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Drive-in Eateries Midwest


Johnsen's Blue Top Drive-in
Highland, IN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Highland, IN is home to this drive-in landmark, Johnsen's Blue Top Drive-in. The Johnsen's Blue Top structure appears to date back to the 1960's and is a can't miss sight for travelers coming down Indianapolis Blvd, especially at night.

Word is the business dates back from the 1930's and still features car hop service.

More information about Johnsen's Blue Top as well as some close-up shots of their juicy burgers can be found at the Chibbqking site. 11-09



A&W Root Beer
Southgate, MI
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Here's an old A&W Root Beer drive-in stand with its familiar hat look. This drive-in is located in Southgate, MI. 11-09



B-K Root Beer
Logansport, IN
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

The B-K Root beer stand in Logansport, IN with a partial neon sign was located almost across the street form Mr. Happy Burger. Closed for the season I have since found these B-K places in a number of Indiana towns. 10-10



Burkie's Drive-in
Muncie, IN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Muncie, IN is home to what appears to be a 1960's era drive-in eatery. Stop by Burkie's for a good meal while you're in town. 11-10



Winstead's Drive-in
Kansas City, MO
Photo courtesy Rod Holcomb

Here's the marquee at Winstead's Drive-in in Kansas City, MO. Winstead's opened in 1940 and is located in the Country Club Plaza in town. Though no longer serving as a drive-in, this burger joint is still a Kansas City icon.

Winstead's is well known for its burgers and has received numerous accolades including being called "The Midwest's Burger King" by the Wall Street Journal in 1998 and AOL City Guide's "The City's Best Hamburger" in 2005. For more information, see Winstead's website. 12-10



Pink Star Drive-in
Mandale, OH
Photos courtesy Alan Culley

Check out the old Pink Star Drive-in of Mandale, OH. The Pink Star features a standout star "eat" sign that's quite unique in its look.

Word is the Pink Star closed up back around 1990. 06-11



A&W Root Beer
Union City, OH
Photo and info courtesy Alan Culley

The A&W mascot is at the A&W Drive-In in Union City, OH. It is closed for the season, but also has a for sale by owner sign, so hopefully it reopened this Spring. 06-11















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