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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits: Stop in Here for a Great Burger!
We have now visited Red Robin's twice, the latest time being July, 2006. The burgers were so delicious and the service so good, that we ate here twice during our first stay in Seattle two years prior to this visit. Being that Red Robin's is also located on a pier jutting out into Elliott Bay, it had a great setting! The first time we ate here in June 2004, we stayed inside which can be a little too noisy for us, but the second time we took advantage of seating outside on the pier so it was great! It was a little chilly even in mid-summer but the view is so worth it! This is a great place for families with children and the service is always excellent.
Along with those delicious burgers, another nice feature is the Red Robins' "never-ending fries" which means all-you-can-eat french fries for one price! But, Red Robin's has all sorts of other delicious dishes such as seafood, salads, pastas, soups, etc., and from the size of the crowds, others have the same opinion as we do about the food here. There is a large selection of scrumptious desserts if the burger and never-ending fries hasn't filled you up. Reservations are not needed.
Favorite Dish: Try the teriyaki pineapple burger...a little sloppy but tastes great with a constantly refilled basket of fries! Because I was under the weather when we visited in July, 2006, and didn't really feel like eating, the kind waitress brought me a coke and many packages of saltine crackers!! I really appreciated this gesture!
Big Food: Pacific Northwest Log Cabin Shaped Kiosk
Big Food is regarded by some of those I have talked to as being one of the better food trucks in Seattle. However, they also have a location inside the Armory Building in the Seattle Center. The location here is fairly easy to find: it is on the north side of the building near the entrance doors.
It is also easy to find because it is the only such food kiosk in the entire building that has a wilderness log cabin look to it, and has been fashioned from huge trees cut to size.
The basic idea, of course, is to make it appear as if it were part of the same remote cabin from which issued bigfoot sightings some years back.
The food isn't too varied, but is mostly sandwiches with various sides available.
The prices seem a bit high for what you get, but then that is the case with most places inside the Seattle Center.
Favorite Dish: Smoked Portabella Sandwich - smoked then grilled then finished with barbecue sauce and a side of coleslaw for $8. This is a vegetarian sandwich.
- Food and Dining
A Very Taki Tiki Bar: Interesting Hawaiian Vibe
You walk into A Very Taki Tiki Bar, and instantly it lives up to its Ta(c)ky reputation. The whole bar/burger joint is covered in surfing paraphernalia, including a mannequin lifeguard and plenty of leis and fake palm trees and pictures of Elvis all over the place. It actually has its own little bit of charm, in a kitschy kind of way. There are a lot of flat screen TVs, as I guess it doubles as a sports bar sometimes. But when I was there for lunch, no one was watching.
Favorite Dish: The food was pretty darn good. I had a chicken sandwich, slathered in cheese, avocado, and bacon. It came with a great side of crunchy, not too large but not too stringy fries. Yum!
Zak's: Cheap Eats in Ballard
Zak's decor seems a little bit more like Southern California than Seattle, but variety is the spice of life, right? When you enter you take a menu from the tub upfront and seat yourself. One wall has booths, the other wall has picnic tables, complete with umbrellas (inside), and there's a big communal table down the middle. Although is seems like an order-at-the-counter place, Zak's has friendly servers that take your order and bring your food and drinks.
Favorite Dish: Zak's has pretty good burgers. The regular, single patty is big enough that it's not overpowered by the condoments (a common Seattle burger problem, in my opinion). In addition to beef burgers they also have salmon, chicken, and (I think) veggie. For the nob-burger crowd, they have grilled cheese and BLTC*. You can get you sandwich by itself or served with the best fries in Seattle. Onion rings are also available, and look good, but I've never tried them.
You can have pop, beer, or a milkshake as a beverage. I've heard the milkshakes are awesome, but haven't tried one yet.
*C is for Cheddar
Scooter's Burgers & Shakes: Freshly Made "Fast" Food
Scooter's is a far cry from the pre-processed food in the chain fast food joints. Your food is cooked after you order it, and they use better ingredients.
Favorite Dish: Scooter's has good burgers, but the Turkey Avacado Melt is delicious. Their shakes are awesome, too.
- Budget Travel
McDonalds: Mickey D's
One of the problems with the hotel was that it didn't include a free breakfast. Fortunately, there was a McDonalds very close, and I often got breakfast there, and sometimes even dinner if I didn't feel like going out.
Favorite Dish: I like the Egg McMuffin, the plain cheap double cheeseburgers from the dollar menu, apple pies, and McFlurries. I also like the Big Mac, the chicken McNuggets, the BBQ sandwiches which they have in the fall and the green mint milkshakes around St. Patrick's day.
Burger King: Gotta eat somewhere!
After our detour to Mount Saint Helen's, we were so hungry, we could have eaten a horse! (sorry, Silver!!). Having to stop for gas, we found a nice BK, and enjoyed a burger, and coooooooooool coke!
Sorry not to be more adventurous, but some of these Fast Food places are just what's needed when the temperature outside is in the 90's!
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Things that make Burgermaster...
Things that make Burgermaster better than the Space Needle Restaurant
What is Burgermaster? It is a chain of drive-in hamburger stops in the Pacific Northwest that goes back to the 50's. You can still drive up to the place, ladies come out to take your order and you eat in your car. Funny thing is some modern cars cannot take the weight of the tray hanging off the side window. The Space Needle Restaurant is the diner atop the Space Needle in Seattle. The latter is a perfect example of the 'Desperately trying to be San Francisco' enviroment around there.
Burgermaster has more attentive Waitresses
Burgermaster doesn't serve dry ice in their milk shakes
Burgermaster doesn't take your plates while you are still eating
The logo is cooler
You can eat in your car
More advanced technology to place orders
You get free coffee if you can write Windows software
It is far away from any trendy coffee shop
You can't see downtown Seattle from it
Owner has a better haircut
No rude busboys!!
Hwy 99 and 100th ave,
Favorite Dish: Crab and swiss cheese sandwich, homemade onion rings and a very delicious milk shake.
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