2938 E. 2nd St.
The Dalles, OR
Exit 87, Off I-84
Open Daily 10AM-9PM
Open Until 10pm Summer
Phone-in orders welcome.
Celebrating 50 Years
It’s not just a slogan at Big Jim’s Drive-In located in The Dalles, Oregon. Dedication and consistency is what we value and want to serve our customers the best food possible in a relaxed, clean atmosphere.
We’re GOOD food, NOT fast food. We never cook our burgers ahead of time. We make our own dressing for the burgers, tartar sauce, fry sauce and our own recipe for chili. We still make those old-fashioned milk shakes, Banana Splits and Sundaes. Our Waffle Cones are a big hit with one of our 16 flavors of UMPQUA brand hard ice cream in them. Try one of our 5 FRESH FRUIT milk shakes or Smoothies.
It all started in 1950 when Sam Yoder opened a drive-in named the “Dutch Treat” and lasted until 1956 when Tom Foley purchased the drive-in and renamed it the “Irish Treat”. Tom Foley ran the drive-in until 1962. At that time it was closed due to the construction of our new interstate highway I-84.
In 1966 “Jim Dahlen” re-opened the drive-in with partner Ted Beckley using the now famous name “Big Jim’s Drive-In”. Later in 1968 Ted Beckley bought out his partner Jim’s share of the business and ran the business very successfully until 1988 when he built the new building. The old Big Jim’s Drive-In was demolished completely; it sat in what now is the parking lot.
After building the new restaurant, Ted and Lynda Beckley spent 8 more years in their new restaurant before selling to the Tegens. The Beckley’s are now retired..
In April 1997 Rex and Beth Tegen purchased Big Jim’s Drive-In. The Tegen’s have lived in The Dalles since 1976. We purchase only fresh, high quality beef grown in Oregon and Washington. Our traditional burgers are a third of a pound, topped with only the best produce and our homemade burger dressing for a flavor that chain restaurants can’t even come close to. Plus our burgers are made with plenty of hometown pride and love since 1968
Our valuable employees and our commitment to our customers and community is going to continue what has been a local landmark for over 50 years with “Hamburgers made with Love” for our customers and friends.
~ Rex and Beth Tegen