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Originally published Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:31 AM

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Chicago Willy’s: Burgers and shakes with plenty of flavor

Chicago Willy’s in Auburn dishes out tasty, inexpensive burgers, along with hot dogs, fish and chicken sandwiches, deep-fried mushrooms and shakes in various flavors, from banana to Almond Roca.

Chicago Willy’s

Burgers

1202 Auburn Way N., Auburn253-218-0992www.chicagowillys.com

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Etc: Credit cards accepted; no obstacles to access; parking lot in rear; beer and wine

Prices: $

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The hamburger is something Americans never seem to get tired of, and its revered like no other fast food.

Chicago Willy’s in Auburn dishes out a tasty version of fresh ground chuck on a kaiser bun. Each burger comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions, relish, mayonnaise and mustard.

While there are plenty of other knock-your-socks-off burgers in this region, the prices at Chicago Willy’s are relatively inexpensive and will set you back just $2 to $6.

The menu: It’s all about the burgers, but there are a wide range of other choices: a fish sandwich; Chicago-style hot dogs; chicken sandwiches/burgers; fish or prawns and chips; tacos (new item); and chicken strips and fries.

Sides include chicken wings, chili, salads, deep-fried mushrooms or cheddar jalapeños and an all-you-can eat nacho bar.

Shakes, soft-serve ice cream and self-serve sodas or bottled pop round out the menu.

What to write home about: The shakes were thick, not overly sweet and flavorful. Our kids enjoyed the Creamsicle and banana shakes. There were 15 other flavors — from basic strawberry, chocolate and vanilla to Almond Roca, mocha, mint, root beer and pineapple.

The deep-fried mushrooms came out hot and crispy. Try them (and other deep-fried fare) with the secret Willy sauce, which resembles a mix of Thousand Island dressing and mayonnaise with a mildly spicy kick.

The setting: While it resides in a former Skipper’s, the décor is different, with brightly mural-painted walls, palm trees, two big-screen TVs and 21 bench-seat-style tables.

Summing up: A Willy Burger ($1.99), Willy Burger with bacon ($2.99), Kid Burger Meal ($3.99), two large milk shakes ($3.29 each), Double-Double Meal (burger includes two beef patties, two layers of cheese and bacon; $7.99) and deep-fried mushrooms ($3.29) came to $29.38, including tax.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

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