They had me the minute I saw the used Dog-n-Suds wrapper framed on the wall. After seeing their "Sorry we ran out of food" sign on Sunday, I was doubly eager to try Zippy's Burger, the new burger joint on West Seattle's east side. "Burger joint" has been on the top of my list of community needs since I moved to this not-quite-an-island.
A standard Zip burger is char-grilled quarter pounder, cheese, a tangy 1000 island-like secret sauce, plenty of onion and tomato for $4.75. Come again? Yes I will. I am a connoisseur of burger stands, and ZIppy's is conveniently on the way to my studio. The service is super sweet, and the woman working the counter is a neighbor. I get the feeling after two visits--you're a regular as far as she's concerned.
I waited, guzzling a Gray's root beer (all the way from Janesville, Wisconsin, tasted just like childhood). The burger joint (can it be a stand, if it's in a building?) has eight root beers, and 25 sodas total, all made with cane sugar. The owners hope to amass an even larger root beer collection in the coming months. Boatloads of root beer trumps a milkshake, agreed?
I'm only going to say this one last time: There is money to be made for a smart, simple business (cough good espresso cough) in West Seattle SOUTH of the Junction and EAST of 35th. We may have far less strollers and Labradors per household, but we're hard working, dual income people who are starving and thirsty.
Bless you Zippy. Bless you and your special sauce.