Angel’s Drive In feels like a blast from the past
For a fun family weekend outing, consider a trip back in time by going to Angel’s Drive In, located in Bowness on the corner of 85th Street and 47th Avenue N.W. (On your left before the four-way stop where you turn left, then right into Bowness Park. Are you with me?)
This great burger and milkshake joint is definitely a “blast from the past.” Angel’s is a charming vintage drive-thru with a small outdoor eating area that is quite pleasant if spring EVER comes to Calgary. Inside are several oldstyle booths and tables. No longer operational, but still fun to look at, are the jukeboxes. Service is great and not slow, but food is actually cooked after you order it, so be patient; this is not a place where already cooked and wrapped burgers are served.
This drive-in has been around since the 1950s and has become a bit of an institution in Bowness since Rita Wetland first opened it in 1954. The location had four more owners before being bought in 1999 by the current owners, Zaher Najjar and his family. In this most recent reincarnation, the drive-in was renamed Angel’s, named for his oldest daughter. How sweet is that!
Angel’s has a surprisingly extensive menu and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have all the usual breakfast options. They have an impressive variety of beef burger options as well as a fish burger and a vegetarian burger for those who are so inclined. They also serve some diner classics like hot hamburger, hot turkey and hot roast beef dinners as well as club sandwiches and fried egg sandwiches. They do fried chicken, donairs, and fish and chips, plus they have kidfriendly choices for the suspicious child like chicken fingers, hotdogs and corn dogs. For the nouveau and the calorie-conscious crowd, there are wraps on whole wheat tortillas. For a small place, they have a great variety to please most any group.
Angel’s also has really excellent milkshakes on a par with Peter’s on 16th Avenue N.W., They also have soft-serve and hard-serve ice cream cones and do a mean sundae and banana split.
Zaher’s favourite meal (and mine, coincidentally) is the mushroom burger (served with homemade mushroom sauce and sauteed mushrooms) although he likes his with cheese and, of course, we both get a milkshake. Be sure to take a friend so you can share some fries and possibly some onion rings.
The bonus to eating at Angel’s is going around the corner to wonderful Bowness Park to walk off some of those calories on that great uphill walking trail, or maybe you are into a family skate on the lagoon, with a yummy stop for refuelling at Angel’s as the reward for all that exercise. Either way, this wonderful little gem is well worth a trip. Annie MAcinnis AppeArs regulArly in neighbours. she is the executive
director of the Kensington business revitAlizAtion zone (brz).