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Dec 18, 2007 11:53 AM

Gourmet Burger

So, when it comes to burgers, my opinion is that the best ones are either really cheap or really expensive (Sorry to all you Red Mill fans). For cheap eats, I've always been a fan of the classic Dick's cheeseburger (with cheese stuck to the paper, of course) and the double/double from In & Out burger when I'm traveling. The only places in and around Seattle I've found with great higher end burgers are the Kobe (style) burgers at Seastar in Bellevue and Coupage in Madrona. PLEASE, let me know what I'm missing....Thanks!

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  1. I agree with you, pretty much. Especially about Red Mill. So many fancy burgers tend to be too dry and fall apart instead of squishing together. They just don't achieve "burger-ness."

    That said, my favorite burger in Seattle so far is at the 35th St Bistro in Fremont - it's high quality, but has lots of juice and "squish". Good beef, nice crisp bacon. Good fries, too.

    But my go-to burger, when I want the full experience, is up here in Mount Vernon at Gentleman Gene's Pub - the mushroom burger with swiss, and cajun curly fries on the side. Gooey, juicy bliss!

    1. I like the burger at The Palace Kitchen and the one at The Jones Bistro.

      1. the lamb burger (w/ options for avocado and artisan cheeses) at 94 Stewart (available lunchtime only)

        1. I'm also not a big fan of Red Mill, I don't think they quite live up to the hype. But I really like the burgers at Duke's Chowder House. They fall in the kind of expensive range at 12 - 14 dollars. The Duke is great. Fries need work though.

          I'm also a big fan of the burger at Maple Leaf Grill. It's one of the best I've had. 8 oz. and hand formed around $10. Excellent fries.

          1. I'm really a no go when it comes to red mill as well. (I think they're burger hacks) and the fries blow as well.
            But, right down the road is "Olive You" with 8 different Kobe beef burgs.

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            1. re: SeattleJim

              How are those burgers at Olive You? It's right in my 'hood and hungry people need details!!!!

              1. re: allisonw

                allisonw - Good food, but get it to go, awful service everytime we have tried dining in.

                My neck of the woods too, and when I want a "gourmet" burger fix, I head to the Stumbling Goat for Happy Hour and have their Mini Wagyu Beef Burgers.... I may be partial since I love their food (and tuesday is half priced bottle of wine night), but those burgers always hit the spot for a happy hour nibble. Great staff too.

                1. re: nseattlefoodie

                  I agree with nseattlefoodie - Olive You's service has been declining steadily since it opened. I would argue that the food quality isn't what it once was, either.