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Seeking perfect burger joint combo in Seattle

My family of four would like to find the perfect combination of these four things:

1. delicious burgers for the wife
2. thick, flavorful (real) milkshakes for the wife and kids
3. good, hand-made veggie burger for me
4. crispy (not soggy) fries

So far, we haven't been able to find a single place in Seattle where we can get all three. The Red Mill veggie burger is an afterthought. Zippy's is OK, but the shakes and fries are lacking...

Truth be told, I would settle for good fish 'n chips in place of the veggie burger, if we could combine that in one place with the other factors.

I'm dreaming that there's a little neighborhood joint somewhere that does all these things and has managed to fly under our radar...

Any leads would be oh-so-appreciated.

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  1. My husband and I are new in town and also searching for the perfect burger and milkshake spot. We weren't impressed with Red Mill last week but we did try The Counter in Ballard last week and will definitely be back. The sweet potato fries were out of this world! Good luck!

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    1. re: aiacopi

      I also like The Counter. I haven't tried the shakes but they have a really good burger and you can customize it however you like. They are served medium so it will be pretty pink if you don't specify doneness. They also make their own veggie burgers in 1/3 pound, 2/3 pound or 1 pound size. Fries are the thinner crispier type and the onion strings are really good. They also have chicken or turkey burgers.

    2. You might give the Lunchbox Lab a try. I've not had the veggie burger, but I think that it would fit the bill on the other 3 fronts.

      Disclaimer: There seems to be a love it/hate it relationship with it on this board. They are not cheap, but the ingredients are very good. I'm definitely on the love it side of the equation.

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      1. re: BallardFoodie

        I've had their veggie burger and it is awful.....greasy & heavy-textured and what a belly ache I had after eating it. Their fried potatoes are pretty ordinary......just commonplace pre-frozen spuds.

      2. Not sure if Woodinville is an option for you, but I love Teddy's Bigger Burgers. The burgers are great as well as the milkshakes. I can't vouch for the veggie burgers but you can read some of the reviews on Yelp. I keep meaning to try the fish and chips (made with flounder) but I always end up getting a burger and onion rings.

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/teddys-bigger...

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        Teddy's Bigger Burgers
        17705 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

        1. Great suggestions so far. I'd suggest Blue Moon Burgers in Fremont or South Lake Union. Their burgers are pretty good and I know my wife loves the Southwest veggie burger. They also have really good crispy waffle fries and it's all pretty cheap.

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          Blue Moon Burgers
          500 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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          1. re: yoyo11

            Blue Moon, IMO, is mediocre at best. The burger was overcooked, possibly made from frozen. The fries are not waffle fries as advertised, but crinkle cut, and they were very poorly cooked, a true waste of caloric content. This place is inferior to By's or Kidd Valley. I'd almost rather have Jack in the Box. Actually, I would.

          2. This may help you some. It is a thread from last summer

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615517