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J & L Drive-In

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American, Fast Food, Canadian
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4422 Gertrude St, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6J8, Canada
(250) 723-6331
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Vicotoria, BC
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the cutest little drive in I have been to on the Island. I love the drive up and old style. The waitress are all so nice and very good at their jobs! The burgers are average and I like the one with the cutup hot dog in it. The kids like the grilled cheese sandwiches. The fries are... More 

1 Thank Funnymommy74
Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We all ordered the monthly special cheeseburger which was huge and loaded! Fries were good size although Luke warm on arrival. The kids loved the "drive-in" style dining and definitely want to come back again next time we are passing through Port!

Thank Javasmom56
Port Alberni, Canada
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Burgers have not really changed in years, the taste of classic fast food not gourmet but a ok fast food burger

Thank paulow70
Vancouver Island, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

It's hard for me to eat at a place that has a deep fryer but no flame broiler... That said, there is nothing bad... about the place and hey, where else can you still see a cute car hop!!

Thank Leadingnorth
Parksville, Canada
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Decent food for the price. Very quick meals and staff seem to be more enthusiastic than others. If you're looking for quick bite with a classic drive-in experience, would definitely recommend! Would suggest trying to improve food quality, along with adding some variation to the menu.

Thank SteveMartin98
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83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Picked up a take out cheeseburger and fries for a small group. Seriously great burger! We received our food quickly and it was quite reasonably priced as well.

Thank georgia1998
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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136 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

This has been a favourite stop for me since it opened (45 - 50 years) and has become a favourite stop of my sons. Convenient and reliable food. Prices are reasonable. My favourites are the burgers, rings and milkshakes.

1 Thank Moiraine8
Vancouver, BC
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Bacon mushroom cheese burger, onion rings and chocolate shake! yummy spicy fries, too! We wanted more, but couldn't stuff it in. Thanks!

Thank rubenkungfu
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

My friend and I had the small fish and chips, and I had a milkshake. I couldn't bite through the fish on my first bite, just the batter, and it seemed to taste inappropriately fishy. It seemed undercooked? My milkshake had an odd texture -like ice crystals, reminiscent of a slurpy? I chose not to eat my fish, and only... More 

Thank Dalmatamom
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124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Happened to meet up with our whole family for a great lunch at the picnic tables around the back of the Drive In. We all had burgers ( delicious, burger to bun ratio spot on), fries (tasty, cooked just right as crispy outside and tender inside), and onion rings (battered not breaded, so my favourite!!) Service was excellent for our... More 

Thank another_mother

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Fast Food, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4422 Gertrude St, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6J8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Port Alberni
  • Phone Number: (250) 723-6331

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?