Locals Fare Well in Anderson's Classic Dining Scene

Anderson's local flavor serves up delicious options.

Kevin Litwin
On Friday, April 26, 2019 - 05:59
Anderson, IN

Sure, Anderson has your typical chain restaurants, but it’s the mom-and-pop diners, the international cuisine and the local drive-ins that serve up the best meals.

The Lemon Drop on Mounds Road serves up classic diner food, including its signature onion burger. There’s even a train that goes around the shop, and the old-school sign is worth a drive-by even if you aren’t hungry.

Speaking of onions...people rave about the onion rings at Anderson Grill, not to mention huge portions of home cooking at affordable prices for breakfast and lunch, all brought to you with extra friendly service. 

Hankering for fresh ingredients to whip up your own home cooking? Stop by Anderson City Market on Saturdays from May through September from 8 a.m. to noon at the Park Place Community Center. For fresh fruit, be sure to check out Apple of His Eye Orchard, which sells homemade apple everything and apples all by themselves.

Root beer so dark it is opaque has locals lined up at Gene’s Root Beer on Scatterfield Road, with car hop service and gallons to-go. It’s been a hangout kind of place since opening in 1966 and is a favorite among root beer aficionados who maintain their own Web sites.

Frazier’s Dairy Maid on Main Street is another classic joint, offering Coney dogs, chili cheese fries, more than a dozen slushes – watermelon and green apple among them – and its own floats, coolers and ice cream treats, named the best ice cream in town by the local newspaper.

For all things chocolate, don’t miss Good’s Candy Shop. The family business turns out Indiana’s largest selection of fine chocolates, plus homemade ice cream and a healthy selection of sugar-free and no sugar-added treats.


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.