Dairy Keen (The Train Place) in Heber

Boys love trains!

Let me start out by saying this is not an advertisement, and we did not receive any compensation for this review. It’s going to sound a bit like a commercial, though.

We were in Heber City a week or so ago around dinnertime. We’d noticed Dairy Keen before and committed to try it. This restaurant is themed around trains, so we thought we might try it for our boys.

I’ll start with the food. It’s so-so fast food. We really liked the buns for the burgers, but the fries were nothing special. But you are not going there for the food. You are going there because your child loves trains. He won’t be disappointed.

In front of the restaurant are the train tables. You can sit on the train, which has tables, though you may be a little cramped because it is kid-sized. Inside the restaurant, you’ll find a Harry Potter Hogwarts Express model. The train runs back and forth if you put a quarter in the slot, but the cool part is the scavenger hunt. There is a paper on top of the display case has a list of items to look for from the Harry Potter series. Across the way is a train table the kids can play at (there is a Lego table, too).

Train car tables are outside for the kids to eat their meal.

Most of the kids were just playing on the train, not eating.

Our baby was also fascinated by the train that runs around a track in the ceiling of the restaurant. It goes through tunnels, down a pint-sized Heber City Main Street, and past local landmarks like Deer Creek and Jordanelle Reservoirs.

Another cool thing about The Train Place is the drink machine. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a touch screen that allows you to combine pretty much anything and everything. There are at least 10 types of soda and another 8 or so flavors that you can add. (I’d do the math for total selections, but I’m not in junior high anymore.) So you can try strawberry Mountain Dew, Lemon Dr. Pepper, whatever your heart’s whim. I wish I could’ve just played with the drink machine for half an hour!

The boys were excited because each meal comes with a train operator’s hat. Our kids wanted to return to the restaurant before they were even hungry again. If you’ve got a train lover in your family, take them to The Train Place (Dairy Keen) in Heber City. It’s located at 200 S Main Street, Heber City.

The train circles the main dining room.

The train table was a hit with our boys.

We spent a lot of time looking for things at Hogwarts!


  • If you guys ever happen to be in Kansas City there is a restaurant called Fritz’s. Your food is served to you by a train the races around the restaurant on a track above the tables. When the train gets to your table, it delivers your food on a tray. It is seriously awesome.

    There should definitely be more train restaurants in the world…