Pizza & Burgers - Seattle
I have friends coming in for the weekend and they want to know the best places for pizza and burgers. He is a gourmand who has his own high end restaurant but is always on the lookout for the best foods in different places, this weekend it is burgers and pizza. Suggestions?
Search the board and you'll find many suggestion type threads.
For burgers I'd have to suggest the Lunchbox Laboratory. I think they may have the best bugers that I've ever had. I took 3 people there last week and we ended up with Dork (duck/pork), ground filet, and regular beef burgers. Probably 14 types of cheese and 40 condiments to choose from if you don't get pulled into one of the specials.
I haven't been to LunchLab yet (hard to get to Ballard at lunchtime!) but I hear it's fantastic!
For upscale burgers, I like Quinn's a lot, but I know there are mixed feelings here about the burgers. I also like the ones at Palace Kitchen. Both are fun restaurants to go to, but I don't think either takes reservations, and both get very busy.
I don't know any good hole-in-the-wall cheap burger places in Seattle. In the mid-range, I like King's Hardware in Ballard (also a cool place) though the burgers are not really any more special than what could be had elsewhere.
For Pizza...maybe Serious Pie would be a good choice? A little overpriced and very busy unless you go early...pairs well with a movie at Cinerama.
You know Lunchbox Lab is open all the time and not just at lunch right?
If your buddy likes out of the way, surprising places, I've been a big fan of Last Chance Chili Shack's burger. It's in a dive-y area of town toward Georgetown. I'd put it in my top sleeper picks for great burgers.
(they also do great chili over mac & cheese)
i second the serious pie reco. the pizza is awesome, it's got a nice atmosphere and a great selection of beer.
Via Tribunali (at least the Capitol Hill location) is the only pizza I go out for in Seattle.
Serious Pie started promising but kinda ran off the rails for me. My last few pizzas there were mediocre - edible, but they should have been much better for the money.
Tutta Bella is pretty good and convenient, but I've never had a pie in the dozens I've tried at all three of their locations that matched anything I've had at Via Trib.