Roadfood restaurants don’t come much more charming than the Lemon Drop. The oldest restaurant in Anderson, Indiana, it features a great looking green and yellow neon sign in the middle of the parking lot. The small rectangular building is painted bright yellow with a tear-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, there are four booths and an L-shaped counter — room for only a couple dozen customers at a time. A toy train runs a constant circle on tracks overhead. Service is lightning fast and small-town-Indiana friendly.
The menu is mostly sandwiches. The toasted cheeseburger is a slim, flat beef patty between two slices of buttery toast, topped by lots of cheese, plus lettuce, tomato, and mayo. It’s delicious, but the beef to bun ratio is slightly askew. Two beef patties give it better balance. The #1 seller is the onion burger, for which onions are cooked directly inside the patty. It’s unusual and a real pleasure to eat.
Since this is Indiana, I also tried the pork tenderloin. The thinly crusted pork is tender and moist, with minimum crunch.
Beverages are terrific, including a large roster of milkshakes. My lemon shake was thick, with strong citrusy flavor and a perfect balance of sweet and tart. You can also get different flavored Cokes and phosphates, including cherry, vanilla, lemon, and strawberry.