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3.5 stars 53 reviews

Easterbrooks Hotdog Stand

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694 Spring Gardens Rd
Burlington, ON  L7T 1J3

(905) 527-9679

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3.5 star rating
kslack Ontario, Canada December 31, 2010
A Burlington Institution!

Easterbrooks is far from a dirty pighole. It is the only place to get a great hotdog around here. Sure, it's not the gleaming, spotless, shiny counter restaurant that some are used to, but the fact that it's been around since 1930 and is family owned should tell you something. I'm sure that anything (or anyone) that's been around for 80 years also is a little smudged around the edges. All one has to do is go in and look around at the walls and ceilings to see that all of the Whos in Whoville have been to Easterbrooks and have left their autographed picture behind as proof.
So, to the dogs... At last count, you could get upwards of 15 different kinds of dogs with everything from cheese to chili to onions to bacon and all of the above and more on them! They serve a mean fry too and they also have ice cream, just to put the cherry on the top.
You want fancy? Go to The Keg. You want tradition and a damn good hot dog served with a smile? Go to Easterbrooks.

3.5 star rating
Linda June 28, 2009
Dirty Dirty Easterbrooks

First time visitors - my family decided to give Easterbrooks a try (as we have heard about them for a long time - they have been there for many years).
We went in and ordered at the counter and sat down. As I looked around, I saw food and dirt and grime EVERYWHERE. When I say dirty, I MEAN REALLY GROUND IN DIRTY. I can only imagine how dirty the kitchen was.
When my family was in the car to leave, I went back in to speak to the girl at the counter to address the problem. She sort of smirked and said, "we sweep once a day".
This is a dirty pighole and I will never visit again.

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English
3.5 star rating
It's a Hot Dog
July 20, 2014

Go for the hot dog and the variety of toppings. Enjoy the very old atmosphere. Remember it's only a hot dog.

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3.5 star rating
not good
July 05, 2014

Last time I will go there the food was lousy the dog I had was cold and over cooked the burg my wife had had no taste and she did'nt eat it

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3.5 star rating
Yet another Step Back in Time
June 29, 2014

This is an iconic old-time 12" Hotdog Stand that hasn't changed anything but the paint outside in 70 years! Still has a pull-up front / side parking lot a wooden door in and a sit-up spinning stool soda bar that was built by the original owners ... What more can I say than "Get there before it isn't there anymore!!"... more

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3.5 star rating
Fun atmosphere, fast service, not so great eats
June 22, 2014

Sadly, our visit here fell far short of expectations. The only happy person in our party of 4 had the veggie dog. Though their 12 inch traditional hot dogs are their signature dish, only one of us chose one of their many dressed hotdogs and thought it was just OK. 2 of us ordered the "home made burger", at over... more

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3.5 star rating
a good old fashioned cleaning is needed
May 27, 2014

The Board of Health definitely has never visited this restaurant. I was very turned off by how filthy it was..it wasn't just one days worth of dirt!!!

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3.5 star rating
An outstanding tradition for the burlington area
April 14, 2014

I have been going to Easterbrooks Hotdog Stand for 40 years and have yet to be disappointed with the service or the meal truly a outstanding tradition for our area.

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3.5 star rating
Dirty
April 10, 2014

Dirty, stinky, greasy....I'd like to suggest that they clean and wipe down everything, salt and pepper shakers, condiment bottles, chairs and tables.....wonder what the kitchen looks like

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3.5 star rating
A true time capsule
January 16, 2014

This little diner is a great place to visit and eat but is very special treat for those old enough to remember living back in the 50's. You won't believe the memories this place will bring out in you! This wonderful little place has been in this location since the 1920's and just as it did when the hwy out... more

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3.5 star rating
Dirty place over priced and overcooked burgers
September 18, 2013

It's the kind of place you just know is going to be great - but it's not, the place is absolutely disgusting, dirty tables, dirty floor, I mean really dirty, ice cream on the floor, food on the tables - not to mention it's so old (which is part of the charm if they kept it up) it needs special... more

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3.5 star rating
so sad to see this institution go so far downhill
August 05, 2013

This has been an iconic hot dog stand in Burlington forever, and we try to go there a couple of times every summer. But no longer. This time we found the following:
- the chili wasn't chili...it was ground beef with some kidney beans...no flavour
- the pizza dog contained some lukewarm slices of pepperoni...it wasn't grilled or heated and... more

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3.5 star rating
Over rated
July 16, 2013

Reputation outdoes actual food and experience. Although you won't
find more choices for hotdogs, ours were not hot!
Very poor seating. Expected best hotdog ever but I it did not come close.

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3.5 star rating
Very nostalgic
July 11, 2013

this is a 1950 diner type place. Great hot dogs, great (real ice cream) milkshakes, fun atmosphere - still has a juke box.

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3.5 star rating
Always been a favorite of mine
June 24, 2013

I've been going to Easterbrooks since I was little. The quality of the food is great. The building is a dive/malt shop. Real milkshakes, pop shoppe, hotdogs and fries. Great treat.

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3.5 star rating
If you can get by the flies
June 17, 2013

Good range of hot dogs etc. Great fries. 1950's atmosphere.
Lots of flies though, which took away from the fun of the place.

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3.5 star rating
okay dog
May 28, 2013

hot dogs were just okay. some time the dogs have been sitting for too long and are water logged. The fries just werent that good

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3.5 star rating
Hotdogs
May 20, 2013

All kinds of hotdogs, if you can think of a topping they have it.... Great place to go for something different. A get away from the typical place, will go back.

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3.5 star rating
Yum
May 19, 2013

We've never had a bad meal there and have lived in the area 40+ yrs. and been more times than I could count. Only comment would be that they could be a bit more fair on the amount of toppings.

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3.5 star rating
not good
May 15, 2013

I ate there last weekend, while on a break from work. I had the cheeseburger, with fries and gravy. It seemed to taste OK when I ate, but later I found myself beelining to the washroom several times over the next few hours

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3.5 star rating
For the price the toppings were were very scarce, would not go back
May 07, 2013

I commented to the girl that served my family of four on the amount of toppings and how things changed over time as this was a favorite place as child hood memories and you could not open your mouth to get your hot dog and toppings in> Now I had 5 hotdogs and buns with almost nothing on them, where... more

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3.5 star rating
review
May 05, 2013

hot dogs are great when they are cooked when ordered. some time the dogs have been sitting for too long and are water logged. fries suck big time

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3.5 star rating
A nostalgic place for made to order hotdogs
April 29, 2013

To give this restaurant 5 stars is a little over the top.
It certainly has the old diner look to is and the list of hotdogs on the menu is very large.
The food is OK, but how haute cuisine are hotdogs?
It is a good place to take grand kids to give them an idea how it was before... more

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3.5 star rating
Which GAME MACHINE was it
April 25, 2013

I remember there was an old style coin operated video game right outside the washrooms, does anyone know what game it was? It would have been sometime around 1990. It was really fun anyway
I love this restaurant and grew up going there, the ice cream and the hot dogs will always bring me back :)

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3.5 star rating
This aien't haute cuisine... and doesn't pretend to be, thank goodness
April 09, 2013

Five generations of our family have gone to Easterbrooks. Hasn't killed us yet... ( in reply to the neg. reviews) Their hot dogs aren't pretentious just plain and simple! I think the relish is what makes them so great. When we lived in Ottawa -- on our trips home we'd swing in to Easterbrooks to get our fix. Nostalgia is... more

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3.5 star rating
I Don't Get It
April 07, 2013

Local legend? Yes. But that's about all. It's a rundown old tiny building with torn floor tiles (still there from the '50''s I'm sure), plywood seats, dirty window and dirty just-about-everything-else. The food is barely passable and frankly, given how the rest of this place looks, I'd hate to see what the kitchen looks like. I can't recommend this to... more

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3.5 star rating
What a joke, left starving
March 13, 2013

Absolute waste of money. We ordered 2 cheese burgers, a 'large' fry and a footlong hotdog.
When it came out I actually wondered where the rest of our food was. The 'famous footlong' was easily consumed in its entirety by my 4 year old. And my fiancé and I were still starving after eating the burgers and fries small dish... more

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3.5 star rating
Local Legend
February 09, 2013

Foot long hotdogs, amazing ice cream selection this place is just awesome! It has a 50's atmosphere and is excellent for kids

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3.5 star rating
Local Legend
January 23, 2013

I absolutely love this place.
Been going since I was a little girl.
Not sure how it passes health inspection haha its a battered down little trailer, the service isn't very good, but, just one of those places you "have" to go!
Bring cash, they don't take any other form of payment, but they do have an ATM on site... more

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3.5 star rating
Iconic hotdog stand that endures in spite of itself
January 20, 2013

Broken down decor is part of the allure here! It's the 30's all over again with the sit-up lunch counter and the home-built plywood booths. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is ... and about the last place locally that you can get a true 12" hotdog with more toppings than your imagination could conjure. Our... more

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3.5 star rating
A great bit of history and the best dogs you'll have
January 12, 2013

It's been there since the 30's and it shows but there are an amazing number of different selections to chose from!

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3.5 star rating
Nostalgic place
December 26, 2012

I grew up near Easterbrooks. Our mail was delivered here to Willow Cove Post Office. My mum would send me for the mail and milk and I would fish a bottle of cream soda out of the chilled water cooler and play a game of pinball. Now it is campy. Then it was how things were!

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3.5 star rating
Sometimes a meal satisfies in an unexpected way
December 15, 2012

What to do? Where to go? With a bit of a family drama unfolding and having a couple of grumpy teenagers out of their comfort zone, their neighbourhood and hungry ... AND unable to vocalize what or where they wanted to eat - ENOUGH! I took them to Easterbrooks.
They gave "the look" when we pulled up. I just told... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot doggin
November 27, 2012

Awesome hotdogs ...the old way .....don't ever change ..I still visit this aged little hole in the wall because it has so many memories of family outtings throughout my child hood

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3.5 star rating
a classic
October 24, 2012

it's just a hot dog and hamburger stand right? No, it's a classic hot dog and burger joint that leaves you feeling like it's 1950. The quality is the same (real ice cream in the shakes!!!) and the ambiance is classic. this is not to be missed.

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3.5 star rating
Dirty restaurant
October 19, 2012

My daughter and I had foot long hot dogs, can of pop and large chocolate milk, with order of French fries.
On the plus side, the food came relatively quickly and it was average or a little above. The service was lackadaisical at best.
I was astonished at how dirty the place was. I could hear kitchen staff goofing off... more

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3.5 star rating
easterbrooks
October 14, 2012

my favorite hotdog resturaunt of all... more

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3.5 star rating
If you really want a foot long dog, with all the trimmings this is the place
October 14, 2012

The place is an old hot dog stand, that I have appreciated over 30 yrs now. Very little has changed about it. It has a small eating area, that is filled with old memoribialia on the walls, and there are carved initials on the tables, and the walls, that is appreciated by us older folk. The owners likely didn't like... more

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3.5 star rating
It is what it is
October 03, 2012

You know the restaurant is a good one when it's older than your grandmother! You can go to Easterbrooks (or Easterbrooks 2 on New St @ Guelph Line, redone to look like a 50s diner!!) and get a twelve inch hot dog topped pretty much any way you like it. There's a good couple dozen specialty dogs you can pick... more

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3.5 star rating
The Best Hot Dogs Ever
September 20, 2012

This place is out of this world with a hot dog stand on the street which is so popular. The best hot dogs in Canada without doubt.

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3.5 star rating
Fifty's
August 08, 2012

Who would ever believe eating a hotdog could be so enjoyable. Many different kind of dogs to choose from, It takes you back to the fifty's in this little diner that is wallpapered with business cards from anyone who has ever visited; you can enjoy a coke in the bottle just like the old days . I always take out... more

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3.5 star rating
Throwback to "the old days
July 27, 2012

Had an awesome Texarkana dog and fries. Always a good lunch here.
Dogs, burgs, fries, onion rings...all they need to serve!

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3.5 star rating
A summertime "must
July 17, 2012

went with my supper club - choose Easterbrooks to get out of our rut - great choice - fun spot - amazing selections of hot dog varieties - good old fashioned milk shakes - heard the place was used as a Newfoundland Truck stop in the Terry Fox movie - interesting pictures and business cards inside

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3.5 star rating
Place has been around forever
July 16, 2012

Used to go for just the hotdogs, but also a nice treat is their ice cream, tons of flavors and the owners are generous. They have made some renovations and that really helped this place as customers had fallen off for a while. The place had been looking run down for a while, it has been updated, changes and improvements... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot Dog Joint
July 09, 2012

Awesome food, really quick and great ice cream as well. Located near the rear entrance of the Botanical Gardens

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3.5 star rating
Best hot dog around
July 06, 2012

Can't beat a restaurant that takes the humble hot dog to a new level!

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3.5 star rating
Trip down memory lane
June 28, 2012

My memory is not what it used to be. Grungy looking inside. Disappointed in meal.

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3.5 star rating
an institution
June 19, 2012

big icecream cones, lots of flavours, comfort food at good prices

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3.5 star rating
Filthy
May 26, 2012

Considering it is so popular i would have expected it to be at least reasonably clean. It was established in 1930 well seems like the floors haven't been washed since then either . I have never seen a dirtier restaurant than this you can catch a glimpse of the back and it appears dirtier than the front someone from the... more

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3.5 star rating
if you like Hot Dogs
May 07, 2012

Lots of topping choices - friendlly staff was helpful in explaining the menu items

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3.5 star rating
fun a blast from the past
May 06, 2012

everyone has to try this place at least once. The deco is fun, circa 60s. Won't hurt the pocket book at all. Be prepared to eat giant hot dogs.

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3.5 star rating
Whats not to like about 12" hotdogs
April 15, 2012

Actually I think they are only 10" but hey.
The original ,ocation near the RBG is the place to go as it hasn't changed since the 30's.
Go for the wonder dog.

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3.5 star rating
More than a hotdog stand - a Hamilton-Burlington institution
September 27, 2009

One of your first teenage dates might have included a hotdog and fries at Easterbrooks. Today you can take your grandkids and the family dog there for a Stoney Creek Dairy cone and a ‘dog’.

This white clapboard building, formerly a post office has a quirky atmosphere that’s unique. Seating is one one of soda fountain stools, in one of the three wooden planked booths or, weather permitting at... more

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August 17, 2013

Easterbrooks Hotdog Stand offers these services: restaurant.

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May 23, 2012

Easterbrooks Hotdog Stand is a restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends and paid less than $10.

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