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Drive-in Eateries Midwest


Clyde's Drive-in
St Ignace, MI
Photo and info courtesy Alan Culley


Welcome to the Clyde's Drive-in eatery in St Ignace, IN. This location comes complete with carhop service. Clyde's features hamburgers, fries, onion rings and great malts. Clyde's has the "Big C" which is a 3/4lb hamburger. 12-08

(Near right) The carhop area of Clyde's Drive-in in St Ignace

(Far right) Here's the mid-century sign at Clyde's



Glass Bowl Restaurant (Demolished)
Bexley, OH
Postcard and info courtesy Michael Sekeres

Formerly located on East Main, at the corner of S. Cassingham, in the Columbus suburb of Bexley, this unique glass block building is long gone. The site of the former Glass Bowl Drive-in restaurant is now occupied by a Penn Station East Coast Subs shop. 02-09



Janson's Drive-in Hamburgers
Chicago, IL
Photo courtesy chibbqking

The neon sign at Janson's Drive-in Hamburgers is red hot. With the marquee in full illumination on this typical busy night, Janson's has been a local landmark eatery for years featuring real Chicago dogs. The service is now take out with some outdoor seating. 02-09



Triple XXX Root Beer
West Lafayette, IN
Photo and info courtesy Alan Culley

Here's the Triple XXX Root Beer from West Lafayette, IN. This Triple XXX was the first drive-in in Indiana, although I am not sure if they still have the carhops or not. It is in West Lafayette real close to the Purdue University campus.

For more photos and info, see Roadside Peek's Spotlight on the Triple XXX Root Beer of West Lafayette, IN. 04-09



Penguin Point Drive-in
Plymouth, IN
Photo and info courtesy Alan Culley

This Penguin Point drive-in location is one of several covering north central Indiana. This one has a neon penguin on the top.

According to the Penguin Point website, the first Penguin Point drive-in opened in 1950 in Warsaw. Today, there are 15 locations serving northern Indiana. The well known Big Wally double deck sandwich was named after the company founder Wallace E. Stouder Sr. 05-09



Big Star Drive-in
Kenosha, WI
Photo and info courtesy chibbqking

The neon sign and bright arrow light the way to the Big Star Drive-in in Kenosha, WI. According to the Chibbqking site, the Big Star is a family owned business that's been around since the 1960's. This drive-in is only open during the summer but is worth a stop for a burger or other fried goodies. 06-09

(Far left) Check out this close-up view of the neon and lighted bulbs on the Big Star Drive-in marquee

(Near left) Cars are lined up waiting for some good eats










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