Road Food

Hit the highway for a meal at these charming diners and drive-ins.

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1 Mason’s Root Beer Drive In

1201 E. National Hwy., Washington

Sometimes you just need a coney dog and a root beer. That’s when you make a beeline for this throwback fave.

2 Cindy’s Diner

230 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne

A mere 15 people at a time can belly up to the bar at this breakfast and lunch spot, one of Fort Wayne’s most historic restaurants.

3 Ivanhoe’s

979 S. Main St., Upland

Scoop up a treat at this drive-in, which proudly serves 100 different kinds of milkshakes and another 100 sundaes.

4 Nick’s Kitchen

506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington

It all began in 1904 with founder Nick Freienstein selling hamburgers from a pushcart; now the restaurant’s a local landmark.

5 Mug-N-Bun

5211 W. 10th St., Speedway

The pork tenderloins spill well over the buns they’re served on at this drive-in of more than 50 years.

6 South Side Soda Shop & Diner

1122 S. Main St., Goshen

Like pie? Great, because this venerable Main Street spot features more than 50 different kinds.

7 Triple XXX Family Restaurant

2 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette

Juicy, savory burgers have been getting flipped at this college-town favorite since 1929.

8 Hilltop Inn Restaurant

1100 Harmony Way, Evansville

See if you can stomach the most famous menu item here, as sampled by TV foodie Alton Brown: the brain sandwich.

9 Oasis Diner

405 W. Main St., Plainfield

This ’50s-fabulous New Jersey transplant has been relocated, restored, and reopened here on the Historic National Road.