Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Restaurant Review: Ann's Dari-Creme

Johnnycakes and I have been anticipating a trip to Ann's Dari-Creme on Ritchie Highway for some weeks and finally ventured there tonight. We stumbled across this nostalgic joint a few weeks back after a rare trip to Marley Station Mall and stopped in for ice cream. We were surprised when we got inside and saw a concise menu of burgers, hot dogs and fries. We were completely intrigued by the cramped and diner-style decor and the feeling that we were stepping back in time. The restaurant opened in 1951 and was probably akin to many other roadside stops at the time but we were especially interested when we read the newspaper clippings inside about how the small family owned business fought the developers of Marley Station Mall and won! The place really does sort of stick out like a sore thumb amongst the mall's imposing presence. After all this, we vowed to come back for dinner one day soon.
We declared tonight "date night" and planned our dinner and a movie accordingly. We drove out to Ann in anticipation of a good old fashioned greasy American dinner of burgers and fries. We actually accidentally ordered rather large subs because we didn't realize that you could order either a sandwich, half or whole sub. That somehow escaped me and I ordered myself a whole cheeseburger sub with fried onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard on a huge sub roll. Johnnycakes ordered a whole hot dog sub with chili and cheese. We split an order of fries. I think they are most known for the hot dog sub but I preferred the cheeseburger sub. I noticed on the menu that you can order a a "double dog" which I can understand because the hot dogs are rather skinny and get lost in the large sub rolls. Next time I will order just the cheeseburger "sandwich" because the sub rolls are enormous and the meat sort of gets lost inside. Overall, we enjoyed our traditional grub and of course managed to polish off the large portions.


The inside only seats about 10 people at the stainless steel counter and the volume of folks coming in and out to order dinner is pretty heavy so we decided to eat in our air-conditioned car. God Bless America! Normally, you would be able to eat outside at the various benches scattered throughout the large parking lot but we were dissuaded by the sweltering August heat.


I was ready for some ice cream or a milkshake afterwards but Johnnycakes talked some sense in to me. Next time, he said....

14 comments:

Kelly Mahoney said...

Sounds really interesting. I love the giant hot dog, super cute.

Deborah Dowd said...

Now there's a great date night! Any place that has a giant hot dog has got to be great! Very nostalgic!

Patrick said...

Thank you for your post. I have seen Ann's and been curious about this place for a couple of years. Going to have to go now! Great blog, too.

justJENN said...

That hot dog man scares me!

Carrie said...

Seems like it is in fact a Hot Dog Woman. Perhaps it's Ann. The double dog with chili and cheese is maybe the most guilty pleasure delicous thing that's ever gone into my mouth!

P.S. - Try the banana shake!

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