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Lemon Drop

1701 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN - (765) 644-9055
Posted By Cliff Strutz on 6/21/2012 7:22:00 PM
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.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Milkshake
Pork Tenderloin
Onion Burger
Chocolate Coke
Toasted Cheeseburger
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This lemon shake is the best shake I have had in quite a while.
"This lemon shake is the best shake I have had in quite a while."
Cliff Strutz





The buttery grilled toast elevates the toasted cheeseburger into a memorable sandwich.
"The buttery grilled toast elevates the toasted cheeseburger into a memorable sandwich."
Cliff Strutz


You can get your tenderloin grilled, but this is Indiana, so breaded is the way to go.
"You can get your tenderloin grilled, but this is Indiana, so breaded is the way to go."
Cliff Strutz


Through the rip in the beef, you can spot some of the onion peeking out. Most customers order their onion burgers on toast.
"Through the rip in the beef, you can spot some of the onion peeking out. Most customers order their onion burgers on toast."
Cliff Strutz


Pay at the register and help yourself to a piece of lemon drop candy.
"Pay at the register and help yourself to a piece of lemon drop candy."
Cliff Strutz


Although this chocolate Coke was fine, I think vanilla goes better with Coke.
"Although this chocolate Coke was fine, I think vanilla goes better with Coke."
Cliff Strutz


The Lemon Drop menu board
"The Lemon Drop menu board"
Cliff Strutz


The Lemon Drop is small enough that you will most likely have a wait during peak meal times.
"The Lemon Drop is small enough that you will most likely have a wait during peak meal times."
Cliff Strutz


A constantly circling toy train adds to the charm.
"A constantly circling toy train adds to the charm."
Cliff Strutz


With a name like Lemon Drop, it comes as no surprise that the building is painted yellow.
"With a name like Lemon Drop, it comes as no surprise that the building is painted yellow."
Cliff Strutz


The outside sign reminds me of an old Holiday Inn sign.
"The outside sign reminds me of an old Holiday Inn sign."
Cliff Strutz



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