Everyone has their own opinion of burger perfection.
At Wibbley’s Gourmet Hamburgers — situated in an unassuming Bellevue strip mall since 1992 — their take is a relatively simple charbroiled burger served hot, juicy and pleasantly messy.
Each burger ($4.99-$6.49) comes with a soft sesame seed bun, a heaping amount of finely chopped lettuce, tomatoes and mayo or Wibbley’s secret dressing.
For a little kick-me-up, go for the slightly spicy picante burger ($6.29) with Swiss cheese coated in a chipotle mayo and jalapeños.
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The menu: Choose from nine varieties of ground-beef burgers or a charbroiled chicken breast or breaded deep-fried Alaskan cod fish. They also have fish and chips ($9.79) or chicken strips and fries ($6.99).
A full order of thick-cut fries ($2.79) is more than enough to feed two people.
The Wibbley’s Wee Meal ($5.29) is for kids or seniors, and comes with a charbroiled burger, small order of fries and small soda.
What to write home about: The bacon cheeseburger ($6.29) is layered with smoky goodness, and the mushroom burger ($5.99) came with a heaping pile of mushrooms.
The beer-battered onion rings ($3.29) and mushrooms ($3.29) were good, not greasy, and deep-fried with a nice crispy crust.
The gourmet milkshakes ($3.79) got high marks from my family, especially the blackberry.
The setting: Eleven high-top tables with four bar stools at each surround the perimeter of the brown wooden paneled walls.
Summing up: A bacon cheeseburger ($6.29); mushroom burger ($5.99); picante burger ($5.99); wee meal with extra cheese ($5.74); fried mushrooms ($3.29); large soda ($1.89); two blackberry shakes ($3.79 apiece); full order of fries ($2.79); and onion rings ($3.29) came to $46.92 with tax.
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