Blue Moon Burgers

Written by on November 3, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(bluemoonburgers.com) – South Lake Union (There is also a Fremont location.)
How I heard of this place: My friend Fahdad introduced me to Blue Moon and offered to take me there for lunch in order that I might sample the new boom in local, sustainable burgers.
Type of cuisine: Burgers, fries, shakes & malts, and other such burger joint fare. “Here at Blue Moon Burgers we do things a little differently. Unlike the other Burger joints we only use all Natural Beef, Chicken, and Salmon in our burgers, so our Burgers are free of antibiotics and hormones and are fed a vegetarian diet. Why? for the same reason we hand cut our fries fresh every day and hand dip our Milk Shakes, Malts and Root Beer Floats, because we work here, we know our customers, and this is what we eat everyday. The great thing about being a small locally owned business is that you can still be a little different. Blue Moon Burgers … a little different.”
Ambiance: While it looks small from the outside, as you enter the floor-to ceiling windowed front entrance, the actual restaurant stretches back, creating a large and spacious interior. Tables and chairs are dispersed throughout the space, both in the lower seating area, as well as in the mezzanine, closer to the order counter and bar. The walls are white as you enter, with accents of blue and red. Towards the back, a red wall behind the order counter separates the kitchen from the cafe. Reminiscent of a home, the red wall with white trim gave the feeling of being in your own kitchen (or that of a neighbor). Large chalkboards displayed the menu options and posters and fliers felt like you had entered a franchised burger joint, or larger, more established fast food restaurant. “Whether you are looking for the perfect lunch spot, a different dinner destination or just a place to hang out with your friends, Blue Moon Burgers in Seattle is the perfect place to be!”
What I ordered: I ordered the blue shroom burger ($7.49), with fresh grilled portabella mushrooms, bacon, crumbled blue cheese with fresh lettuce, tomato, sweet red onions, and pickles. My dining companion ordered the black & blue burger ($6.99), coated with Cajun spices, blackened and topped with a healthy portion of crumbled blue cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato, sweet red onions, pickles & the house Blue Moon sauce. We also selected a side of garlic waffle fries ($3.49) with Parmesan cheese to share and a diet Coke.
What I loved: I loved the abundance of blue cheese – no skimping here! – on the burgers. The bacon was crispy and freshly fried and the pickles crunchy and full of flavor. The meat, we were told, is usually served medium (unless otherwise specified), but was served well done and the waffle fries were served at room temperature, soft and wilted. The strong garlic flavor was present, the from-a-package Parmesan cheese aplenty and perfectly complemented by the sweet ketchup.
Why I loved it: It’s quick, it’s simple, the options limited enough that you can easily make a decision, and the space perfectly located for businessman, tech-men and local shop owners and workers to walk over for a lunch-time meal.
Cost: Average ($6-$8 per burger, no sides included)

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