Lemon Drop

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Roadfood restaurants don’t come much more charming than the Lemon Drop. The oldest restaurant in Anderson, Indiana, they have 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. The inside doesn’t disappoint, either. Between the four booths and the “L”-shaped counter, there is room for only about 25 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. My waitress recommended the toasted cheeseburger. This is a slim, flat beef patty between two slices of buttery toast, topped by lots of cheese, plus lettuce, tomato, and mayo. This is a delicious way to start a meal here, but the beef to bun ratio is slightly askew and two beef patties would give it better balance.

Since this is Indiana, I also tried the pork tenderloin. The thinly crusted pork is tender and moist, with minimum crunch. The #1 seller is the onion burger. Unlike the way they do onion burgers in Oklahoma, the onions for these burgers are fried directly inside the patty; unusual and a real pleasure to eat.

Don’t ignore the beverages here. They have a large roster of milkshakes to choose from. My lemon shake was thick, with strong citrusy flavor and the perfect balance between sweet and tart. You can also get different flavored Cokes or phosphates, including cherry, vanilla, lemon, or strawberry.

What to Eat
Lemon Drop, Milkshake
This lemon shake is the best shake I have had in quite a while.
Lemon Drop, Onion Burger
Onion Burger
Through the rip in the beef, you can spot some of the onion peeking out. Most customers order their onion burgers on toast.
Lemon Drop, Toasted Cheeseburger
Toasted Cheeseburger
The buttery grilled toast elevates the toasted cheeseburger into a memorable sandwich.
Lemon Drop, Chocolate Coke
Chocolate Coke
Although this chocolate Coke was fine, I think vanilla goes better with Coke.
Lemon Drop, Pork Tenderloin
Pork Tenderloin
You can get your tenderloin grilled, but this is Indiana, so breaded is the way to go.
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday10:30am - 9pm
Tuesday10:30am - 9pm
Wednesday10:30am - 9pm
Thursday10:30am - 9pm
Friday10:30am - 9pm
Saturday10:30am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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