Meet (and eat) at the drive-in

Stop by for a meal and a memory

Posted on Apr 25 2023 in Indiana Eats
Triple XXX Drive-in
Triple XXX Drive-In

If you’re looking for a dining experience with a hint of nostalgia, consider cruising to one of Indiana’s drive-in restaurants. Jesse G. Kirby is credited as the originator of the drive-in concept in the United States, and he founded Kirby’s Pig Stand in the early 1920s in Dallas, Texas. Over the next decade, the trend spread throughout the country, and the concept of ordering food and having it delivered to your car became more common as families began
owning automobiles. 

Triple XXX was Indiana’s first drive-in, and it opened in West Lafayette in 1929. The restaurant still serves its famous frosty root beer today — although the company no longer employs carhops. Pull in to Triple XXX (2 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette), or one of these other local standouts, the next time you’d like to enjoy a tasty blast from the past. 



600 N. Broadway St. | Peru | 765-473-6564

As the name suggests, hot dogs are the name of the game at this spot. You can wash down your dog with a milkshake or a flavored fountain drink and pick up a branded T-shirt while you’re there. You’ll receive 10% off your order if you come to the restaurant wearing a Mr. Weenie shirt!

Don's Drive In Kentland


15437 U.S. Highway 41 | Kentland | 219-474-6323

Featuring an authentic intercom system and food delivery by carhops, Don’s Drive In has been in business for 45 years. It’s the place to order one of their ice cream “flurries” swirled with your favorite candy, as well as root beer floats, juicy burgers and fries. The restaurant is cash only, so come prepared.

The Mug Greenfiled


117 Apple St. | Greenfield | 317-477-7550

Opened in 2014, The MUG is owned by Chris Baggot, who also heads up Tyner Pond Farm, a regenerative farm with grass-fed beef and pasture-raised chicken and pork. The quality of meat shines through in their offerings, making their hamburger and pork tenderloin two must-try options.