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Carlson's Drive In

118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
+1 219-872-0331
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chili dog” (9 reviews)
“onion rings” (11 reviews)
Closes in 29 min
10:00 - 18:00All hours
American, Fast food
118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Remember the CRUZIN' days of yore? Well this place reaches all the way back into time; so DRIVE IN and get yourself a dog and a root beer and enjoy!

Thank Virgil1944
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This drive-in did not live up to the rave reviews I have read. Portions were tiny, the fried cheese cubes and fried cauliflower were both worse than having eaten nothing, and both my friend and I left hungry having ordered over $20 worth of food....More

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We took a bike ride with our 2 young grandsons to Carlson's Rootbeer Stand for their delicious homemade Rootbeer! It is such a wonderful treat on a warm summer day. The boys get so excited. We love sitting on the picnic tables and eating hotdogs,...More

Thank Sherie N
Reviewed 24 May 2017

just sayin...the food seems somewhat stale....I didnt blame them for my tooth...who can afford lawyers anymore....but I wont go back ...it seems the glory days of hot dog stands are over.....sad

1  Thank Donna K
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Great Hot Dogs and Root Beer Our server Amanda was Awesome Super Friendly and helpful. Good family place. Can't wait to go back. This place has been here for many years. We always stop there when were in Michigan City. Remember though "cash only".

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Great Nostalgic Root beer drive in. Just go already, Hot dogs, hamburgers, car hops, real root beer.. little pricey but well worth it..!

Thank Alex M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This has been a family favorite for many generations! Favorites include the chili cheese dog and onion rings. The grilled chicken sandwich is good too!

Thank SuzettePea
Reviewed 28 March 2017

A visit to MC is never complete without a trip (or two) to Carlson's! The ice cold root beer is a must and I love that they still hang the tray on your window when you "dine-in" (which means eating in your car!). We were...More

Thank Ruth W
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Styled after 50's/60's Drive in with carhops. Food is just as expected.. Root Beer is made on site. Mr Herman is one of the nicest proprietors I have seen.

Thank MstrMstr
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Best root beer I have ever had is made right on the premises daily. Plan your trip because Carlson's is only open during the summer and tourist season; they will be closing in early October. I am not sure when they open back up. Food...More

Thank maiagaia
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 W Coolspring Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360-6166
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Michigan City
  • Phone Number: +1 219-872-0331
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