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Burger mastery at Wibbley’s in Bellevue

The relatively simple charbroiled burger is done right, and with plenty of fixin’ options, at Wibbley’s Gourmet Hamburgers in Bellevue.


Seattle Times staff reporter

Wibbley’s Gourmet Hamburgers

Burgers

2255 140th Ave. N.E., Suite B, Bellevue; 425-747-7818; www.wibbleys.com.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday.

Etc: Only cash and checks accepted, no credit cards; parking lot; wheelchair accessible; catering available; no alcohol served.

Prices: $

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Everyone has their own opinion of burger perfection.

At Wibbley’s Gourmet Hamburgers — situated in an unassuming Bellevue strip mall since 1992 — their take is a relatively simple charbroiled burger served hot, juicy and pleasantly messy.

Each burger ($4.99-$6.49) comes with a soft sesame seed bun, a heaping amount of finely chopped lettuce, tomatoes and mayo or Wibbley’s secret dressing.

For a little kick-me-up, go for the slightly spicy picante burger ($6.29) with Swiss cheese coated in a chipotle mayo and jalapeños.

The menu: Choose from nine varieties of ground-beef burgers or a charbroiled chicken breast or breaded deep-fried Alaskan cod fish. They also have fish and chips ($9.79) or chicken strips and fries ($6.99).

A full order of thick-cut fries ($2.79) is more than enough to feed two people.

The Wibbley’s Wee Meal ($5.29) is for kids or seniors, and comes with a charbroiled burger, small order of fries and small soda.

What to write home about: The bacon cheeseburger ($6.29) is layered with smoky goodness, and the mushroom burger ($5.99) came with a heaping pile of mushrooms.

The beer-battered onion rings ($3.29) and mushrooms ($3.29) were good, not greasy, and deep-fried with a nice crispy crust.

The gourmet milkshakes ($3.79) got high marks from my family, especially the blackberry.

The setting: Eleven high-top tables with four bar stools at each surround the perimeter of the brown wooden paneled walls.

Summing up: A bacon cheeseburger ($6.29); mushroom burger ($5.99); picante burger ($5.99); wee meal with extra cheese ($5.74); fried mushrooms ($3.29); large soda ($1.89); two blackberry shakes ($3.79 apiece); full order of fries ($2.79); and onion rings ($3.29) came to $46.92 with tax.

Mark Yuasa: myuasa@seattletimes.com



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