Popular hangout for locals in downtown Langley. Family run with a variety of food including burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and schnitzel. Small model train travels around the restaurant near the top of the ceiling.
Went here on the recommendation of a friend who also has a child to this family restaurant. The restaurant has a great feel of Santa's workshop with the old wooden horses and the toy train that circles around the room. Neat decor. The service is outstanding. Prompt and friendly. We ordered the fish and chips and chicken lips with curly fries for the kids. My better half ordered the bacon cheese burger with fries ($13.95) and I ordered the 6oz steak anf garlic bread with Manhattan clam chowder soup ($16) The fish was a large serving along with the fries for one of our kid, The chicken lips (chicken nuggets) had only four in the dish along with some curly fries. Both kids lunches were $6. The fish and chips was awesome value but the chicken lips was pricey for what you got. Better half's bacon burger was ok. Nothing special as I took some bites out of it. It reminds me of a hambuger you would make at a Bar-B-Q. My steak was ordered rare (blue rare to be exact) and it came out medium rare, I mentioned it to our waiter and he quickly corrected that. After a few moments a new blue rare steak sandwich came out. I noticed that the prices were a bit more expensive than other burger joints by about a few dollars (depending what type of dish you want). The atompheres was fun and the kids seem to really enjoy the trains. Only the food could justified the higher prices. Fortunately we had a coupon which took a bit off the sting of the satisfactory meals. Overall I would consider coming back as long as I had a coupon as the prices are a bit too steep for the food.
First thing you notice upon entering is the great dessert counter. Then you start noticing the antiques and toys. Wow, great place for kids and there were a lot of them here for dinner. Service was solid as was the food. Mushroom burger and a schnitzel which was deep fried. Prices seemed a little high but not a deal breaker. Overall good enough for a return visit.
I agree with one of the previous reviews about the price. If the prices had been 2 or 3 dollars per entree less I probably would give the food a higher rating.
I had the 1/2 rack of ribs and 1/4 chicken combo. This was $18.95. The food wasn't bad but it should be so much better for the price. My husband had the schnitzel parmesan - again not bad but nothing very special. Dinners came with choice of baked potato, friench fries or rice. They also came with carrots that had been boiled way too long.
It's unlikely that we would return unless we were in the area and no other restaurants were open.
After weeks of rain, the sun is finally out. Decided to head to Fort Langley. First stop though, was downtown Langley. We decided against our usual Langley joints Olive Garden and Montana's and head to Choo Choo's instead.
The first thing I noticed through the door was the display of cakes. I made a note to leave some room for them. Next was the number of senior citizens dining there. Kind of reminds me of Floata in Chinatown.
The food was surprisingly good. I had the half BBQ chicken, wife had the brunch special, egg benny with shrimp and smoked salmon on a muffin. Kids had the grilled cheese sandwich and a nachos. We shared a caramel mouse cake and a chocolate cake. Both were good as well.
Service is efficient and friendly and the room is nicely decorated. The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and so did we.
A definite side-trip next time we head to Fort Langley.
Choo Choo's offered a great atmosphere and very solid, attentive service. The food was decent, we found it a little over priced, for the quality. Great service though, large menu, lots to choose from.
I love see the train and food is pretty good but over price for what u get and can be oily but most times it pretty good the hambugers are very good and the staff is great too choochoo love the train makes me fell young angain wich is good at heart
Went in to Choo Choo's as the Mexican place down the street was closed on Mondays (where we were intending to go that day). We were greeted warmly, service throughout the meal was friendly and efficient. I should have said something and my bad for not, but my the toast on my BLT was absolutely burned BLACK. I am shocked that it left the kitchen this way. I didn't want to complain in front of my partner, so I ate around the burned stuff and choked down a few fries, which, sadly, were very dull and flavourless. Greasy. My partner's bacon cheeseburger was good, he enjoyed it. The bill was a huge $32.00 before tip. Wow. Thanks for the nice service but it's not enough for me to go back again, sorry. I know this old gal is an institution in Langley but we won't be back.
Thankfully I used a coupon for the meal because the price was a train wreck for what I got. Ordered the 18 dollar mushroom schnitzel. It was OK not something worth $18 and tip. The other half had the $11.50 patty melt which again didn't stand out as anything other than so so. The on tap beer was warmish, I like a cold one. What they do best would be the desserts which is differant cheese cakes. That was the highlight and I don't really like dessert. The affects of the warm beer were laid sobber with the bill. I noticed mostly older people eating there and some just came for the dessert. Usually older people are more frugal so this must be a place to let your hair down and look at all the train stuff.
This unique restaurant in lively downtown Langley was a fun experience for the whole family. The whole place is like a throwback to another decade and reminiscent of some of the funky spots in Kitsilano.
The kids menu was pretty thorough - $5.50 for a variety of foods (pizza, burgers, fish & chips, mac & cheese, grilled cheese) with side. Drinks extra. Portions were decent, and the cheeseburger got two thumbs up! We also ordered the burgers - the Monterey Bacon burger was well-seasoned, with two hefty pieces of bacon. OH ordered the Calfornia burger with a beef patty instead of the chicken, but was underwhelmed by the lack of flavour and the scant toppings (one small tomato slice and a couple of puny pieces of avocado). No zip. Guacamole would have been more flavourful, as would some hot peppers.
The burgers do come with a side of soup, salad or fries. The seafood chowder (told by server it was clam chowder) had chunks of veggies, fish and clams. It was good, but not heavy and thick. Salad was basic, but a cut above iceberg lettuce. The curly fries were tasty, a bit oily, but addictive. They looked hand cut.
The dessert tray came to our table and with so many goodies, it was hard to say no. The blueberry whip dessert was light and tasty. There were also two pies, two chocolate cakes, two mousse cakes and a creme brulee which also looked good. Now we know where to go for dessert!
Our server was very attentive, and had actually tried the food here and could recommend menu items. Diners around us were enjoying nachos, rotisserie chicken, ribs, and lots of burgers and fries. Burgers are comparable in price to Red Robin. Entrees are more expensive, but there is plenty of variety to suit everyone. We will be back.
I have been going to this place evr sice I was a little kid and nothing has changed even until now. It is ran by a family and they do a great job of keeping fantastic consistency everytime I go. If you have kids it's a great place to go to because of the ambiance and if your little one likes trains they get to see the little model train go around the restaurant on a track near the ceiling.
When you enter the restaurant you first see the very inviting cakes, pies, and other desserts that are smiling at you from behind the glass counter "pick me" they all say. Hostess was very friendly seating the group and if there is a wait it isn't very long as there are lots of seats and even a party rom you can reserve.
As you are seated to your table you get to look at all of the ineteresting ambiance that surrouds the eating area. The eating area is at a good level, not oo bright and not too dark Lots of antique bird cages, posters, paintings, children's wagons, a lot of things are items that you would see at an antique store.
Food here is excellent as there is so much variety. Burgers are huge and filling with choice of salad or fries, great nacho plate, different pastas, steaks, and sandwiches. My parents love getting the steak sandwich because of how consistently great the cooking staff makes it.
Despite how busy the palce is the serving staff does a great job taking orders, refilling drinks, and seeing if there is anything else that you need. They do an excellent job.
If you're in Langley make sure to stop in at Choo Choo's it's a great experience.
Tonight we, my husband and I, went for my birthday dinner (received a Birthday Meal certificate) at Choo Choo's. It was fairly busy as we waited for our waitress for approximately 10 to 15 mins to just order our drinks......I had my usual water and my husband ordered a beer on tap. Our waitress returned only to take an alternate beer choice from my husband as they were out of what he originally ordered. Another few minutes and our waitress came back to let us know they were also out of that beer. "I'll just stick with water" he said. Okay.....now on to dinner.......which we waited about 20 to 25 mins for. We both had a two piece fish and chips dinner. We couldn't believe it when the waitress handed us our entrees ($16 each) which were dished onto small side-dish plates. Really? We started to eat but it was so awkward trying to maneuver our food around in order to cut it as the plates were so small. We thought this was very insulting that we ordered $16 entrees and they came served on salad plates. I called the waitress over and insisted we have larger plates so she accommodated and brought them so we slid our food onto them.
Now it's time to pay. That "kindly" older gent of an owner was standing by the til and I thought I should say something about the plate service we had received. I stated that we were surprised that our entrees came out on small plates which made it very awkward to try to eat. Well!! That "kindly" owner pretty much tore a strip off me stating "That's the way we've been serving our food for the last 25 years!" .......in a "screw you" tone. I said "Okay, I wasn't expecting that reaction" and he then said "You made a statement and then I made a statement" with a very stern look on his face. I was thinking to myself......this seems like an episode of "Restaurant Stakeout".....where's the cameras? The owner walked away and we paid and left. I asked my husband why he didn't chime-in but he said he wasn't expecting the owner's reaction either and didn't know what to say after his statements.
Fairly good food, fairly good service most of the time but the owner's attitude has completely changed our opinion of Choo Choo's. We won't say that we'll never be back but they have definitely lost most of our business.
Ive been eating at Choo Choos for 5-6 years now, at a pretty regular clip, and they deserve better press than they get!
Im 29, not square, and don't mind that there are some old people eating here. ITS LANGLEY. There are old people here:) There is no other place like Choo Choo's in Langley! There are far more family dinners and couples there than anything. There are cool things to look at in every direction, and the food is tasty and feel good, they change their beer up all the time with awesome crafty stuff!
If you're after a delicately braised fillet Mignon with lobster and organic fiddle heads in lemon sauce for 80 bucks, this isn't your place. If you want something that is going to taste delicious 95% of the time, and make you rub your belly and smile as you waddle to the car, Choo Choo's will do you right:)
Ive read some reviews here, and figured some of these folks must be those absolute delights that bring their screaming kids in to restaurants and wonder why other people don't dig the noise after 45 minutes solid with no discipline, or folks that show up after putting dinner off for too long so their just a widdle bit gwumpy :(
Not worth tipping? Absolutely horrible? Im not gonna lie and say everything has been absolutely perfect every time, but c'mon, apparently we've been eating at very different places the last 6 years. Dont listen to the haters, me and mine love this place, and you should give it a try:)
I have been there with my daughter and granddaughters on many different occasions,the thing that attracted us the first time was the Ambiance,all the wonderful things to look at and the kids loved the place.
Not sure why but my granddaughters birthday dinner turned out to be her and her mother being asked to leave because the three kids were to loud,its a birthday kids get excited and not like they were the only ones in the restaurant thier were alot of kids louder then them.The waitress made a point of coming over to thier table several times to tell them they needed to be quiet.Then came over and told them they would have to leave.So my daughter in tears as well as the three girls who had expected Cake and a chorus of Happy BIrthday from staff.After paying the bill they went outside and she called her husband explaining what had occurred .Shortly there after he arrived to find them all very upset ,crying.He took the receipt back into the restaurant and proceeded to talk to manager.The waitress came out and called in two Police men.The police talked to both my son in law and the manager where as the manager was told to refund their meal.
So to make a long story short.If the place has become Kid Unfriendly perhaps know in advance that you need to leave your excited children at home.Saves them alot of heartache.I'll never ever go back!!!
I went here for lunch today with my Mom. It's a cute place, a little dingy on the outside, but bright and whimsical on the outside. There were a fair number of people, most with kids, there for lunch. We were seated very promtly and chose quickly. We both had the fish (panko coated halibut) burger with fries for $9.95. Three people at a table near us were also having this. Our meals came quickly and looked fantastic, very fresh and piping hot. The burger was very good, the fries the best I've had in a long time. We also split a piece of amaretto cake which was fantastic. The service was excellent and speedy. Our server was knowlegeable and personable and took real interest to make sure we were happy. We used an entertainment book coupon, but would go back even without one.
When I try a restaraunt that has been around for a long time, I expect that it must be good. Not the case with Choo choo's, the food was terrible! I will NEVER go back there again. The service wasn't great either. I would rather go through a drive through than eat here again.
we had the burgers. Thought they were over priced and lacking in flavour and seasoning. I must say though that the desserts were fabulous. Had the lemon cheese cake and it was devine. Would definitely go back for dessert and coffee but would eat my main somewhere else.
Stopped in here with mom for lunch today. The decor has a train theme and also mixed with antiques. We were seated promptly. Nice menu with a bit of everything. I ordered the southwest burger, which came with very tasty fries. The burger was very good, but thought it could use a bit more of a 'kick' (but then I do like spicy foods), I did enjoy it, as it came with lettuce, tomato, fried onion rings, cheddar cheese and pepper rings. Mom had the schnitzel sandwich with a side salad, which she enjoyed. The service there was good, and we used a coupon from the entertainment book, which made it a good value. I would go back there again.
We had burgers, fajitas, and pasta. Food was very bland. Needed to added salt and pepper. Presentation was good and so was the service. Ambience was nice with lots of antique 50's and 60's decor. Food was comparable to Kelsey's, Red Robin and Montana. Would I return...no. Why, I can eat the same stuff elsewhere. It just had no taste. Oh yeah, the fries were that dipped and fried style. Reminded me of Burger king fries. I prefer regular home cut fries that are tossed in rock salt before serving.
I was out in Langley with some friends who were on a business meeting so I wandered back to the restaurant in time for dessert. The waitress brought out a large tray with all desserts displayed on it and the cake I chose was rich and delicious. Interesting to enjoy with a train running around the walls of the dining room. Friendly atmosphere and prompt service.
I had an amazingly tasty personal pizza. The menu said 9", but I'm sure it came out closer to 11", rendering excellant value.
My wife had the schnitzel burger, which wasn't stelar (slightly overdone), but was made up for by excellant french fries. I even had to steal some fries to put on my pizza, they were that tasty.
The walls and roof are a museum of memorobilia, providing a charming and warm atmosphere.
Highly recommended. I will be a repeat customer.