Iconic Miller’s Dog n Suds giving memories since 1967
By Tina Johansson Special to The News-Sun May 23, 2013 2:30PM
Dog N Suds on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Ingleside. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In
517 Washington St., Ingleside
Open Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m.
Visit www.DognSudsDrivein.com or go to Facebook
Updated: May 23, 2013 2:30PM
If the nostalgia of car hops and car-side service floats your boat, head on over to the iconic Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In at the corner of Rollins Road and Washington Street near the Chain O’ Lakes.
Diners at the place, which has been around since 1967, reminisce back to the good ole days by enjoying comfort food including Coney dogs and Charcoburgers served up on original car trays.
There are shrimp and chicken dinners, the famous Texas Burgers, and, of course, the very popular root beer deemed “the worlds creamiest,” which is sold by the gallon and ½-gallon.
“We like to say that we bring back memories,” said owner Roy Miller of Antioch.
The entire family can have fun at Miller’s Dog n Suds. There are kid’s specials on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The place offers a classic car show on Saturday nights featuring live entertainment throughout the season. In June, a ’50s band is scheduled to perform, in July, there will be an Elvis impersonator, in August a swing band, and in September the Dixie Dudes will play.
The restaurant was started by the owners’ father and mother, the late Jerry and Evelyn Miller. “My parents built it, and I bought it from them in 1975,” he said. Miller previously owned a Dog n Suds in Waukegan, which has since closed.
At one time, he was band director for a school district in a small town located north of Peoria. “My background is in music. So when the opportunity arose (to have a restaurant), I changed my focus to business. But I still play,” he said.
While Miller is gifted in playing most any musical instrument, he enjoys the drums best and performs for the Lakes Area Swing Band.
As one hard-working entrepreneur who operates not only his Dog n Suds Drive-In most of the year from March through October, Miller also has an adjacent business called Dry Dock Laundromat, which he has owned for 26 years.
Fortunately, customers washing and drying their clothes here have the convenience of ordering their meals from right inside the Laundromat via an intercom connected to Dog n Suds. A car hop will deliver the food, too, said Miller.
There are 32 speakers and parking spots for vehicles, and also picnic tables outside the Dog n Suds. Sometimes, laundry customers and others pop over to enjoy their food outdoors.
The owner is gearing up for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. “That’s a big one for us,” said Miller, who plans to include a classic car show in the festivities May 25. There will also be a DJ playing favorite tunes, and dash plaques will be given out to the first 100 cars.
Miller’s Dog n Suds offers daily specials Tuesday through Fridays, a different shake flavor each month, and gift certificates are available.