Don’s Drive-In

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Sandwich Shop | Soda Fountain
Worth a detour

A bright pink building with a neon sign in the shape of a tailfinned car, Don’s is a big slice of Americana – a burger-and-malt drive-in that dates back to 1958. It is decorated in old vinyl records, fancy hubcaps and images of mid-century pop-culture icons; and its menu is a roster of fast-food fundamentals.

There are sandwiches (BLT, ham & cheese), and a soup of the day, but the big decision to make at Don’s is whether to get a hamburger or a brace of Coney Island hot dogs. The Coney is topped with chili sauce, available regular or foot-long. The burgers are big. Normal size is a quarter-pound. The Big D is double that: two mighty slabs of beef cooked to juicy perfection (the way you want: rare, medium, or well) and stuffed into a bun with your choice of toppings that range from mustard and ketchup to cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and olives.

Don’s is renowned for its shakes and malts, blended to order and thick enough to require powerful suction with a straw. The menu includes vanilla and chocolate plus strawberry, cherry and raspberry that can be made with fresh fruit. Our cherry malt was thick with intensely flavorful pieces of sweet cherry.

Note: there is a second Don’s down in Novi, Michigan, just northwest of Detroit.

What to Eat
Don’s Drive-In, shakes & malts
shakes & malts
A cherry shake at Don's has so many pieces of fruit in it that they inevitably get caught in the straw and clog it.
Don’s Drive-In, hamburgers
The Big D is a half-pound of juicy beef in a bun. This one is a Spartan version, garnished only with onions.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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