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“The best root beer frosty around”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of John's Root Beer

John's Root Beer
Ranked #7 of 175 Restaurants in Waukesha
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The best root beer frosty around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

great food! the best root beer frosty (root beer and vanilla ice cream blended)

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Love it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

A slice of summer in the middle of winter. I love their popcorn!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
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“Good Cheese Fries, Root Beer So, So”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

I was really gunning for this place. The girl at the counter said John's Drive In has been open since 1937. They brew their root beer in the basement. It's such a cute old school dive, I was really hoping the root beer would knock my socks off. Unfortunately it didn't. It had a strong vanilla overtone and was super sweet. It also seemed to be lacking carbonation. Maybe the ice cream/root beer concoctions are better. The cheese fries were good... just what you would expect of salty fried food. Menu items seem reasonably priced. The dog was steamed and the pulled pork wasn't anything special. To me, the fries stand out. Lots of picnic tables for summertime outdoor eating. Just as an FYI to pet owners: several signs posted say no pets on premises (oops! we brought our dog in the back seat of the convertible. We ate quick and nobody said anything). Probably an okay joint for a late summer night treat, but I must admit that Sprecher's has a stronger more flavorful root beer. Darn.... i was really hoping this would be great.

  • Visited August 2011
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Waukesha, WI
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30 reviews
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“The best root beer I've ever had”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2010

There food is ok but their root beer is the best. I always get a gallon for the road when I go here.

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Wisconsin
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“A great drive-in”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2009

I have been going to John's Drive-In for years. The root beer in heavy glass mugs is authentic drive-in fare. My favorites are the fish and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.
You can specify the toppings on any sandwich you order. The food menu is varied.
The drive-in is open year-round and in the summer has custom-car nights. It does not have car-hops, or I would have rated it a five.

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