Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Dairy Belle in Belmont is a classic ice cream burger place along the lines of Fosters or Dairy Queen Brazier. I got an email from someone who recommended the burger. I told him I would meet him there and try it out. But one day I was driving by and couldn't wait. So I stopped in and checked it out.
According to their website, Dairy Belle is a franchised chain with 11 locations in the Bay Area. I have seen others, but not eaten there, so cannot vouch for their consistency.
It is a clean. remodeled version of an old drive-in. A big bright sign behind the counter clearly lists all the choices. I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger ($4.89), Fries ($1.29), O-rings ($1.69) but for some reason I can't recall, did not get a shake. What was I thinking? It is the "Dairy" Belle.
The burger came quickly. The soft white sesame bun was grilled. American cheese and crisp bacon were joined by the standard mix of lettuce, tomato, onion. I liked the thousand island style sauce. Oh, I almost forgot, there was a small burger patty in there as well. It was okay, but nothing to get too excited about.
The onion rings were circles of breading with little pieces of onion mixed in. Not the best, but hot. The fries were thin cut, overcooked and a little cold.
The Dairy Belle is pleasant enough place - nicely maintained and convenient. But I think next time I will have a shake.
Burger 2.5 spatulas out of 5
Fries 2 spatulas
O-Rings 2.5 spatulas
Dairy Belle Freeze
575 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002