Burgers, shakes and fried cheese curds for all! Feed Co. Burgers’ second location comes among a cluster of other openings in the Central District.
Count Feed Co. Burgers among the new kids on the block. Chef Scott Staples of Quinn’s Pub, among other projects, has opened a second branch of Feed Co. Burgers off East Union Street; the first is in Redmond. (Or looking at it another way, those who get the munchies from Uncle Ike’s marijuana shop now have another dining option.)
Staples’ nouveau burger-and-shake joint comes with a roster of a dozen craft beers. The décor is a carbon copy of those ground-floor cafes you see in the mixed residential-commercial buildings sprouting around Capitol Hill. There are concrete pillars, high ceilings with tentacles of HVAC systems, wood counters and giant windows, all the better for natural light and people watching.
Feed Co. Burgers
1190 24th Ave. (Central District), Seattle; 206-726-6100 or feedcoburgers.com/central
The menu: The basic option is a 4-ounce burger with all the fixings. The others are souped-up variations ($8.75-$10) or daily specials such as, on a recent visit, a bison and a lamb burger. Nonburger options include hot dogs, BLTs and, again, daily specials, this time a pork-belly banh mi and a chicken sandwich. Salads, onion rings, fried cheese curds and tempura veggies are offered as sides if fries aren’t your thing. Shakes ($4.50-$6.50) are made with Snoqualmie Ice Cream.
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Don’t miss: The $5 “Classic” is better than your diner variation, a charred crust patty stacked with romaine, tomato and pickles with a lemony house sauce. But shell out five bucks more for the Texicana, Feed Co.’s best burger — topped with fried onions, barbecue sauce, salty bacon, cheddar and a slaw to douse the heat from some grilled jalapeños.
Sour and creamy, the $9 Bim Burger is an Asian tweak with ginger, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, pickled daikon and kimchi aioli. The most filling, though, is the tangy Buffalo chicken sandwich ($9.50) that’s about the size of a baby’s head. It could feed two. It’s likely the biggest chicken sandwich in Seattle. The shakes are a mouthful of rich cream, so thick you can stake the straw down like a flag.
What to skip: The bland chili that came with the fries didn’t pack much heat nor impart much flavor, and the tempura shells of the broccoli were mushy.
Prices: Three burgers ($23.50), chili cheese fries ($5.75), cheese curds ($5), vegetable tempura ($4) and a small huckleberry shake ($5.25) totaled $47.63 before tip, enough for three.