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Definitely one of the reasons for Carlson’s success is its traditional, homemade and distinctive-tasting root beer. For 73 years the recipe has not changed and is brewed daily. And just like Carlson’s did years ago, that creamy foam-topped root beer is still deliciously served in a tall frosty mug. Carlson’s…experience a simpler time enhanced by a delightfully varied selection of traditional drive-in cuisine amidst a quaint and reminiscent setting including car hops. Carlson’s is a seasonal drive-in open early February through early October. Laura and Chris Imperato, Carlson’s new owners, are keeping time-honored traditions in place the all-beef, bun-length ECKRICH® hot dogs, on-site homemade root beer and the recipes for the homemade chili and BBQ pork. Every customer is greeted with a smile, every item is made to order and everybody leaves full and satisfied.