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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Michigan City, Indiana
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great quality food and great service. The freshly made Root beer and Cream Soda is amazing, even the diet versions they make are spectacular. This is a must try if your in the area.

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Thank Chris C
Michigan City, Indiana
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

In 1947 Carlson’s drive in opened, now in 2016 they are still open! Come and experience the real drive in with car hops and floats! The food is good (I love the polish sausage) and the cost is good. But the big reason to come here is the nostalgia! I remember hearing the stories of my dad taking my mom... More 

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Thank matt b
michigan city, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The food is good drive-up food. The waitresses are friendly and fast. The prices have gone up in the last year but we go for a treat every now and then. Easier to get in and out when they are not as busy. Very busy during lunch and on the weekends. They do have the best homemade root beer around.... More 

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Thank Teresa P
Michigan City, Indiana
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

A fun place to eat with good food. It has your typical fast food delivered right to your car. Service is fast and friendly. The family will enjoy their meal. Go enjoy.

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Thank Steve1943
Quincy, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

I visited Carlson's Drive In for the first time over the weekend. I've been meaning to try it for years. I'm happy I finally did. It's an old fashioned drive in with a large menu board and a huge variety of food. I had the Italian Beef sandwich, which had a very generous helping of finely seasoned beef on a... More 

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Thank Greg G
Michigan City, Indiana
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Hot dogs don't get any better than those at Carlson's! This drive in hasn't changed much since I was a kid and every time we go there, it is like a trip down memory lane. The root beer is excellent, is icy cold and served in a glass mug. The car hops are always friendly and quick to serve.

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Thank Kim M
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Love Carlson's. It's centrally located in Michigan City. Classic style drive in with carhops. A little pricey, but we go for the atmosphere. $7 a gallon for root beer is overpriced, but it does taste good. Tipping is recommended. No animals. There is outdoor seating if you don't want to sit in your car. Cash only. Seasonal.

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Thank Teverly
Indiana
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We've been going here for years for that occasional hot dog and root beer fix. Love the kraut dogs with onion and mustard. They even have diet root beer thats good! These kind of places are few and far between. Eat in the car or at a picnic table. My out of town kids love returning here with their families.... More 

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Thank IndianaSapphire
Michigan City, Indiana
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Carlson's is a great place to go in Michigan City for basic tasty drive-in food! The car hop ladies are friendly to talk to, and our grandchildren have not had this fun experience before going here with us. You can order hamburgers, shakes, hot dogs and many similar items and eat them in your car, or get out and sit... More 

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Thank Kadie O
Michigan City, Indiana
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This is a favorite of the locals. Very relaxed car-hop service right out of the 1950's. They even make their own root-beer and cream-soda.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Fast Food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?