Seattle Eats

As many of you know, I grew up in Seattle and hold it close to my core. In those days, when traffic wasn’t bad and Efren Herrera was catching fake field goal passes for touchdowns, you couldn’t find a better place to live. I still like the place because all of my family is there and I have a blast each time I visit. A bonus is that the food scene in Seattle is as good as anywhere so I’ll never forgive Anthony Bourdain for not including Seattle in his Pacific Northwest segment. You couldn’t eat your way through that town in a lifetime.

Many of you pass through Seattle on your way to Alaska or British Columbia, Hawaii or beyond, and I thought this article, poached from Seattle Met Magazine, might come in handy during your layover. If you live in Seattle, you probably already know about these places, but it doesn’t hurt to get a reminder.

Here’s the segment on Dick’s Drive-in where all you have to say is, “Two Deluxes please,” and you’re good to go.

Dick’s Drive-In 115 Broadway E, Capitol Hill, 206-323-1300. 500 Queen Anne Ave N, Lower Queen Anne, 206-285-5155. 9208 Holman Rd NW, Broadview, 206-783-5233. 12325 30th Ave NE, Lake City, 206-363-7777. 111 NE 45th St, Wallingford, 206-632-5125. 21910 Hwy 99, Edmonds, 425-775-4243; ddir.com 

It opened in 1954, all windows and stainless and acreage of Wallingford asphalt, with milkshakes made of ice cream, fries cut from potatoes, and ketchup-and-mustard-topped burgers for 19 cents. The ensuing six decades has seen Dick’s colonize five other neighborhoods and raise the price of its ridiculously craveable burger to a whopping buck-twenty-five—but the ice cream and the potatoes are still in the house, and so is a cityful of rabid faithful from across the tax brackets. Sure, you see plenty of change scroungers at the most democratic restaurant in town—but legend has it Bill Gates once tried to pay for his burger here with a thousand-dollar bill. READ MORE

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2 Responses to Seattle Eats

  1. Mike M says:

    I liked the fries at Dicks, and it is the best cheap burger in town, but I liked the burgers better at Kidd Valley. When I lived there my house was on Green lake, and there was one a half mile away. What was the fish and chip place…Spuds? It was good too, and there was one just up Greenlake way. And for great Korean just go north on Aurora past the hookers and by-the-hour motels to around 130th and there are a bunch of them.

    • Greg Thomas says:

      I can’t stand those greasy fries. But I know others who love them, too. All personal preference. The Spud on Greenlake. Took the girls there in April. Mega fish and chips feast. Just talking about it makes me hungry. And the people there are great, wonderful to the kids. And, yes, good old Aurora Ave. Spend a lot of time on that road. Seen a lot of weird things. Thanks for the comment.

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