This isn't fast food, it might seem like a tourist trap but i've been eating at Dicks all my life, it's always been good and it always will be. With practically everything on the menu under a $1 it's a unusual experience and all of the Dick's in Seattle are drive in 's except for the one downtown.
Favorite Dish: The special is great and the milk shakes.
Dick's Drive-In has been a Seattle institution since its inception in 1954. Much like In-N-Out Burger in California, Dick's was a forerunner to McDonald's, offering fresh food fast. Fast food has become such a part of the average person's life it's hard to imagine how novel and revolutionary an idea it was in the early 1950s.
Driving up to Dick's is like driving back in time. This place would be called retro except it's just been around so long and hasn't changed, it defines retro. All that's missing are girls on skates taking your order and you'd be in a Happy Days episode. The people from Seattle love Dick's and it's easy to see why. We would have never heard about the place if friends we were staying with in town hadn't told us about it. We went back as many times as we could.
Favorite Dish: Unlike most other purveyors of fast food, Dick's still does things the old fashioned way. Fresh is the optimal word. Burgers are still made from fresh ground meat, not mixes that are frozen for convenience. Fries are freshly cut from real potatoes. Milk shakes are made with hand-scooped ice cream blended with milk, not a powder poured into a machine. You can taste the difference immediately and suddenly you understand why burgers & fries with a shake truly is America's national dish.
You can still get a couple of double cheese burgers, two orders of fries, and ditto on the shakes for under $10.
Dick's, is the greatest fast food known to man. The fries are unlike those at the chain fast food places, instead of being firm, only slightly greasy and berfectly yellow, Dick's fries are brownish, floppy and moist to the touch. They're the greatest fries ever. I can remember when I was like 6 finding an old Dick's frie lodged in between the car seats, a tasty suprise. They're burgers are great too but less remarkable than the fries. If you're from outta' town and you wanna blend in when ordering, Order like this: I'd like a special and a frie, using frie singular for an order of fries, since it is common place to order 2 or even 3 with your burger. I don't know, they probably do that in other places around the world too. People don't always order this way, I 've just always see it done this way.
Favorite Dish: Deluxe, Fries and a milkshake: the perfect fast food meal, Dick's fries are super-greasy, and thus very tasty, the deluxe is also great to chomp on, and their milkshakes are always thick sweet and wonderful.
Around since 1954, Dicks was recommended to me by lots of sources so I took a drive up to Broadway on Capitol hill to try them out.
They are very tasty, not really fast food, more "homemade" right in front of you on a grill like good burgers used to be.
Definitely worth the drive. There is nothing better than a tasty burger
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Favorite Dish: "Dick's Deluxe."
A real, real hand-maid old-style juicy burger, with their fries and a chocolate shake.
There are no shortcuts, shake mixes, etc. everything is made by hand the old-fashioned way, which is probably why:
- they are so good;
- Dick's is still popular & has been around for 50 years.
Only slightly weird thing (to me) was I could not "customize."
You can't order a "Dick's deluxe" minus mayo & pickles, etc. or at least that is what they told me. You can add (e.g. mustard) but you can't "subtract."
Since everything is custom by-hand I thought that was a little strange.
But it was delicious none the less.
The place looked promising. I used to eat fresh, juicy burgers from drive-thru independent burger places when I was a kid, and this place looked the part. The patties were thin and small and both burgers and fries were very greasy. The place is better than fast food - but barely.
Favorite Dish: Milkshake.
With it's different location through out Seattle, a Dick's Drive-In is always easy to find. The food is not much different from other fast food resaurants, but Dick's is no Burger King. At Dick's the employees get full benefits, the shakes are actually make with ice cream, and the fries are out of this world. Plus, the people watching opportunities are unbelievable.
Favorite Dish: Definitely the shakes...any flavor.
The cashiers get paid more than most fast food places because they have to add up the orders in their head.
Excellent, not fake, french fries. A little grease never hurt anyone.
Favorite Dish: Special, Fries, Chocolate Shake
A double cheeseburger with all the trimmings that only Dick's can provide. A piece of heaven in Seattle. I always stop here when I can.