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Feb.
21st

Burger Smackdown: Three new South Sound burger restaurants

The Ranch Hand cheeseburger at Blazing Onion in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
The Ranch Hand cheeseburger at Blazing Onion in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Since 2008, I’ve taken you on tours of burger stands, bar burgers, highfalutin burgers, fair burgers and the finest handcrafted veggie burgers in the South Sound.

With three gourmet burger joints that have just opened in the South Sound — one in October, two in January — I thought it time for another burger pilgrimage.

Today’s burger trail encompasses the land of “chain restaurants,” a term that usually strikes fear deep in the gut of a dining critic.

Don’t worry. These aren’t those mindlessly homogenous could-be-in-Toledo-or-Tacoma chains. These chains are small and Washington-born and bred: Blazing Onion, Lunchbox Laboratory, and Bob’s Burgers & Brew.

Whose burgers proved best? That designation goes to Blazing Onion for superior burger construction, skilled service and pricing that won’t bust your wallet.

I rated each restaurant for variety, construction and flavor. I ate similar burgers at each: a “classic” cheeseburger, a blue cheese burger, a burger with a smokey flavor profile, and a wild-card burger from the “other than beef” category. Each restaurant was visited twice. Read more »

Feb.
3rd

First bite: Bob’s Burgers and Brew Puyallup

The classic 6-ounce broiled burger at Bob's Burgers and Brew in South Hill, Puyallup.
The classic 6-ounce broiled burger at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in South Hill, Puyallup.

I stopped in at Bob’s Burgers and Brew on South Hill, now entering its third week of operation, and found a few things worth noting about the Washington-based chain that is new to the South Sound. Read more »

Jan.
16th

Here’s the beef on Blazing Onion Burgers and Bob’s Burgers and Brew – both opening soon

The farmhouse patty at Blazing Onion is made with brown rice, cheese and roasted veggies. No, it's not a gigantic beefy burger, but it is tasty. It's one of 20-something burgers served at the chain opening in Tacoma this weekend.
The farmhouse patty at Blazing Onion is made with brown rice, cheese and roasted veggies. No, it’s not a gigantic beefy burger, but it is tasty. It’s one of 20-something burgers served at the chain opening in Tacoma this weekend.

Two Washington-based burger chains – Blazing Onion and Bob’s Burgers and Brew – will open new South Sound locations in the coming days. Here’s when. Read more »

Nov.
8th

Chain watch: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens today in Bonney Lake, Five Guys in Puyallup opens Saturday


The Big Bacon Cheeseburger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Renton. The first South Sound franchise store of Five Guys and Burgers wil open in Puyallup this Saturday, Nov. 12.

Three national chain restaurants have or will make their South Sound debuts. Last Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings opened near the Tacoma Mall. Read more about it here. Today, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened in Bonney Lake. On Saturday, Five Buys Burgers and Fries will open in Puyallup. Click “read more” for details. Read more »