Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries is an Ocean City, Maryland tradition. It was established in 1981 when brothers Dave and Fran DiFerdinando, who vacationed there as kids, decided to make the boardwalk’s legendary french fries available to the world. The Boardwalk restaurant in Orlando is located in the Colonial Landing shopping center in the old Denny’s restaurant at 3162 E. Colonial Drive. It’s just across the street from the Fashion Square Mall.
Order and pay at the counter before seating yourself. You can watch at the counter while your burger is on the grill, or fill your cup at a super cool Coke machine. Find your favorite Coke beverage and press the button. All selections are dispensed from one central control. It’s so retro NASA.
We usually sit outside in the small patio area just because it’s a little quiet, but there’s plenty of room inside. The menu is somewhat limited, but it does include everything you would expect to find at a burger joint. You build your own burger by starting with a single or double hamburger patty, then adding cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, pickles, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes. Boardwalk also offers hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, and salads. A big draw is the legendary fries, which are sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning. You can also order cheese and chili on the fries, or for dessert, funnel cake fries. The kids menu isn’t too bad: hot dogs, chicken tenders, or grilled cheese.
I’ve eaten at Boardwalk a couple of times. On my first visit, I ordered a shake with my burger. The cashier told me to go down the street and order a shake because the ones they made at Boardwalk were not good. I took her advice, sort of, and ordered a Diet Coke. My mushroom swiss burger was not bad at all, but it was too large for me, and I could only eat part of it. On my last visit, I ordered the bleu cheese burger, which again, was tasty but too much. Neither my son nor I was impressed with the legendary fries. After tasting a few, we asked for a side of the cheese sauce to help make them more palatable. I’m not really much of a french fry person, so my lack of enjoyment could just be me. My son, who only eats junk food, wasn’t thrilled with them either. They just didn’t seem to live up to the “legend”.
The service is good and the staff is more than friendly. While we were dining on the patio, a server came out many times to check on us. I don’t remember exactly how much the individual items cost, but my son and I ordered two signature burgers, fries and two drinks for about $19. If you show up in military uniform and show your ID, Boardwalk will give you a really great discount on your meal. I recommend trying Boardwalk at least once. If you have time, check out the Boardwalk’s website, and read about its history and the legendary fries.