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.”

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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.