Dishin’: Burgers at the Top and Bottom of Queen Anne

Three weeks in Asia gave us a burning desire for a burger, but a snowstorm put out the flame at Flame, so stuck on foot, we settled upon Hilltop Ale House to satisfy our craving. We’ve liked Hilltop since back when its non-smoking days mattered most, and we appreciate the neighborhood feel. The menu hawks the hormone-free nature of the burger, which comes on a baguette with sautéed onions and peppers along with mustard and mayo. Pretty good, especially with a side of tabouleh (our preference over chips), though a little skimpy for $9.95.

For the sake of contrast, we later wandered down the hill to remind ourselves of the Dick’s experience. A mere $1.70 buys a Special burger, complete with lettuce, mayo, and chopped pickles; fries run an additional $1.40. We love the cheap menu. (The only thing over $2.00 is the Deluxe burger, and you can’t get much for five cents these days, but Dick’s gives you a choice of onions, ketchup, or tartar sauce for your nickel.) We love the speed of the fast food. We love that it’s, well, Dick’s. But while they tout fresh, never frozen, burgers (the finest, they say, but notice that Hilltop’s burger is brown, while Dick’s is fast food grey) and potatoes, we left with that usual uneasy feeling in the stomach. It’s all part of the experience, eh?

So, we’ll still need to get to Flame. And once we journey beyond Queen Anne, Lunchbox Laboratory is tops on our list to try. But where else would you recommend for the best burger?

Cross-posted on Seattlest, where “we” = me.

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3 Responses to “Dishin’: Burgers at the Top and Bottom of Queen Anne”

  1. January 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I would vote for King’s Hardware. I went there last night and despite it being the first burger I have had in 2 years (and thus perhaps predisposing me to just think it was the best tasting thing ever), both myself and my friend were thoroughly impressed with our respective burgers. I got the 5 alarm, which was more of a 2.5 on a Thai food spice scale, but so good. I would check it ouy.

  2. Erin
    January 11, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Mexiburger is great. The namesake burger is topped with fresh roasted jalapenos, onion, lettuce and tomato. Did I mention the chipotle cream? I always add fresh avocado to mine . . . mmm. The jojo’s are okay of that’s your bag, but I prefer my burger accompaniments in fry form.

  3. admin
    January 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Devon and Erin, thanks for the suggestions. I should go a little further down the hill and try Mexiburger. And maybe we I go to Lunchbox Laboratory, I can try King’s at the same time. Or, maybe not. I understand LL is quite filling!

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