Zippy’s Giant Burgers moving from Highland Park to White Center

(Photos by Deanie Schwarz for WSB/WCN)
Earlier this week, Zippy’s Giant Burgers said it would likely have news of a new location by the end of the week, since the foreclosure mess at its original Highland Park location didn’t seem likely to result in a continued lease, or purchase, of the building – and tonight, West Seattle Blog/White Center Now contributor Deanie Schwarz has just confirmed with Zippy’s ownership that the new location is final: A long-empty restaurant spot on the northern edge of White Center. 9614 14th Avenue SW (map), right behind the Roxbury Bartell Drugs, about a block and a half north of Big Al Brewing.

Blaine Cook from Zippy’s explains that among other things, staying at the current location would have meant triple the current rent. As for other possibilities around West Seattle and White Center, it would have cost too much for the “buildout” at other locations they explored. Staying in this area was important, since of their 11 employees, all but two live in West Seattle or White Center. The new location – with previous names including the Cookbook Café – is now inked for a three-year lease with two options for five-year extensions, he says. It’s a lot bigger than the current location – 1,600 square feet, with room for up to 60 people to sit down. That means they might eventually expand their menu – breakfast is a possibility.

This also means:

–They can accept credit cards
–They’ll cut their own fries
–They’ll seek a license to offer beer

They’re hoping to open in late April or early May, with minimal downtime for a moveout from Highland Park before their lease expires on April 19th. The White Center site is truly turnkey, Cook says – some floor work and “kitchen tweaks” are needed, plus permits. But overall, he says, “We are stoked!” They’re looking forward to being part of White Center’s ongoing renaissance. And remember the term SoRo – South of Roxbury – if it catches on, he’s the one who made it up!

127 Replies to "Zippy's Giant Burgers moving from Highland Park to White Center"

  • Buannan February 3, 2011 (6:50 pm)

    I can’t wait!!

  • Sonoma February 3, 2011 (6:51 pm)

    Fantastic news! Zip, zip, hooray! But “White Center site is truly turkey”? Oh, well. We all make typoz sometimes.

  • Wendy Hughes-Jelen February 3, 2011 (6:51 pm)

    Ok it’s further away but now it’s an excuse to pick up something from Full Tilt!

  • Wendy Hughes-Jelen February 3, 2011 (6:53 pm)

    I am excited about their possible additional offerings.

    • WSB February 3, 2011 (6:54 pm)

      Wendy, yes, it did – one of the details I haven’t crashed in yet but Deanie provided that. – TR

  • Sue February 3, 2011 (6:53 pm)

    I’m so glad they could make something work for them. And I’m thrilled that it’ll have more seating. One of the main reasons I don’t go more often is that I can’t usually eat in.

  • dameDonna February 3, 2011 (6:54 pm)

    YAY!!!! Now they’re even closer to. I’m so excited!!!!! I place to sit and eat, fresh cut fries (I know they wanted to do this from the start), and CREDIT CARDS! I know this has been really hard on them, but I think it’s going to be great in the long run. :-)

  • Amanda February 3, 2011 (7:06 pm)

    Oh my goodness! That is so freaking exciting! Hooray for White Center! Hooray for Zippy’s!

  • onceachef February 3, 2011 (7:13 pm)

    very near Big Al’s! Beer and burgers…the all-American dream!

  • Westside J. February 3, 2011 (7:14 pm)

    I’m also stoked!!

  • SpeakLoud February 3, 2011 (7:15 pm)

    Oh My God I could CRY-I am so conflicted-now I can walk there from work but I really need to loose weight-oh the personnal struggles I shall face!!!!!!! But YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS ZIPPY’S YOU ROCK.

  • sassy February 3, 2011 (7:22 pm)

    that is seriously awesome – congratulations! so glad it worked for the business & the community.

  • jiggers February 3, 2011 (7:24 pm)

    By the way, there is a huge restaurant chain in Hawaii called Zippy’s that’s been around for 50 years.

    • WSB February 3, 2011 (7:26 pm)

      As a former Honolulu resident, I’m well aware of that :) – TR

  • Genessee neighbor February 3, 2011 (7:26 pm)

    WooHoo!!!! Congrats Zippy’s!

  • ikahana February 3, 2011 (7:28 pm)

    Great news! Love the original but it gets pretty darn crowded in there. Will be nice to have some elbow room for those burgers!

  • ArborHeightsMom February 3, 2011 (7:31 pm)

    I echo all the excitement. Now they are even closer!

    I sort of liked the cash only policy, but I’m sure this will bring them more business.

  • Robyn February 3, 2011 (7:31 pm)

    Congratulations!! Wonderful to hear about the additional seating. Can’t wait to visit at the new place.

  • SparkleK February 3, 2011 (7:33 pm)

    A place to sit, credit cards accepted, AND the possibility of BEER! I. CAN’T. WAIT!!!

  • NotMe February 3, 2011 (7:34 pm)

    This is good news. Congratulations!

  • EnJen February 3, 2011 (7:38 pm)

    Awesome!!!! Breakfast will be fantastic!!!! Long live ZIPPY’S!!!!!

  • Wally February 3, 2011 (7:41 pm)

    I would follow them anywhere. Plus it has more than 8 seats- what a bonus

  • JEM February 3, 2011 (7:53 pm)

    I’m in SoRo and proud of it! I will frequent zippys far more than I did before. You are a great addition to the SoRo hood!

  • RickSteel February 3, 2011 (8:00 pm)

    Fresh cut fries and possibly beer! I’ll be there every day.

  • lenguamor February 3, 2011 (8:07 pm)

    Congratulations, and best to you in your new location. (waits for Vegan Guy to chime in…)

  • AunteeSocial February 3, 2011 (8:09 pm)

    THANK YOU JEEBUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • redpoppygirl February 3, 2011 (8:18 pm)

    Brilliant news! And now I can bring in my work crews for lunch. Cheers!

  • celeste17 February 3, 2011 (8:31 pm)

    YAH!!! Love that they are expanding. Can’t wait to get a zippy’s and then walk down the street and get a Full Tilt ice cream.

    More seating is great and more parking.

  • CB February 3, 2011 (8:41 pm)

    I’m happy they found a new home, but surprised by the positive reaction. I would have preferred they found a spot in the Junction. Oh well, best of luck.

  • Bob Loblaw February 3, 2011 (8:47 pm)

    Go Zippy’s!

  • nighthawk February 3, 2011 (8:50 pm)

    Yippee! Staying somewhat in the area. Darn now we’ll have to decide between Proletariat and Zippy’s since they now have seating.

    I’m sorry for those that wanted it in some other neighborhood that already has lots of restaurants. White Center is not the end of the world, you can make a trip there and see what it has to offer, Just like those of us in other neighborhoods go to the junction even if we don’t live there because we like what it offers

  • coffee February 3, 2011 (8:58 pm)

    This is great news for both White Center and Zippys. White center sure has had quite a bit of new food places in the last year or so. Its not a bad place and this makes it even better!

  • Amanda February 3, 2011 (8:59 pm)

    Geeze CB, have you *been* to White Center lately? It’s awesome!

  • rob February 3, 2011 (9:19 pm)

    let’s see…half as far from my house than the current location plus beer. i’m in so much trouble.

  • datamuse February 3, 2011 (9:20 pm)

    A lot of WSB regulars live in Highland Park and WC, CB…
    Me, I’m super excited. They’re staying close to home!

  • Number11Fan February 3, 2011 (9:30 pm)

    HAND CUT FRIES!!!!!!!

    Those together with my ever-favored #11 may cause me to melt into a puddle of goo right there in the eat-in seating I can finally haz!

    I love the food places coming to SoRo – Full Tilt led the way, and now with Proletariat, Uncle Mike’s and 3.14 Bakery I thought the place was jam-packed. But I am VERY, VERY, VERY happy to welcome Zippy’s as well! (My waistline won’t be, though…)

  • Proles February 3, 2011 (9:38 pm)

    We’re super excited too! It will also be great for the renaissance of the neighborhood to expand outward beyond 16th! How great!

  • k February 3, 2011 (9:41 pm)

    Well, we could walk to the original, and will drive to the new one.
    But I am sorry to see HP fall apart like this. I hope people with a good vision will come in and take over that property and make it something that we locals will want to come and visit.

  • smash the state February 3, 2011 (9:46 pm)

    this is some awesomeness right here….

  • smash the state February 3, 2011 (9:47 pm)

    please don’t tell the rest of seattle about white center.

  • Seattle February 3, 2011 (9:48 pm)

    I really hope they offer breakfast. I can’t really think of any good breakfast/brunch place in white center, so it’ll be nice to have that option!

  • newnative February 3, 2011 (10:16 pm)

    Right on the 54 and the 128 for me, huzzah!

  • Beto February 3, 2011 (10:28 pm)

    I was there not long ago and had their delicious burgers with fries and onion rings….They will be closer to us when they open their new restaurant near SW Roxbury St. and 14th SW Ave. It will take me less than 10 minutes driving or 30 min. walking….great!!!!

  • iluvsoro February 3, 2011 (10:35 pm)

    Zippy’s SoRo shirts, please. Hilarious.

  • 35this35mph February 3, 2011 (10:44 pm)

    SoRo Baby! Credit cards too! Whooho!

  • ToddinWestwood February 3, 2011 (10:48 pm)

    i still liked SoRox, sounds like “so Rocks” as in this so rocks

  • knm February 3, 2011 (10:51 pm)

    Yeehaw! So excited to see this!

  • Mookie February 3, 2011 (11:23 pm)

    I like “SoRox” better, too.

    Hand cut fries, nice, but original plan was hand-cut fresh-made onion rings, IIRC, curtailed by lack of kitchen space…I think my head would asplode from happiness at those plus the bacon w/cheeseburger and a shake! Man, I am going to be pinballing between Full Tilt and Uncle Mike’s and Zippy’s and the Salvadorean Bakery and…and…mmmmmm.

  • Jim February 3, 2011 (11:26 pm)

    Best thing to come a long on Roxbury since Artic Circle closed.

  • JEM February 3, 2011 (11:30 pm)

    Ooh, I like SoRox Todd! I feel ultra cool now!

  • Jim February 3, 2011 (11:41 pm)

    Arctic circle…. so much for spell check.

    35th and Roxbury, (NE corner) for you youngsters out there.

  • Danielle February 3, 2011 (11:45 pm)

    Fantastic news. As a White Center homeowner, I’m quite sure this has increased my property value! (And soon my waistline) Mmmmmmm…black bean burgers!

  • Alex2 February 3, 2011 (11:51 pm)

    As long as the Number 11 Royale is still available, I will follow!

    Great news!

  • beertendress February 4, 2011 (2:27 am)

    Fantastic!!! Congratulations Zippy’s and White Center!!1 Fresh Cut Fries Yum yum!!

  • Beth February 4, 2011 (7:00 am)

    So happy for you guys! I just hope you don’t change too many things; always sounds great…in the beginning, but what you have going now works. Your brand and experience isn’t a beer and breakfast place. It’s a simple burger joint with a blast from the past and a bunch of cool guys who flip, wrap and fold. PLEASE don’t try to fix something that’s not broken. I’ll see you in a few…Royale and a Sarsaparilla, please.

  • P.M. February 4, 2011 (7:33 am)

    Bring it Zippy’s!

  • P.M. February 4, 2011 (7:36 am)

    Hmmm, small business flourishing, just outside of Seattle city limits…

  • Jill Loblaw February 4, 2011 (7:37 am)

    I vote with CB as to the new location. I’d rather see them in WS. However, that being said, congratulations to Zippy’s and may they live long and prosper. :-)

  • Rahel February 4, 2011 (8:08 am)

    We would have loved to have been able to move closer to either of the junctions, however there were really no viable spaces for us that met our criteria.
    But our new space in SoRo (or SoRox, you choose) will allow us to have very little “down time” and it also opens the possibility for us to have a mobile unit. If we can make that happen, we can share the Zippy’s wealth by showing up in more West Seattle locations. :)

  • Rahel February 4, 2011 (8:10 am)

    Oh and as for changing what we’ve got going, we’re sticking with our original “keep it simple” program with the cool kitch and memorabilia and handmade burgers. We just hope to add a few more things that we’ve wanted to do since the beginning, but due to previous spacial constraints, we weren’t able to.

  • biankat February 4, 2011 (8:16 am)

    ex.cel.lent. they’ll be even closer to me :)

  • Me February 4, 2011 (8:17 am)

    YUCK! From one crappy ‘hood to another. Looks like we won’t be eating there.

  • westseattledood February 4, 2011 (8:43 am)

    A mobile unit TOO with all the savings? Awesome just got awesomer!!! That’s genius, not too mention Fun! Zippy’s Giant Burgers world domination is inevitable.

    And to those who are disappointed that they’ve left Highland Park or that they couldn’t move closer to wherever you are, Please consider this:

    “Don’t hate. Congratulate.”. Think about it!

    My current recommendation is the No. 5 1/2, with a black bean patty.

  • rick February 4, 2011 (8:44 am)

    c’mon Me…really?

  • sophista-tiki February 4, 2011 (8:55 am)

    EEEEEEEEE! RIGHT ON! little bit closer, but the most exciting part is bigger space. the tiny always crowded space usually makes me think twice. FYI Me, your stereo types are keeping you misinformed. White Center is finally starting to happen. You could volunteer at this springs White Center clean up and see just how great this neighborhood really is.

  • westseattledood February 4, 2011 (8:59 am)

    me –
    you are a rude, divisive anonymous commenter who would never say such a disparaging thing directly to me or any other person who lives in either White Center or Highland Park neighborhoods. Ugly sentiment – shallow mind.

  • stb February 4, 2011 (9:04 am)

    Hey Me,

    I live very close to the Junction and I love to go to White Center for the food and the groceries. It’s a fun neighborhood. Try looking around sometime.

  • twobottles February 4, 2011 (9:06 am)

    Fantastic! I rarely ate at the current location only because of the lack of seating. Living in North Admiral, take-out really isn’t a viable option (cold food) and I hate eating in my car. Seating for 60? I’ll be there every weekend! And congrats to WC. Always nice to see old neighborhoods making a comeback.

  • knm February 4, 2011 (9:08 am)

    “Crappy” hoods are derived from the residents that live there. Me, you’re post is rather “crappy” :(
    White Center is turning into the comfortable, cool place it is because un-crappy people have taken a chance and believed in WC. Thanks to the faith and efforts of Full Tilt and Proletariat that started the ball rolling, WC continues to attract the attention of entrepreneurs. I for one am excited to have original, funky and fun places to visit that aren’t just more of the same.
    Zip Zip Hooray for Zippy’s and for SoRo!

  • Bill Reiswig February 4, 2011 (9:16 am)

    Good fer White Center!

  • Franci February 4, 2011 (9:29 am)

    Please consider adding Yam Fries to the menu… Love them!

  • Ex-Westwood Resident February 4, 2011 (9:39 am)

    I used to think that WC was a step up from RB and the CD, but I must admit I am quickly changing my mind about it. It is a few steps up and keeps getting better. People taking care of the community helps. Change doesn’t come over night but I have seen it steadily happening in WC.
    A few years ago I would have never thought of stopping in WC for a few drinks, but after going to the Triangle Tavern/Pub a few times, it has become one of my favorite places to go
    Zippy’s moving in the core of WC is a great choice.
    Maybe they can work out a deal with Big Al’s brewery?

  • metrognome February 4, 2011 (9:45 am)

    looking forward to be able to visit Zippys for the first time … if they make this place accessible to folks in wheelchairs … don’t see a ramp onto the sidewalk, but it could be to the right out of view … I hope …

  • Pai February 4, 2011 (9:51 am)

    Glad “Me” won’t be visiting my crappy ‘hood anytime soon. This is great news, Zippy’s! Agree with the commenter about not telling the rest of Seattle about White Center; lest it offend their sensibilities.

  • Genesee Hill February 4, 2011 (10:07 am)

    Please tell us that you will have “Milwaukee’s Best Ice” beer on tap, served in frozen mugs! Yum!

  • datamuse February 4, 2011 (10:09 am)

    Your loss, Me. More for the rest of us!

  • Steph in WS February 4, 2011 (10:11 am)

    I am so glad they are staying in the general area. The junction has so much already and we need something like Zippy’s to stay with us people in ‘the hood’. Besides, it’s a bit stuck-up in NWSeattle.

  • Traci February 4, 2011 (10:16 am)

    That’s such good news! Good luck moving and settling in, Zippy’s!

  • sarahru February 4, 2011 (10:32 am)

    We of the NoRo.. salute the SoRo!

  • austin February 4, 2011 (10:33 am)

    People calling the north “stuck up” are on the same level as those calling the south “crappy”.
    I for one am happy Zippys is going to be more bus-accessible for me personally, and within walking distance of full tilt and big al’s in addition.

  • vbmart February 4, 2011 (10:43 am)

    As a Highland Park resident, I am SO excited that they will be staying in the general area! Best of luck Zippy’s! Can’t wait for the grand opening in the new space, but we’ll be sure to stop by the current location before then :)

  • kitharris February 4, 2011 (11:03 am)

    Oh, Blaine & Rachel, I’ll miss you right two doors down but know you’ve been going through the worst with the former owners of the property. Now you get a grand new space and the bank gets an eyesore. I’ll be there to visit but will miss you hollering out the back alley when my order was up.
    Best of luck!!!!

  • Bettytheyeti February 4, 2011 (11:20 am)

    Delighted with the WC turn-key choice. But my mind exploded when Rahel mentioned a Zippy Truck!!! Could you see that truck parked somewhere close to Colman Pool in the summer for ferry lines and people visiting Lincoln park? $$$ potential. Ever since the Cat’s Eye Cafe closed on Fauntleroy we have been carbohydrate deprived after workouts. Again, the mind boggles. Handcut-fries, onion rings, or yams it’s ALL GOOD. I’m with the thread, •SoRox• Which includes my favorite non-food places too like B&D Aquarium and the “real” hardware store, McClenndon’s.

  • Anne February 4, 2011 (11:24 am)

    White Center is a great place, I lived there for almost 10 years and loved it! I had the coolest house that I paid about $85K for in 1997, sold it for more when I moved but the houses there are still affordable.
    If I still lived there I could be a block away from Zippy’s, dang! Good job Blaine!

  • Jack February 4, 2011 (11:26 am)

    a new great bar (Company bar on 16th) and now Zippy’s! White Center is awesome!

  • Alex February 4, 2011 (11:35 am)

    Darn! I was really hoping for a West Seattle location. It was already pretty far from everything before, and now that it’s even farther, I think myself and a lot of Seattleites will have to say “goodbye.” By the time I could get my takeout home it would have long since turned cold… :( You’re lucky, Whitecenter, to get such a great business.

  • B February 4, 2011 (11:44 am)

    Ha! Just catching on to this. Me, nobody wants you in WC anyway. Please stay on your side. Those of us who appreciate what WC has to offer will leave our comfy homes in WS and go have fun in WC and leave you behind.

  • Julia February 4, 2011 (12:02 pm)

    This is the best news all week! For everyone who is complaining about how FAR AWAY this new location is, it’s roughly 12 blocks from the current one. Sheesh, if you can’t be bothered to drive that distance for a tasty burger, I say more for us… Rock on Zippy’s, Full Tilt, Proletariat, Mac’s Triangle Pub, Company and SoRox!

    • WSB February 4, 2011 (12:06 pm)

      Julia wins for being first person (that I’ve noticed) to calculate the distance. I looked it up on Google Maps and it’s the same distance from our corner of Upper Fauntleroy – it was 2 miles northeast to Original Zippy’s, and will be 2 miles southeast to New Zippy’s. Use Google Maps’ directions feature to find correlating info for your own corner of West Seattle … TR

  • Colby February 4, 2011 (12:06 pm)

    I’m incredibly excited that most importantly that Zippy’s was able to find a new location, secondly, they will continue to contribute to the neighborhood.

    I’m currently a few blocks away from Zippy’s and when I go to Big Al’s, I can now fetch some Zippy’s too.

  • Mr Gatewood February 4, 2011 (12:35 pm)

    The number 11 burger is a masterpiece. Following it with some Full Tilt to cool down makes it all the more desirable.

  • foy boy February 4, 2011 (1:28 pm)

    Maybe they will put the deluxe zip-min on the menu or the chili frank an rice plate. White center is slowly becoming the place to eat.

  • AHexpat February 4, 2011 (1:29 pm)

    So glad that they found a new place to keep slanging their burgers, but the name SoRo makes me want to puke, as does Renaissance Row.

  • Molly February 4, 2011 (1:43 pm)

    Once a month my husband and son get their haircut at Fantastic Sam’s which is in the same strip mall as the new Zippy’s (Christina is awesome). We’ve seen the strip change and eventually almost empty out. It’s been looking pretty sad for several months now. I’m so stoked Zippy’s is moving in! Hopefully it will help revitalize that little building and it will make a nice ritual – haircut followed by dinner at Zippy’s!

  • westseattledood February 4, 2011 (1:50 pm)

    Travel tips for all the North peninsula peeps who will be travelling to WC: use West Marginal Way to get you to Olsen/Roxbury. Much, much faster than driving through middle of peninsula. Your welcome:)

  • CMC February 4, 2011 (3:31 pm)

    I was hoping for Chuck and Sally’s for selfish reasons but am excited for White Center. It will give me a good excuse to come explore the area a little more. Now, let’s see… what other business can I wish for in the Chuck and Sally’s space?

  • Obadalah February 4, 2011 (4:39 pm)

    OMG. I have not heard of Zippy’s – where have I been!?! Y’all make it sound like heaven and I’ll be making the trek from the south end just to relish (pun intended!) in a Zippy burger. As soon as they open, I’m there!

    And if they serve beer, they could make home made beer battered onion rings! (batter: one part stale beer – yeh, has to be stale – to one part flour is all they need) Pass it along to them, if someone knows them. It’s soooo good!

    See y’all there! Yippy Zippy!

  • miws February 4, 2011 (5:09 pm)

    By the time I could get my takeout home it would have long since turned cold…


    Alex, that is actually what has kept me from ever visiting Zippy’s at their current location. Not having a car, and living in the Morgan Junction, I’d have an easy enough, and relatively quick bus ride up there and back, but would have to rely on the planets being aligned correctly, or just pure luck, that by the time I waited in a possibly long line to order, wait more time for the order to come up, that I wouldn’t have a huge wait for the bus coming back, and that my meal wouldn’t be cold by the time I got back home.


    Please remember though, the new location has plenty of seating. Believe me, I’ve been wanting to visit since they opened, but I’d have to try to go at a quieter time, which may be a crapshoot, if I wanted to dine-in and hopefully find a seat, or go on a sunny, relatively warm day, and figure out a place with at least a bench, if not a table, to walk to before the food got cold. About the closest I could find, is the Riverview Playfield, around 14th & Webster, which I think I once calculated would be a 5-10 minute walk from Zippy’s at my pace.


    So, as much as I was hoping they’d relocate over here on California Av, especially down here towards the southern end, I couldn’t be happier for everyone involved; Zippy’s, the folks in Highland Park, (since it’s not really that far away, except for maybe those that could walk a block or two there, grab their grub, then head back home and still have it piping hot), White Center, and those of us on/near the California corridor, including us bus riders.


    Even Admiral has a one bus ride, Monday through Saturday on the 128, and the 22 and 54 run up there as well. The only people left out, are those for which 35th is the nearest arterial, except for those near 35th & Morgan, (the 128), 35th & Thistle (the 22, except evenings), and 35th between Barton & Roxbury, (the 54 & 560).


    Oh, and it appears Zippy’s has done just fine in their current location, and I’m sure will continue to do fine in their new location, without the “elite” patronizing them.



  • diet February 4, 2011 (5:20 pm)

    I’m not sure if they started to or not, but it would be nice if Zippy’s started offering diet coke/pepsi/jones or whatever. I can’t stand to eat greasy burgers and fries without a diet drink to wash it down with. hehe.

  • tom smith February 4, 2011 (5:49 pm)

    Do I need a bullet-proof vest to eat their?

  • Paul February 4, 2011 (7:42 pm)

    Guess I will have to make a trip to RAT CITY

  • Tyson February 4, 2011 (8:19 pm)

    Wow 100 comments! This place must be happening…I’ll have to check it out when it opens :)

  • Joby February 4, 2011 (9:45 pm)

    I thought the area south of Roxbury already had a name, isn’t it called Rat City? Although I’m sure the Chamber of Commerce would appreciate SoRo more than R.C.! Looking forward to the new location.

  • Me February 4, 2011 (10:02 pm)

    Wow, I sure stirred it up today. I’ve been to Zippy’s once and had to lock the door and hope my young son and I wouldn’t be mugged while waiting for my husband to run in and grab our food. While the hamburger was good – the onion rings were soggy. I get better onion rings at Jack in the Box. Good luck to you all. I’ll stay in West Seattle and will not be traveling to White Center. :)

  • datamuse February 4, 2011 (10:28 pm)

    Hmm…I’ve lived in the neighborhood for over a decade, Me, and I’ve never been mugged, though I did once have a pleasant conversation with some local potheads…maybe I’m doing it wrong…

  • twobottles February 4, 2011 (10:35 pm)

    I highly doubt you will get mugged in Highland Park, that is a very rude assumption to make. And as to “I’ll stay in West Seattle”, I’ve lived in West Seattle (North Admiral) for 24 years, and love it here, but it is NOT the only do all end all place to be. Congrats to WC for making your neighborhood better. Zippy’s will certainly become a part of my weekly Target run.

  • LOS February 4, 2011 (10:37 pm)

    Oh poor poor poor pitiful ME !!! ME you just dont get it!!! & everyone that does will be eating one of the best burgers OF ALL TIME. While you live in your tiny little fearfull world. Not only will I hit up ZIPPY’s once a week like I always do but I will take my 10 month old baby girl and hit up full tilt after. Eating in White Center is probally safer than Eating at ME’s house!!!

  • westseattledood February 4, 2011 (11:38 pm)

    If anybody out there honestly believes they are eating better at a Jack-in-the-Box than they would at Zippy’s, you’re beyond hope.

  • Amanda February 5, 2011 (9:12 am)

    Ok, since moving here 4 years ago, we got: ice cream, pizza, BBQ, a new bakery, a bar and now burgers. We still need some good Thai food though. Unless I am missing out on a hidden WC gem?

  • biankat February 5, 2011 (10:06 am)

    Poor Me. What a sad, sheltered life.

  • HelperMonkey February 5, 2011 (10:29 am)

    is JoJo’s going to be a part of the new location?

  • HelperMonkey February 5, 2011 (10:30 am)

    hey Amanda, not WC but in WWV – Vatsana’s Thai is pretty decent.

  • datamuse February 5, 2011 (11:01 am)

    Ehh, Vatsana’s is so so. I hear that Thai Thai (across the street from Papa Murphy’s Pizza) is really good, but I’ve never managed to get there when they’re open. Either they keep weird hours, or I do.

    Kaosamai Thai in Fremont is still the best Thai I’ve had in the city and the standard to which I compare all others.

  • HelperMonkey February 5, 2011 (11:22 am)

    not even sure that Thai Thai is still open. I haven’t seen them open in a long time, and we drive by at all hours. when it was open, we went there once on the advice of a family member. it was the WORST Thai food ever. we were the only people there, which is always a bad sign. blech. Vatsana’s is only decent. for the real deal we head over to Buddha Ruksa. /threadjack over. :)

  • Bettytheyeti February 5, 2011 (11:24 am)

    Did anyone else see how nicely the former halal restaurant dovetails with Zippy’s making their own ground burger? I’m there for the bean burger but believe this is what makes their burgers excellent.

    @Amanda, most authentic Thai I’ve had Bai Tong at SouthCenter Pkwy not WC. My sister n law is Thai and agrees with my assessment.

    @Me, you have a perfect moniker! “But enough about Me, what do you think of Me?”

  • datamuse February 5, 2011 (12:01 pm)

    No great loss then, I guess, HelperMonkey! Though I have to say that the one time I went to Buddha Ruksa I thought it was just okay…not terrible, but not great either.
    Kaosamai uses real betel leaves for their mieng kum; Buddha Ruksa uses spinach. Acceptable substitute but just not the same.
    Bettytheyeti, I will have to try that place. My sister-in-law is Thai-Chinese and she and her parents are huge foodies. I got quite the education from them…
    Right now, though, I really want a burger. A Zippy’s burger…

  • HelperMonkey February 5, 2011 (12:46 pm)

    hey Zippy, it’s clear you need to make a Thai-inspired burger.

  • Deanie Schwarz February 5, 2011 (1:03 pm)

    I’ve been tracking Thai Thai for WCN. They had to close a couple of months ago due to the owner dealing with cancer. They’ve returned to Thailand for treatment and are hoping to make it back and pick up business. Lots of folks are missing their food!

    And, as to JoJo’s, Helper Monkey, I am keeping an eye on their plans too, but as of last month, they were simply trying to absorb the huge loss of their space. It was a big hit, unfortunately. But it ain’t over till it’s over…

  • HelperMonkey February 5, 2011 (2:00 pm)

    thanks for the updates, Deanie!

  • datamuse February 5, 2011 (3:08 pm)

    In Thailand you can get burgers with rice buns…hmmm…ya know HelperMonkey I think you’re onto something here!

  • chris February 5, 2011 (4:35 pm)

    88 is none too shabby for Thai food.

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  • rahelc February 6, 2011 (12:06 pm)

    We’re thinking of a special White Center Burger. We used to eat at Bev’s Flap Jacks many moons ago; Zippy enjoyed the Jimbo Omlete so maybe a Jimbo Burger is in order.

    As for the SoRo, sorry if we offended anyone, we certainly meant no disrespect. Personally, I LOVE the name Rat City (being a co-founder of the Rat City Rollergirls, I hope you can believe me). But I’m all for any “light-hearted” nicknames for neighborhoods, especially when there are so many folks whose minds conjure up negative images of the word “Rat”, rather than really understanding the historic importance of why White Center was nicknamed that in the first place. Which likely really had nothing to do with a Rat problem at all.

    White Center holds a special spot in our hearts. Some of our fondest memories include:
    -Weekend shopping at all of the 3 thrift stores that used to exist (St. Vinnie de Paul, Veteran’s Thrift Store and Shop n Save)
    – Our daughter learning how to use chopsticks at White Center Pho (we estimate we’ve eaten there somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 times over the last 17 years)
    -Enjoying stiff drinks at the Hideaway Lounge

    We are honored to be so welcomed to the neighborhood! We hope to make you proud!

  • Bird February 6, 2011 (4:32 pm)


  • Charles February 7, 2011 (2:35 pm)

    Walking distance from my house. So happy you’re staying in the area and not going to the Junction/elsewhere. Can’t wait for a burger-n-fries-n-beer this spring.

  • mimi pooch February 8, 2011 (9:42 pm)

    Yeah Zippy’s will be in the hood! I like SORO better than Rats City. Hope they keep the same price on their menu.

  • jojo February 9, 2011 (7:15 pm)

    sooo happy for Zippy’s,look forward to the new location! I think its great!!

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