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.