This is the perfect time to indulge your children — as well as your inner child — in the iconic food and fun of the season. We’re talking hot dogs, onion rings, banana splits and lemon shake-ups. And not only that — throw in some old-fashioned kiddie rides, playground equipment, cotton candy and hula hoops that will entertain the little ones for hours.
These are the keys to the success of a sandwich and ice cream shop that you’ll only find in New Castle, Indiana. Weenee World is reminiscent of drive-in restaurants of yore with picnic table dining and a full menu of comfort food served primarily either in buns, cones or straight from the deep fryer. This isn’t a place to be fancy. It’s all about fun!
Naturally if you come to Weenee World, you’ll want to try a weenee — which come in various sizes prepared various ways including fried, steamed or dipped in corn batter (corn dogs!) and with your choice of traditional toppings or mouthwatering coney sauce. Since Sloppy Joe sandwiches are a restaurant menu rarity, if you have a craving for this messy-but-worth-it tasty treat, don’t miss Weenee World’s version. Its tenderloins, famous for being amazingly ginormous, landed Weenee World on the Indiana Foodways Alliance’s “Tenderloin Lovers Trail.”
The popular landmark also grabbed a spot on the “Just Cruisin’ Trail” and “I Scream for Ice Cream Trail.” Weenee World’s ice cream flavors include unusual selections like Henry County Pothole (chocolate with black tan fudge and chunks of chocolate “asphalt”), Sea Turtle (sea-salt caramel and salty caramel swirl with chocolate caramel turtles) and Unicorn Stars (purple vanilla ice cream whirled with blue frosting, sparkly glitter star candies and “magical” sprinkles). Hungry for a perennial favorite sweet treat? Try Weenee World’s generously sized Banana Split, a delicious way to beat the heat.
When visiting Weenee World, keep in mind inside dining is not available. So, get your food via the drive-through or at the walk-up window and grab a picnic table if you’d like. It’s summertime: enjoy the day and savor the food!
If you go …
601 N. Memorial Drive | New Castle
Hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.