The Mouthful: Capitol Hill’s Best Burgers

National Hamburger Month is coming to a close, and I can think of no better way to end the month than with one of these standout burgers.

The Burger, Skillet Diner. Photo via Urbanspoon.
The Burger, Skillet Diner. Photo via Urbanspoon.

With a beer
Elysian Burger, Elysian Brewing Co., $12
This pub at 13th and Pike offers a rotating selection of Elysian beers on tap and an eclectic menu to go with it. Their Elysian burger, made from 8 oz. all-natural Kobe beef, is topped with grilled onions and a tasty red pepper aioli.
Tip: The Avatar Jasmine Ale is delish (and $1 off during happy hour).

Vegan
Jerk Tofu and Yam Burger, Plum Bistro, $15
This is probably sacrilegious to any meat-lovers out there, but Plum Bistro’s tofu burger could make a convert out of anyone. It’s topped with grilled onions, tomato, and pickled cabbage, and served with a side of russet fries.
Tip: A gluten-friendly option is available for just a dollar extra.

Happy hour deal
Manhattan cheeseburger, Manhattan, $7
Manhattan’s beloved Beecher’s-and-bacon burger is available for half price during happy hour from 3–6pm daily. No fries, sadly, but you wouldn’t want to spoil your real dinner.
Tip: Manhattan also has a late night dessert happy hour from 10pm–2am daily, where all dessert items are 50 percent off.

Late-night standby
Dick’s Deluxe, Dick’s Drive-In, $2.90
I can think of no greater bliss than tipsily sitting on a rain-soaked curb, digging soggy fries out of the bottom of a Dick’s Drive-In bag between bites of a Deluxe burger. My boyfriend has been known to sandwich a regular cheeseburger inside of his Deluxe burger. Don’t be like him. Because that’s gross.
Tip: They’re serious when they say no substitutions. Don’t even try.

Exotic protein
Water Buffalo burger, 8oz Burger & Co., $15
Does anybody else remember the Water Buffalo Song from VeggieTales? Well, not everybody in Seattle has a water buffalo, but 8oz Burger does. And it’s topped with a garlic roasted tomato. Don’t tell Bob.
Tip: Nothing is sadder than the realization that your burger doesn’t come with fries after all. Don’t forget to order some on the side for $2.

Classic American
The Burger, Skillet Diner, $14
Okay, bacon jam and arugula aren’t exactly classic, but you’ll still get that Americana feel as you sip your libation of choice—delivered by a plaid-clad waiter—out of a mason jar.
Tip: You can sub poutine for fries or salad for $3 more, provided you arrange for someone to cart you home in a wheelbarrow afterward.

Outside the box
The Fig and the Pig, Li’l Woody’s, $8.50
This unique burger comes topped with Hills Bacon, mayo, and crumbled Gorgonzola—and the pièce de résistance, a scoop of local pickled figs from Boat Street Pickles.
Tip: For $5 you can get an order of handcut fries with a Molly Moon’s milkshake on the side for dipping, simply (and appropriately) labeled “Crack” on the menu.

Customized
Blue Moon Burgers, price varies
With toppings ranging from the standard (brioche bun, beef patty, tomato) to the batty (falafel patty, jalapeno bottle caps, peanut butter), each build-your-own burger at Blue Moon is a masterpiece waiting to happen.
Tip: All burgers are half price after 4pm on Wednesdays if you purchase a side order and drink.

Caroline Ferguson

Caroline is a senior Humanities for Teaching major. This is her fourth year at the Spectator. She likes gin, em dashes, and sea otters, and is probably hungry right now.


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