Well, it’s official. The fans voted and the new burger “king” in Gig Harbor, Washington is …. Blazing Onion . While not everyone is a fan of their service model, many agreed it’s the best burger joint. Kelly’s Cafe gets the nod for runner up.
As for me, I’m headed to Dexter’s Drive-In! Dexter’s Drive-In sounds like a classic “burger joint”. Much like the “dives” of old: Frisko Freeze, Pick Quick and the Little Holland. Try the $5 shakes with real fruit, a deluxe burger and fries. Located near the Purdy Bridge…the gateway to Key Peninsula, WA . There’s just something about a “dive” that says, ” The food is more important, above all else”. Take for example Sakura’s in South Tacoma and Spud’s Pizza Parlor & Trophy Room. Neither have changed their decor, carpet or fixtures in years. Why, they don’t have to. Fans are so loyal, they continue to come back because they can always count on good food and drinks.
As for the afore mentioned “burger joints”, they don’t need seating or decor. They borrow from the 1950’s A & W model. There is something nolstalgic about a “burger joint”. So, don’t be offended by the term “dive”…I mean that in the best possible way.