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Old-School Cool: The Best Retro Diners in Alberta for a Summer Time Warp

From Bonnyville to Leduc, join us for a summer tour of Alberta's culinary time capsules

These seven iconic, must-visit eateries serve mouthwatering classics and transport you to a time when jukeboxes played, and milkshakes flowed freely. 

Tour some of the province’s coolest spots to beat the summer heat.

Jennie’s Diner & Bakery (Bonnyville)

Step into Jennie’s and be greeted by a burst of colour and character. 

This beloved diner and bakery offers an all-day breakfast alongside a tempting array of cupcakes, bread, and homemade jam. 

With a sunny patio perfect for summer days, Jennie’s serves up nostalgia with every dish, making it a must-visit for any diner enthusiast.

Dress in your best bobby socks, grease your ducktail, and head to Jennie’s to sample their great offerings

The map to Jennie’s is here.

Follow all the happenings at Jennie’s on Facebook.

Jennie's Diner and Bakery in Bonnieville Alberta

Evelyn’s Memory Lane Cafe (High River)

Indulge in real food made with love at Evelyn’s Memory Lane Cafe in High River, a town recently listed as one of Canada’s 10 best places to live. 

Whether craving home-style comfort food or gluten-friendly, vegan, or vegetarian options, Evelyn’s has something for everyone.

But they specialize in made-in-house ice cream and pies made from scratch 

Featured on TV shows like You Gotta Eat Here and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this classic 50s-style diner is known for its delicious dishes and friendly atmosphere.

Speaking of TV, you might just run into the cast and crew of Heartland taking a break at Evelyn’s when they are filming in High River.

Head over to Evelyn’s (directions here) and cool off in the summer heat with classic ice cream brain freeze.

For all the fun, follow Evelyn’s on Facebook and Instagram.

A group of teen girls at Evelyn's Memory Lane Cafe in High River

Angel’s Drive In (Calgary)

Head to Angel’s Drive In for a taste of Calgary’s culinary history. 

Since 1999, this iconic spot has been dishing out the ‘best burgers in town” and real fruit shakes, making it a true classic and a must-stop destination to soothe the summer heat.

And did we mention their curly fries? They are perfect for sharing, but you’ll take more than your ration once you taste them!

Located in Bowness, just a short walk to Bowness Park, Angel’s delivers a nostalgic dining experience that’s simply irresistible.

Keep tabs on Angel’s over on Facebook and Instagram.

The interior of Angel's Diner in Calgary, Alberta

Sylv’s On-Site Retro Diner (Edmonton)

Step back in time and enjoy a nostalgic dining experience at Sylv’s Retro Diner, located right inside Yesterday’s Auto Museum, Canada’s largest classic car museum.

Featuring classic favourites like the Challenger Cheeseburger, Mustang Bacon Burger, Chicken Tenders with Fries & Gravy, and “Edmonton’s best milkshakes,” Sylv’s captures the essence of retro dining.

Don’t miss out on their specialty, the Magnum V10 Burger – a one-pound challenge with mystery toppings, poutine, and a milkshake. Finish it in 30 minutes and earn a $10 gift certificate, a completion badge, and more!  

Named honouring a beloved individual, this diner combines delicious food with heartfelt nostalgia.

Come for the classic cars at the museum, stay for the food, and relish in the nostalgia at Sylv’s Retro Diner.

Find Sylv’s in south Edmonton and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

Sylv's Retro Diner in Edmonton

The Diner at Shorty’s (Crossfield)

Lindsay and Colleen Harder own and operate The Diner at Shorty’s, a hidden gem bursting with charm. 

This retro diner features a car-themed interior filled with memorabilia, creating a laid-back atmosphere perfect for all ages. 

From salads to popcorn shrimp, every dish is made with care and served with a side of nostalgia.

But the real show-stopper is their fish and chips, and it’s no wonder. The pair originally operated the top-rated Pelican Pier Seafood Bar in Calgary’s Eau Claire Market, so they know seafood!

Head out on a road trip to Crossfield for a car-themed classic diner experience.

Follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

The Diner at Shorty's in Crossfield

Jukebox Diner (Leduc)

Experience the best of Leduc at Jukebox Diner, where burgers, fries, and shakes reign supreme. 

With a classic diner atmosphere and an ever-changing menu of flavours, Jukebox is the perfect spot for any occasion. 

For those who are not carnivores, the Diner has vegan and vegetarian options.

From an afternoon bite to corporate receptions, this diner offers a memorable experience for guests of all ages.

Head over to Leduc for a classic bite, and follow all the happenings at the Jukebox on Facebook and Instagram.

The Jukebox Diner interior in Leduc

Stacked Bistro and Bakery (Crossfield)

Another Crossfield destination is Stacked Bistro and Bakery, a tiny hidden gem by the talented Debbie Stiles. 

Offering mouthwatering daily specials and homemade delights like Dill Pickle Chowder and the Stacked Burger, Stacked Bistro and Bakery is a haven for hungry travellers. 

With its old-school Rock and Roll theme, this bistro is a favourite spot for many looking for nostalgia.

Owner Debbie Stiles also gives back to the community by operating a food bank right in the Bistro.

“We have a large bin outside that is FULL of fresh produce. It changes all the time! What doesn’t change is that it is completely free,” says Debbie. “Come and grab what you need. When you can, hopefully, you can pay it forward.”

Follow Debbie and the Stacked Bistro on Facebook and Instagram.

The Stacked Bistro in Crossfield (interior and chocolate covered strawberries)

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