Andy’s Igloo Drive-In Restaurant in Winter Haven

Whenever I’m in Central Florida, I’m always on the lookout for old-school restaurants. Andy’s Drive-In Igloo Restaurant in Winter Haven fits the bill, so my wife Marcela and I went to check them out.

Andy's Igloo Drive-In from Winter Haven, Florida
Andy’s Igloo Drive-In from Winter Haven, Florida
Wall Mural at Andy's Igloo Drive-In in Winter Haven, Florida
Wall Mural

Andy’s Drive-In has been around since 1951, which is evident by taking one look at the architecture of the building. But how was their fabled retro burger?

Andy’s Drive-In Menu

Menu Front
Menu Front
Andy's Drive-In Menu
Andy’s Drive-In Menu Back

Andy’s uses fresh, never-frozen beef, which is what I was hoping for. It’s also chargrilled, which is a nice change of pace from 99% of restaurants that use flat-tops for cooking their meat patties.

The burgers are available in reg (about 3 ounces), 1/3 pound, 1/4 pound, and 1/2 pound sizes. They come with crinkle-cut fries of the frozen variety if you get the basket.


I order a regular cheeseburger. I’m two bites in when I call the waitress over. I’m interested in finding out why the 1/3 pound is called the Steakette. She doesn’t have an answer for me but does mention that it’s the most popular burger on their menu.

Alright, I’ll bite.

How many Steakettes?

Steakette with Cheese from Andy's Igloo Drive-In in Winter Haven, Florida
Steakette with Cheese

I add a Steakette with cheese to my lunch order as Marcela looks on with that, “no you didn’t face.” It might be because the Steakette has more mass to it, and it holds the smokiness better. It is the burger to eat. There is nothing like a great chargrilled burger.

If I could go back in time to before I placed the order, I’d straight up order two Steakettes. I wasn’t thinking about going back in time to 1951, although I like that idea too.

Since Andy’s was open before even Burger King existed, I can imagine that this is what BK must have tasted like back in the day.

Fresh ground beef that’s chargrilled never goes out of style, and that’s why Andy’s Igloo Drive-In Restaurant will be around forever. Thank goodness for that.

Andy’s Igloo Drive-In Restaurant
703 3rd St SW
Winter Haven, FL
(863) 293-0019

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Monday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

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