BIZNOTES: 4 quick West Seattle food updates

Quick notes on local food/beverage venues:

OPEN REALLY LATE: The South Delridge burger joint Boss Drive-In (9061 Delridge Way SW) has extended its hours.

Thanks to Mike for the tip.

MOVING SOON: As announced by a banner in the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way SW, that’ll be the new home of El Chapulin Oaxaqueño food truck in about four weeks.

We stopped by the truck’s longtime location in The Junction, by Lula Coffee‘s drive-thru, to ask about the reason for the move; they said the main motivation is that they need more space. (Thanks to Ian – who also sent the photo – and Ivy for the tips.)

CHICKEN SANDWICHES: As hinted when Ma’ono closed its West Seattle restaurant, its popular chicken sandwiches will be popping up at proprietor Mark Fuller‘s newest venture, the Benbow Room (4210 SW Admiral Way). Mondays and Tuesdays, 4 pm-10 pm, for starters.

ICE CREAM: If you haven’t been to Youngstown Coffee (6032 California SW) in Morgan Junction lately, you should know in these waning weeks of summer that they’re now carrying six-ounce pre-packed cups of Ice Cream Social, homemade-style ice cream from Tacoma, in a variety of flavors. (Vegan options, too.)

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22 Replies to "BIZNOTES: 4 quick West Seattle food updates"

  • Ron Pearson August 19, 2022 (1:09 pm)

    Re Burger Boss – was initially thrilled to see the new late hours until I tried to actually get something there late.  The gentleman inside wouldn’t take my order, and angrily pointed to the sign outside stating all orders after 10:00 PM must be made online.  Never seen anything like that before.  I just went to Mackie D’s after that.

  • Marty2 August 19, 2022 (1:12 pm)

    Little Chicken Burgers has a food truck located next to the Shell Foodmart (old Lucky 5) at 35th & Henderson.  They have been open intermittently the last week or so.  Don’t know if they have regular hours yet, they were not serving drinks when I stopped by last week.

    • Buttercup August 19, 2022 (3:00 pm)

      I started going to the original snout 4.5 years ago, love their food and owners are so nice. Between pandemic and gas prices I can’t just hop down there from Admiral anymore, must be strip to Burien for a reason. I was ESTASTIC to see them open a good truck in West Seattle. Feel like a old buddy popped back in my life. Best burgers and great concept!!

    • NotOnHolden August 19, 2022 (4:51 pm)

      Oh cool, thanks for sharing this!  Used to go there all the time after music lessons in Burien with the  kiddo!  Will check it out!

  • StuckInWestSeattle August 19, 2022 (2:00 pm)

    I miss Zippys who recently closed near there. Never been to burger boss but ill give it a look.

    • WS resident August 19, 2022 (11:04 pm)

      You’re in for a major disappointment. If Zippys was “giant” burgers, Boss is the opposite. Better than McDonalds, imho, but not by much. Zippy’s truly was the best burger in WS, perhaps Seattle.

      • Kat August 20, 2022 (9:24 am)

        Couldn’t believe it when I heard Zippys closed!!  Best burger, hands down, in WS!  

  • Sandy F. August 19, 2022 (3:47 pm)

    I’ve been seriously underwhelmed by Burger Boss 3 out of 3 times I visited.  Now that Zippy’s is gone they have even less incentive to step up their game.  If you are in the area looking for a good burger, you’ll have to keep looking.

  • Robert J Schmidt August 19, 2022 (6:22 pm)

    Burger Boss sure looks good but when I ordered extra tomato for my Bacon Cheeseburger I was told they don’t serve tomato. Really!? I guess I’ll just go to Smokey’s or Herfy’s now that Zippy’s is closed. Never ordered one there but I sure am going to miss seeing the Big Lou on that menu. Very nostalgic. I did order one at Lou’s once. Not for the timid eater.

    • waikikigirl August 19, 2022 (9:00 pm)

      When I was a kid walking home from school (Puget Sound Jr. High) we would stop at the Arctic Circle which is Smokey’s now and get an order of fries with a small vanilla shake to dip them in or a brown-topper ice cream…oh those were the days when you could eat anything and not worry about it! LOL!!!Boss has good fries  but their burgers have too much mustard for my liking. 

  • Crystal August 19, 2022 (7:26 pm)

    Have to agree with thumbs down on Burger Boss.  But I have been to the Herfy’s on 1st Ave South in Burien; thought food was grand but indoor setting poor.

  • Rb August 19, 2022 (10:49 pm)

    I really want to see Burger Boss succeed. But they have to step up their game. They need better food, better service, better seating, etc. I guess the extended hours are an improvement. We’ll see. The Little Chicken truck has good burgers. It’s a great addition to that area. I think the 7-11 on 35th and Barton is missing out on the food truck scene. That’s a prime location.

    • anonyme August 20, 2022 (10:08 am)

      Great suggestion about a food truck at that 7-11.  Too bad El Chapulin Oaxaqueno isn’t moving there instead of Fauntleroy.  It would be fantastic if Zippy’s got a truck – or Dick’s.

  • S August 19, 2022 (11:36 pm)

    I had a really good burger at Pepperdock recently. Toasted bun, not too much mayo, fresh lettuce and tomato, melted cheese, pickles. It was so good. crispy fries.  Then I had ice cream. Love that place.

  • Jerry August 20, 2022 (2:30 am)

    I would just like to consolidate the list of complaints we have here for future readers:1. Boss Burger is not Zippys2. They can’t do extra tomato on your burger.3. Too much mustard..Come on everyone… Boss Burger is awesome!! They are a simple and perfect burger joint with ice cream and shakes. Nothing more, nothing less. Save your service complaints for an actual sit down restaurant. Everyone take a chill pill and enjoy some grub from your local burger stand.

    • Realistic Expectations August 20, 2022 (12:53 pm)

      Couldn’t agree more Jerry! Burger boss is honestly great (and in my opinion on par with Zippy’s, just a different style overall). You can’t expect to be getting a Jak’s burger here, it’s a well done classic drive-in experience. It’s the kind of place you swing by with your kids to get a milkshake, some fries, and head over to the park as a treat. To compare it anywhere near McDonalds is absolutely not fair at all. It’s basically a better Dicks which is a wonderful thing to have in West Seattle. 

  • Luis August 20, 2022 (3:16 am)

    El Chapulín Oaxaqueño is overpriced for what you get and the guy who runs it is rude af. I ordered a breakfast burrito and he gave me a veggie burrito. After I protested, he insisted I said veggie burrito (which I would have never ordered – and was lousy, btw) and simply would not accept he heard me wrong. As if I’d have any motivation to lie! The very next time I went (yeah, I returned because maybe the previous time was a bad day for him) I asked for additional napkins after seeing he’d only given me two flimsy napkins for a whole breakfast burrito (which I made sure I ordered clearly but tbh was ultimately lame). He gave me ONE more crappy napkin but only after objecting that he hadn’t given me two. Turns out he’d given me three. If you’ve seen these napkins, they’re the kind that are done by the time you wipe a finger or two, much less a sweaty head after some hot salsa. Anyway, the guy is rude, and I guess super cheap.

  • wlcg06 August 20, 2022 (8:44 am)

    I think Burger Boss has a big opportunity now with Zippy’s closed (so sad) to get to the next level. Maybe some Zippy’s tribute burger specials once in a while. I’ll second the tomato comment above too. More leafy lettuce would be good.

  • Craig Threlkeld August 20, 2022 (2:17 pm)

    Maybe folks haven’t noticed yet, but for a few weeks at the end of August/the beginning of September, this isn’t tomato country. As a (former) cook, we did a LOT of fried green tomato dishes. That actually makes sense around here.

  • Craig Threlkeld August 20, 2022 (2:24 pm)

    Small tomatoes (cherry and smaller) actually do pretty well in cooler weather.  They may not grow any earlier, but they keep ripening later.  It’s hard to use small tomatoes in a sandwich though.

  • Chilli August 21, 2022 (12:14 pm)

    Wait a minute…   Why is nobody mentioning Lil Woody’s, just blocks away.   I preferred them over Zippys and they are way better than Boss.   They get the most important ingredient in a burger right: the patty.   They use high quality Painted Hills beef, and cook it right.   Their salmon burger is also a highlight, as are their fries.   And they usually have specials that marry some surprising ingredients to good affect.   Their buns could be better,  but overall I know of no better burger than their “Smoked Out”  in all of Seattle. 

  • B August 21, 2022 (4:32 pm)

    The only issue I would have with Burger Boss staying open that late/early is, I wouldn’t be out and about around that area that late/early for any reason whatsoever. Let alone food. And I live in the area too. There are just too many whackadoodles out and about that late/early, especially in that area. I’d even be concerned for the safety of the BB employees that would be on those shifts. Nope. Sorrynotsorry.

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