Yesterday I got my lunch at Zippy's Giant Burgers. I had been looking online for good burger joints in the area, and Zippy's kept showing up, so I decided I had to give them a try. Conveniently located in White Center (convenient if you live in West Seattle or Burien, convenient for me yesterday because I was going to Alki anyway), they use fresh ingredients and grind the chuck on site, they don't buy pre-made frozen patties.
I was pretty hungry when I got there and went all out and got myself the Last Gasp burger. The last gasp contains pretty much everything you could want on a burger. Starting with a quarter pound patty and the pre-requisite special sauce and veggies (lettuce, tomato, and pickle), they proceed to top it with a hot link, fried egg, bacon, and American cheese. On a tangent, is American cheese the worst thing that this great nation has bestowed it's name upon? I think so. It's terrible, and I would be happy if it went out of production. When I was in Denmark several years ago, they referred to it as 'plastic toast'. Anyway, back to the burger - obviously it would have been better with some cheddar, pepper jack, havarti, smokey gouda, pretty much anything other than American - but was still a decent burger. I found the hot link a little overpowering though. It drowned out some of the other flavors a bit. I also feel that the quality of bun could have been improved. They use pretty much a standard sesame seed bun like you'd get at McDonalds or in an 8 pack at your local Supermarket. I think that the bun is one of the most overlooked parts of a gourmet burger, and that if they switched to a toasted brioche bun or kaiser roll, that would significantly improve the flavor of the burger and ultimately the cachet of the restaurant. Ultimately, though, it was a pretty tasty burger.
In addition to the burger, I got some onion rings. I'm please to say that they make battered onion rings rather than breaded rings. If you're not a connoisseur of onion rings, believe me when I tell you that it makes all the difference in the world. Battered rings are much crispier and have a richer flavor, and are just better in every way. Zippy's gets the thumbs up from me for their onion rings, however they are still not as good as the best onion rings I've ever had which were at Crazy Eric's. If you ever find yourself in Bremerton or the Puyallup Fair and in need of some cheap, greasy, delicious food, then Crazy Eric's is the place for you. But that's a review for another day.
I'm headed back to Alki next Monday and am planning on swinging by to try another burger that I am pretty curious about on the menu: the Maui Wowie. With spam, pineapple, teriyaki mayo, and swiss cheese, it could either be delicious or terrible. I'm hoping for delicious, but either way it is at least pretty unique. So let me close by saying that Zippy's does have some good tasting food. They are very reasonably priced in comparison with some other gourmet burgers in the area, but the burgers aren't as giant as you would expect based on the name. Except for the King Lou Lou which has 4 quarter pound patties, 4 slices of cheese, 8 strips of bacon, and sauteed onions. That one sounds pretty giant. I'd have to be pretty hungry to attempt to tackle that bad boy. Oh, and one last thing, they don't have any drinks on tap. Only bottles of root beer and various other sodas, beer, and milk shakes. I didn't try a milk shake so I don't know how they taste, but I did find it odd that they didn't have any fountain drinks.