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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
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Aug 27
Closed some time ago.

2015 Jan 10
Went for lunch today. Asked if they had white buns for the burgs, they said yes, we got whole wheat. The meat patties were very dry. The onion rings which were always stellar tasted of grease. Very unpleasant and while we used to love them, we don't any more. We left over half of them. We did get some jalapeņo poppers which came with ranch dressing and we enjoyed those. It was a disappointing experience as we have been fans since they opened. Hopefully it was just a bad day.

2014 Apr 19
Dick's makes a mean black bean burger, definitely one of the best I have ever had. Though I usually prefer soy-based vegeburgers, this one is very clearly bean based and turns out to be unique and well spiced. The burger toppings are plain but the burger shines on its own. Yes the price is a bit steep at $7.50 for the burger alone. The sides I find are bland and honestly not worth ordering and the service is not very good, but I have and will continue to return for that tasty burger!

2013 Oct 18
Had dinner at Dick's for the first time. I'm disappointed in that I'm 0-2 for the recent Groupon experiences of late.

I have to say that the folks at Groupon who prepare the write-ups are amazing at really drawing a consumer in. The actual experience at Dick's was far from what I had hoped, particularly given the many good reviews.

There are two positives I can say:
1. The milkshake was good
2. The lettuce in the hamburger was really fresh and crisp (now you know I'm drawing at straws here now)

The server got my order wrong, first and foremost. And I think I was even overcharged.

In terms of the food ... I ordered a deluxe cheeseburger. Bland bland bland! It completely lacked seasoning! All the components that counted (beef patty, grilled onions, cheese slice even) were utterly void of flavour. The bacon was the smallest of saving graces. It was a burger of epic fail.

In terms of the fries: really really really bad! Limp and in desperate need of seasoning -- they were completely unseasoned. Not a lick-o-salt to be found. We only ended up eating a meagre third of the fries (and we only ordered the smallest size). Not even worth it. A few did have a distinct flavour, but it was honestly more like play doh.

Ugh. A negative review, but for terrible food.

2013 May 13
Was back for awesome burgers and beer last week.
Just want to note that the rings remain legendary.

The cheese burger and the mushroom-swiss burger were as big and good as ever, as were the fries, but the rings remain the gold standard by which all other onion rings shall be judged, at least by me.

2013 Mar 11
You should have linked to Truth In Labeling's actual website instead of that PDF, AndrewP. It looks totally legit, and not at ALL like it was designed using Crackpot Websites for Dummies templates.

www.truthinlabeling.org

Here's an oldie, but a good read, sorry if I've posted it before: www.guardian.co.uk

2013 Mar 11
And the rings have changed. One just needs to look closely at the pictures over time and you can see how they have changed well at least the night I was there they had.

2013 Mar 11
I had lunch at Dick's and love the atmosphere and the service was great.

I can tolerate MSG in small amounts .. but this was a complete overload. When the additive is used sparingly it can enhance taste. However when it is used in large amounts it can affect people with sensitivities.

For the record fresh Tomatoes, Cheeses and Meats only contain part the chemical building blocks of MSG and do not have 'naturally' occuring MSG in them :P

www.truthinlabeling.org

2013 Feb 6
To clarify: red meat, mushrooms, tomatoes, most hard cheeses, and almost everything with a strong umami taste has a ton of naturally-occurring MSG in it. MSG sensitivities are exceedingly rare.

If you're already going to a burger joint for dinner, you don't have a sensitivity to MSG.

2013 Feb 5
Shhhhhhh.... if word gets out it will drive the price up!

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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.)




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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 : )



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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.




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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.




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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.