Ice cream stands and drive-ins are open for the 2015 season

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

The boards are off the windows and picnic tables are ready.

In northern Indiana, the opening of seasonal stands and restaurants reminds Hoosiers that temperatures are turning and nighttime no longer means 6 p.m.

We checked in with a few area diners and drive-ins now open for the summer, or planning to be soon.

Bonnie Doon Drive-In
2704 Lincolnway W., Mishawaka
574-255-9841

  • Hand-dipped ice cream served in dishes, cones and to-go tubs
  • Menu include BLTs, burgers, chicken strips, hot dogs and salads
  • Car-hops and outdoor seating available
  • Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Sunday.

Char-Bett Drive-In
1911 Michigan Ave., Logansport
574-753-2642

  • Ice cream flavors include vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, raspberry and lemon, available in cones, dishes, shakes and malts
  • Menu includes burgers, coney dogs, roast beef sandwiches, B.L.T.s and assorted fried sides
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

The Chief 
502 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
574-534-6410

  • Opens for the season April 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Fourteen flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, with daily special flavors
  • Cash only
  • Open noon to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Dari Fair
4012 Lincolnway E., Mishawaka

  • 117 flavors of soft-serve ice cream
  • Menu includes steak tacos, chicken wraps, sloppy joes, barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches 
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

Eddy & Rosy’s Ice Cream Shop
917 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart
574-294-8666

  • 30 flavors of soft-serve ice cream
  • Menu includes burgers, pork tenderloin sandwiches, tacos and quesadillas
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Faulkner’s BK Drive-In
1020 N. Logan St., Mishawaka
574-259-2615

  • Menu includes coney dogs, burgers, breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches and root beer floats
  • Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
  • Summer hours (beginning at the end of May) 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day
Jaden Moore, 8, eats in ice cream cone from Flavor Freeze as an after-school treat.

Flavor Freeze
1628 E. Bristol St., Elkhart
23834 U.S. 33, Elkhart
574-875-7525

  • Daily specials of hand-dipped ice cream including pumpkin, Snickers, bubblegum, black forest and black walnut
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday

Joe’s Ice Cream Supreme
1201 S. Huntington St., Syracuse
574-457-8763

  • Opens for the season Thursday, April 16
  • Hand-dipped ice cream, homemade frozen custard, soft-serve ice cream 
  • Open 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday

The Original Root Beer Stand
824 E. Lake Shore Drive, Culver
574-842-2122

  • Menu includes burgers, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, Italian beef sandwiches, French fries, fried mushrooms and $1 coney dogs on Tuesdays
  • Root beer made in-house
  • Ice cream available in cones, pints, quarts, floats and flurries
  • Car-hop service, walk-up window and outdoor seating available
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day (10 p.m. close beginning in June)

Rocket Science Ice Cream
401 E. Market St., Nappanee
574-773-7003

  • Ice cream flash-frozen in liquid nitrogen
  • Flavors include peaches and cream, coffee toffee and triple berry
  • Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (for the month of April)

Ron’s River Dogs
665 Stamp Drive, Elkhart
574-274-1313

  • River location on the water opens Memorial Day weekend
  • Other locations:
    • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tuesday and Thursday at the Civic Plaza in downtown Elkhart
    • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Penny Pinchers Retail Mart, 1645 Cassopolis St., Elkhart
    • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Walmart, 30830 Old U.S. 20, Elkhart

Selvio’s BK Root Beer East
2320 E. Market St., Logansport

  • Root beer made in-house daily
  • Traditional American diner fare featuring chili dogs with special Spanish sauce
  • Take-out and outdoor seating available
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day


Shopoff’s Drive-In
417 S. Huntington St., Syracuse
574-457-3012

  • Menu includes burgers (classic and fried), chili dogs, fried mushrooms and draft root beer
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Closed Monday

Simonton Lake Drive-In
51602 S.R. 19, Elkhart
574-264-6726

  • Root beer made on-site daily
  • Menu includes burgers, corn dogs, coney dogs, ice cream (hand-dipped and soft-serve), grilled chicken and salads
  • Carhops deliver food on trays, picnic seating also available
  • Currently in its 51st season
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

Sycamore Drive-In
316 20th St., Logansport
574-753-7625

  • Menu includes traditional American diner fare, ice cream cones, shakes and malts
  • Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

The Wiener Shack
Cart located at the corner of Main St. and Lincoln Ave. in Goshen
574-286-6607

  • Hot dog varieties include a bacon and cheddar cheese dog and the Mama Mia featuring wine butter-braised onions, grill-roasted red peppers, grated Parmesan cheese, oregano and red pepper flakes.
  • Cart is typically out 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, depending on weather.
  • Food truck availability and locations vary, menu items include artisanal burgers and chipotle chili French fries.
  • Check The Wiener Shack’s Facebook page for daily updates.

Yup’s Dairyland
53018 S.R. 13, Middlebury
574-825-7391

  • Soft-serve Prairie Farms ice cream or hand-dipped Hudsonville ice cream
  • Typically eight flavors available, served as cones, cups, sundaes or flurries
  • Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday

 

Did we miss your favorite summertime drive-in or stand? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll update the list.
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