Denise Sakaki (aka wasabiprime on AHT/Serious Eats) is back with another Washington recommendation after having reviewed Teddy's Bigger Burgers, Red Mill, and John Howie Steak. Denise, a freelance graphic designer, blogs about food at Wasabi Prime and you can follow her on Twitter @wasabiprime. Thanks, Denise! If anyone else wants to share some burger intel, here's how to do it. —The Mgmt.
14142 Main Street Northeast, Duvall WA 98019 (map); 425-788-8605
Cooking Method: Charbroiled
Short Order: Juicy burger, big flavor, lots of choices
Price: prices range from $5.99 for Classic, to $8.59 for the Salmon burger; fries are included, substitute onion rings +$1
Notes: Open Tues. to Sat., 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
There's nothing like having a neighborhood burger spot, a family-run business that's frequented by locals and has that feeling that this is "my" burger place. Out in the wilds of Duvall, a small bedroom community that's nestled out in the rural outskirts of Seattle, when a craving for a hamburger calls, Pickle Time is there to answer it.
Located on Main Street—yes, they still have those in small towns—it's a small restaurant that has a big burger menu of over twenty choices, including their regular 1/3-pound ground fresh chuck beef to pastrami, chicken, vegetarian, and chicken burgers. They also include a variety of wraps and hot sub sandwiches, but their specialty remains hamburgers. Their burger offerings range from a classic burger with tomato, pickles, onion, and house sauce (similar to Thousand Island), to more heavy-duty burgers like the Sun Shine Burger, which consists of a fried egg, bacon, and cheese, along with their usual greenery of tomato, lettuce and pickles.
Pickle Time's burgers are flavorful, mostly due to the fact that they have so many ingredient options. Generally, you taste more of the add-on flavors like bacon, avocado or different cheeses, which pair nicely with the big, meaty flavor of the burger itself, but when you get the Classic, you experience the smoky char of the patty. Their burgers tend to be on the juicy side, so while messy, it's a sign that all that flavor gets locked into the burger.
They have a variety of fried items like fish, calamari, and shrimp served with fries, as well as side orders of fried zucchini, mozzarella cheese sticks, mushrooms, along with chili cheese fries. They also have milkshakes and smoothies, so there is no lack of options to make for a stick-to-your-ribs burger indulgence. For a lighter way to sample their basic burger without feeling too guilty, there's the kids meal, a slightly smaller classic hamburger served with fries and a small soda for $4.49—personally, I've done this one when I don't want to feel too overstuffed, but still enjoy their charbroiled burgers.
Pickle Time is a neighborhood burger place patronized mostly by locals, as Duvall is a small city, but it can get busy with pass-through weekend traffic and during summer festivals. There is no website, so you have to go to the place to get a look at their menu or call to place an order for pickup (425-788-8605), which is advisable for weekends and the dinner rush between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., as orders can get backed up. —wasabiprime
Want to see your favorite burger joint on AHT? Here's how you can submit a review!