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Bent Burgers: a burger hideaway in Seward Park

It helps to have a Superman-sized appetite when going to Bent Burgers, decked out with comic-book-themed decorations in the Seward Park neighborhood a few blocks from Lake Washington.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Bent Burgers

American

5100 S. Dawson St., Suite 100, Seattle, 206-760-0291 or www.bentburgers.com

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Etc: Debit cards preferred but credit cards accepted; breakfast sandwiches (which come with tater tots) available all day; beer and wine served; wheelchair accessible; free parking on the street and in small shared lot.

Prices: $

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Stepping into Bent Burgers, hidden away in the Seward Park neighborhood a few blocks from Lake Washington, is like walking into the man cave of a comic-book fan who never grew up.

Certainly owner and neighborhood local Dan Bent gave a lot of attention to the details of this place when he opened it three years ago, covering the walls, dining tables and even the restroom with comic-themed art and memorabilia. You don’t necessarily need to share his enthusiasm for colorful super­heroes and villains to enjoy dinner at Bent. But a Superman-sized appetite is a must.

The menu: No mystery here — burgers, burgers and more burgers, starting with the 5-ounce basic variety with cheese ($5.78) or without ($4.98), as well as a veggie option ($7). Offerings get increasingly adventurous, and decadent, from the barbecue-sauce and bacon-accented Western burger ($7.48) to the pineapple-topped teriyaki burger ($7.28) to an offering called The Human Torch ($7.98), heated up with pepperjack cheese, grilled habaneros and jalapeños, and red, green and yellow peppers.

You might be wise to skip lunch if you want enough room for The Thing ($8.18), which comes topped with blue-cheese crumbles, candied bacon, fried egg and caramelized onions.

The eponymous Bent Burger ($12) further stretches the bounds of the imagination ... and dietary reason. It consists of a bacon-cheese­burger, hotlink and fried egg stacked between two grilled-cheese sandwiches.

Bent is also known for its big selection of shakes ($4.78), which come in flavors ranging from orangesicle to green tea.

What to write home about: Looking for a challenge, I opted for the deliciously sloppy monstrosity that is The Thing ($8.18) with a side of thick, crispy onion rings ($3.88). Let’s just say there was no room left for dessert.

The setting: Though the restaurant is easy to miss from the street, Bent’s interior comes alive with wall-to-wall, comic-book-themed decorations and brightly colored booths. The atmosphere is family-friendly and the service upbeat. There’s a patio for warmer weather. Order at the counter, then take a seat.

Summing up: A combo including The Thing, onion rings and a regular-size soda came to $9.50, plus tax.

Tyrone Beason: 206-464-2251 or tbeason@seattletimes.com

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