If you are looking for somewhere to cruise to on a Saturday night, The Suds Drive In, located in Greenwood, IN, has been a tradition since 1957. Car Craft Magazine rated the Suds as the #6 best cruising spot in America. This location is probably central Indiana’s most popular spot celebrating cruising car culture.
The Suds, once part of the Dog n Suds chain of restaurants, has seen some rough spots over the past decade, but is now on stable ground with the Suds Hot Rod Club ownership. The drive-in is open Wednesday through Saturday nights during the spring through fall, with the possibility of future indoor winter seating.
Yes, the Suds still serves the traditional hot dogs and root beer. The menu also includes corn dogs, homemade hamburgers, tenderloins, pulled-pork barbeque, chicken strips, and root beer floats. I can vouch for the hamburgers and root beer, great.
But that is only part of the Saturday night fun. The addition of great tunes and the ever-changing car show continue. Some of the die-hard cruisers start arriving before 4 p.m. and don’t leave until after 10 p.m. Regulars have their favorite parking spot to view the cruisers along Market Plaza Drive.
Some of the cars I enjoyed during a visit included a 1951 Studebaker Starliner Sedan, a 1985 Avanti, a 1950 Chevrolet, a 1952 Plymouth that was built in Evansville, a 1960 Chevrolet Impala coupe, a 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable convertible, a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop, and a 1937 Buick coupe convertible. The cars cruising by presented an endless procession for our evening enjoyment.
So, if you are looking for some great Saturday evening car culture entertainment, I say cruise on down to the Suds in Greenwood for the food, tunes, and the never-ending car show. Maybe I’ll see you there some Saturday night?
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