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“Been around forever” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlson's Drive In

Carlson's Drive In
118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
219-872-0331
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Ranked #7 of 122 Restaurants in Michigan City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Been around forever”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Sit in your car and enjoy the best hot dogs and root beer around. This is always a stop when passing through MGC.

Visited May 2012
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Michigan City, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Michigan City Standby”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Been around for yrs. Hot dogs, homemade root beer, fries are all excellant.
Car hops normally very cordial!

Visited September 2011
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Thicket, Texas
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“I'm glad I don't live closeby - I'd be a lot bigger!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

I started off thrilled that they had sugar free rootbeer then I got the burger. While it was not huge it was great. This is a great place to sit on a nice day and just slow down for a while. I would probably find my way here everyday if I didn't live 1000 miles away! Go there. You will love it!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Champaign, IL
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I went to Carlson's with my extended family. We were a large group, but for the most part, people had the same opinions of the variety of food we ordered. Those who ordered the root beer or cream soda that Carlson's make on site thought the drinks were excellent. The food was pretty average for a fast food place, with the exception of the Italian Beef. The four who ordered it had nothing good to say about it. The fun atmosphere of the drive in makes up for the average food so it's still better than just going to a burger chain.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis, IN
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“Great Drive-In”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Carlson's is a great drive-in and is ALMOST as wonderful as the Mug N' Bun in Indianapolis !

Visited August 2011
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