For all its cutting-edge attitude, Seattle also is a city where traditions endure. There’s no better culinary reflection of that fact than Burgermaster, a drive-in where you pull up, read the menu in front of your car slip, turn on your lights to request service, order a classic short-order meal, then dine in the car off a tray hung on the driver’s side window.
The car hops do not wear roller skates and poodle skirts. This is not a corporate-constructed theme restaurant experience. It is the real deal, and the car hops are pros who take good care of their carloads. When I visited, my girl suggested I bring the food inside the car rather than eat it off the tray, explaining that crows were dive-bombing and stealing French fries from exposed meals.
Of course, burgers are the thing to eat. They’re grease-glistening beauties thin enough that a double makes good sense. Even better: the Baconmaster Extra, which is a double with double cheese and a big fistful of bacon. French fries are an essential companion. They’re thin, crisp, and a joy to binge-eat. A milk shake is the right drink to accompany a meal like this. Burgermaster shakes are plenty thick, although not memorably flavorful.
Established in 1952, Burgermaster now has six locations in the Seattle area.