All The Drive-In Restaurants in the U.S.

Believe it or not, more than 250 old-fashioned drive-in restaurants still exist around the United States. Although the drive-thru gained prominence during the 1970s, there’s nothing like an in-car eating experience.

In case you’re unfamiliar, at a drive-in restaurant, you would park your car, and a staff member 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 became 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, it created problems with fellas loitering in the long run.

Changes to the System

McDonald’s found a way to streamline food service and cut out the problems with drive-in service. Unfortunately, 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. Regrettably, I wasn’t around to experience the original drive-in. Instead, 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 heavily on the program and was also the setting for Weezer‘s song Buddy Holly.

Drive-In Restaurants with Car Hops in the U.S.

Please keep reading to find a list of all active drive-in restaurants with carhops. If the list is missing one you’re familiar with, please leave a comment to update the list.

They are divided by name in alphabetical order. The address, city, and online link are included if an active one exists.

Also, SONIC, with well over 3000 locations, is not included in this list. 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


Dog N Suds Restaurant 319 E KingshighwayParagould
Ed Walker’s Drive-In
since 1943
1500 Towson AvenueFort
Jerry’s Drive-In1200 S Constitution AvenueAshdown


Big A Root Beer Drive-in810 E Main StreetGrass
Dude’s Drive-In
since 1965
1644 Hartnell
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 AvenueBerthoudA&W Berthoud


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-in
since 1975
1015 Memorial
Jerry’s Drive-in676 Highway 114SummervilleJerry’s Drive-In
Piggie Park1420 US-19ThomastonPiggie Park Drive-In
The Varsity61 North


Frostop Drive-in
since 1965
Rupe’s Drive-In
since 1962
302 NE Main
Scotty’s Drive-in
since 1964
560 Northgate MileIdaho FallsScotty’s Drive-In
Westside Drive-In
since 1957
1113 Park Center
Westside Drive-In
since 1957
1929 W. State


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 Suds
since 1953
902 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
Superdawg Drive-in333 S Milwaukee
Yesterday’s Drive-in
since 1957
709 Oak StreetCarmiYesterday’s Drive-in


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 AvenueAlexandriaBK Rootbeer Stand 
928 E Main StreetGas City B-K Root Beer
BK Root Beer
since 1949
1218 S Jefferson StreetHuntingtonBK Rootbeer Stand Huntington
1208 S Heaton StreetKnox Jaimie’s B&K
1020 N Logan StreetMishawaka BK Root Beer Drive-In
1625 S. Wabash StreetWabash 
Blue Top Drive-In8801 Indianapolis
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 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
Gene’s Rootbeer & Hot Dogs
since 1964
640 S Scatterfield RoadAnderson Gene’s Rootbeer & Hot Dogs
Graham’s BK Root Beer511 Northwestern
Kunkel’s Drive-in2402 Park RoadConnersvilleKunkel’s Drive-In
Mason’s Root Beer Drive-in1201 National Hwy EWashington Mason’s Root Beer Drive-In
Mr. Weenie Drive-In600 N BroadwayPeruIt’s Mr. Weenie Time
The Mug117 Apple
The Patio Drive-in
since 1954
234 US-421FrancesvilleThe Patio Drive-In
The Port Drive-in
since 1953
419 N Calumet
Rupert’s B&K Root Beer
since 1976
2105 N Davis RoadKokomoRupert’s B&K Root Beer
Simonton Lake Drive-in
since 1964
3724 Cassopolis
The Suds
since 1957
350 Market PlazaGreenwoodThe Suds
Thompson B-K Root Beer1401 Factory AvenueMarionThompson B-K Root Beer


A&W Drive-in109 E 2nd


A&W Drive-In300 S Fossil
Bobo’s Drive-in
since 1948
2300 SW 10th AvenueTopekaBobos Drive-In
Vista Drive-in
since 1964
1911 Tuttle Creek


Dizzy Whizz
Bob’s Drive-in
since 1949
2429 Bridge
Dizzy Whizz Drive-in
since 1947
217 St Catherine
Harned’s Drive-In4421 Clarks River Road PaducahHarned’s Drive-In
Parker’s Drive-In & 50’s Diner2921 Lone Oak


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


Wall sign from Nip N Sip in Lansing, Michigan
Nip N Sip in Lansing, Michigan
A&W Drive-in
since 1956
4100 12 Mile RoadBerkley
8220 Dexter Chelsea RoadDexterDexter A&W Drive-In
470 South StreetOrtonvilleA&W Ortonville
Baraga Drive-In1156 S Superior AvenueBaragaBaraga Drive In
Bellevue Drive-in9787 Battle Creek HighwayBellevueBellevue Drive-In
Big R’s Hogs & Dogs1876 W Ludington DriveFarwellBig R’s Hogs & Dogs
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 Saint Marie Clyde’s Drive-In
Clyde’s Drive-in
since 1949
201 Chippewa AvenueManistiqueClyde’s Drive-In Manistique
Corky’s Drive In1299 Lincoln RoadAlleganCorky’s Drive-In
Daly Drive-in
since 1959
31500 Plymouth RoadLivonia
Don’s Drive-In
since 1958
2030 US 31 NTraverse
Eddie’s Drive-in
since 1987
36111 Jefferson AvenueHarrison
Happy Dayz Drive-In326 N Mable StreetPinconning
Lutz’s Drive-In28102 M-152DowagiacLutz’s Drive-In
Mishler’s Drive In728 W 7th StreetEvartMishler’s Drive In
Monroe’s Original Hot Dog
since the 1930s
1111 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 1967
4061 Page AvenueMichigan
Short’s Root Beer Stand378 W. Chicago DriveColdwater Short’s Rootbeer Stand
The Root Beer Stand4400 S. Westnedge AvenueKalamazooThe Root Beer Stand
The Root Beer Stand3100 Portage StreetKalamazooThe Root Beer Stand
Vince’s West Elm Drive-in
since 1955
1305 W Elm AvenueMonroeVince’s West Elm Drive-In


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
Minnetonka Drive In
since 1961
4658 Shoreline DriveSpring
Peppermint Twist
since 1982
115 Babcock
Wagner’s Drive-In
since 1962
7000 W Broadway AvenueBrooklyn


Bumpers Drive-in30 locations  across
Johnnie’s Drive-in
since 1945
908 E Main StreetTupelo Johnnie’s Drive-in


Chuck-A-Burger Drive-in
since 1957
9025 Saint Charles Rock RoadSt. LouisChuck-A-Burger Drive-In
HiBoy Burgers
since 1957
3424 Blue Ridge Cut
Hicks Hometown Drive-In1311 Washington StreetChillicothe
Mugs Up Drive-in
since 1955
603 Orange StreetColumbiaMugs Up Drive-in
Mugs Up Drive-in
since 1956
700 East 23rd StreetIndependenceMugs Up Drive-In


A&W Drive-in
since 1956
209 Main StreetDeer
Ford’s Drive-in
since 1954
1301 Central Ave WGreat Falls Ford’s Drive-In
Mark’s In and Out
since 1954
801 W Park
R-B Drive-in
since 1928
932 Helena AvenueHelenaR-B Drive-In


Mac’s Drive-In
since 1943
809 W B


Stewart’s Drive-in4524 US Route
449 Route
2551 State Route 27Franklin
578 Highway 33Hamilton
274 Route
2999 US Highway
235 US Highway
347 Main St. (Route 79)
63-69 BroadwayPoint Pleasant
347 Jaques
2551 Highway
102 W. Main
5012 Route 33 /
Webers Drive-in
since 1951
6019 Lexington AvenuePennsaukenWeber’s Drive-In
Webers Drive-in
since 1959
105 S White Horse PikeStratfordWeber’s Drive-In


A&W Drive-in908 W Aztec
Dog House Drive-in
since 1967
1216 Central Ave NWAlbuquerque Dog House
Mac’s Steak in the Rough
since 1949
4515 Menaul Boulevard
Twin Cronnie Drive-in
since 1952
709 Commerce WayClovisTwin Cronnie Drive-In


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


Airport Drive-in910 Ayersville RoadMadisonAirport Drive-In Restaurant
Ammons’ Drive Inn & Dairy Bar1451 Dellwood Road
Bar-B-Q King
since 1959
2900 Wilkinson BoulevardCharlotteBar-B-Q King
Cardinal Drive-In
since 1976
344 S Broad StreetBrevardCardinal Drive-In
Circle Drive-In111 Boone RoadEdenCircle Drive-In
City Drive-In
since 1950
670 Oak AvenueSpruce PineCity Drive-In
Dick’s Drive-in
since 1963
1004 West Washington StreetEdenDick’s Drive-in
Dixie Drive-In1930 E 5th StreetLumberton
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-in
since 1949
1610 N Church StreetBurlingtonSkid’s Drive-In
South 21 Drive-in
since 1955
3101 E Independence


The Keg’s Drive-in
since 1946
901 N 5TH StreetGrand ForksThe Keg’s Drive-In
Scotty’s Drive-in
since 1964
210 N 21st


BK Root Beer in Troy, Ohio
BK Root Beer in Troy, Ohio
A&W Drive-in924 E 5th
1124 W Main
769 East Main
35 W
A&W Drive-in800 E Elm StreetUnion
BK Rootbeer2184 Manchester RoadAkron 
737 Monroe Falls AvenueCuyahoga FallsBK Root Beer
BK Rootbeer1407 South StreetPiquaBK Rootbeer Piqua, Ohio
301 Riverside DriveSydney Sydney BK Rootbeer
2780 Stone Circle DriveTroy B-K Root Beer
Dilly’s Drive-In1921 Triplett
4280 State
Dinner Bell Drive-in6340 Lake AvenueElyria
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
Miller’s Root Beer and BBQ Stand830 Lima AvenueFindlayMiller’s Root Beer and BBQ Stand
The Root Beer Stand421 W River StreetAntwerpThe Root Beer Stand
The Rootbeer Stande1727 Woodman
Skyway Drive-In
since 1952
951 East Turkeyfoot Lake
SkyWay Drive-in Restaurant2781 W Market
SkyWay Drive-in Restaurant951 East Turkeyfoot Lake
Stewart’s Drive-in
since 1925
1036 N. Main StreetMarionStewart’s Root Beer – Marion
Swensons Drive-in
since 1934


Burger Supreme Drive-Inn1208 E Carl Albert ParkwayMcAlesterBurger Supreme Drive-Inn
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


A&W All American Drive-In1690 US-101FlorenceA&W Restaurants
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 Drive-In from Florence, South Carolina
The Drive-In from Florence, South Carolina
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
Carl’s Drive In1254 E Lee HighwayLoudonCarl’s Drive In
The Hop 50’s Drive-In1540 E Broadway
Jiffy Burger1001 Hillsboro BoulevardManchesterJiffy Burger
KN Root Beer241 N Lindell StreetMartinKN Rootbeer
Snow White Drive-In
since 1953
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 BoulevardAmarillo
514 E Broadway StreetCuero
1108 Cypress StreetGraham
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
Storm’s Drive-in Burnet700 N Water
Storm’s Drive-In Lampasas201 N Key
Storm’s Hamburgers923 E Main
The Wagon Wheel Drive-In
since 1949
2010 Scurry StreetBig SpringWagon Wheel Drive-In


Larsen’s Frostop Drive-In858 E St George BoulevardSt. GeorgeLarsen’s Frostop Drive-In
Peach City306 N Main StreetBrigham


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 StreetChristiansburgdudes-drive-in
Wrights Dairy-Rite
since 1952
346 Greenville Avenue


Boomer’s Drive-In310 N Samish
since 1952
9820 Aurora Avenue
18626 Bothell-Everett HighwayBothell
10606 NE Northup WayBellevue
2030 Freeway Drive MountMount Vernon
Triple XXX Root Beer98 NE Gilman


Frostop Drive-Inn
since 1959
1449 Hal Greer BlvdHuntingtonFrostop Drive-In
Jim’s Drive-In479 Washington StreetLewisburgJim’s Drive-In
King Tut Drive-in301 N Eisenhower
Midway West Drive-in
since 1939
445 6th Ave
Stewart’s Drive-in2445 Fifth
Stewart’s Drive-in1025 Oak


A&W Drive-in3801 E Calumet StAppletonA&W Appleton
A&W Drive-in
since 1931
269 Winnebago DrFond du LacA&W Fond du Lac
A&W Drive-in7885 U.S. Highway 2Iron RiverA&W Iron River
2187 W 9th AveOshkoshA&W Oshkosh
A&W Drive-in
since 1931
701 Belknap StSuperiorA&W Superior
Annie’s Burger Town645 N Lincoln
Ardy’s & Ed’s Drive-in
since 1948
2413 S Main
Big Star Drive-in
since 1954
1500 Washington
Charlie’s Drive-in
since 1965
806 W Main
Chester’s Drive-In1504 Eastern AvenuePlymouthChester’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
The Spot Drive-In2117 75th

Special Thanks

Burger Beast with Dog 'n Suds owner Dave Hosticka
Maria, Juliana, Burger Beast & David Hosticka

This page could not have been created and constantly updated without the help of Drive-in Historian David Hosticka.

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