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Original Root Beer Stand

824 E. Lake Shore Drive
Culver  Indiana  46511
United States
(574) 842-2122
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    - Karen Sorensen

Midwest Living Review

This place is the real deal, with root beer served in frosted mugs, orders taken by car hops and golden oldies piped out on loudspeakers.

The year could easily be 1955 at the Original Root Beer Stand, where car hops take your order and serve hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and, naturally, root beer on trays that attach to your car window. Or place your order at the stand's window and grab a seat at one of the picnic benches that sit in front of and alongside the old-fashioned drive-in restaurant.The view is wonderful from the hilltop where the root beer stand sits, looking down on Lake Maxinkuckee and within walking distance of the lake's public park, beach and marina. And it's easy to think you're in another time thanks to tunes like "Rockin' Robin" and "Rock Around the Clock" playing in the background.Whatever you do, don't take a pass on the root beer here, and make sure you ask for it in a frosted mug or else you'll get it in a paper cup. You've not tasted anything like it, and the flavor is so unique, you'll be tempted to take a gallon home with you to enjoy later. (Lucky for you--they sell root beer by the half-gallon and gallon!) Other menu choices include malts, shakes, burgers, hot dogs, coney dogs, corn dogs and fries, and the prices are low. A burger is $1.70, a hot dog is $1.85, an ice cream cone is $1.85, chicken nuggets are $2.80.

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