Seattle-area steakhouse El Gaucho puts the same attention on their custom-ground, dry-aged burger as they do on their steak, and it's a bargain for only $9 during happy hour.
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The Seattle area has a number of Sichuanese restaurants, with good overall quality and some stellar dishes. At these restaurants, you'll find more adventurous menu options, including the pickled and peppered preparations typical of the Sichuan region—especially some fiery ma la (numbing and spicy) dishes that come with bright red colors. Most of these places are on the Eastside, but when I'm in the mood for something spicy, I don't mind crossing Lake Washington.
Don't ignore this little dive bar and their chili burger made with a signature 30-year-old recipe.
This English pub-style restaurant is a local favorite and a burger haven for those wanting a good, affordable quarter-pound burger.
Despite the well-worn interiors glazed with a fine mist of grease, Broiler Bay is a rare family-run burger joint that's defied the odds and remains a local staple.
This is far richer and more flavorful to the Sloppy Joes of childhood. The ground angus beef is mixed in a "boozy" tomato sauce that tastes like a sweet and sour whiskey barbecue sauce, topped with fried shallots and sage leaves to give it some crunch and round out the sweetness. Lot No. 3 smears the bun with a house-made Dijon mustard; it's spicier than what you'd find at other places, and it gives the sandwich an almost wasabi-like burn.
Cravings for hearty grilled burgers are relieved at Munchbar, a restaurant that's all about comfort food.
An old metal bell signals the start of the Bellevue Farmers' Market, but even before it rings at 3 p.m., the official start time, people start gathering. Bellevue is about a 20 minute drive east of Seattle (not counting traffic), across Lake Washington. For the most part, the market has a local-edibles-only rule—only food that's grown or prepared in Washington can be sold here. Leeks, hothouse-grown heirloom tomatoes, wood-fired pizza from a mobile oven, and more.
Munchbar's Sloppy Jack Sliders are little sandwiches with big flavor
John Howie Steak in Bellevue, Washington, is having a contest to rename their Triple Bypass Burger topped with fried bacon and onion rings and serves on grilled cheese sandwich buns. Why? To avoid a lawsuit from Heart Attack Grill in...
Today's reader recommendation comes from Denise Sakaki (aka wasabiprime on AHT/Serious Eats), who has previously shared three burger reviews with us and writes about farmers' markets on Serious Eats. Denise, a freelance graphic designer, blogs about food at Wasabi Prime...
In the lush evergreen lands of Washington state, for those who live on the Eastside, across the lake from Seattle, you long for the daily farmers' market freshness of Pike Place Market, but feel guilty about that pesky carbon footprint of driving a few cities over for a fresh bit of leafy greens. Thankfully, there are several great neighborhood farmers' markets that are in full swing, offering the latest midsummer goodies and their own unique charm. I recently visited the two main markets in the city of Bellevue, the Bellevue Farmers Market and the Crossroads Farmers Market.
John Howie Steak makes artisanal burgers topped with local cheddar cheese and thick-cut, peppery Kurobuta bacon for an affordable price—only $8 with fries during happy hour.
According to the Bellevue Reporter, Whole Foods requires each staff butcher to complete a 1,920-hour training process, which lasts about two years. They start with clean-up duties, then the counter, then cutting duties, which starts with poultry, then pork, and finally beef. Talk about a meat doctorate. [via Girlhacker]...