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“Tastes Like Nostalgia!”
Review of Carlson's Drive In

Carlson's Drive In
Ranked #12 of 166 Restaurants in Michigan City
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Yes... it’s just a drive-in root beer stand. Yes... it’s probably one of the best experiences you will have in your life.

If you’ve lived in Michigan City your whole life, you probably don’t appreciate how special it is to dine at Carlson’s. I’ve traveled quite a bit and have never come across any remaining fast food restaurant quite like this.

It’s standard drive-in fare; Chicago-style hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers, onion rings, and awesome, classic, fountain root beer. But it’s still served on your car window by pleasant and efficient servers. It just doesn’t taste any better!

The food is great. The prices are reasonable. The nostalgia is classic. The experience is unforgettable. Bring the kids and let them see a real drive-in restaurant while this one is still in its prime!

Thank Yagelski
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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Carlson's is the classic drive-in in Michigan City, complete with car hops. They make their own root beer, which is very good! The food is good, with a selection of typical drive-in fare. The process are reasonable, though they only accept cash, so plan accordingly. I would recommend for a treat on a summer night, though they do open for the season in February if you just can't wait.

Thank Andy E
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

We use to go there all the time when I was younger, and the hot dogs were to die for. The buns were soft and fresh, the root beer was great and the prices were cheap. Now the hot dogs taste like something you would buy at a gas station, and the root beer is either flat or too syrupy. Plus the prices are not worth the trip.

Thank Richard E
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Cute drive in diner, fast service, friendly staff and good food! Would definitely recommend for something unique and not a chain place!

Thank S M
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Great root beer, Chicago dogs, chili cheese dogs, polish sausages and fried mushrooms! We wait all winter for this and are never disappointed! Did I mention great root beer?!? Staff is friendly, service is quick and food is great!

1  Thank sbarn19
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