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Ask any Seattleite where to find a great burger, and I bet  9 out of 10 people will mention Red Mill Burgers. Opening its doors 1937 (originally on Capitol Hill), Red Mill’s has been a local favorite for over 75 years! They currently have three locations; Phinney Ridge, Interbay and the Totem House . The Interbay location has a combination of old 50’s drive-in and modern decorations. There’s a large menu board above the counter and several booths to sit at. The service is friendly and their burgers are a perennial contender for Seattle Weekly’s  “Best Burger.”

redmill.muralmural outside


redmill.entrancemain entrance


redmill.counter ordering counter


redmill.decor retro decor



The Food:


 redmill.cheeseburgercheeseburger: american cheese, lettuce, mill sauce $4.09


redmill.grease just lil’ something extra for those arteries

Cherry went with the classic cheeseburger. Everything came together like a traditional cheeseburger should, but nothing stood out… nothing made it shine among others. The cheese was melted nicely and the meat tasted fresh, but the patty was extremely greasy! By the time cherry was done with her burger, there was a puddle or dark oil that accumulated and even a large section that saturated through the wrapper!


 redmill.bluecheesebleu cheese & bacon burger: crumbled bleu cheese, pepper bacon,
lettuce, tomato, mill sauce  $6.79

Opting for something higher in the calorie count, I went with the bleu cheese and bacon burger. I immediately noticed the two large pieces or pepper bacon protruding from the bun. The bacon was crispy, flavorful, and went well the sharp and salty bleu cheese. All the vegetables added a nice freshness to the bite as well. T’was a tasty burger, but nothing blew me away. The side of fries, which will put you back $2.09, came, hot, crispy and seasoned.

My Conclusion:

Red Mill Burgers offers a classic burger with a small selection for those looking for something other than cheese and bacon. I know I am in the extremely small minority when I say, Red Mill Burger is overrated! If you read anything related to Seattle and burgers, you will undoubtedly find Red Mill at the top… however after three visits, I’d beg to differ. Call me blasphemous, but I tell it like see it…or in this case, like I taste it.

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Elliott Bay Pizza is a solid pizza joint that not only serves up good pizza but awesome subs/grinders! They have two locations: one atop Queen Anne Hill (Seattle) and one farther north in Mill Creek. They share the exact same pizza and sub menu, however the location in Mill Creek has a bigger menu selection – offering pastas as well as a decent selection of beers on tap. One thing I want to point out is that although they advertise them as “subs” they are more like grinders because of them all being toasted with various meat toppings and melted cheeses.

The Food:

 thai chicken sub: garlic butter, thai peanut sauce, chicken breast, spinach, red onion & mozzarella

Whenever I order a grinder from Elliott Bay’s, it is usually the Thai Chicken. Aside from the garlic butter and peanut sauce, four simple ingredients are all it takes to make a delicious grinder. The garlic butter doesn’t pop as much as I’d prefer, but I can overlook that because the piece that really makes this sandwich is the peanut sauce. Their sauce has a very nice balance of savory/sweet and does a great job blending the flavors of the onion, spinach and cheese together. Despite being store bought pieces of chicken breast, they are big chunks, moist and work well in this sandwich. The red onions also do a nice job cutting through the peanut sauce and mozzarella with some kick.

 the original: pepperoni, black olives, mozzarella & mushrooms

A well made pizza featuring some pizza staples.  I really enjoyed the pepperoni being under the cheese and vegetables -almost like a wonderful surpsise at the end of each bite. This pizza also had diced green bell peppers which were a pleasant addition. All these ingredients tasted fresh and were a great ensemble in this pizza production. There’s no fancy technique or gimmicks at Elliott Bay – just simple and well made pizza with fresh ingredients. One thing that can make or break a pizza is the sauce. If it’s too heavy, then that is all you taste and if it’s too light then the pizza can be dry. Elliott Bay’s special pizza sauce carries a perfect balance with a subtle sweetness that counters all the savory ingredients atop. Another thing I enjoyed was their crust – not too crunchy and not too soft and has a good texture throughout eat bite.

My Conclusion:

 I have been to Elliott Bay Pizza many times over the past few years and I can confidently say that I always walk out pleased. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a simple pie that satisfies the soul and you find that here. Shining bright are also their grinders (subs). The grinder menu is plentiful and is all very tasty. I’ve personally had a few other grinders off their menu and they are all outstanding! The fact that Elliott Bay’s has always been an “old faithful” in my pizza experience, I’m officially moving them into my Toppings as number 5!

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