There are places that try to be retro and take you back to the 50’s, and you end up getting overpriced frozen burgers and fries, and leave feeling empty and hollow inside.
Then there are places that really DO take you back to the 50’s, you get a good meal for a good price, and you leave feeling satisfied and happy. The Lemon Drop is one of those places.
It’s been a gathering place in Anderson, Indiana since 1954, and who knows how many thousands of regular people, and more than a few celebrities have passed through the doors since then, even though it only seats 27 people. That’s right, folks, the seating capacity is 27.
You’ll not find any gourmet food here, and the menu is pretty limited. Burgers, fries, onion rings, tenderloins, chili, and that’s about it. But it’s good, and, at least to me, the atmosphere is amazing.
Their flagship burger is the Onionburger, and, until this day, that is all I’d ever had there. If you like burgers, you can’t go wrong with an Onionburger.
But, I had it on a good authority that The Lemon Drop serves a pretty darn good tenderloin, so I decided to give it a try.
This is no “hang over the bun” sandwich. Instead, it fits neatly into the bun. It’s thinner than I prefer, but it works for me. The breading is nice and crunchy and the meat is tender, moist, and tasty. The bun is nicely toasted, and the condiments were plentiful. And, the price is right…this sandwich was roughly $4.39. A bargain in my book! While it’s not the best tenderloin I’ve ever had, it’s certainly above average. I’m going to give it 4 out of 5 bites.
For her lunch, Holly ordered a toasted cheeseburger, which is one of their signature patties with cheese, served on toasted bread, dressed as you like – which for Holly, included lettuce and tomato. Before serving it, they cut it in half first…just like Mom used to do. And the taste reminded her of home, too – which is a good thing. It was a simple, juicy burger that was just the right size for lunch.
I want to make a couple of special notes. First – the service. Being inexpensive is no bargain if the service is shoddy. Service here is top notch. We were greeted promptly, our order was taken in just a minute or two, and our food was prepared and served very shortly after that.
Secondly – the price. My wife and I had two sandwiches, two sides (fries for her, onion rings for me which were fantastic) and 2 drinks all for just a hair over 15 bucks. Combined with the service and the quality of the food, there’s no question in my mind why The Lemon Drop stays so busy. I HIGHLY recommend a visit here, if you’ve not been already.
The Lemon Drop is located at 1701 Mounds Road in Anderson, Indiana. I was unable to find a web site for them, but they do have a Facebook page.