Food & Drink

Seattle's 10 best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 02/26/2014 Published On 02/26/2014
whiskey burger
Chona Kasinger
Chona Kasinger
Twilight Exit
Chona Kasinger
Chona Kasinger
Deluxe Bar and Grill
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1. The Tin Hat Bar & Grill 512 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Phinney Ridge)

The Tin Hat is one of Seattle’s older bars… and a magical time machine back to an easier, simpler time. After all, any place whose motto is “Shut the F Up and Drink” is a place we want to be at.

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2. The Commons 14481 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 (Woodinville)

This restaurant boasts an extensive menu chock-full of unique choices (like a Whiskey BBQ burger and chicken sausage biscuits...), as well as well-priced, delicious libations.

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3. The Deluxe Bar and Grill 625 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

This classic American eatery serves up killer burgers and sandwiches like the porchetta with rosemary garlic pork out of their Capitol Hill digs.

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4. Golden Beetle 1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Golden Beetle serves Eastern Mediterranean eats (that're a staggering 95% certified wild/organic) in a 90-seat blue-trimmed space that's lit by custom-cut glass lanterns.

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5. Relish Burger Bistro 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Relish serves burgers, including a dozen signature options like the Niman Ranch beef Pike Place Special w/ fried onion rings, applewood-smoked bacon & a rich peppercorn cheese from Beecher’s called Marco Polo.

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6. Twilight Exit 2514 E Cherry, Seattle, WA 98122 (Central District)

Hit the Twilight Exit for their happy hours and comfort food, but stay for karaoke and their game room, featuring vintage finds like Ms. Pacman.

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7. King's Hardware 5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

King's Hardware is decked out with taxidermy and stocked with regional brews, but the rustic pub's main attraction is its tasty and creative burger options, like the peanut butter and bacon-based After School Special. Aside from classic and specialty burgers, there are hot wings, onion rings, and similar greased-up "sidekicks" on the menu. You can bring your beer and burger outside and chill on the patio, or stay inside and challenge your friends to a round of skee-ball.

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8. Henry's Tavern 1518 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 (Sodo)

At this beer- and brew-slinging tavern from the guys behind Cutters and Palisade, don't miss the burger that combines three of our favorite things: the bacon mac-and-cheese burger.

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9. Barolo Ristorante 1940 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Belltown)

Barolo's minimal, sophisticated vibe sets the stage for fine dining on Italian dishes made from seasonal ingredients straight from Northern Italy. Hand-made pastas take the form of tortellini, gnocchi, spaghetti, and just about every other noodle you can imagine, topped with fresh vegetables, small-batch sauces and smoked meats and fishes like lamb and salmon. To put it simply, this is a date spot. In Belltown, it's the date spot -- just look at its list of more than 300 Italian wines, many of them vintage and sure to impress.

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10. ART Restaurant & Lounge 99 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

With views of Elliott Bay, this farm-to-table eatery serves up delectable options from land, ranch, or sea, like the spice-rubbed king salmon entree.