Old-school burger place finds new home in Oakville


Published June 23, 2024 at 3:54 pm

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A new player is bringing some old-school favourites to an Oakville neighbourhood.

With a menu that serves traditional burgers, fries and shakes, Boardwalk Burgers will open tomorrow (June 24) at 497 Dundas Street West near Neyagawa Boulevard.

Born out of the desire to replicate the flavours found along the ocean-side boardwalk in Maryland, founders Dave and Fran DiFerdinando opened their first take-out location in 1980.

“There was nothing like the smell of those fries cooking while you were having fun on the beach during your vacation,” Dave DiFerdinando has said. “We wanted to recreate that atmosphere and take that flavour across the country.”

They did and now there are Boardwalk restaurants scattered across the U.S. and several more popping up across Canada. Locations already exist in Milton, Mississauga and Hamilton.

Much like others in the burger game, Boardwalk promises a menu of “fresh, never frozen hand-made burgers, creamy Canadian dairy shakes, sweet potato fries, poutine, veggie burgers (and) chicken options.” But instead of striving for exotic flavours, Boardwalk sticks to a traditional menu.

Beef and chicken burgers range from a classic to cheddar bacon, mushroom Swiss, chipotle, sriracha and Hawaiian with classic sides of fries or onion rings.

Where it does stray from the traditional is when it comes to poutine with toppings such as beef bacon with cheddar ranch, jalapeno cheddar, parmesan garlic, and beef bacon with chipotle.

Shake flavours are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, banana, cookies and cream, and peanut butter.

Salads, desserts, veggie options and meals for kids are also available.

The store will be located in the spot vacated by the former Boon Burger Cafe near Fortino’s and other food places such as Mario’s Barbecue, Popeye’s, Boston Pizza and Booster Juice.

You can see everything that Boardwalk has to offer here.












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