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Don's Drive-In

2030 US-31 North, Traverse City, MI - (231) 938-1860
A bright pink building with a neon sign in the shape of a tailfinned car, Don’s is a big slice of Americana – a burger-and-malt drive-in that dates back to 1958.
100% Approval Rating (20 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Cherry Milk Shake
hamburgers
shakes & malts

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"A bright pink building with a neon sign in the shape of a tailfinned car, Don’s is a big slice of Americana – a burger-and-malt drive-in that dates back to 1958. It is decorated in old vinyl records, fancy hubcaps and images of mid-century pop-culture icons; and its ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

2030 US-31 North, Traverse City, MI
(231) 938-1860

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The Big D is a half-pound of juicy beef in a bun. This one is a Spartan version, garnished only with onions.
"The Big D is a half-pound of juicy beef in a bun. This one is a Spartan version, garnished only with onions."
Michael Stern





A cherry shake at Don's has so many pieces of fruit in it that they inevitably get caught in the straw and clog it.
"A cherry shake at Don's has so many pieces of fruit in it that they inevitably get caught in the straw and clog it."
Michael Stern


The kid's meal is offered in this cute little car!
"The kid's meal is offered in this cute little car!"
Jill Gross-LaFaye


Don's Drive-In still uses the window trays!  They have great service and great food.
"Don's Drive-In still uses the window trays! They have great service and great food."
Jill Gross-LaFaye


That's the take-out counter directly in the foreground and the dining room in back. There are picnic tables outside, and of course in-car dining is a popular option.
"That's the take-out counter directly in the foreground and the dining room in back. There are picnic tables outside, and of course in-car dining is a popular option."
Michael Stern


The cover of the menu at Don's Drive-In.
"The cover of the menu at Don's Drive-In."
josh


In the entryway to Don's is this coin-operated fortune-telling booth -- a peek at the future from many yesterdays ago.
"In the entryway to Don's is this coin-operated fortune-telling booth -- a peek at the future from many yesterdays ago."
Michael Stern


Don's is a few hundred miles from Detroit, but car culture is alive and well at this mid-century drive-in.
"Don's is a few hundred miles from Detroit, but car culture is alive and well at this mid-century drive-in."
Michael Stern



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