I grew up in B.C. where White Spot and its Pirate Pak were a common part of one’s childhood. The cardboard pirate ship (now $5.99) comes with your choice of burger, grilled cheese, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese or battered fish. You also got fries, a drink with a cardboard mast on the straw, a scoop of ice cream and a chocolate coin in gold foil.
It was quite the bounty for a kid.
My dad almost always got a mushroom burger and my mom the toasted shrimp sandwich. She’d sometimes go all out and order the deep-fried zucchini sticks that burned the roof of my mouth.
Fast forward to a quick lunch in Edmonton. White Spot has left its homey decor for something closer to Moxie’s or Milestones. It’s also effed up the menu.
I was shocked and appalled when I could not find a toasted shrimp sandwich anywhere on the menu (though I see in on their website; what’s going on!?). Instead, there is now butter chicken and orange beef stir-fry — and martinis. What is this world coming to?
The White Spot chain began as a drive-in in 1928. It built its popularity through the ’60s with the Triple O burger. I don’t want to go to White Spot for a Cosmo or a scallop risotto; I WANT A TOASTED SHRIMP SANDWICH. Stomp. Stomp. (And yes, I’m now crossing my arms and scrunching up my face.)
I was prevented from blowing a gasket when I saw that at least their burgers and my beloved clam chowder were intact. White Spot is one of the few places I know that makes Manhattan clam chowder (the orange kind).
My legendary platter came with the traditional 1/4 lb. beef burger with Triple O sauce, thick cut fries and a familiar scoop of coleslaw. See? That’s how ya do it.
Service was something else different from what I remembered; it was terrible. The server went ages without returning, including for drink refills and cashing out at the end. Bleah.
So here’s the bottom line, I don’t like change. Hmph.
White Spot, 3921 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, (780) 432-9153, and locations across B.C. and Alberta.