Great experience, something you won't find in Europe! Food is good, fried veggies excellent, root beer a class of its own. Prices are ok

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Belleville, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My sister, daughter-in-law, daughter and I were traveling and wanting somewhere unique to eat. We didn't want the same old fast food. My daughter found this drive-in was nearby by searching the internet on her phone and we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The root beer is delicious! I loved the pork tenderloin sandwich and... More

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Portage, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Carlson's is really something to experience on a summer or early fall evening, It is very nostalgic. The root beer is most unique and difficult for me to describe but I highly recommend it! We generally get hot dogs (Eckrich brand is used) and fries of course! Nearby is Bubbles Ice cream parlor if you have room for dessert!

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