I give thumbs up to the new 1950's diner-style restaurant in Eugene on 13th and Pearl, Dickie Jo's Burgers. It is not your typical diner with all the poodle skirt fluff; it is trendy and updated with some delicious burgers and ice cream.
This restaurant is another "Westraunt Concept" prototype of Phil and Jim West and first of its kind, so give it a chance. It is an affiliate with local restaurants, Mucho Gusto and Fina Taqueria. Yesterday was only their fifth day open, so there are still have some quirks to work out, but I have no complaints.
The menu is similar to any other diner with hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, onion rings, wedge salads, sandwiches and chili. The price point is not too bad, at about $6 - $8 for a meal. All their meats are naturally raised and made special for this restaurant without all the injected hormones. Always a plus!
Coming soon to the menu: a chicken salad and a chicken salad sandwich.
The best part of this place is their ICE CREAM. If you want rich, creamy, thick ice cream, this is your place. I had a chance to talk to the owner about their specialty, "It is made with some of the best flavors and is like Haagen Dazs coming out of a soft serve machine." He explained that is it traditional ice cream, served softly. As for me, it is quite honestly the best ice cream I have ever had!
Perks other than the food
- Two big screen televisions
- Great dining experience with an upbeat staff
- Fun, classic tunes, not your typical 50's genre.
- Refillable drinks, try the lemonade!
- Food served to you in 10 minutes or less (once the kitchen quirks are worked out)
I recommend everyone check this place out because I plan to go back. The owner assured me that everything will be running smoothly soon and he plans to open more Dickie Jo's if this one is a hit! I wish them the best of luck!