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Red Mill Burgers

1613 W. Dravus St. (at 15th Av. NW), Seattle, WA - (206) 284-6363
Posted By Jon Bonne on 6/7/2001 9:33:00 PM
For all its salmon lore, Seattle has always had a great glut of terrific burger joints. Between Dick's Drive-In and Kidd Valley, Seattlites for decades have easily been able to find cheap and far superior alternatives to the national chains.

But the pinnacle of Seattle burgers remains Red Mill Burgers. This duo of locally owned no-frills burger joints is unmistakable: Just look for the neon mill hung over the door. The locations are hardly convenient, and the decor is uninspired, but the juicy patties they serve up -- with a quirky variety of trimmings -- make you soon forget everything but the tray in front of you. Locals swear by the Verde burger, with its Anaheim chiles and cheese. You might opt instead for the chunky blue-cheese burger with bacon.

Whatever you do, though, do not skip the onion rings -- which are truly the reason to go to Red Mill. Thick, huge and juicy, the rings are fried to a golden brown, with a solid batter protecting the tender onion inside. These, indeed, are onion rings to dream about.

Red Mill also has a selection of above-par shakes and some non-beef burger options. Be prepared for a short wait at lunchtime and make sure to turn off your cell phone. The staff is zealous -- perhaps too much so -- about a no-cell policy.

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This very good burger was made better by the crispy pepper bacon.
"This very good burger was made better by the crispy pepper bacon."
Cliff Strutz





No matter what you order to eat here, do not miss out on the spectacular shakes. On the left is Mandarin chocolate; that's a pineapple shake on the right.
"No matter what you order to eat here, do not miss out on the spectacular shakes. On the left is Mandarin chocolate; that's a pineapple shake on the right."
Cliff Strutz


The onion rings are extra thick and provide maximum crunch.
"The onion rings are extra thick and provide maximum crunch."
Cliff Strutz


Blue cheese burger, onion rings and a drink.  Greasy heaven on a red plastic tray.
"Blue cheese burger, onion rings and a drink. Greasy heaven on a red plastic tray."
Jon Bonne


Disregard that Starbucks sign -- an unhappy choice of neighbor. There's no connection between the two, though you could always save room for a frappucino afterwards. (But why?)
"Disregard that Starbucks sign -- an unhappy choice of neighbor. There's no connection between the two, though you could always save room for a frappucino afterwards. (But why?) "
Jon Bonne


Great neon sign out front!
"Great neon sign out front!"
Cliff Strutz



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