Beacon Drive-In is an institution in Victoria and has been for as long as we can remember. Founded in 1958, the fast food restaurant is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It’s conveniently located on the corner of Beacon Street and Douglas Street, right across from downtown Victoria’s famous Beacon Hill Park.
There’s limited seating inside, but most people just walk up to the window to place their order and take their treats to-go. It’s the perfect quick food stop to take for a leisurely walk along the ocean on Dallas Road or to have a lovely picnic in Beacon Hill Park.
Beacon Drive-In’s menu has lots to offer – from dessert to breakfast to seafood to burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches – there’s something to suit everyone’s fast food needs. One of Beacon Drive-In’s most popular items is their famous soft serve ice cream. On this occasion we ordered a Vanilla Cone ($2.95) and a Strawberry Sundae ($3.95). Years ago, the soft serve was dense and creamy, like buttery-thick whipped cream, but its ingredients appear to have changed a bit since then. The ice cream’s consistency is still smooth and rich, but it now offers a tinge of slickness as if perhaps its contents might not be entirely dairy. It still conquers the sweet-tooth craving though, and Beacon Drive-In’s convenient location will continue to keep it a popular place for years to come.