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June
10th

Gourmet Burger Shop opens in downtown Gig Harbor

Don't you want a bacon cheeseburger now?
Don’t you want a bacon cheeseburger now?

After a few months of delays, the Gourmet Burger Shop opened Friday in its new downtown Gig Harbor location.

Owner Travis Hightower has been working on the space all year (it was previously occupied by Le Bistro before a fire closed that restaurant in 2010).

In April, Hightower  closed his first hole-in-the-wall burger shop. That spot always felt a mismatch – a painfully tiny roadside spot serving upscale burgers, shoestring garlic-herb fries and beet chips that seemed as if they’d be more at home on Sixth Avenue than a remote location beyond the Purdy Spit. Despite the location, Hightower found success – and crowds. Read more »

July
28th

Hey, look. Lefty’s Burger Shack in University Place is open. The line is out the door.

On opening day of Lefty’s Burger Shack last Saturday, she ran out of food. She ran out of food Sunday, too. On Monday, she served 450 burgers. Four hundred fifty burgers. In tiny restaurant terms, that’s like an indie band selling out the Tacoma Dome – small fish, big numbers. The line? Out the door.

“It was just insane,” said Pam Hubert, who has opened Lefty’s Burger Shack in University Place in a funky building with a cool history of burger lore. It was once home to Dairy Queen and Dairy Dell. News Tribune archives hint that Arctic Circle once called that building home, a few readers here remember it, too. If you’ve been by the building, you’d remember it. It’s octagon-ish and looks like it was built to be a burger shack.

Lefty’s is the culmination of a few years of work by Hubert (read this blog post I wrote back in June for the rest of the story), who runs the restaurant with her mother and two sons. Read more »

June
6th

Burger radar: Masa burger. A burger with fried cheese. Need I say more?


The Masa burger is a flavor weapon of mass destruction. Be prepared for big flavor if you take a bite out of this.

In case you missed it, way back in December, I went on a mission to find the best bar burgers. That resulted in 20 bar burgers you have to eat before you die. This week, I’m coming back to visit more burgers suggested by readers (you can read about other reader suggested burgers here).

Today’s featured burger: The Masa Burger.

Click “more” to read about this flavor bomb of a burger.

YOUR TURN: Comment below to nominate your favorite burger in town for Burger of the Month Club. Read more »

Feb.
9th

Rumor mill: Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge is not closing. Yes, that means you can still get a Walker burger.

The buzz on Twitter yesterday was that Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge was rumored to be closing.

Not so says Executive Chef Matt Colony, who also runs the daily operations at Maxwell’s. If the restaurant is closing, that’s news to him. That’s good news for us burger lovers. The Walker Burger lives. (Not to mention the divine farro risotto of which I am newly obsessed).

The rumor of closure is nothing new to Colony, who has heard – from the rumor mill – for two years that his restaurant is on the brink. By email, he told

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