Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ivanhoe Drive In (Upland, IN)

979 South Main Street, Upland, IN 46989-9131, T: 765-998-7261

I had been unlucky three times this hot Sunday afternoon to find a non-chain pig out spot before I found Ivanhoe Drive In, which was not just open, it was swamped. Though located in the tiny town of Upland, Indiana, there were roughly 100 people seated and lined up outside to get their hands on one (or more) of the 100 different shakes and sundaes Ivanhoe makes.

I ordered a Big Panther ($3.49) and a regular Bananaberry shake ($3.55). The Big Panther comes on a Wendy's bun with two well grilled and crispy patties, lettuce, thick slices of tomato and cucumber, and a 'special sauce' (normally it also comes with American cheese). VERY tasty! The Bananaberry is a fresh strawberry shake with chunks of banana... not too sweet and full of fresh fruit.

VERDICT: 92/100
While eating at Ivanhoe's I started to understand why 100+ people had descended upon this pig out spot in a small Indiana town. On a hot day, Ivanhoe provides hundreds of cool escapes. However, their burgers are worth the trip too. I'll certainly return this summer and might adjust the verdict (upward) after having tasted some sundaes.

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