600 West Main Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362 (map); 509-525-2757
Cooking Method: Griddled
Short Order: Get well seasoned minimalist old school-style burgers featuring sweet onions
Want Fries with That? Skip the fries, get the tots
Price: Deluxe burger, $4
The first thing I totally dig about Fast Eddy's in Walla Walla, Washington, are the car hops. They're not on roller skates, but they're still quick. Almost as soon as you pull into this classic drive-in, a server appears on the driver's side of your car, notebook in hand and a "What'll you have?"
The answer to that question is the deluxe burger, which is the second thing I love about Fast Eddy's, open on the west edge of Main Street in this Mayberry-esque 'burg for nearly 10 years. It's a burger that doesn't demand a diner to test their jaw and open wide. It's not so juicy or saucy that it drips down your wrist. It's a burger made to be eaten in your car and it's flat-out delicious.
A secret seasoning mixture is sprinkled on the 1/3-pound patty, the size of a small saucer. I tried to get the friendly car hop to tell me what was in the seasoning. Her lips were sealed, but she stated the obvious: "That's really what makes it." If I had a sawbuck for every blah, under-seasoned burger patty I've ever tried, I could buy a McDonald's franchise. I love a well-seasoned burger.
I also appreciated how Fast Eddy's simply dresses its burgers: lettuce, tomatoes and paper thin slices of Walla Walla Sweets, the onions that helped give this town its savory reputation. Those Sweets add a nice crunch to the sandwich, which is served on an onion roll, slathered with a Thousand Island-type dressing.
If only the fries had half the appeal, but you're better off ordering the tater tots on the side. And if only the onion rings were made with those succulent Walla Walla Sweets, but they're not. "They're frozen," the car hop 'fessed up when I grilled her.
And, if you're in the mood for a milkshake with your burger, be warned: They're so thick, they call for a spoon, not a straw.
But it's the onion-y good burgers that are the draw here anyway. And the car hops.
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