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Dairy Freeze

Posted by Tanja / Listed on April 12, 2005 / review policy

dairy freeze torontoDairy Freeze has graced the corner of St. Clair and Caledonia since before I can remember. I've been living in the area for 24 years (all of 'em, that's right) and it's barely changed at all. Sure, the old cigarette vending machine eventually became "for show only" (and then cleared out), and maybe they've changed a few lightbulbs or started carrying a few new drinks in the fridge, but that's about it.

While other childhood fave's eventually fall into the "it's not the same anymore" category, Dairy Freeze definitely makes 'em like they used to. Did I mention that you can completely customize your burger when it comes to toppings, etc? Even the Harvey's that always tried to hold its ground across the street eventually had to pack up and move out because it couldn't compete.

On a sidenote, I remember watching TV as a kid and seeing the Harvey's commercials promoting how they make your burger your way (customized) and remarking to my mom that they were trying to copy Dairy Freeze. Actually, I don't know the history, but it might even be true.

All that nostalgia aside, I should point out that they do way more than just you'll note from all the signs and lights that scream "steak on a bun" outside. Go ahead and have the steak on a bun, the gyro (yeero), souvlaki on a pita or the banquet burger.

The next, and most important part is the SIDES. The fries are shoelace laced-in-peanut-fat fries like at McD's. These are huge and by law must be eaten with the wooden mini-forks provided. If you are an onion ring fan though, screw the fries. Have the rings. They are not to be missed. I'll sometimes go in solely for these home-made goodies. Mmmm mmm AMAZING.

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Jose / January 21, 2015 at 03:41 pm
I have never been soo satisfied as i am today after finishing a great meal here at Dairy Freeze.

The cheeseburgers are to die for, and while your there ask for the Onion rings boy are they huge or what !!!
Vince / August 25, 2015 at 02:16 pm
I've been going to the freeze for over 40 years and yes they haven't changed much other then renovating it. When I went to school just down the street, I used to get an order of fries and a drink which would be equal to 5 latge fries at Mc D.
Ryu / August 30, 2015 at 01:19 am
I love this place!

An honest greasy spoon that oozes 1970's and '80's nostalgia. Burgers and fries are great! The staff makes you feel welcome and there is a steady stream of regular customers.
Sean / September 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Dairy Freeze (1601 St. Clair Ave. West)
Inspected on: September 15, 2015
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 2, Significant: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

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