Traveling for work, I decided to jump off the exit in Danville and take five minutes more to skip past the chains and see if I could find a local gem. I drove past Schroeder’s and was intrigued by the sign and pulled a U-turn. Normal fast food setup at the counter and there wasn’t a drive-in to be found, so I was a little confused. The menu board looked super cheesy and there was a suspect salad bar behind me so…I set the bar pretty low. But at 12:15, the place was packed. Hmm…drama.
They didn’t have any combo meals, so I ordered: Double Cheeseburger 99¢, Small Fries $1.69 and Small Coke $1.49. They filled the soda for you, so I am unsure if there were free refills.
Burger arrived in a clear plastic bag. The fries were unbranded as well. As far as the taste, it tasted exactly like McDonald’s. I have had a lot of meals at McDonald’s and I am not sure if I could tell the difference. The burger was the size of McDonald’s double cheese and I thought that it was pretty tasty.
A lot of people say that McDonald’s has the best fast food fries, but Schroeder’s could give them a good run for the money. For a small, there were a lot of fries. Then again, for $1.69 I thought that the fries were correctly sized. I found the fries to have a little more salt on them then I would prefer, but they were awesome.
Then I got up and started looking around the pictures on the wall and then I realized….holy crap, this is a active-living BURGER CHEF!!!!!!!! So if you ask, are there any more burger Chef’s…well, kind of.
Most of you local folks know about the Indianapolis born Burger Chef. Burger Chef had a good run, started in 1954 and was purchased by General Foods (Hardee’s) in 1982. It was the first to invent the Happy Meal and a few other fast food breakthroughs. They once had 2,400 locations (second to McDonald’s) and then just fell off the map after the buy out.
Correct me if I am wrong, but Schroeder’s is just one of two working Burger Chef locations and is still serving the same menu at least?
Would I Buy It Again? For the nostalgia alone, yes. It wasn’t the best burger that I have had, but it was a solid fast food meal with good customer service and a true pride of keeping history alive. I enjoyed my visit to Schroeder’s and if I am back in Danville, I will probably stop by.
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