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The Root Beer Stand

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3100 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-3753
269-345-4418
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Dining options: Lunch, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place to bring your family to eat with a different atmosphere!

A great and fun place to take the family and especially kids! Pull up, order, and eat in your car. A neat experience for all. May not be the healthiest, but some of the best hot dogs around! Staff is always friendly and quick service!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
Kim D
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

A great and fun place to take the family and especially kids! Pull up, order, and eat in your car. A neat experience for all. May not be the healthiest, but some of the best hot dogs around! Staff is always friendly and quick service!

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Thank Kim D
Hanover Park, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a great little drive up restaurant. The service is fast and friendly. They come to your car to take your order. You can eat in your car or eat at a picnic table. The menu is very limited. It makes ordering easy. They have hot dog and ham and cheese sandwiches. Of course you have to get the... More 

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Thank Kevin A
Portage, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by here around 1, it was packed. But they are having a special hotdogs $1.00 Rootbeer $1.25. I got mine to go. This place is a staple in Kalamazoo been here for over 30yrs. Food is always good, servers are friendly😎

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Thank Kathy E
Detroit, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I grew up in Kalamazoo and have since moved to Detroit but when I get off of I-94, The Root Beer Stand is usually my first stop, there is no place that makes a hot dog the way that they do! I've been eating here since I was a kid, now I bring my daughter and suddenly I can't wait... More 

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Thank GirlGenius
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This place is about carrying out tradition with family not so much about good food. It used to be priced well but not such a big bang for your buck anymore. hot dogs and rootbeer are on the main menu. The rootbeer is very good and many love how the staff still serves you in the car. Not much variety... More 

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1 Thank charleca1978
Grayling, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

I always stop here with my girls and we have hot dogs and root beer it's very good and would be coming in for years and years and years

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Thank Pete K
Portage, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is an old fashioned root beer stand with the waitresses coming to your car to take your order...just like the old A&W Root Beer stands used to be. They also have the best cheap hot dogs in the area!

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1 Thank Larry P
Naples, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We never go to kalamazoo in the summer without making several stops here! Hot dogs are the best and the chili dogs even better! Can't beat the price either! Order is taken from your car and delivered to your car on roller skates! Either eat in the car or take to go.

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Thank Kaci D
Grayling, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Going back 40 or 45years this used to be A & W but then they changed the root beer stand I love their homemade root beer and hot dogs are just okay I don't give a very high rating but I'll still always go there and eat them they just a plain darn cool place to go

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Thank Pete K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Fire up your classic car (convertible's best) and get some dawgs! Root beer is delish, in huge heavy mugs. Service is quick, so tip heavy; easy to do as dinner for 2 <$10! Our first time this year, many more to come!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3100 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-3753
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: 269-345-4418

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  • Cuisine: American

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