Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dairy Belle - Belmont, CA


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
(650) 592-0505
www.dairybelle.com

4 comments:

Michael said...

Scott-should have called me(i told you about them) when you were in Belmont-I live less than 5 minutes from Dairy Belle which has now changed it's name to Classic 101 Burgers and Shakes. I have Never had cold fries at Dairy Belle so was shocked to read that and also-why are you only ordering 1/4 pound burger when you really want 1/2 pound? You get 2 patties instead of one. The 1/4 pound is what my 6 year old eats. Also not sure what you mean by onion pieces since it is clearly an onion ring-but the fries are better in my opinion and have always been crispy and hot when I go. Give them another shot and by all means-Get a Shake!

Scott R. Kline said...

I will definitely give them another another look. I will man up on the 1/2 pounder as well. Thanks for your passion. I will try to get in contact with you so we can meet up.

Jonathan said...

I've been goin here since i was a boy and i can tell u that your first mistake was orderung the original fries..u HAVE to order the "sour cream fries"...sounds gross but there is no sour cream involved..they have a sour cream and chive flavored seasoning and are amazing.

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