To a lot of French, food in North America means junk food. But as I realized when I came to Canada, there is a huge difference between your usual sad-looking fast-food combo and the food served in local greasy spoons.
Yes, there is such a thing as a good burger.
Just go to Dick’s. Inspired by classic 1950s diners, this friendly family-owned place offers all the traditional North American fares: fries, onion rings, burgers, milk-shakes, hot dogs etc. Yes, this is not the place to go if you’re on a diet but hitting a burger joint once in a while can’t hurt, right?
Dick’s took over an old Dunkin Donuts, so the shape of the building will probably look familiar to some. There is plenty of parking space and a little patio with picnic tables on the side during the summer. However, don’t expect a scenic view, unless you consider Merivale Road a scenic place.
Inside, it feels like stepping into the 1950s: rock’n’roll music plays (not too loud so it’s not annoying) and old ads such as Coke’s and Dr. Pepper’s and displayed on the wall. There are six booths for four people, a smaller one for two people and seating space along the window.
The specialty of the place is of course burgers. The meat patties are cooked over charcoal and yes, it does make a big difference. Lots of original meats are available, including kangaroo, bison, ostrich and the good old-fashion beef. Even though I’m not a strict vegetarian, I must admit I have a fondness for their veggie burger. The patty is made with black beans with herbs and spices—try it, it’s surprisingly tasty and spicy! Fries are hand cut and onion rings are made fresh. The portions are huge, and we usually split a regular order between the two of us.
Food is made to order but service is relatively fast, and extremely friendly. I personally find prices are fair considering the portions and the quality but those used to McDonalds’ will find the prices higher. For a burger, fries and a drink, it’s about $10 to $13.
Give it a shot and experience burgers the way they should be!
- Generous with coupons! There is often a way to get a good deal (check out the “coupon” section on their website).
- Caters to vegetarian with their awesome Veggie Burger!
- Friendly family place with great service.
- Not a place for large groups: the booths are for four people, six maybe if you can squeeze in a bit.
- Closed on Sundays.
- A bit out of the way for downtown people.
At a glance
1485 Merivale Rd (
Mon-Wed. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thu-Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.