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Elliot Bay Brewing Company

elliot bay brewing company

If there is a safe menu item on a brew pub menu, it has to be the burger. Brew pub, screw up the burger and a plague on both your houses. The Northwest, aka the Pacific Northwest for those that have yet to learn the northwest only borders one ocean, is a beer mecca. In my opinion this regions pumps out more quality brew than any other in the country with a limitless number of brews and producers. Thankfully beer and burgers go well together. Like KP and bruised ankles.

The Elliot Bay Brewing company in west Seattle is cozy and inviting. Kick ass jazz from the swing era helps. They host a selection of gourmet burgers from your typical to your specialties, such as freshly ground all natural buffalo, and claim to be the best burgers in West Seattle. I ordered up the crumbled blue and bacon burger with, you guessed it, crumbled bleu cheese and thick slices of bacon on a natural 1/3rd pound Angus beef patty.

This burger was a ratio clusterfuck. We’ve spoken before about the ratio of beef to cheese to bun to toppings, and though there is no precise magical formula on the ratios, nor should there be, too much or too little of something can straight ruin a hamburger. There is simply no way this was a 1/3rd of a pound patty. Maybe a 1/13th lb. So thin, it could only be cooked to one wellness. The bun, although chewy and delightful, drowned out any reasonable relationship it might have once had with the beef. This was like a burger humbow. The vegetables were relevant and crisp. The bacon chewy with little in the way of crunch or crispness, a little too soft and flabby for my taste. The blue cheese was nice but overly plentiful on such a small patty. So little beef and so much cheese. In the end, I found myself chewing bread and blue cheese with intermittent bits of veggies, bacon, and beef.

So little in the way of beef I have almost no qualitative review of the actual beef. Sad. Decent ingredients woefully assembled in unwelcomed harmony.

+ I give hooves up for a charming bun and relevant vegetables

– I give hooves down for so little beef, and in turn, so much bun and so much cheese

The crumbled blue cheese and bacon burger at the Elliot Bay Brewing Company in west Seattle

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

www.elliotbaybrewing.com

Triple XXX Rootbeer

Triple XXX Rootbeer

Going to Triple XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah is as close as most people will ever get to going back in time.  There’s a very “Happy Days” feel to being there.  One of only two locations to remain from a once nationwide chain, Triple XXX is a destination best-known for the massive car shows on weekends.

There’s plenty of outside seating, which made it the perfect destination this past weekend when the weather suddenly turned amazing.  It’s hard to argue with the thought of a massive root beer float when it’s sunny and warm out.

I ordered a ’58 Impala, which the menu describes as a 1/2 lb burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayo, & XXX dressing – minus the pickles as they’re not my thing.  The patties were wholly average and well done to the point of being dry.  The cheese was perfectly melted, and the bacon was really good.  The lettuce was shredded iceberg, and the tomato was very thin.  Sadly, I’m really not a fan of the XXX dressing.  There was too much of it, and what I think is supposed to be a “smoky” taste just doesn’t work for me.  The bun was solid, nicely toasted, and held up well.

The fries are above average, and the root beer floats are fantastic.

+ Nicely done cheese and bacon

– Overdone beef and a house sauce that didn’t please

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

On a nice day, it’s a great destination that I’ve been a fan of for years.  Go for the experience, to check out the cars, and for the floats – but don’t go just for the burgers.

Triple XXX Burgers – http://triplexrootbeer.com/

The Brown Bag Cafe

the brown bag cafe

The Brown Bag Cafe in Kirkland WA, a place better known for their Buick-sized portions than their burgers, was not my idea of a good burger house. Large portions tend to scare me off for fear the chef respects quantity more than quality. I don’t want a giant pile of food if it’s mediocre food I’m in store for. Known for their giant breakfasts and housemade breads, could they really do a proper burger?

Well,the buns are delicious, made in-house, grilled then buttered and are easily the highlight of the burger. The burger meat is nice with a pretty slice of melted cheddar. Nothing outstanding but nicely done. The bacon is crispy, heavy on the hickory flavor, and a nice touch. Liberally sauced with simple mayonnaise spread evenly. But then in march the stock vegetables. The lettuce, insipid and bland like all pre-shredded bagged lettuce is. The tomatoes, off colored and watery in flavor. The pickles, well, as stock as stock can be. The onions, however, are nice but do little in the way of making up for the rest of the garden. A nice effort, a decent all around burger that actually exceeded expectations.

+ We give hooves up for the baked in-house buns, delicious and well toasted, and a cooked-to order beef patty.

– We give hooves down for seriously insipid vegetables, a tad too much mayonaise, and a slightly forgettable burger.

The bacon cheese burger at the Brown Bag Cafe

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

www.brownbagcafes.com

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