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Rudy's Drive In Restaurant

1004 La Crosse St, La Crosse, WI 54601-3418
608-782-2200
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Ranked #27 of 163 restaurants in La Crosse
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- Jul 24, 2014
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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176 reviews 176 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It's been years since I've been here, now I remember why, grant it chili dogs are not exactly for fine diners but I love trying out chili dogs and theirs just didn't cut the mustard even though I had mustard and onions on it. The special was a bargain at 99 cents each; I just regret that I ate them.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I go about weekly to get the best root beer, ice cream and chili dogs. A must stop on a motorcycle or convertible. Lacrosse landmark and family business

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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216 reviews 216 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love the style of the drive in resturant including service to your car by girls on rollerskates! But the food is very good too! The turkey burger is very good and the dole whip is awesome! A must try if you are in the area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Go to rudy's almost weekly in the summer, food is great and the service is always wonderful. Home made root beer and great ice cream.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stopped at Rudy's for root beer and hot dogs. It's a long-standing Mecca for those who remember old time drive-ins with car hops on roller skates, quick and inexpensive food, and flashbacks to the 50's and 60's. If you are ever in La Crosse, be sure to stop at Rudy's.

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17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you're looking for a fun eating experience and the retro atmosphere definitely check this place out! But if your looking for a really good meal, try something else. I was expecting more a homemade meal/diner experience and it was just a bunch of pre-frozen heated up food. Bleh. The root beer was pretty good though!

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Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The staff and ambiance were awesome. I love the vintage look and service. But the food was sub-McDonald's--very greasy, very trashy, and misleadingly described in the menu. (For example, the menu stated "whole wheat crescent role," when what we actually got was a spongy wonder bread.) Also, it was a HUGE disappointment that we weren't even given plates when we... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Carhops on roller skates, trays clipped to the car window. Wow. Makes you think you've gone back in time, until you notice you're surrounded by minivans and SUV's. But the food is good, and like real drive-in food, perhaps a bit messy. Chili dogs, fries, rings and ice cream all good. Only thing missing was 50's/60's music.....

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

We ordered a cheeseburger (good), pizza burger (terrible), root beer (yum) and strawberry shake (runny). 2/4 ... not a good average. Quick delivery by carhops on roller skates.

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Ripon, Wi
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is a great local Icon. Fun drive-in throwback from the 60's with great food. Need a quick lunch while traveling? This is the place to go.

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