Yelp’s top Indianapolis drive ins

Let’s drive in to June. As in Yelp Indy returns this month at with plenty o’ options for which local drive-ins are worth their salt {or root beer, or fries – you get the point}. What do we know for sure? Yelpers rule this town with their where-to-eat and you-have-to-check-out prowess.

Thanks to new Yelp Indy intern Katy for bringing these top Indianapolis drive ins to our attention! Take it away Katy…

It’s time to buckle up because we are taking you back to the fifties and sixties — better known as the good ol’ days. Read on to find out where you and your family can cruise to to enjoy classic, American meals on four-wheels!

Mel’s Drive-In
Yelps Top Indianapolis Drive Ins
Photo by Yelper: Bruce H.

There’s a reason Mel’s Drive-In has four and a half stars on Yelp. With delicious burgers and fries at a reasonable price, Yelpers can’t get enough of this “hidden gem.” Yelpers like Jim H. rave about this classic diner and assure other Yelpers to “try it out and you will not be disappointed.” Be sure to try their fried cauliflower – it’s a hit! Bookmark this business.  

Indy’s Historic Steer-In Restaurant
Yelps Top Indianapolis Drive Ins_ Indy's Child Magazine
Photo by Yelper: Brie G.

This drive-in restaurant was recently awarded Visit Indy’s 2016 Top 25 Restaurants. With its fast service and signature foods, Indy’s Historic Steer-In Restaurant is an Indy favorite. Picky eaters in the family? No worries! They have an extensive menu with a variety of food options, including breakfast! But make sure you leave room for dessert! Yelper Mickey R. recommends to “save room for the coconut cream pie, another recipe that has been made on site for decades and has earned its reputation.” Bookmark this business.  

Tibbs Drive-In Theatre
Yelps Top indianapolis Drive Ins _ Indy's Child Magazine
Photo by Yelper: Nikol P.

Grab some blankets, a portable radio, and drive on over to Tibbs Drive-In Theatre in Indianapolis for an evening of eats and movies at an affordable price! Yelper Courtney S. shares, “you really can’t go wrong spending your evening at Tibbs with its nostalgia, the newest movies, and the right price.” A tidbit about Tibbs: Arrive at least a half hour before the film to avoid long lines! Bookmark this business.

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The Mug
Yelps Top Indianapolis Drive Ins _ Indy's Child Magazine
Photo by Yelper: Kelli B.

This drive-in restaurant in Greenfield follows the motto “farm-to-curb” because of its passion to provide customers pasture-raised, drug-free, and delicious meats from local farms in the comfort of their car. The Mug’s waiters, better known as “Mug Hops,” serve up five star customer service. In the words of Yelper Ryan T., “Smiling faces on all of the staff, ready and eager to answer any questions that you have.” If you’re in a rush, The Mug offers carryout and delivery! Bookmark this business.  

Mug ‘N’ Bun
Yelps Top Indianapolis Drive Ins _ Indy's Child Magazine
Photo by Yelper: Allison F.

Tons of fun happening at Mug ‘N’ Bun! With their quick service and delicious food, Yelpers like Clare L. are praising this drive-in and encouraging people “to make the trip out to the Westside to enjoy this Indy staple.” It’s simple: Pull in, turn on your lights, and let the good times roll. Don’t forget to try their ice cold mugs filled with their homemade root beer! Bookmark this business.  

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