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Best Hamburger is West Seattle?

  • Started 3 years ago by bradshaw81
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  1. bradshaw81
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    I'm a big fan of Zippys, but what other hamburger joints in WS do you recommend?

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  2. C-Hawks
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    Not a burger joint, but hands down, Circa has the best burger. They have a pretty good menu of beers and wines, and recently had a lamb burger that was amazing! The fries are good too, but I will always go for the sweet potato fries, YUM!

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  3. ToddinWestwood
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    ToddinWestwood

    The burgers at Elliot Bay Brewery are pretty darn good. Blue Cheese Crumble, mmmmmmmm.

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  4. Best Fast Food Burger - Zippys

    Best Bar/Restaurant Burger in West Seattle - Circa

    Tough to compare the 2, different places, different markets, both great.

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  5. johnnyblegs
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    johnnyblegs

    The burger at JaKs is DELICIOUS! One of the best hands down. It's $10, which includes fries, but... if you go there for happy hour - same burger & fries for $5

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  6. I haven't had the one at Circa, but I love the one at Jak's and would highly recommend it. If you're in the mood for a different type of burger, the lamb burger at Fresh Bistro is also amazing - first time I've actually enjoyed something made of lamb.

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  7. catlady
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    I've gone to the Wingdome twice since opening and I've had burgers both times and they were pretty darn good. One with pulled pork on top and the other was their bag o'burgers served at happy hour for $3.00 ($6.00 on dinner menu). Give 'em a try.

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  8. Pepperdock's on Alki - YUM! And a great view of the water, and ice cream for dessert!

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  9. flowerpetal
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    flowerpetal

    After my kitchen? Don't rule out the High Strike Grill at West Seattle Bowl.

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  10. ellenater
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    ellenater

    Zippy's satiates me like no other. I am dying to try their goat cheese roasted pepper burger. Saw it last weekend after I'd already ordered.

    Never had Circa's but thinking that must happen soon based on these reviews.

    Mmmmmm burgers.

    We have such great food in WS!

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  11. biankat
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    biankat

    Jak'sJak'sJak's

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  12. Another vote for Circa here! Although I do really like Jak's....but Circa is the best!

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  13. Eats Market Cafe has a KILLER burger! YUM! I also second the Elliott Bay burger comment, as well. Always good with an IPA and those fries....be sure to get a side of tartar!

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  14. greatfree1
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    Zippy's has a goat cheese roasted pepper burger? I need to get there, it's been too long!

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  15. Zippy's is my fave, but for a sit down restaurant experience, I was happily suprised by the burger at Matador. Tasty, juicy, great condiments and the fries are awesome. Also like the burgers at Eats cafe in Westwood village. They have a huge burger menu. Downside no fries only chips.

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  16. Hands down my favorite burger is the Bohemian Burger at the Bohemian!

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  17. 15 posts so far and no one has mentioned Spring Hill? I thought they had the ultimate burger for West Seattle.
    Most memorable for me was a burger at Boca on 1st Ave downtown. The bun had been scooped to allow for a crunchier toasted texture, the beef was Kobe and the fries were sprinkled wit truffle oil.
    The 909 in Burien has an amazing Kobe burger with aged cheddar.

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  18. johnnyblegs
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    johnnyblegs

    You know why no one has mentioned Spring Hill? Because it's $17! I will NEVER pay that much money more a burger; have had way too many excellent ones at half the price.

    I do love JaKs but Flowerpetal has a good point. The Highstrike burger is pretty dang good; it comes fully loaded and delicious at $10, which is near the top of my price range for burgers. And don't get me wrong. Zippys makes a tasty burger, but I think it's a little over hyped.

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  19. I didn't mention Spring Hill because the last few times I have gone IT SUCKED. First time I went and got the burger I told my wife that burger might be better than, well, you know. So I ordered it the next time, it was only so-so. I went again and it was even worse. I finally went for the last time ever on my 50th. It took almost an hour from the time I ordered until I was served and they were far from busy. Fool me once, fool me twice but I have been fooled 3 times. The burger at Circa can vary from pretty good to excellent, but the service always rocks. I will never step foot in Spring Hill again.

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  20. Mark Fuller's burger price was about 9 bucks in the beginning. Everybody was getting them. He didn't want to be known for his burgers, so raised the price. $17 is ridiculous...guess his idea worked.

    Carson..pretention, thinking that they're the best..goes to their heads, they believe their hype. I realize that he's a good chef, but..too rich for my blood...except maybe just for dessert. Crappy service? That's a deal killer.

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  21. Jan,

    You are right on the money. Never again. Never.

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  22. I'm partial to the Bohemian Burger too, the bun is great not to mention the sweet potatoe fries that come with it.. yumm..

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  23. I'm with MargL on this one: "Pepperdock". I'm not a huge eater and I don't need a giant burger. But it does need to taste good (burger and fries). Pepperdock gets the job done, reasonably priced. AND, especially during Fall and Winter, they have the best view of the Puget Sound. Plus, they serve up a nice cone of ice cream! I love that place!

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  24. moxilot
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    I have two categories for burgers: Everyday Value and Restaurant Experience. For Everyday Value no one even comes close to touching Zippy's. Their burgers are delicious! Hand formed patties, peppers, and most options are under $5. Hands down my 'go-to' burger joint. For Restaurant Experience, Fresh Bistro's lamb burger is out of this world. It's moist, flavorful, and the side of fries are outstanding.

    On the other end of the spectrum, I had the worst burger in recent memory at High Strike last night. It was burnt to a crisp on the outside and dry, dry, dry on the inside. After less than half of the burger, I couldn't take it anymore I addressed my concern with the server and asked for just a plate of fries instead of ordering a whole new burger/other menu item. Then the bill came and they charged me for the burger. Really? Why not just charge me for the plate of fries? Since they don't seem to understand the theory of extra staffing on league nights (there were also two large parties), I'd already waited an unacceptable amount of time for my food, replacement order, and then check and did not want to wait any longer to address the billing issue so I just paid and left. I will be writing a letter to their management.

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  25. johnnyblegs
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    johnnyblegs

    moxilot...bummer about the burger experience at Highstrike. If I were you I'd give them another chance. When I had it (first week of opening), it was pretty dang good.

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  26. biankat
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    biankat

    Yeah, the Spring Hill burger was fine. Nothing I'd write home about and wouldn't bother ordering again. For me, my first pick is Jak's, then Palace Kitchen, then Zippy's, then Loretta's Northwesterner in South Park. Loretta's is a hidden gem. Back in the day I woulda added Endolyn Joe's to the list, but they've fallen so far off my radar...

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  27. ToddinWestwood
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    ToddinWestwood

    for the record. I didnt mention Zippy's because the original post said "besides Zippy's"

    Zippy's still gets number one in my book.

    Number two is Elliot Bay. ( elliot bay's fries are insanely good )

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  28. SarahScoot
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    SarahScoot

    Elliott Bay's burgers are delicious, and have gotten even better lately. I believe they began hand-forming their bison patties (finally) which improves the overall flavor and texture of a bison burger. Mmm... bacon & bleu. Nom. (But I'm usually "good" and sub. a side salad for the fries. EBB's garden salad is delicious, especially with their house vinaigrette.)
    Circa and Jak's probably do tie for that very top spot, though... EBB is close behind.

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  29. South Park (Loretta's) is not quite West Seattle, but close enough. Palace Kitchen, however, is outright disqualified.

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  30. 1. Zippys!
    2. Pepperdock
    3. Wing Dome - Gardenburger

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  31. Yeah...we don't need no steenking Tom Douglas burger ;-)

    I've never heard of Loretta's...and I've been here for almost 36 years...I gotta get out more - lol....

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  32. ToddinWestwood
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    ToddinWestwood

    Jan, I think Loretta's in South Park used to be called Kelly's Tavern.

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  33. Love Loretta's, can't beat partying in the Airstream.
    Besides Zippy's (Mama Lils Peppers! Yum)
    I like Jak's burger, just not the atmosphere.

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  34. Trick...I have a mad passion for Mama Lils Peppers!!!!

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  35. Heartland has a good juicy lucy burger, we tried it after having the (supposedly) original at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis recently. Heartland's isn't as good but sooooo close.

    I would agree that Elliot Bay's burgers are really good (though incredibly messy to eat). even their veggie patties taste better than most. we once confused our server by ordering veggie burgers with blue cheese and bacon. (and for healthy sides, you can also get a side of their incredibly tasty quinoa salad)

    this thread reminds me I need to try Jak's burger....

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  36. ellenater
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    ellenater

    This thread reminds me I need to eat seven hamburgers right NOW.

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  37. ellenator, I'm with you :)

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  38. I think this calls for the West Seattle Blog forum quorum burger taste test! Like the pizza taste test a few years ago.

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  39. Juliefromwestseattle
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    My Co-workers and I are big fans of Luna Park they have a number of yummy Burgers.. The gut Bomb and the Bacon & Blue are to die for. ;-)

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  40. I have to vote for the highstrike grill for the dine in experience. i have eaten there alot since they opend because its close to my house. i am impressed with there half pound burgers, my girlfriend loves their jerk chicken pinapple burger.
    zippys is a cute little holeinthewall burger joint. i would rather give them $4.50 before some corporate fast food chain.

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  41. Springhill sells a burger for $17? Seriously? Well, if you're trying to keep the riff raff out, count me in. Or is that out?

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  42. ZIPPY"S

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  43. christopherboffoli
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    Well all burgers are clearly not built the same. And Spring Hill's burger is a far cry from the dollar menu at any local factory food chain. Eight ounces of organically-raised, grass-fed Painted Hills (Oregon) chuck. Artisan bacon made in-house. A blend of white cheddar and fairly rare teleme cheese. Freshly baked bun from the Dahlia Bakery. Aioli made with roasted tomatoes. And beef tallow fries. Lots of high-quality ingredients and culinary labor to justify the $17 in my opinion.

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  44. Mmm hamburgers.

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  45. $17 for a burger? I really couldn't care (well, my heart does - lol) if the fries are cooked in beef fat...$17 for any burger anywhere is a bit over the top...$15 mebbe ;-)

    I think what I'm saying is...my unrefined palate can't/doesn't know the diff. sometimes...I think Zippy's and Circa are mighty tasty...and I save money at the same time...oh, and, yes, Jak's 6 buck cheeseburger during happy hour is pretty damned good too :) So no matter what the beef is at SpringHill, I will probably shop elsewhere. However...dessert at Spring Hill? That's another story - yummmmm...

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  46. christopherboffoli
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    The genesis of burgers was actually in scrap meats of dubious, and sometimes horrifying (in manner of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle') quality. So the whole idea of burgers was that they be inexpensive and portable food, a principle on which some chains have made untold billions. And for such a popular food I suppose we're all lucky that there is a huge range of options at all budgets.

    However, there has been a real renaissance in burgers in the past few years, especially with chefs in New York City trying to out-do each other with special secret blends of various cuts of meat that can really makes for some interesting flavor profiles. People still routinely stand in line for an hour for Danny Meyer's Shake Shake burger in NYC's Madison Square Park. That was the burger that sort of re-started everyone's engines.

    I found the following article fascinating when I saw it last April in New York Magazine. It is about Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Purveyors, who provide proprietary blends of ground beef for various restaurants in NYC. These days it isn't just about cheap ground beef but about custom selected blends of expensive cuts, like dry aged angus beef, that can really produce burgers of incredible flavor.

    http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/65124/

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  47. the burgers shown in the article sure look yummy...esp. the Union Square one. And, of course, we hear the stories about the $100 burger...wagyu beef, etc., etc. But in West Seattle? It's expensive for here. I think burgers are probably my favorite food...and I have to limit them, sadly..:(

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  48. christopherboffoli
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    Expensive for West Seattle?! Um, yeah. I'm sure I don't want to get into the implications of THAT conversation. :-)

    I say, let the market define what a reasonable price is. Mark and Marjorie Fuller wouldn't have them on the menu at $17 if people weren't willing to pay that.

    And Jan, I think we'd all be served by moderating our consumption of half-pound burgers and beef fat fries (though not for nothing...beef from cows who feed on grass rich in vitamins and minerals is going to be healthier than that raised on massive fed lots on grain).

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  49. I would pay $25 for a great burger, if it was great. Sorry to rain on Spring Hills parade, but as previously mentioned, the past few times I have been there it has been less then decent. I should have done a rant but hope that somehow I am just an exception. I even called Mark but of course, not even the courtesy of a call back. I am done. What is the burger like at Jonnys??

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  50. mirabile
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    mirabile

    $25? Hmmph.

    We could pay up to $186 for a burger at Burger King if we wanted to go to London:

    "The world’s most expensive hamburger is made, as usual, with Wagyu beef. It is also decked with white truffles, onion tempura prepared in Cristal champagne and some of Spain’s finest Pata Negra ham. All of this is presented in an Iranian saffron and truffle bun."

    http://most-expensive.net/burgers-world

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