Stepping into Bent Burgers, hidden away in the Seward Park neighborhood a few blocks from Lake Washington, is like walking into the man cave of a comic-book fan who never grew up.
Certainly owner and neighborhood local Dan Bent gave a lot of attention to the details of this place when he opened it three years ago, covering the walls, dining tables and even the restroom with comic-themed art and memorabilia. You don’t necessarily need to share his enthusiasm for colorful superheroes and villains to enjoy dinner at Bent. But a Superman-sized appetite is a must.
The menu: No mystery here — burgers, burgers and more burgers, starting with the 5-ounce basic variety with cheese ($5.78) or without ($4.98), as well as a veggie option ($7). Offerings get increasingly adventurous, and decadent, from the barbecue-sauce and bacon-accented Western burger ($7.48) to the pineapple-topped teriyaki burger ($7.28) to an offering called The Human Torch ($7.98), heated up with pepperjack cheese, grilled habaneros and jalapeños, and red, green and yellow peppers.
You might be wise to skip lunch if you want enough room for The Thing ($8.18), which comes topped with blue-cheese crumbles, candied bacon, fried egg and caramelized onions.
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The eponymous Bent Burger ($12) further stretches the bounds of the imagination … and dietary reason. It consists of a bacon-cheeseburger, hotlink and fried egg stacked between two grilled-cheese sandwiches.
Bent is also known for its big selection of shakes ($4.78), which come in flavors ranging from orangesicle to green tea.
What to write home about: Looking for a challenge, I opted for the deliciously sloppy monstrosity that is The Thing ($8.18) with a side of thick, crispy onion rings ($3.88). Let’s just say there was no room left for dessert.
The setting: Though the restaurant is easy to miss from the street, Bent’s interior comes alive with wall-to-wall, comic-book-themed decorations and brightly colored booths. The atmosphere is family-friendly and the service upbeat. There’s a patio for warmer weather. Order at the counter, then take a seat.
Summing up: A combo including The Thing, onion rings and a regular-size soda came to $9.50, plus tax.
Tyrone Beason: 206-464-2251 or firstname.lastname@example.org