There's just something about the classic pairing of a burger and milkshake that really razzes my berries.
And I swear, this timeless duo tastes even better in an retro-style diner that instantly transports you back in time the moment you walk through the doors; especially if the smooth sounds of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chuck Berry are blaring from a jukebox.
If you get a kick out of nostalgic dining experiences, cast an eyeball at my top picks for old-fashioned diners in Calgary and area:
Angel's Drive In
Located at 8603 47 Avenue NW in Bowness, this classic diner is described as 'Calgary's original drive-in' and has been delighting patrons since 1999. Angel's is known for its 100% pure beef patties and delicious real fruit milkshakes. Oh yeah, and that fab red Cadillac on the roof!
Kane's Harley Diner
What started as a Harley Davidson Dealership back in 1957, this spot was transformed into a 50's-style restaurant in 1999. Located at 1209 9 Avenue SE in Inglewood, this diner isn't just for motorcycle enthusiasts. It's family-friendly, has a cool vibe, yummy eats, and friendly staff.
Blackfoot Truckstop Diner
Another Inglewood staple located at 1840 9 Avenue SE, this restaurant is truly vintage as it's been around since 1956! Known for serving breakfast 24/7 (though hours have since changed due to the pandemic), truckers and locals alike really dig this authentic diner that continues to showcase the heart of late owner Edna Taylor.
Marv's Classic Soda Shop
This sweet shop is worth the short drive from Calgary. Located at 121 Centre Avenue W in Black Diamond, the candy store boasts sweet treats you can't find anywhere else. There's also an ice cream parlour and one of the best old-fashioned diners, complete with servers decked out in pink 50's-style uniforms. And if you're lucky enough, you might even be treated to a song or two from the shop's moustached namesake!
Evelyn's Memory Lane Diner
Just slightly further south at 118 4 Avenue SW in High River sits this hip little blast from the past. Take a walk down memory lane by sauntering along the checkered floor, selecting a tune from the jukebox, and enjoying some delicious home style cooking in a retro atmosphere.