The Downtown Diner, Fort Saskatchewan AKA Comfort Food Done Right

mother and daughter holding their milkshakes at the Downtown Diner

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View of The Downtown Diner from the Outside

I am sure by now that you have seen all three of my trips to the Downtown Diner in Fort Saskatchewan on my Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Yes, we kinda like it there. A lot. We've gone once a month for the last three months and I don't foresee that our monthly visit will stop anytime soon.

The diner is complete 50's retro and while talking to Keith, owner and cook, he mentioned that he got all the booths from a Zeller's in town when it closed. The booths fit perfectly. What a fabulous way to recycle, I absolutely love it!

50's retro interior of The Downtown Diner

You might have also seen them on Baconhound's website where Phil and the Keith (master cook at the restaurant) did Breakfast TV this past week. The Downtown Diner's Downtowner burger is basically the #1 burger in Edmonton, according to Phil who ate more burgers than I want to think about. It's thanks to Phil that we even heard about the restaurant and I owe him one for that.

I did actually get to try it our second trip there.


Look at this beaut.

The Downtown Diner's Downtowner burger served with fries on side

In our three trips, nothing we have been served has let us down foodwise.

The roast beef dinner?

While it make look like standard diner fare, it's far beyond that. Succulent roast beef with amazing mashed potatoes and a to-die for gray. Mike's in love with this meal.
roast beef with mashed potatoes and teared broccoli in a white plate

My son tried the breakfast hash and while he tried his hardest, there was no way he could power through it. He got it with bacon – of course- and it was a hit. There was enough left over for him to eat the next day as well!

So. Freaking. Good.

breakfast hash with bacon, melted cheese and chopped green onions on top

The last time we popped in, I had their special of the day, a fish burger. Now I am picky when it comes to fish burgers. You know me, I love my Filet o' Fish 😉

This was a fabulous fish burger. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. As in I can't wait to have another one soon.

fish burgers in a white plate

Everything is homemade, from scratch and no matter what you order, it's innovative.

Take this potato salad.

It's HOT.

When I took a bite I swear my eyes popped out in surprise, because it was warm and not cold.

Hot, truffle, bacon, smoked corn amazingness right here folks. I need to make this at home. The Monte Cristo it came with was also delicious.

potato salad in a bowl topped with chopped green onions and monte cristo sandwich both in a white plate

Truth be told, besides the fact that the food is great, it's KID FRIENDLY. Places that we frequent a lot have to be, I can't get a sitter all the time, nor do I want to. I rather like spending time with these little devils.

And they like spending time with the decadent milkshakes at the Downtown Diner.

young girl enjoying her milkshake at the Downtown Diner

I mean, who wouldn't?

young boy holding his milkshake at the Downtown Diner

I also might sneak one after our meals, which, by the way, is the only way to do it. They are so rich, so decadent that you need to make them your dessert, not with your meal!

This was a chocolate PB cup shake and was epic. EPIC. My daughter couldn't even pause for a picture, that's how epic it was.

mother and daughter holding their milkshakes at the Downtown Diner

So when you are looking for a fabulous short road trip that will end in delicious food, head out to Fort Saskatchewan and try out the Downtown diner! A little comfort food once in a while is fun!

You can find them on Facebook here  to check out their hours and specials!

Trust me, it's worth the trip for the burger and shakes alone! Oh, and the fried chicken! Holy Dinah!

Make sure to say hi to Lori and Keith (the owners)! They are truly amazing people and they are doing something fabulous with their restaurant!

Love you more than shakes,



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  1. safety mats says

    I think, as a beginner, the post increase my
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  2. Joyce Gerling says

    That does it – I’m having a milkshake next visit.

  3. The Kitchen Magpie says

    WHAT?! How could you, when I eat there so much hahaha!

  4. Shannon Ebbesen says

    I went there based on your recommendation a few weeks ago…and it’s fabulous!!!!

  5. Charlynn Cox says

    So this place for a family meal, the other place to meet up with the old gfs-I’m going to have my next trip out there planned just by reading your blog!

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