This new Mount Baker spot has a choice for everyone.

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The vibe at Heyday in the Mount Baker neighborhood was bustling recently, as customers were queued up out the door.

The gourmet burger bar co-owned by Dang Nguyen and Gary Snyder resides below a newly built apartment complex and serves up a wide choice of nonconventional burgers that are sure to satisfy meat and vegetarian lovers.

It is hard to believe, according to Nguyen, that this establishment — which opened in early September — was just a dream seven months ago.”



1372 31st Ave. S., Seattle

206-829-9816 or

Hours: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

Etc: most credit cards accepted; full bar; wheelchair accessible; street parking

Prices: $$

“The stars were aligned,” said Nguyen, “and here we are at this point. Our thought was for it to be a neighborhood restaurant, but we’re drawing people from all over the area. It really surprised us.”

The diverse menu was created by Melissa Nyffeler, who was the chef and owner of the now-closed Dinette on Capitol Hill.

The menu: Nine burgers ($9-$14) headline the menu, and include a verde, smoky lamb, bison, jerk chicken, bacon bleu and codwich. Each is cooked to order and comes on a Macrina Bakery potato bun that holds the high-rise one-third-pound grass-fed beef burger well. An Udi’s gluten-free bun is available upon request.

What to write home about: Our favorite was the Saigon Burger ($11) made with beef, pork and shrimp, and filled with napa cabbage, fresh mint, cilantro, pickled daikon and carrots and a Sriracha aioli.

The hand-cut Kennebec French fries ($4 small and $6 large) are deep-fried twice to hold a crunch that was perfect for dipping into a salt and malt-vinegar aioli.

The setting: The interior design pops with huge open windows, concrete floors and wood-patterned walls.

Summing up: Saigon Burger ($11); BYOB Burger with fried egg, bacon and avocado ($12.50); BYOB Burger with bacon ($11); large Caesar salad ($10); and large French fries ($6) were enough to feed four and came to $50.50 before tax and tip.