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Dick's Drive-In
Dick's Drive-In
Dick's Drive-In
Dick's Drive-In
Milkshakes at Dick's Drive-In
Milkshakes at Dick's Drive-In
Onion Rings at Dick's Drive-In
Onion Rings at Dick's Drive-In
Foods from Dick's Drive-In

2012 Sep 7
Hubby and I stopped in here a couple of weeks ago. We ate on the patio (more like a porch, with picnic tables). The service was friendly and pretty fast considering the place was full. He had a chocolate milkshake, bacon cheeseburger and onion rings/fries. You can order a split of fries and rings or a whole order of either. I had the junior hamburger and edged in on his sides-it was more than enough for me and he did not quite finish his burger anyway. The buns were toasted and held together even with the juicy patty, the thick onion rings were delicious and the meat on both burgers was moist and flavourful. The carmelized onions on our burgers were delicious. We chose basic beef burgers but there are many options from bison to vegetarian. Shake was delicious and huge!The hotdog arriving at the table beside us looked great!
Huge note from last visit-the fries were fresh cut and really good.
I would come here more often if I didn't have to endure the traffic on Merivale! Quite reasonably price and very family friendly.

2012 May 16
We go regularly, the shakes are great. They make the whipped cream fresh right there, and the milkshakes are made with real milk and ice cream.

My favorite has to be the Club, the onion ring inside is really different and exceptionally tasty.

I've enjoyed the burgers, especially the chicken burger with Portuguese hot sauce.

The staff is friendly, atmosphere is great as well.

Worth the visit!

2011 Aug 30
I really enjoy Dick's veggie burger. It is mostly black beans with herbs and spices, such as cumin and chili powder. Burger is garnished with fried onions mustard, tomato and lettuce. The bun is whole wheat by default, and it was fresh. The onion rings are big, have a nice crunchiness and spice, and they fit perfectly in the cup holder. I'd go more often, but the price is a bit steep. I used a coupon that reduced the price by $3.50 and the total was still $10.50 (burger, rings and drink). There are unlimited coupons on their website, but I feel bad using a coupon every time.

2011 Jul 1
We tried Dick's last weekend and were very impressed. I had a junior burger with a split side of onion rings and fries and a float to drink/eat! I had enough left for a second meal so next time I won't order so much. Hubby had the bacon cheeseburger--it was huge and he said it was the best burger he's had in the Ottawa area. Burgers were very juicy, the fresh, wholewheat buns were toasted which we really liked. The bacon was thickcut and crispy and the cheddar cheese is real, not processed slices. The pickles are the fermented style and the onions on the burgers are fried to a delicious carmelization. The milkshake is enough for 2 people--and they give you the metal cup. It can be ordered with whipped cream and a cherry. The onion rings were thickcut, the fries weren't freshcut but both rings and fries were piping hot and not greasy. It appears to be family run and the service was very friendly and quick. The bathrooms were spotless. There is a very nice covered patio with picnic tables (a bit noisy on Merivale Road--the only negative thing about our visit). We will be back and won't order so much next time! Maybe we will try a sausage--they are sourced from The Sausage Kitchen according to the menu.

2011 Mar 7
Hubby and I stopped by for lunch on Friday on our way out of town.

I got the bacon cheeseburger, onion rings, and a vanilla shake with malt.

Burger - very good! The bun was incredibly fresh (must have been baked that day). A crisp outside with a fluffy isnide. I did tear some of it away since I was worried about filling up on the bread, but I'm not really a bread person. The burger was juicy and charcoal-y, the real cheddar and thick homestyle bacon were great, as were the fried (but not greasy) onions. No complaints, although I do like the Chez Lucien burger better.

Rings - I'm sad to say that I seemed to get mine on a day that someone was heavy-handed with the seasoning salt. The portion is huge, the breading is lovely and crisp, but they had clearly been salted straight out of the fryer and they had so much seasoning salt on them that they were red. I definitely see the potential for onion ring greatness, though, and I would try them again.

Shake - I don't usually go for shakes since to me they just taste like watery ice cream, but I adored this shake. Rich, creamy, not too sweet, and the malt added the perfect flavour. The shake really is enough for two adults, though. You get a full sundae glass and a metal mixing cup with enough in it to fill the glass again.

Hubby had a Dr. Pepper, ostrich burger, and fries. I tasted his burger, and it was juicy and delicious. Quite meaty, and the fresh veggies on top were perfect. The fries were good- clearly hand cut, but not crispy.

Service - super friendly and helpful! Food came fast (relatively speaking, since it's made to order) and piping hot, and they checked in to make sure we were happy.

Portion sizes - the portion sizes are huge. This is one thing my husband and I wished we had known beforehand. We have good appetites, but I left about half of my bun, 3/4 of my rings, and 1/3 of my shake behind. I was stuffed. He left most of his fries. Talking afterward, we agreed that getting a burger each and sharing a side would be more than enough, and a shake would be best on a separate visit. We felt terrible leaving so much food behind, and we also could have saved on the $35 bill.

We will be back, and we'll order less :)

2011 Feb 22
I just went here for lunch.

The shake was acceptable (it tasted like was made out of the usual pseudo-dairy stuff we are mostly stuck with in Canada, but what are you going to do?). It was a "normal chocolate" (maybe I should try the triple chocolate?)

The fries where low-end chip-wagon fries. Pretty good for a non-chip-wagon. (I like my fries either cooked crisp, or soggy -- these where a bit too "firm, yet not crisp" type fries)

The burger was quite tasty.

I'll try the onion rings next time.

2011 Feb 17
Skip the fries and go for the onion rings. They are a religious experience.

2011 Feb 12
That's a shame... because for $6 after taxes, you pretty much get the equivalent of two large shakes anywhere else.

2011 Feb 12
I picked up some fries to go the other day from here and I wasn't that thrilled.

They had good flavor but were like a grease bomb! As in perhaps the oil wasn't up to temperature.

With Hintonburger just around the corner from me, I'm not sure I'd be back to try their burgers. The prices were fairly substantial. I was going to have a shake but didn't feel like paying close to $6 after taxes for it.

2011 Jan 1

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2009 Sep 27
Totally agree about Dick's having the best onion rings (and burgers & milkshakes for that matter) in the city. Forget The Works, this is where it's at!

2009 Sep 26
best rings in the city so far @ dick's. the vietnamese peeps (who bought this place from the dude that flips and revamps restaurants and later moved to stoneface dolly's) are very evasive when it comes to telling you the ingredients for their rings.

after a few tries to replicate, i suggest: coating with a buttermilk, salt (and/or MSG for the extra kick), flour mixture followed by heavy dredging in honey flavored panko breadcrumbs. these breadcrumbs are my preferred choice for texture, crispy and light when cooked and turns a nice golden color.

taking this one step further - experimented this for deep fried bananas and BABY we got a winner. slap on some caramel or chocolate sauce... and SAY MY NAME!!! you can basically coat any of the 4 food groups with this and be one step closer to god. yaknowm'sayin'!

2009 Apr 19
Can't wait to try them. A&W and Kelseys also have good rings.

2009 Jan 4
Still the best in Ottawa. Hands down!

2008 Mar 10
I like them a lot but I agree they are very similar to A&W's which are probably much cheaper.

2008 Jan 6
I finally got to try these and they sure are good but extremely greasy. I got them to go and they cost a smidge over $5 with tax. A huge quantity, easily enough for someone to eat as a meal.

They are super crispy, almost overcooked, and seem to be breaded with panko crumbs. There is a tasty saltiness to the batter reminiscent of A&W rings. However, unlike A&W, these ones don't fall apart while you're eating them.

I probably won't get them again, simply because I can't handle eating a pound of onion rings (I might be exaggerating there). They'd be perfect to share across 3 or 4 people for a tasty snack...

2007 Feb 1
I agree, those onion rings ARE the best in Ottawa. If only I could persuade my partner to frequent Dick's more often... I just realised how dirty that sounds! I mean the restaurant damnit!

2007 Jan 14
Best in the city!

Crispy. Generous amount of onion in the batter. Remarkably cohesive -- these didn't fall apart at all, no onion sneaking out of its ring, nothing. Great batter. Etc, etc.

(Yes, I've had The Works'. Good. But these are better.)


2012 Nov 20
The milkshakes are expensive on their own but you do get a lot, and they can be ordered as part of a combo meal. Banana and black cherry are my favorites. Sometimes I wish they would add new flavors (but don't take away the old ones! they're excellent!) -- I think technically they could make a shake out of any of their ice cream flavors, which would be neat.

Be careful if you get a burger and fries combo with a milkshake. The portions are generous and a serious calorie overload if you eat it all at once. I have gone into a food coma from doing this!

2009 Sep 28
strawberry milkshakes @ dick's. most places forget to top it up with the maraschino cherry accoutrement as THE perfect finishing touch.

it's ALL about THE cherry...

2009 Sep 28
strawberry milkshakes @ dick's. transport yourself through the space-time continuum to those 1950s malt shoppes with elvis singing in the background and not a care in the world... life was simpler and more beautiful. retro kewlness indeed.

the serving was generous with extras in the stainless steel mixing cup included alongside. this made me mozy down over without further ado to buy a retro milkshake mixer for my kitchen.

2009 Sep 19
Three cheers for the shakes - huge servings at decent prices. My wife and I both really enjoyed ours.

2009 Sep 18
The shakes are made the old-fashioned way, from milk and hard ice cream. Each shake is served in a traditional milkshake glass, with the remaining milkshake on the side in the steel container.

Yummy! Reminded me of my youth : )



2012 Nov 20
I really have been spoiled by eating here. I have found nary a burger than can compare to the ones at Dick's. Juicy and flavorful, the whole wheat bun, caramelized onion, and charcoal fired beef really come together to make an excellent burger that's very comforting on a cold day.

My friend is a huge fan of their chicken burger. I can't speak for what it tastes like but it's the only thing he will order from Dick's now.

One caveat: If you order bacon on your burger, as I like to, be careful that they actually give it to you. I have had three instances where I paid for bacon and only got a cheeseburger. I have also paid for a cheeseburger and gotten a regular burger. When told about it they have replaced it with no problem. Mistakes happen but it's happened enough that I recommend checking to see if you got what you paid for, especially if you are doing take out. When you get home, it's kinda too late.

2009 Sep 19
Best burger in town, hands down! Had the "Junior" which is a quarter pounder, and big enough to fill me up just right without anything on the side. I also like that the buns are 65% whole wheat. My wife had the Junior as well and really liked it. And at just over 4 bucks even better!

2009 Jan 4
Better than The Works! Close to Chez Lucien... very close. I had the Montreal burger recently - think I should probably get a Rx for Crestor or something - it contained a burger patty, bacon, cream cheese sauteed mushrooms and some aioli. Freakin' good. My burger was cooked medium, thus retaining some good beefy flavour. All in all, it was a taste sensation.


2012 Nov 20
A while ago for a celebration we ordered the Matterhorn dish. It's a serious pile of ice cream. We had 4 people and were able to finish it pretty easily. Easy way to try all of the flavors at Dick's. I wouldn't get this dish unless you have a friend or two to help because you might not be able to finish it without a stomach ache.

Dick's is one of the few places you can get tiger tail ice cream these days. The only other vendors I know of are the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and President's Choice recently brought out the flavor for their ice cream shop line.

2011 Jun 6
This place is great for ice cream. $3.09 + tax for a 1 super big scoop of delicious ice cream. I usually get the maple walnut flavour. It's a real wonder why people line up 15 deep at Dairy Queen down the road for ice milk when they could get real ice cream at Dick's instead.

2009 Apr 19
I did try the ice cream here. It reminded me of a grocery store ice cream(Chapmans)it had that chaulky consistency. My wife found the same thing but this was one of the only places she could find Tiger Tail ice cream. We would not go back for just ice cream.

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2010 Apr 12
I had a basket of fries here the other day and they were absolutely perfect - probably the best fries I've had in years. Almost as though there were not a drop of oil in them on on them - and crispy as anything on the outside, nice and tender on the inside.

2009 Sep 19
My wife had a side of fries with her Junior Burger and even though she hadn't eaten much all day she could not finish both so I ended up eating some of her fries. They were done really well - definitely amongst some of the best in town that I'd had.

2010 Apr 12
Had the boys here the other day for a sundae - but I learned last time around that even their small ones are enormous so I got the boys to agree on something and got one with 2 spoons so they could split it. They managed to polish it off - and loved every mouthful.

2009 Sep 19
There is a huge selection of ice cream flavours to choose from, with options for different nuts, chocolate or butterscotch sauce, and whipped cream with a cherry. The boys both had the small sundae and it was pretty huge for 5 and 7 year olds. In fact, for a dessert after a meal it is pretty big for an adult too! It had to have been 500ml or more ice cream - real ice cream not the soft serve stuff. And not outrageously expensive either.


2010 Aug 30
Dick's veggie burger is and tastes homemade. It is very tasty, you can see and taste the black beans. It was a little dry when i tried it, but nothing a little ketchup can't fix. The bun was a whole wheat bun - I would've asked for a regular white bun had i known. (i don't order veggie burgers to be healthy) The price is a bit steep at $7.09.