Saturday, 30 August 2008
219 16 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T2E 1J9
Started back in 1964, Peters' Drive-in is a legend amongst Calgarians for their hamburgers and shakes. Since I hear it's good, there's a long line up to vouch for it being a decent place to eat, I'm going to give it a try. But, as with all places that are legendary, my expectations are high.
The line is long during lunch hours but quick serving staff keep the line moving at a very good pace. We were behind 5 people and served within 5 minutes. Unlike most busy restaurants, the staff was patient and friendly.
The kitchen is large and busy with a lot of staff. Everything is done the old fashioned way so that means no microwaves like Subways or mini-deep fryers like McDonald's.
That floor looks like those from older McDonald's restaurants.
A tasty creamy milkshake with a high quality you don't normally find at hamburger chains. I believe they use homogenized milk.
A take out tray:
Old styled foil wrapping for the burgers and paper for the fries and onion rings. There's no indoor seating but there are picnic tables in their large parking lot.
The outside batter is fried like Harvey's but the inside onion is a lot larger and fresher.
They taste like Wendy's fries but not as soggy since they're fresh.
Yes, I know, it doesn't look very appetizing. My expectations are so let down.
Inside the double burger:
It's actually pretty good. I like the mix of onion, pickles, mustard, and ketchup that they add to all their burgers. The burger meat tastes very much like those from Harvey's but a little softer and thinner. I highly recommend having at least a double burger. The bread was fresh as well.
The prices are reasonable with milkshakes at $4.50 and my double burger at $3.90. The staff are friendly with a very family like service. And the food quality is fairly good. Peter's Drive-in just didn't stand out to me and I didn't think it was worth going out of your way on a regular basis to eat at. It's worth a visit just to see how it's like to try a blast from the past but you're not going to be overwhelmed.
Eric Tummy Points: 2.5 out of 5