Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dick's Drive In - Old Fashion food, price and restaurant


Dick's Drive In

12325 30th Ave NE, Seattle

Dick's Drive-in (Lake City) on Urbanspoon

Food: 3.5
Price: Cheap

Last weekend, M and I went down to Seattle to visit a friend (G) who I haven't seen for a long time. She was as enthusiastic about food as I am. Therefore she took us to a few of her favorite local places to eat.I think G has a talent, because she sounds so convincing when she is talking about food. So when she said that Dick's Drive In have really good burgers, we immediately added that to our 'To Try' list. Dick's has been in business since 1954 and it is only available in Seattle area (3 locations). The location we visited (Lake City) has been in operation since 1963. Dick's is really a old fashion drive in, where you either take it to go, or eat it in your car. I guess the place really hasn't changed much at all, consider form of payment is still cash only.I got their deluxe burger with 2 patties, cheese, lettuce and mayo for only $2.40. Dick's Drive In uses fresh never frozen beef and bun for their burgers. So how was this fresh never frozen beef, well it was juicy in the middle, but dry around the edges because it's overcooked. The patty was not overly salty or seasoned. Their cheese was regular process cheddar cheese. The bun was soft, but nothing spectacular. I can't help but compare this to Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Blogged here), which also claim to use fresh beef. Five Guys burger was very juicy from first bite to last, but then again it was so juicy to a point of being greasy. Does that mean the beef used in Dick's Drive In is more lean compare to Five Guys? Dick's Drive In prices are definitely a lot cheaper ($2.40 vs. $6). However if compare portion wise, Five Guys burger is at least 2x the size of Dick's. In the end, Dick's burger is a good snack, where as Five Guys burger is more for a meal.We also got their fries, which is also freshly cut from real potatoes. The fries was good, hot and crispy, but it didn't have enough salt on it. They only have one size, and it was $1.40, which is pretty cheap.
Since G highly recommended their ice cream, M decided to get a Kids Cone to try it. We got the good old fashion vanilla flavor. I have to say it was very good ice cream. I believe this is also home made, as I saw someone pouring ice cream ingredients into this old fashion machine. Their ice cream was very creamy, smooth and not overly sweet. It was also denser than regular ice cream, so I felt it had more substance. A kids cone was only $0.80, which is really cheap for such good ice cream.

As I was snapping pictures of the place, an employee was shaking his hand at me. I really don't understand why that is, I mean it's not like they have anything to hide, consider the place have glass windows on 3 sides of the restaurant. Anyways, in the end, I have to say the value here can't be beat, so if you are seeking for that old fashion drive in, this place can't be missed. It's good food at a great price.


Natasha March 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM

I'm not sure why restaurants seem to be freaking out about people taking pictures these days, other than the fact that they're either afraid of bad press or they think somebody's stealing their ideas. It has to be the former because like you said, they're surrounded by glass? And if you were in the business of stealing ideas, you'd probably be a little more covert about it.

I'm not a fan of Dick's, but they are cheap and quick, so they do fit the bill! Nice blog you've got here.

Jenny March 8, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Exactly Natasha, but I did manage a few picture before I stopped, at least they couldn't stop me from taking pictures of the food. :)

CheapAppetite March 8, 2010 at 6:19 PM

This is the kind of place I like. It is down to earth, retro look and cheap:) Double patties burger, fries and ice cream cone for less than $5! What a good deal! The whole thing is even cheaper than the five guy $6 burger. If I live in Seattle, I would definitely check this place out!
Thanks for sharing

Jenny March 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM

The value here really can't be beat, even McDonald can't compete. :)

Sherman Chan March 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Dick's, not the best food out there, but for that price, I'm gonna eat it. In fact, I'll be eating it tomorrow since I'm in Seattle...

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