Located just steps away from the Oakville Go station, Hwy 55 (@Hwy55Burgers) is the newest addition to the Oakville neighbourhood of chain restaurants. Driving past this diner every morning, I’ve literally watch this venue built from scratch. As exciting as it is, I was completely surprised to find out that this newly opened diner is Hwy 55‘s FIRST EVER location in Canada!!
This chain restaurant originated from North Carolina focusing on Burger, Shakes and Fries. They opened their first restaurant in NC back in 1991. Ever since then, they have slowly spread out all over the States and now in Canada.
Luckily enough for me, they’ve decided to open their first location in Oakville – just minutes away from my house 🙂 So last week, I’ve dragged my cousin to check this new joint out!
When we first arrive, I was a little baffled – I couldn’t really tell if we were suppose to order at the counter and take the food back to our seats … or if this place was a “restaurant” with a hostess or someone greeting us but no – there were just a few awkward stares… Eventually, someone did come and greet us and showed us to our seats.
We both ordered cold waters. They are known for their shakes but we weren’t really in the mood that day.
Chicken Cheesesteak ($8.49)
- Sliced chicken, sautéed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers with your choice of melted cheese, served in a steamed hoagie roll
- My cousin ordered this sandwich and I couldn’t resist not stealing a bite! The sliced chicken bits were flavoured spot on + chicken was not dry at all! (I’m not usually a huge fan of melted cheese smothered all over a sandwich)
- Served piping hot, the melted cheese was a generous portion whilst not making it too overwhelming or salty
Gravy Fries ($3.39)
- The fries were pretty average – Though I personally prefer the gravy to be less thick. I noticed a few chunks of gravy which made the overall side dish a bit heavy and salty. I ended up trying to eat the fries without the gravy smothered
Regular Size Classic Burger ($3.99)
- Free Toppings: Mustard, Onions, Slaw , Chili, Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Jalapeno peppers, Grilled Mushrooms, Grilled onions and Grilled bell peppers.
- I only had a bite of this burger and thought it was bit of a let down – only because the patty was overcooked and really thin…
- Perhaps I’m spoiled with the overwhelming amount of burger joints in downtown Toronto eating a lot of delicious juicy and thick patties with fresh toppings
Tender Basket ($7.99)
- 4 chicken tenders & fries
- The chicken tenders were nicely battered but once you get past that layer, I personally thought the chicken was a bit dry for my liking and would help if there was a bit more seasoning
- Instead of fries to go with my chicken tenders I opted for onion rings
- Served extremely hot, the batter was thick and crispy – just the way I like it
For those burgers fans out there – there’s always the “FIVE – FIVE Challenge” 🙂 A 55 oz. of burgers + fries + 24 oz. will need to be eaten under 30 minutes in order to survive the challenge.
My verdict? Well, besides the chicken cheesesteak sandwich and the onion rings, everything else was pretty mediocre. I wouldn’t write them off completely because they also offered a lot of other speciality sandwiches (like the chicken cheesesteak that turned out to be pretty well done) that I will love to try! And since they’ve only opened a month or so now…they have a lot of time for improvement!