Don’s Drive In Is A Tiny, Old-School Restaurant That Might Be One Of The Best-Kept Secrets In Michigan

Michigan is known for its cars — after all, it is the where are all the big American car companies have historically manufactured their automobiles. So, it makes sense that the state of Michigan would offer a lot old-school drive-in restaurants. However, one drive-in restaurant manages to shine above the rest of the competition: Don’s Drive In in Traverse City, Michigan.

Don’s Drive In is a hot pink restaurant that was founded in 1958. In the decades since, the restaurant has worked hard to keep its vintage ’50s feel and still has waiters — in roller skates, no less — who will serve you in your car. Amazing, right? And we haven’t even gotten to the food. It’s pure American comfort food: We’re talking burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, and legendary milkshakes. This charming restaurant is the ideal pit stop for road trips and Traverse City vacations alike.

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As Don’s Drive In’s website itself states: “You haven’t been to Traverse City if you haven’t been to Don’s Drive In.” So make your visit to the city complete and enjoy some fries and shakes at Don’s Drive In.

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Address: 2030 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686, USA