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.