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Red Mill Burgers
July 27th, 2009 by Joemoney

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Red Mill Burgers

Red Mill Burgers
http://www.redmillburgers.com

Washington State Burger Tyme #1 – Seeing Red Mill Again-

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Oh sweet vacation. TIME OFF is what I’m talking about! So what did I do with the time that I had off? Well, I went with the wife and her family to Washington. I had never been so I looked forward to the trip. Of course I did a little planning and found a few potential Burger Tyme locations! I’m always searching for the best burger and was looking forward to branching out to the northwest! So our flight arrived in Seattle late and we made it to the Hotel at around 11:30pm. I didn’t have time to eat that night and slept late the following morning so needless to say by lunch time I was ready for my first WASHINGTON STATE BURGER TYME! For this edition we made our way, in laws and all, to the supposed Best Burger in Seattle, Red Mill Burgers. This was also rated one of the TOP 20 Burgers you HAVE to eat before you die by GQ magazine. I read some mixed reviews from locals who warned me of the Cash Only and No Cell Phones policy (I like to show up prepared).  After weaving our way through hilly downtown Seattle we headed north-ish to 1613 West Dravus St. When we pulled up I saw a line of people that was to the door. This is always a good sign that we’re in for a good Burger Tyme. We parked, walked up, and got in line. The menu was pretty straightforward with a wide variety of burgers and sandwiches. Burger Tyme’s vegetarian member would have been pleased to see the number of Veggie Burger options. Then line did not move particularly fast but we were in no hurry. We were in the mood for a good burger!

Extra Value Mill –

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Once our turn came up in line I placed my order for the Red Mill Deluxe w/Cheese with everything on it, a side of fries, and a chocolate shake. When I stepped aside to let everyone else order I saw the most amazing thing. BACON! Bacon as high as the the eye could see. Seriously they had the biggest pile of cooked bacon that I’ve ever seen ready to be put on some lucky burger. After recovering from “bacon awe” I sat down and waited for our order to be called up. Given how busy Red Mill was at this lunch hour, it only took about 10 minutes for our order to be ready.

While waiting I was able to enjoy various memorabilia on the wall including a letter from a child begging Red Mill to open a restaurant in West Seattle. Once I got my order I was first struck by the vegetables.  The best way to describe them is “pretty”. It was the nicest lettuce, tomatoes, and onions I think I’ve ever had on a burger. The patty was 1/4 pound and fried. It’s juiciness was overpowered by the large bun which was toasted on the griddle. They put a special “Mill Sauce” on it which seemed to be some variation of ketchup mixed with mayonnaise and a few other seasonings. It was pretty good. The fries were thick and well cooked. They were very crunchy on the outside and still soft on the inside. Other Burger Tymers ordered the onion rings which were quite good (I don’t even really like onion rings). The milkshake was good but not great. They did have a large variety of shakes to choose from so maybe I should branch out next time.

The Wrap It Up-

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So what did I think of the best burger in Seattle? It was pretty good. It could stand a little more flavor and a little bigger patty. I should have followed the GQ’s recommendation and tried the Double Bacon Deluxe with Cheese. This burger has been rated the top burger in Seattle for many years but I would venture a guess that is by virtue of the lack of true burger competition in the Seattle area. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good burger, but it felt unfinished, like it had all of the right ingredients but lacked something that would make it stand out as unique amongst other burgers.  All in all, if you are in Seattle and are craving a good burger, you will not leave Red Mill Burger unsatisfied.

Stay tuned for more of Burger Tyme adventures in Washington State including the BIGGEST BURGER in Burger Tyme history!


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  • DisapprovingWife writes:
    July 28th, 20097:27 pmat

    Although I’m not big fan of super flat patties, the red mill sauce they put on most of the burgers was pretty good. I think that made the burger.

  • Perri writes:
    July 28th, 20099:47 pmat

    I would have to agree with the write up on Red Mill Burgers. I was a bit underwhelmed by their burger. I prefer a little more meat to bun ratio, not a lot more meat but a little more would make a big difference. Also I prefer a bit more browning, preferably from charcoal grilling. I also remember tasting mostly bun. I know Red Mill takes the time to carefully prepare their burgers, but I think they could stand to up the ante with a bigger patty and get more browning on the meat.

  • Tony Bussert writes:
    July 29th, 200912:34 amat

    If I could be so bold as to recommend The Dock St. Burger Company at Leny’s Place and Fat Albert’s. They are essentially a kitchen that is in two different bars that do burgers. The Dock St. Burger has been voted best in Seattle as well. I am partial to the Little Leny Special though. http://twitpic.com/bn6rt Anyway it’s pretty good. Also check out Two Bells Tavern in Belltown (reviewed by AHT). Interesting take on a burger and very good.

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