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Indiana’s Best Drive-In Restaurants

Apr 24th, 2018 | jfinney@talktotucker.com

Much like drive-in movies, drive-in restaurants remind us of yesteryear.  There is something magical about parking your car at a restaurant, talking to a waiter on roller-skates (sometimes), and being served in your car.  If you look closely, there are still many thriving drive-in restaurants in Indiana!  Below we have listed a few that we thought you would enjoy.


Mug-n-Bun – Indianapolis

This beloved Indianapolis spot has been open since 1950 and has continued to serve traditional Indiana foods.  Their menu features everything from huge crispy tenderloins to creamy homemade root beer.


Edward’s Drive-In – Indianapolis

Known for its appearance on Man vs. Food, this well-known Indiana spot is known for its massive tenderloin sandwiches.  In fact, they even built a 150-pound tenderloin sandwich for the Indianapolis 500!


The Port Drive-In – Chesterton

This Chesterton joint has been serving old-fashioned root beer and hot dogs since 1953. They continue to lure customers back with their restaurant’s nostalgic feel and menu of over 100 items.


Steer In – Indianapolis

Wow, does this place have the accolades! Not only was it featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives but it has also consistently topped Indianapolis Monthly, Visit Indy, and Nuvo lists.


Ray’s Drive-In – Kokomo

Much like the other drive-ins on this list, Ray’s Drive-In is known for its Tenderloin.  Regulars know to come on Wednesdays as they can buy Tenderloins for one dollar.  What a bargain!


Bonnie Doon Drive-in – Mishawaka

This drive-in is so passionate about their food that their employees often wear food hats.  What is a food hat, you ask? Prior pictures include hamburger, hot dog, and French fry hats.  Clearly this 1941 spot has a sense of humor!


Frazier’s Dairy Maid – Anderson

Known for its creamy delicious ice cream, this Madison County staple has been serving up food since 1954.  Over the last 5 years, Frazier’s Dairy Maid has been ranked the top ice cream in Madison County.


Budge’s Drive-in – Lafayette

One of the older drive-in on the list, Budge’s was founded in 1942.  Known for their mouth-watering food, this restaurant has a loyal base of customers.  Check out their Yelp page to see all their glowing reviews.


Johnsen’s Blue Top Drive-In – Highland

If you thought Budge’s was a relic of the past, just wait until you hear about Johnsen’s Blue Top Drive-In.  Originally founded in 1936, Johnsen’s Blue Top Drive-In started as a roadside stand selling apple cider, peanuts, and fruit.


Mr. Weenie Drive-In – Peru

Known for its sense of humor, Mr. Weenie’s Facebook page proudly touts the slogan, “It’s Mr. Weenie Time.”  I would certainly think this would be the place to go if you are craving a delicious hot dog!


Carlson’s Drive-In – Michigan City

This cash-only drive-in has been serving customers since 1947.  Beloved by Michigan City locals, this place is known for having, “the best quality food at a great price” and quality customer service.


I, for one, cannot wait to get a crispy tenderloin sandwich and frothy root beer from one of these Indiana drive-ins.  Let us know where your taste buds take you!

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