At Fresgo Inn Restaurant and Bakery, we pride ourselves in creating a unique cafeteria style dining experience. Though our ambience is a little old school, the portions are huge, the price right and we're one of the few places in BC that still bake every hamburger, sub, hot dog bun and loaf of bread used for our meals fresh every single day.
With something on the menu to suite everyone, we have senior and kids specials daily. And we've just added Pizza to the menu!
Who knew places like this still exist in 2009?! I was happily surprised when my bf and I ventured into Fresgo - a cafeteria-styled restaurant with 80's (?) decor and budget-priced food.
At first glance, the prices seem average (ie. 10 bucks for a spaghetti and meatballs) but then we received the food. The portions are HUGE. Giant platter huge. My bf and I shared the dish and only finished half (including 2 garlic toasts that came with it) and were stuffed... I'd even go as far to say that this ONE meal can feed a family of four if the parents are moderate eaters with small kids.
Granted, you get what you pay for in terms of food quality, but it's definitely edible.
Doesn't seem like the cleanest place (table was sticky, something unidentifiable stuck to one of the garlic toast, dining area definitely needs a face lift...) but great dining value, and something different to try when you just want to get full and go easy on your wallet doing so.
Went here for lunch with my wife. She ordered the Philly cheese steak wrap and I ordered the infamous mushroom burger and a fountain drink. My wife did not really like her wrap as it had too many onions and cheese that it overwhelm her wrap. Mine on the other hand was pretty good. Lots of mushrooms on the burger. The fountain drink that we had was a bit expensive for what its worth. Overall the experience was positive. If you want some cheap eats, quantity over quality and do not care about the outdated ambiance, I would give this place a try.
I tried their infamous fresh mushroom burger, which lives up to the hype and comes open faced loaded with the most mushrooms I've ever seen. It's enough food for two people I had leftovers, the burger is served on one plate and the fries on another, and the cost is only $7.30 for the burger with fries. The burger wasn't outstanding, I didn't like the beef patty, next time I might have the grilled chicken patty, but the mushrooms were tender and delicious and the whole wheat bun was hearty and tasty.
Their dessert slices are $4-$5 or a small black forest cake is $12. Everything is homemade and delicious. I liked the slice of blueberry pie I tried.
The setting is sort of like a cafeteria/diner and we had a view of where everyone's order came up and everything looked appetizing.
This has to be one of the worst places I've ever eaten. Not only did I get horrendous diarrhea, the food was bland, greasy, limp and flavourless. I had the fish and chips with a juice. The juice was basically cafeteria sugar water and costed $3 a cup. The fish was greasy and tasted oddly of carrots instead of fish. The chips were soggy, bland and a few tasted rancid. The tartar sauce turned brown as I was eating which just made the entire experience more terrifying. Way overpriced for the quality of food they are serving. Please love your bowels and avoid this place.
I love to go to Fresgo Inn for cheesecake, which I can never finish. They have really good veggie burgers too! I took a friend here on Labour Day, he ordered a bacon cheese sandwich, while had a veggie burger, when he saw the size of my burger he wished he had gotten what I got. Also, the portion of yam fries that I got was huge and well worth the extra two bucks to upgrade. I will be going back again and again. Next time I will get my burger without mayo, I find it was a bit slippery, other than that I enjoyed everything.
Me and my family went here for a lunch (which ultimately became dinner) and fed a total of 6 people for 80$ it was pretty awesome! They had tons of variation from fish 'n chips to a roast turkey dinner to grilled cheese (and they had lots to drink). I found that it was not the best looking place but it was pretty good and it was cheap. The food was mediocre (it could have had a little bit more flavor/spices) but it was decent. The bakery was awesome (some great pumpkin pie) but they could have laid off the cream a little bit but everything else was wonderful including the service. All in all I would DEFINITELY come back!!!!
I,ve been eating here for over 25 years. And it,s the only Family Restaurant that i know of or have been to that has it,s own Bakery (Large) and Prep. Kitchen where they make their own soups,salads,gravy,hamburger patties and so on. Knowing too that the owner is a chef makes me trust what i eat there. The portions are outstanding! I also like how you can change your order to what you like.(no fries,mashed potatoes instead) Another unique thing also is there are no waitresses. You pay first,they cook your order,call your number ,you get it and enjoy your meal! NO TIP! It,s worth the foot work.
Come for the cheap price, stay for HUGE eats!!!!! Well what else can I say ab out this place!!!
FOOD: I recommend the the WORLD FAMOUS MUSHROOM BURGER!!!! This is served open faced with, what is got be at least 1 lb. of mushrooms or more!!! Belive me no matter what u order u will be taking home left overs. They serve all sorts of homestyle goodness( shnitzels, chicken terayki, spaghetti and meatballs, meat loaf), just to name a few. The cheese cakes are also good. Also, the fountain drinks can be HUGE as well.,
SERVICE: You walk in, order what you like, pay up front they give you a number, and u sit where want and wait untill they call you up!!! It's that simple!!!
VALUE: For the amount you pay, it's worth buying. Belive me every time I go there, I end up with enough for dinner.
AMBIANCE: This not the place for ambence, although in the summer one can sit outside and enjoy the warm weather.
Overall, if you want great, cheap eats at affordable prices than this is place!!!
Forget the ambiance!!!!!
This place is awesome, and as many of the other reviewers indicate you have to look past the ambiance there isn't any. It's a cafeteria like setup order your food, they call your number and the adventure begins. It's unlikely you'll finish what they serve you, portions are huge and the value for dollar is awesome. They have schnitzel which is awesome, the mushroom burgers are amazing (so many mushrooms you can't see the burger patty). All in all if you're a big eater looking for old school diner like food this is the place. Bring your appetite and try a piece of the cheesecake it's my favourite. =)
This unique gem in the heart of Whalley is well worth at least one visit. The food is mediocre and the service is nothing more than placing your order at the counter and then going back to get it, but there is a certain charm to this place that is hard to describe.
It is not overly clean, the cutlery should be inspected before you put it in your mouth, and as others have mentioned, the burger patties are actually kind of gross. I would not quite say it's a greasy spoon, but really it is not too far from it. Maybe that is part of the appeal, but I have left Fresgos every time satisfied, full, and with the feeling that I would return again. It is an ideal way to stuff the gut after an afternoon of shopping or what not.
Portions are like others have mentioned ... huge and cheap. If you are still hungry after eating here, then you eat way too much and possibly weigh 400 lbs.
You must try Fresgos at least once and decide for yourself if you like it. Fine dining? - no. Good dining? - not really. Good bang for your buck? - one of the best around! Blue collar patrons with the occasional performance by a wandering wino, and almost always a Harley or 2 in the parking lot, you will either love it or not. I enjoy the occasional visit to a restaurant that offers me an old kitchen chair from the 70s to sit on. Even the salt, pepper, and sugar dispensers are old-school. I have been going there for 15 years and will continue to visit a few times a year - usually around Christmas shopping time when funds are tight and the need for a huge plate of mushrooms is at it's highest.
I love fresgo inn restaurant. I used to go there for lunch while I went to CDI College just down the road. I loved they're massive bacon double cheese burger w/ fries for around 7 bucks. The portions are bigger than just about anywhere, and the price is better than anyware. Kind of a cafe enviroment, so you order, pay, then they call your number and you get your hot food and your seat yourself and eat, its great.
They are known for their large portions. I talked to the owner, he's an awesome guy. He works there because he loves it.
Fresgo's as it's known has stood the test of time,if your hungry as a horse this is the place to go.
Lots of food cheap prices, food bland but you get lots, the super sub is two meals,unless you have an animal appetite.
Bakery is nice, fresh what bakery doesn't smell good.
Decor is plain cafeteria style.
Weve eaten at Fresgo's many times now and I have to say the food is very consistent. Like other reviews will tell you the buns are fresh, portions huge and food generally good tasting. I will also add that the staff are very friendly(always giving the little ones free cookies etc.). The decor is dated yes, but in an 80's retro way which goes well with the music you hear there. We particularly like the breakfast menu. Me the omelettes and the wife the eggs benny. Sure it costs just as much as say Rickys or the Pantry but the portions will fill you up till dinner(thats if you can finish). For lunch or dinner the subs(especially the super: WOW) and burgers(mushrooms anyone?) are surefire hits. We found the comfort foods(like spaghetti and meat balls)while big in portions, were generally underseasoned. I think they might do that on purpose though to appeal to an older crowd.
This restaurant won us over not by being pretensious. It is what it is and thats a good meal and a good time out.
I am submitting the cumulative observations made by my family and some clients over the course of 5 visits. It is worth noting that the breakfast menu is served all day. There is no table service, one places and order and picks it up when your number is called, but the average time of food preparation is 12 minutes. The longest was 15. It is a very efficient operation. The meals are exceptionally generous, with usually the entrees served on one platter and the side dishes on another. My daughter and a client thought the Chicago style (that must be requested in advance and prepared by Walter) New York steak (available in 8 or 12 oz) was impeccable, the equal of any steak offered by more prestigous and expensive competitors. The special omelette (sausage, bacon, green onions, cheddar and a lot of mushrooms), with a large serving of real homestyle hash browns and toast, also got rave reviews. The lentil soup is very hearty and satisfying. So too are the mushroom and steak burgers. Although most of the reviews have focused on the hot entrees, I thought the best food items of all were the desserts, which are enough for 4 people. The cheesecakes are decadent in quality and quantity. The sandwiches are well made too, in no small part to the quality of the bread, which they also make on location.
The staff are courteous, friendly, and helpful in suggestions on what to order. Overall, this place offers formidable value for money. The place is open from 8am to 11pm daily. Recommended with enthusiasm.
Big portions, big taste, free wireless internet, fresh hot food, free flowing coffee, lots of room, lots of free parking, good background music, what else could you ask for? You order at the cashier, they call your number when its ready, no waiting for waitresses to get to your order. They have a killer bakery on site too so you can take home some goodness.
The Fresgo Inn has been a popular Surrey Diner for over 20+ years. A blue collar ambiance equals its surrounding neighborhood. Yes, the furniture is pretty old but retains a certain timeless charm.
One of the most popular meals is the Mushroom burger. A healthy serving of grilled mushrooms that overflows a separated bun with your selection of single, double or triple beef patties. A tasty treat for burger lovers.
Don't even get me started on the Mushroom burger or Schnitzel meal. It's grease heaven for super hungry eaters. And it tastes good too!
As a true diner, there's also a plenty of other selections to eat. Most of the meals I've tried we're never a disappointment. You come away satisfied after visiting this joint.
A friend of mine introduced me to the special omelette, and despite my lactose intolerance, I always love it.
Considering the large size of the omelette, and the mushroom burger, one can definitely share any one meal with someone who is a big eater.
Most definitely I'd go back to this place repeatedly with friends and loved ones.
OMG this place rocks!!! The food is amazing, not only in taste but in quantity! I can guarantee you that no matter how big your appetite is you will never leave there hungry! I know that some people don't like the cafeteria style setting, but I don't mind it at all, the service is good and the food is ready QUICKLY which to me is important especially with kids! I have been there TONS and TONS of times and have only once had a complaint about the food! The desert is also awesome but rarely do we have room for that, lol, if we do then we share a piece of cheese cake, YUM!
I always come here if I am short on money and I need to fill myself up. As some of the titles say on here, yes this restaurant DOES give one the true meaning of "never leaving hungry", I strongly agree with that :).
The service is excellent and the food takes no more then 5-10 mins to make, which is good. Also, you can see the staff cook the food to show accuracy, this I love.
The atmosphere to this was excellent, here is why: When I walk along the side to the entrance, I notice the various flags they have on the side of the window, this would always make me smile because I know that Canada is well-known for welcoming multicultural citizens and various foods.
Lastly, the value to this place is wonderful, for 10 dollars, you can get a HUGE amount of food for a reasonable good price.
In conclusion, if you are just visiting Canada and are around the Surrey area, come check this place out, you will NOT be disappointed.
I first ate here 25 or more years ago,and for the last 15 years I was away from Vancouver area. With all the changes it was great
to see Fresgo"s is still the same. The food is still the same large
servings, great prices, and even the decor is unchanged for decades. This gives the place a worn out grubby appearance but that is part of the tradition there. Their food is good,(awesome
musroom burgers) and the prices make for tremendous value. If
you want food go to Fresgoes. If you want fluff go somewhere else