Construction continues on the new Dick's Drive-In location in Edmonds. The asphalt has been demolished and the sewer and water lines connected. Passersby won't yet see any indication that a Dick's Drive-In is being constructed on the site--the iconic sign won't be erected until later this summer.
Passersby won't find any burgers onsite yet either, so where can you go in South Snohomish County if you want a burger? Every month between now and the grand opening of Dick's Drive-In, we'll give you an update on the construction of the new Edmonds location, and a recommendation for where to get your burger fix until then. This month, we recommend you try Time Out Burgers.
Located just off I-5 in Mountlake Terrace, Time Out Burgers opened seven years ago as a small take-out counter selling burgers and gyros out of the side of an imported food store specializing in Greek imports. Today the shop has been converted to a restaurant, and the menu has expanded to serve Greek specialties like souvlaki, gyros, and dolmas, in addition to burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Time Out Burgers is still run by the same Greek family who opened the original store and take-out counter--Mom & Dad appear to be semi-retired, though, and can usually be found playing backgammon at one of the window tables. A patio area with outdoor seating has been added, and they still do a brisk take-out business. Inside, order your meal at the counter and grab a seat at one of the vinyl-covered tables.
The cheeseburger will cost you $5.25--about double the cost of a Dick's Deluxe. What you get, however, is a 1/3 pound patty with cheese on a toasted bun, with a generous amount of crisp lettuce, ripe tomato, pickles, and onion. They serve the burger unassembled, so the hot side stays hot and the cool side stays cool. Time Out uses American cheese, which--sorry, haters--is the optimal cheese for a burger. It melts better into the patty, and mixes with the juices and condiments.
Unfortunately, my burger was still a little on the dry side, as if the person manning the grill had gotten a little too aggressive with the spatula and pressed it too much. The fresh toppings, chewy bun, and generous amount of seasoning still made it pretty tasty, though. For $3, you can get an enormous portion of French fries, served with a crispy, caramel-colored exterior and fluffy interior. The seasoning mixture they sprinkle on the fries is a little too Mediterranean for some purists, but thankfully they apply it sparingly.
I skipped my usual strawberry milkshake at Time Out Burgers, because you can get two things there you can't get at most burger joints: booze and baklava! They only serve beer or wine, but they even offer some imported Greek lagers and retsina wine, though the latter tastes like nail-polish remover and is not recommended. For dessert, get a piece (or three) or the killer baklava: Flaky layers of phyllo dough are shellacked with honey and loaded with chopped nuts.
Time Out Burgers, 5807 244th St. S.W., MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, 425-672-5144. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.