Open Drive-In Restaurants in the U.S.
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At a drive-in restaurant, you would park your car, and a member of their staff would come out to meet you at your vehicle, take your order, and then return with your food. Depending on the efficiency of the spot, you might have a quick meal or a drawn-out affair.

Drive-In Restaurant History

Drive-ins rose to prominence as car culture took over America during the 1950s and 1960s; as folks got more comfortable using their cars for traveling from point A to point B, their “wheels” also started to become an extension of who they were.

Drive-ins are commonly associated with women skating around from hot rod to jalopy in the parking lot, but most, if not all, of the original carhops, were guys or “tray boys.”

It wasn’t until after World War II that women replaced men after American males were called up to join the military.

While it’s true that having a pretty girl serve you food increased sales, in the long run, it created problems with fellas loitering.

Changes to the System

McDonald’s found a way to streamline food service and cut out the problems with drive-in service. Once that new system spread to restaurants nationwide, the popularity of drive-ins began to wane.

But it was the even more popular drive-thru service that would deal a significant blow to drive-ins. I wasn’t around to experience the original drive-in. My first taste of it was watching Happy Days on TV.

I dreamt of eating and hanging out at Arnold’s Drive-In, which was featured on the program. Believe it or not, there are a few hundred drive-ins still around where you can have your in-car eating experience.


To find a list of all active drive-in restaurants with carhops, please keep reading. If the list is missing one, please leave a comment so that we can update the list.

ALSO: Not included in this list is SONIC with well over 3000 locations. It will be easier if you search their website for your nearest restaurant.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that some locations may close for the winter season.


Drive-In NameAddressCityWeb Address
Cardinal Drive-in15240 Court StreetMoultonCardinal Drive-In of Moulton


C&J’s Drive-in
since 1983
2233 S Cushman


Avi’s Screamers Drive-In1151 W Wickenburg Way


Ed Walker’s Drive-In
since 1943
1500 Towson AvenueFort


Big A Root Beer Drive-in810 E Main StreetGrass
Falafel’s Drive-In
since 1966
2301 Stevens Creek BoulevardSan
Frisco’s Car Hop Drive-Thru
since 1982
16460 Whittier


A&W Drive-in802 Mountain


Sycamore Drive-In
since 1948
282 Greenwood


Pappa's Drive-In
Pappa’s Drive-In
Burger Inn
since 1952
1819 N Harbor City
Dino’s Drive-in
since 1968
2929 Havendale Blvd NWWinter
John’s Drive-in
since 1986
17 N Charleston AvenueFort MeadeJohn’s Drive-In
Mike’s Drive-in
since 1969
1055 US Highway 17 SBartowMike’s Drive-In
Moonlight Drive-in
since 1964
1515 S Washington AvenueTitusvilleMoonlight Drive-in
Pappa’s Drive-in Family Restaurant
since 1970
1103 N. Dixie FWYNew Smyrna
Tally-Ho Drive-in
since 1949
1449 Harrison AvenuePanama


The Varsity
The Varsity
Griffith’s Drive-in1015 Memorial
Jerry’s Drive-in676 Highway 114SummervilleJerry’s Drive-In
The Varsity61 North


Frostop Drive-in26
Scotty’s Drive-in560 Northgate MileIdaho FallsScotty’s Drive-In


Ace Drive-in
since 1949
1207 Plainfield
Charlie’s Drive-in
since 1950
762 Wood River AvenueWood RiverCharlie’s Drive-in
Cozy Dog Drive-in
since 1950
2935 S 6th
Cranwill’s Drive-in
since 1969
1713 S 2nd Street #5409PekinCranwill’s Rootbeer Stand
Dewey’s Drive-in620 E Richardson StreetFarmer CityDewey’s Drive-in
Dog ‘n Suds
since 1964
454 Center
Dog ‘n Suds
since 1967
517 Washington
Dog ‘n Suds
since 1963
11015 U.S.
Dog ‘n Suds902 East Main StreetRobinsonDog N Suds Drive-In
Jaenicke’s Root Beer Stand390 E River StreetKankakeeJaenicke’s Root Beer Stand
Jay’s Drive-in107 W. Washington
King Louie’s Drive-In
since 1984
315 S 6th StreetWood
Lou’s Drive-in
since 1952
4229 N Knoxville AvenuePeoriaLou’s Drive-in
Mike’s Grill
since 1958
2006 Georgetown RoadTiltonMike’s Grill
Riggen’s Frostop
since 1961
314 N Pennsylvania StreetChrismanRiggen’s Frostop
The Rootbeer Stand225 N Columbia AvenueOglesbyThe Rootbeer Stand
Sam’s Drive-in
since 1966
705 W Blackhawk
Superdawg Drive-in
since 1948
6363 N Milwaukee
Yesterday’s Drive-in
since 1957
709 Oak StreetCarmiYesterday’s Drive-in
Dog ‘n Suds in Grayslake
Riggen’s Frostop in Chrisman


A&W Drive-in1501 N Lincoln
B&K Drive-in1201 E 9th StreetRochesterB&K Drive-In
Barker’s BK Root Beer1100 E Markland AvenueKokomoBarker’s BK Root Beer
BK Root Beer412 N Park AvenueAlexandria 
BK Root Beer928 E Main StreetGas City 
BK Root Beer1218 S Jefferson StreetHuntington 
BK Root Beer1208 S Heaton StreetKnox 
BK Root Beer1020 N Logan StreetMishawaka 
BK Root Beer511 Northwestern AvenueMonticello 
BK Root Beer1625 S. Wabash StreetWabash 
Bowman’s BK Root Beer & BBQ1917 W Memorial DriveMuncieBK Rootbeer & BBQ
Brenda & Kim’s B&K West1101 W Market StreetLogansportBrenda & Kim’s B&K West
Bummies Drive-in1263 S Main StreetBlufftonBummies Drive-In
Carlson’s Drive-in
since 1947
118 W Coolspring AvenueMichigan
Dog ‘n Suds6111 Lima RoadFort
Dog ‘n Suds
since 1956
601 Sagamore Parkway
Dog ‘n Suds
since 2005
401 Sagamore Parkway WestWest
Don’s Drive-in506 N 7th StreetKentlandDon’s Drive-In
Don Hall’s Hollywood Drive-in4416 Lima RoadFort WayneDon Hall’s Hollywood Drive-In
Edwards Drive-in2126 S Sherman
Gene’s Root Beer640 S Scatterfield RoadAnderson 
Hall’s Original
since 1946
1502 Bluffton RoadFort WayneHall’s Original
Mason’s Root Beer Drive-in1201 National Hwy EWashington 
The Patio Drive-in
since 1954
234 US-421FrancesvilleThe Patio Drive-In
The Port Drive-in419 N Calumet RoadChestertonThe Port Drive-In
Rupert’s B&K Root Beer2105 N Davis RoadKokomoRupert’s B&K Root Beer
Simonton Lake Drive-in3724 Cassopolis StreetElkhartSimonton Lake Drive-In
The Suds
since 1957
350 Market PlazaGreenwoodThe Suds
Thompson B-K Root Beer1401 Factory AvenueMarionThompson B-K Root Beer
Dog ‘n Suds in Lafayette


A&W Drive-in109 E 2nd
George The Chili King
since 1952
5722 Hickman RoadDes


Bobo’s Drive-in2300 SW 10th AvenueTopekaBobos Drive-In
Vista Drive-in1911 Tuttle Creek


Dizzy Whizz
Bob’s Drive-in
since 1949
2429 Bridge
Dizzy Whizz Drive-in
since 1947
217 St Catherine
Parkette Drive-in
since 1951
1230 E New Circle


LaPlace Frostop
since 1958
411 E Airline
Yummy Sushi416 Homer RoadMindenYummy Sushi


Cameron’s Lobster House18 Bath
Fat Boy Drive-In
since 1955
111 Bath RoadBrunswickFat Boy Drive-In
Val’s Drive-in
since 1959
925 Sabattus StreetLewistonVal’s Drive-in


Dog 'N Suds in Muskegon, Michigan
Dog ‘N Suds in Muskegon, Michigan
A&W Drive-in
since 1956
4100 12 Mile
A&W Drive-in8220 Dexter Chelsea
A&W Drive-in470 South
Bellevue Drive-in9787 Battle Creek HighwayBellevueBellevue Drive-In
Bill’s Hot Dog Stand1292 E Michigan AvenueYpsilantiBill’s Hot Dog Stand
Chick Inn Drive-in501 Holmes RoadYpsilantiChick Inn Drive-In
Clyde’s Drive-in906 US Highway 2 WSaint IgnaceClyde’s Drive-In
Clyde’s Drive-in1425 Riverside DriveSault Ste. Marie 
Daly Drive-in
since 1959
31500 Plymouth RoadLivonia 
Dog ‘n Suds4454 Dowling
Dog ‘n Suds4221 Grand Haven
Don’s Drive-In
since 1958
2030 US 31 NTraverse
Eddie’s Drive-in36111 Jefferson AvenueHarrison
Happy Dayz Drive In326 N Mable StreetPinconningHappy Dayz Drive In
Monroe’s Original Hot Dog1111 W Front StreetMonroeMonroe’s Original Hot Dog
since 1950
2603 N East StreetLansing 
Red’s Root Beer813 S Kalamazoo StreetPaw PawRed’s Root Beer!
Rudy’s Drive-In
since 1962
4061 Page AvenueMichigan
Short’s Root Beer Stand378 W. Chicago DriveColdwater 
The Root Beer Stand4400 S. Westnedge AvenueKalamazooThe Root Beer Stand
Vince’s West Elm Drive-in1305 W Elm AvenueMonroeVince’s West Elm Drive-In
The Root Beer Stand in Kalamazoo


A&W Drive-in
since 1956
730 N Broadway AvenueSpring
Clays Galaxy Drive-In
since 1951
3712 Quebec Ave
Dari-ette Drive-In
since 1951
1440 Minnehaha Ave ESt. PaulDari-ette Drive-In
The Drive-In
since 1956
572 Bench StreetTaylor
JJ’s Tasty Drive-in804 S Kniss AvenueLuverneJJ’s Tasty Drive-In
Lakeview Drive Inn610 Sarnia St
Peppermint Twist
since 1982
115 Babcock
Wagner’s Drive-In
since 1962
7000 W Broadway AvenueBrooklyn
Peppermint Twist


Bumpers Drive-in30 locations  across
Johnnie’s Drive-in908 E Main StreetTupelo Johnnie’s Drive-in


Chuck-A-Burger Drive-in Restaurant9025 Saint Charles Rock RoadSt. LouisChuck-A-Burger Drive-In Restaurant
Dog ‘n Suds6748 Highway 67Fredricktown 
HiBoy Burgers3424 Blue Ridge Cut
Mugs Up Drive-in603 Orange StreetColumbiaMugs Up Drive-in
Mugs Up Drive-in700 East 23rd StreetIndependence


A&W Drive-in209 Main StreetDeer
Ford’s Drive-in1301 Central Ave WGreat Falls 
Mark’s In and Out801 W Park StreetLivingston 
Matt’s Place Drive-in2339 Placer StreetButte 
R-B Drive-in932 Helena AvenueHelenaR-B Drive-In


Mac’s Drive-In
since 1943
809 W B


Stewart’s Drive-in4524 US Route
Stewart’s Drive-in449 Route
Stewart’s Drive-in2551 State Route 27Franklin
Stewart’s Drive-in578 Highway 33Hamilton
Stewart’s Drive-in274 Route
Stewart’s Drive-in2999 US Highway
Stewart’s Drive-in235 US Highway
Stewart’s Drive-in347 Main St. (Route 79)
Stewart’s Drive-in63-69 BroadwayPoint Pleasant
Stewart’s Drive-in347 Jaques
Stewart’s Drive-in2551 Highway
Stewart’s Drive-in102 W. Main
Stewart’s Drive-in5012 Route 33 /
Webers Drive-in6019 Lexington AvenuePennsauken 
Webers Drive-in105 S White Horse PikeStratfordWeber’s Drive-In


Dog House Drive-in1216 Central Ave NWAlbuquerque 
Mac’s Steak in the Rough
since 1949
4515 Menaul Boulevard
Twin Cronnie Drive-in709 Commerce WayClovisTwin Cronnie Drive-In


Mac’s Drive-In
since 1961
1166 Waterloo Geneva RoadWaterlooMac’s Drive-In


Airport Drive-in910 Ayersville RoadMayodan 
Ammons’ Drive Inn & Dairy Bar1451 Dellwood Road
Bar-B-Q King
since 1959
2900 Wilkinson BoulevardCharlotteBar-B-Q King
Dick’s Drive-in
since 1963
1004 West Washington StreetEdenDick’s Drive-in
El’s Drive-in
since 1959
3706 Arendell StreetMorehead
Naber’s Drive-in1245 Main StreetBryson City 
Odell’s Sandwich Shop1224 W Pine StreetMt. AiryOdells Sandwich Shop
Skid’s Drive-in1610 N Church StreetBurlington 
South 21 Drive-in
since 1955
3101 E Independence
Ammon’s Drive Inn & Dairy Bar1451 Dellwood


The Keg’s Drive-in901 N 5TH StreetGrand ForksThe Keg’s Drive-In
Scotty’s Drive-in210 N 21st


Swensons Drive In in Columbus, Ohio
Swensons Drive In
A&W Drive-in924 E 5th
A&W Drive-in1124 W Main
A&W Drive-in769 East Main
A&W Drive-in35 W
A&W Drive-in800 E Elm StreetUnion
B&K Drive-in725 E Wilbeth
B&K Drive-in835 W Main StreetVan WertB&K Drive-In
BK Rootbeer2184 Manchester RoadAkron 
BK Rootbeer737 Monroe Falls AvenueCuyahoga FallsBK Root Beer
BK Rootbeer1407 South StreetPiquaBK Rootbeer Piqua, Ohio
BK Rootbeer301 Riverside DriveSydney 
BK Rootbeer2780 Stone Circle DriveTroy 
Dinner Bell Drive-in6340 Lake AvenueElyriaDinner Bell Drive-In
Dog ‘n Suds
since 1958
2050 North Ridge RoadElyriaDog-N-Suds Elyria OH
The Jug
since 1932
3610 Central AvenueMiddletownThe Jug
Fundays, The Root Beer Stand
since 1999
1345 4th St NWNew PhiladelphiaFundays, The Root Beer Stand
Root Beer Drive-in766 Broad StreetWadsworth 
The Rootbeer Stande1727 Woodman
SkyWay Drive-in Restaurant2781 W Market
SkyWay Drive-in Restaurant951 East Turkeyfoot Lake
Stewart’s Drive-in1036 N. Main StreetMarionStewart’s Root Beer – Marion
Swensons Drive-in
since 1934


Classic 50’S Drive-in1521 W Lindsey
Wayne’s Drive Inn
since 1950
7 SW Sheridan
Wayne’s Drive Inn
since 2007
6810 NW Cache


Dandy’s Drive-in
since 1968
1334 NE 3rd StreetBendDandy’s Drive-In


The Fence Drive-In1605 State Route 405
Jerry’s Curb Service
since 1947
1521 Riverside DriveBeaverJerry’s Curb Service
Red Rabbit Drive-in60 Benvenue


Evelyn’s Drive-In
since 1969
2335 Main


The Beacon Drive-in
since 1946
255 John B White Sr
Cannon’s Drive-in
since 1971
409 Trade StreetGreerCannon’s Drive-In Restaurant
The Drive-in
since 1957
135 E Palmetto
Sno-Cap Drive-in
since 1964
618 West AvenueNorth


Murdo Drive-In
since 1954
212 Kennedy


A&W Pappa Burger
A&W Pappa Burger
A&W Drive-in3989 Highway
Bumpers Drive-in303 East Broad
Cardin’s Drive-in8529 Asheville HighwayKnoxville 
The Hop 50’s Drive-In1540 E Broadway
KN Root Beer241 N Lindell
Snow White Drive-In
since 1957
1714 W Main StreetLebanonSnow White Drive-In


Buddy’s Drive In
since 1969
106 E Broadway StreetAndrewsBuddy’s Drive-In
Keller’s Drive-in6537 Northwest HighwayDallasKeller’s Drive-In
KN Root Beer3900 Olsen
KN Root Beer514 E Broadway
KN Root Beer1108 Cypress
Ray’s Drive Inn822 SW 19th StreetSan
Snapka’s Drive-Inn
since 1948
4434 Weber RoadCorpus
Snapka’s Drive-Inn
since 1948
4760 Leopard StreetCorpus
The Wagon Wheel Drive-In
since 1949
2010 Scurry StreetBig SpringWagon Wheel Drive-In
Buddy’s Drive-In in Andrews
Snapka’s Drive-Inn in Corpus Cristi
The Wagon Wheel Drive-In in Big Spring


Larsen’s Frostop Drive-Inn858 E St George BoulevardSt.


A&W Drive-in1557 RTE U.S.


B&P Drive-in905 Floyd PikeHillsville 
Chef’s Drive-in1101 Main StreetAltavista 
Doumar’s Cones & Barbecue
since 1934
1919 Monticello
Dude’s Drive-in1505 Roanoke StreetChristiansburg 


Boomer’s Drive-In310 N Samish
since 1952
9820 Aurora Avenue
Burgermaster18626 Bothell-Everett HighwayBothell 
Burgermaster10606 NE Northup WayBellevue 
Burgermaster2030 Freeway Drive MountVernon 
Triple XXX Root Beer98 NE Gilman


Frostop Drive-Inn
since 1959
1449 Hal Greer
King Tut Drive-in301 N Eisenhower
Midway West Drive-in445 6th Ave
Sterling Drive-in788 Stewart StreetWelchSterling Drive-In
Stewart’s Drive-in2445 Fifth
Stewart’s Drive-in1025 Oak


A&W Drive-in3801 E Calumet
A&W Drive-in
since 1931
269 Winnebago DrFond du
A&W Drive-in7885 U.S. Highway 2Iron
A&W Drive-in2187 W 9th
A&W Drive-in
since 1931
701 Belknap
Annie’s Burger Town645 N Lincoln
Ardy’s & Ed’s Drive-in2413 S Main
Big Star Drive-in1500 Washington
Charlie’s Drive-in
since 1965
806 W Main StHortonvilleCharlie’s Drive-In
Dog ‘n Suds1228 North 4th StreetTomahawkDog N Suds of Tomahawk, WI
Gus’s Drive-in3131 Main StEast
Kiltie Drive-inN48W36154 Wisconsin
Rudy’s Drive-In Restaurant
since 1933
1004 La Crosse Street La
Charlie’s Drive-in in Hortonville

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