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“Great Burgers”
Review of Lemon Drop

Lemon Drop
Ranked #2 of 148 Restaurants in Anderson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Onion burgers are outstanding. They have the best tasting cokes and fries around too. Don't be surprised if you have to wait for a seat. This is a popular place with limited seating. Don't expect to sit and have a conversation after you eat. The owner will ask you to leave and let other customers have a place to sit.

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Thank Jim46012
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We've eaten here a few times and love it. The food is fresh, the staff is nice and atmosphere is awesome. It can get crowded really fast, but it's worth it.

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Thank Lora R
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Bragging a 1950's atmosphere, The Lemon Drop is one of, if not the, oldest restaurant in Anderson, having been opened in 1954. Sixty years later, it's running strong, but after my visit, I'm pretty sure the main reason why is nostalgia.

The confines of the lemon-yellow diner are tight, with barstools bordering an L-shaped counter that dominates the middle of the restaurant, boxing in the serving and cooking area, where a large, steel griddle is worked by an experienced burgermeister (per Urban Dictionary, not north European political jargon). Onion rings and fries are served, burgers and tenderloins whipped out, and drinks doled. A series of booths are parked at the windows ringing the establishment's perimeter. They've done the best they can to make as much seating as possible. Overhead, an old-fashioned toy train labors about corners and pulls doggedly through straight rails, pulling a series of cars holding unknown cargo (though the last couple hold plastic lemons...possibly lending themselves to the chance that "lemon drop" might develop a new meaning if they ever fell). All sorts of antique advertisements and trinkets can be found adorning the walls or shelves. The 1954 Indiana license plate, American Roads article, and assortment of Coca-Cola artifacts caught my eye the most. It is my opinion that you pay more for the atmosphere than the food.

The facility was clean and the service was swift, friendly, and efficient.

My main issue, regrettably, was the very thing that drove me to visit, the food. In Anderson, this place is an institution, so I made the assumption that this was because it had outstanding food, but I found myself underwhelmed by the taste and quality, and overwhelmed by the price. Falling for the rhetoric surrounding the restaurant's "onion burger," I purchased a double, then an order of onion rings and a small soda. You're unable to order these in any fashion other than a la carte. Every item, when I pitted quality and quantity against price was found wanting. The burger patties were well-cooked and juicy, but I'd found more flavor in a frozen patty purchased from a grocery store and more pleasing flavor from virtually any burger-based competitor in town. The onions, while certainly quite present, were raw and relatively flavorless white onions. There was nothing special to speak of with the bun. Much like another review I read, I thought the onions would have been better if grilled and I found the frozen onion rings about as good as any other frozen onion rings.

It's plain that opinions vary pretty widely on this restaurant, but I have a feeling that when one comes down to it, it's the hometown-loved, old-American feel that has this place so healthy after so many years...a restaurant that is true to itself and probably a bit symbolic of the town that it's based in. Old and weathered, but still strong, offering the best it knows how, and possessed of a heart of gold.

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2  Thank Blank_Page1980
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Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

Based on other reviews, I arrived at 11:15 today to beat the lunch crowd. There was only one other diner there. By 11:40, the place was full. The service was friendly and efficient. Had a double onion burger and onion rings. The onion rings are not fresh made. They are frozen, commercially made rings. The burger was good, but didn't stand out. The bun was light. It didn't hold up well to the juices, but didn't take away from the experience. Would have preferred grilled onions on the onion burger. They were raw. I get the retro and comfort factors of this place that the locals describe. That is the draw more than the food itself.

Thank JajaAddy
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Prices seemed to have crept up a bit but the burgers are still great! Clean and a nice place, they still have the train running up around the ceiling!

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Thank pktwatch
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