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Ford's Drive-in

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1301 Central Ave W, 421 Central Ave, Great Falls, MT 59404-3970
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Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

We stop in here once in a while for a burger and fries. Always good. Just know they are a cash only buisness.

Thank Mike S
Great Falls, Montana
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The first time I heard of Ford's it was being compared to In N Out burgers. Being from Southern California I had to try these out. I have been here about three times. Each time has been average. The last time I ate at this restaurant our burgers were rather cold, as if they had been sitting out before they... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The food is your average drive-in fare, but the milkshakes are really special! They taste like the old days!

Thank Sue C
Mesa, Arizona
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130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you're from Great Falls you haft to eat at Fords basic burgers fries and lots more, don't forget to have a shake. Not fine dinning, better than McDonalds by far.

Thank Martyandrews
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I heard such positives from local's about this 50's style Drive-In with great burgers, shakes and carhops! We had driven past earlier, and the way back decided to try a little "old time drive in". Well, it was quite busy at 2:00pm and took this as a good sign! Pulled in, and waited for awhile, and noticed only 1 young... More 

Thank SharkBait406
Noxon, Montana, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Told it was the best burger we would ever eat, we couldn't wait to try it. Going in we had realistic expectations it would be slow because of the help wanted sign and the lot was full at 2:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday, also the Car Hop waitress told us it would be a while...so that was ok,... More 

Thank Amre L
Great Falls
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272 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A basic Thursday night in July will cause me to never come back. Around 8-9 cars when I pulled in at 5:50 PM. Then another 3 or 4 pulled in. They were waited on before me. With a 'help wanted' sign in the window, it was obvious that the 1 waitress and the 1 cook, try though they did, were... More 

Thank James C
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

A blast from the past Fords has true car hops. They are quick, friendly, and their shakes and burgers are amazing. Their dogs are very good, my son who is very picky loved them. Gets very busy at lunch between 11-130 so time your visit right and you won't be disappointed. You can also call ahead and have it ready... More 

Thank Kristi K
Great Falls, Montana
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Go here for a delectable hamburger using local beef and creamy milkshakes! This is the home of the "Green River." You can get it in soda or a milkshake! Don't pass up the perfectly made tater tots!

Thank Tara B
Helena, MT
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568 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We always try to search out the places that make old style milkshakes and hamburgers. We love these drive-ins from the past. At Fords you drive in, wait in your car, they come and take your order. Just like when I was a kid. We visited last while attending a car show in Great Falls so I could pull up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Fast Food, American
Dinner, Lunch
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  • Address: 1301 Central Ave W, 421 Central Ave, Great Falls, MT 59404-3970
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Great Falls

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?