WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Dick’s Drive-Ins’ truck in The Junction

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)

12:20 PM: Getting the Easy Street Records marquee welcome right now – the first-ever Dick’s Drive-Ins food truck. It’s selling burgers and shakes at the California/Alaska corner until 2 pm.

The (distanced) line stretches north along California to the corner of Oregon as of our visit a few minutes ago.

The truck is here as one of its first five stops because of an online vote – it’ll be here until 2 pm.

(Photo sent by Angelo Guerrero)

6:31 PM: After the truck left, we emailed Dick’s to ask how many burgers and shakes were sold today. The reply: “We don’t actually provide those specific numbers but I can share that we sold completely out of shakes and burgers today in West Seattle.”

40 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Dick's Drive-Ins' truck in The Junction"

  • David December 11, 2020 (12:27 pm)

    The line currently is a block long to the Chase bank

  • Sillygoose December 11, 2020 (12:47 pm)

    Got mine!! YAY thanks for coming to West Seattle we love Dick’s

  • just wondering December 11, 2020 (12:56 pm)

    I’m guessing they’ll run out of burgers and shakes before 2 pm!

  • Also John December 11, 2020 (1:06 pm)

    I went to go grab lunch.  The line was from Alaska to Oregon.  Good food but not worth 30 minutes with so many pedestrians walking nearby.

  • Auntie December 11, 2020 (1:19 pm)

    Waited in line for 1/2 hour, still not even close. I give up. Maybe this will give Dick’s a clue that we need a real Dick’s Drive-In here in West Seattle!

    • flimflam December 11, 2020 (2:58 pm)

      All of their locations seem to do pretty well but if they managed to open one near/on Alki can you imagine the business they’d do, especially summertime?

    • Foop December 11, 2020 (3:16 pm)

      Or you could go get an actually good burger somewhere nearby.

  • deathfromabovekitty December 11, 2020 (1:48 pm)

    Was in line early at 10:30. Everyone in my group got a free The First Five – West Seattle Dicks tshirt which was a nice surprise. No rain and worth the wait for cheap & tasty burgers! 

    • Can December 11, 2020 (7:12 pm)

      Got one of those! Sweet gift with purchase. For all Dick’s does for the community and my waistline, I’ll support them whenever I can. 

  • Hannah Gordon December 11, 2020 (2:10 pm)

    A line? Seriously?  It never fails to amaze how Seattleites will queue up for the most prosaic food.

    • Scott Collins December 11, 2020 (8:13 pm)

      And what center of sophistication do you hail from that you are missing so much while stuck in our backwards little burg?

      • Susan R. December 14, 2020 (12:48 pm)

        Haha, this made me laugh!

  • Chuck Jacobs December 11, 2020 (2:17 pm)

    I could eat a whole sack of Dicks!

  • Pamela December 11, 2020 (2:34 pm)

    A fun morning,  nice to be outside and see people and great to be able to drop burgers off to a few older friends who aren’t getting out.  And didn’t have to drive out and around and over and back to get a Dick’s burger! Happy Day.

  • skeeter December 11, 2020 (3:00 pm)

    No line at the Westwood McDonald’s.

  • onion December 11, 2020 (3:14 pm)

    During that 60 minute-plus wait you could a better burger at Zippys and then head north for an even better burger at Swinery. Heck, you could probably even squeeze in a third from Elliott Bay, Coastal, or some other favorite.

    • Rumbles December 11, 2020 (6:09 pm)

      @onion – why so much shade for Dick’s?  They are a local company too and take good care of their employees.  Sheesh.  

  • MC December 11, 2020 (3:45 pm)

    It’s not that you can’t get a better burger somewhere else. It’s that you can get a delicious and simple one for $2.50 from a walk-up window and a business that gives its worker’s benefits. A business model like this with a storefront in the junction could make a killing. 

  • Zark00 December 11, 2020 (3:46 pm)

    What’s up with all the non-locals taking swipes at Dicks? I get it, you don’t have the connection to Dicks, so you think this is a ‘best burger’ contest – it’s not. It’s nostalgia, memories, and quinticential Seattle lore. Keep your burger opinions to yourselves and go find a real Seattlite to school you on ‘why Dicks’. 

    • HappyOnAlki December 11, 2020 (6:02 pm)

      Hear, hear!!!

    • AMD December 11, 2020 (6:22 pm)

      Not sure why you assume they’re not local.  Some locals–who follow local news–kinda hate the guy who owns Dick’s.  There are other companies who are local and offer benefits to employees and aren’t owned by terrible people.  Not everyone has to like Dick’s or want to support him.  Real Seattleites make political stands over cheeseburgers.  It’s pretty much as Seattle as you can get.

      • BW December 11, 2020 (8:27 pm)

        Do you count cars go over the low bridge too?  Honest to God.  Its a cheeseburger.  I have to say the level of vitriol I see in the comments on many of the articles on this blog really, really make me consider if I like the community I’m living in. My grandparents, parents and I all grew up here so West Seattle has long been part of my heart.  Whether it’s lifelongers or newcomers spewing this kind of spiteful, negative commentary is isn’t relevant to me. I’ve always been proud to call West Seattle home.  Lately, not so much.

        • AMD December 12, 2020 (8:22 am)

          …What?  What does boycotting a business for political reasons have to do with the bridge?  Was this comment intended to refer to another post?  If you like Dick’s, good for you.  If living among people who don’t feel the same way about a restaurant troubles you so much, I’m sorry to hear that but I don’t really know what to tell you.  There is no neighborhood where every person has the same food and patronize/boycott preferences.

      • zark00 December 12, 2020 (2:31 pm)

        @AMD – Wow, that is next level petty.  Dick Spady is dead dude – he died in 2016, and you’re what – boycotting Dicks because he used to donate to Republicans?  Wow.  What about the other half of the Spady family that have always donated to Democratic and Progressive candidates?  What about the $22,000 Dicks scholarship program?  It’s pretty progressive. Or how about Dick’s program Change for Charity – they’ve raise like $2M from that alone. The money goes to Roots, Mary’s Place, and Farestart – hate those charities too?  You’re literally trying to stop these beneficial local programs because a 90 year old guy gave Mitt Romney money in 2012. Petty and short-sighted to say the least.If you can’t find a way to work with people you don’t 100% agree with politically you are simply part of the problem and will never be part of the solution.  Are you part of the problem? 

        • Susan R. December 14, 2020 (12:52 pm)

          Good point!!!

    • East Coast Cynic December 11, 2020 (10:44 pm)

      I’m not a local, but I likes me a Dicks Deluxe as much as the next local.  However, I won’t wait in a queue for a 1/2 hour to get one; Nor would I do it for any burger that I liked.  That being said, I don’t know if there’s enough real estate available in West Seattle to accommodate the Dick’s drive in model that it utilizes to set up a permanent location.

  • Bob December 11, 2020 (3:46 pm)

    So much snarkiness here…yes, we are fortunate to have some great burgers in West Seattle as Onion states. And Skeeter, I will enjoy a little cheeseburger at Mickey D’s as well. But today was about having fun for 3 hours and having Dick’s in our town.  We all have that choice to ridicule or just be happy. 

  • Burger Happy December 11, 2020 (3:49 pm)

    I skipped the line & was happy to support locally. Ordered on EndolyneJoes.com and when I got to Joe’s my delicious burger was ready. Took it to Lincoln Park for a perfect picnic! Thank you Endolyne Joe’s!!

  • Barb Z December 11, 2020 (4:27 pm)

    Not everyone has the same taste, which is why there are so many options at different places. I love the delicious burgers found at our local West Seattle restaurants, but I also enjoy a Dick’s burger now & then. They are good, cheap, and fast. Dick’s is also locally owned (Seattle), and treats its employees very well. Dick’s was a fun addition in West Seattle in these not so fun times. I got there too late today, but Yeah Dick’s!

  • momosmom December 11, 2020 (4:46 pm)

    All of us true Dick’s fans really know that these commenters making these snarky comments don’t realize they are true “Dick’s”        fans!  

  • waikikigirl December 11, 2020 (4:54 pm)

    OMG people why are you complaining so much about Dick’s bringing a food truck to WS when there were so many of you that wanted their new restaurant to be built here and not in Kent?! At least they saw that people wanted them and for those who lost out on the new restaurant they’re visiting us with their food truck.I guess the saying is correct…”you can never make everybody happy” and that is so true here.

    • Anne December 11, 2020 (5:29 pm)


  • Petert December 11, 2020 (5:19 pm)

    Jeez, I miss White Castle. 

  • Paul Pierce December 11, 2020 (6:50 pm)

    Are West Seattleites starving for some new food on the island or something? 

    • East Coast Cynic December 12, 2020 (12:37 pm)

      A solid Chinese Restaurant other than Lee’s Asian (pan asian not dedicated chinese) and New Luck Toy (a bar that does a little chinese on the side.)

  • Jade Kelly December 11, 2020 (6:53 pm)

    I’m born and raised in the west. The amount of whining I see in comments makes me sad sometimes. Get a hobbie, good God.

  • wseaturtle December 11, 2020 (6:56 pm)

    did someone say White Castle!! Where??

    • Foodie December 11, 2020 (7:38 pm)

      There’s an In N Out Burger in Salem.

  • Trickycoolj December 11, 2020 (10:32 pm)

    If I’m looking for a Dick’s-like burger and I’m not in the mood to cross the bridge I usually hit up Burger Boss. Always hits the spot and members of our household appreciate that they can hold the onions. Plus bacon sirancha sauce is a winner! 

  • Jim P. December 12, 2020 (2:04 pm)

    Somebody convince them to bring their truck to the south end of West Seattle. Westwood could use some invigorating.(And some of us can no longer walk up the hill to get to try Burger Boss and don’t drive.)

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