dick’s drive-in – dick’s deluxe

Dick’s Drive-In is an institution in Seattle. There are several locations, are open late, serve burgers, and are very easy on your wallet! Since we were staying in Capitol Hill, there was conveniently one close by. They’ve got a short four item burger menu with shakes, ice cream, and drinks. The main staples on their burger menu are the Dick’s Deluxe and the Dick’s Special. Both have shredded lettuce, mayo, and a chopped pickle. The difference is that the Deluxe has two 1/4 lb. patties (fresh, not frozen) and yellow American cheese, while the Special has a single, cheeseless patty.

I went with a Dick’s Deluxe and an order of fries. It’s nothing fancy, but it was a tasty, fast food style burger. The housecut shoestring fries are definitely worth getting, too.

The Deluxe costs you $2.70 and the fries are $1.50. Not bad at all. A much better choice than a late night McDonald’s burger, if you ask me.

Dick’s Drive-In
115 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

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red mill burgers

Almost two weeks ago, I began my trip to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle and Portland, with dining partner, Denise, to eat as much as we could. Well, that and to go to a close friend’s wedding. Prior to our trip, we put together long lists of places to eat and drink. Not surprisingly, most of the places were burger joints. It was tough to take some off the list, but it had to be done. The next couple posts, if not most, will be covering some of the burgers and other food we had out there.

Anyway, Red Mill Burgers was definitely was not coming off that list. We visited their Interbay location, just north of the golf center. Their other location is further north in Phinney Ridge. The menu consists of beef, chicken, and veggie burgers in addition to sides and shakes. The two that caught our eyes were the Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese and the Red Onion Jam Burger. Denise got the Deluxe and I went with the Red Onion Jam. I was under the assumption that we were going to do halfsies…

The Red Onion Jam Burger consists of a 1/4 lb. flame broiled patty, caramelized red onions, lettuce, tomato, and Mill sauce (a housemade smoky mayo) on a kaiser bun. It was alright, but that was the problem. I found nothing special about this burger that would make me want to get it again.

The Red Mill Deluxe on the other hand, holy crap. The Deluxe also has a 1/4 lb. flame broiled patty but is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and Mill Sauce on a seeded bun. I used to be a much chubbier, larger individual in middle school when I would consume fast food like it was nothing. Burger King Whoppers were one of the burgers I would eat a good amount of. Why is this relevant? The Red Mill Deluxe had the flavor profile of a BK Whopper…but so much better. It tasted great. Better than the Red Onion Jam Burger, that’s for sure. I had one, maybe two bites and Denise finished the rest…(I wanted more.)

The fries unfortunately were nothing special. If you’re feeling hungry just get another burger instead!

I wish we had more time in Seattle. I want a Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese…all to myself.

Red Mill Burgers
1613 W Dravus St.
Seattle, WA 98119

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alla spina – the burgamo

Alla Spina, Marc Vetri’s Italian gastropub, has been open since late February but didn’t have a burger until recently. That burger has been named The Burgamo, a double cheeseburger made with LaFrieda beef, cheddar, lettuce, onion, pickles, and special sauce. To make things more special, it’s served on a housemade sesame seeded potato bun alongside your choice of housemade salt & vinegar or BBQ chips.

It’s huge. You’re going to have to unhook your jaw as you take bites! The meat is thin enough that you don’t request a temperature. In my case, it was cooked just under well done. The housemade potato bun was really, really tasty. It had a lightness to the inside, with a crusty exterior which held up well during consumption. The downside of that crusty exterior, however, is that every bite that had to break through the crusty exterior resulted in a shifting of all the ingredients away from the bite area. I had to strategically start taking bites around to keep the ingredients centered on the bun. Since there were two patties, each separated by the intermediate slice of bun, I was hoping there would be melted cheddar on both. It was only placed on the upper burger.

Despite it not living up to my self created hype, The Burgamo is a tasty burger. I think it has a lot of potential and would definitely like to try it again sometime down the line.

Alla Spina
1410 Mt. Vernon St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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beer: narragansett summer ale

Ryan Hudak of In Search of Beer is back to review Narragansett’s summer ale.

This summer, I’ve been trying to do three things: run at least four times a week, try to avoid leaving air conditioning at all costs, and explore lighter, more refreshing summer beers. While I’ve been having mild success with the first two (they don’t really go hand-in-hand, after all), I’ve been able to make a lot of headway on the third item. Oddly enough, one of my discoveries came as I was blatantly ignoring #2 on my list and camping.

The Narragansett Summer Ale, from Rhode Island, is a light, crisp and clean blonde ale that doesn’t overwhelm in any sense. It’s 4.2% ABV allows you to “refresh” yourself multiple times throughout the day while the citra hops lend the flavor of grapefruit and citrus. These flavors blend perfectly with the pale malts to give you a laid back and refreshing beer that’s not only highly drinkable, but highly affordable ($26.99 for a case of 18-oz cans).

When the weather has been such that you break a sweat just opening the front door to get your mail, the last thing you want to be drinking is anything that reminds you of thick chocolate milk or bitter hop syrup. Keep it light and keep the alcohol low and you’ll have a much better time than if you were sitting in the sun drinking a 14% barleywine—trust me, I’ve already made that mistake this year.

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lucky’s last chance – my boy bleu

With the juice cleanse the following day, we decided to enjoy our “last supper” with none other than one of our favorite foods, burgers. There has been talk about going to Lucky’s Last Chance for a while but the trigger hasn’t been pulled because, well, it’s in Manayunk. I’m not the biggest fan of Manayunk and I don’t have much reason to go there. However, this past dinner is slowly changing my mind.

Lucky’s burgers are made up of hand made, quarter pound patties. Most of the burgers are available in both a junior (single patty) and standard (double patty). They don’t ask you how you want it cooked as they’re all made to the same temperature.

I went with My Boy Bleu, The quarter pound patties were topped with bleu cheese, homemade onion strings, and a tomato. It’s sandwiched between a buttered & toasted Liscio’s roll. The meat was cooked to medium well and had a slight toughness to it (not the appalling well done toughness though; it didn’t fall apart). Aside from the temperature, this was one tasty burger. The crispy onions added a nice texture. I believe this was a Liscio’s kaiser roll and it tasted great. If other restaurants that served burgers on a kaiser roll had rolls this fresh, perhaps I wouldn’t have such a negative impression of them.

My dining partner went with the Bacon Egg N Cheese burger. As the name implies, it comes topped with American cheese, bacon, and a fried egg. I wasn’t lucky enough to try a bite, but by the look on her face, I can imagine it was pretty damn good.

The burgers here don’t come with fries, but you have the option of adding them for a couple bucks. I added the fries with Cajun seasoning. The other option was adding the homemade onion strips (it’s about a dollar or two more than the fries). I’m not huge on crinkle cut fries but the ones here are pretty tasty. They certainly didn’t compare to the onion strings though, those are really good!

Despite the medium-well burgers, the meal was delicious and they have a bunch of other burgers I’d like to try, as well as a whole hot dog menu! Till we meet again, Lucky’s!

Lucky’s Last Chance
4421 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127

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