Burgerville. Their quality has declined some over time, but their items have a distinct flavor to them, plus as you found, they have some great regional items you won't routinely find at the bigger chains.
^ Is Dick's still on Broadway in Seattle? And also down near the Seattle Center as well? Best part of getting stuff (for myself) from Dick's was late at night, when the bars closed and everybody was heading home. The humanity there at that time was truly eclectic, LOL!
This is seriously one of my favorite threads! The Reggie Deluxe looks absolutely amazing! I could also spend hours at the 20 foot waterfall. I'd be like a tourist at niagra falls! Thanks for more amazing updates!
Thanks, all! I've never been to Dick's, but it sounds like a place to check out if I get back to Seattle.
And speaking of Seattle... this update contains the last of the photos from my 2013 Pacific Northwest/Northern California trip. Enjoy!
On the way back to our hotel after Otto's, we passed Annie’s Donuts, which was on my list for breakfast the next day. We decided to get a jump on things and stop in.
The interior was very ’70s.
The selection was pretty large.
We’ll see about that….
Our assortment included a regular glazed, chocolate frosted, sour cream, buttermilk (that’s the one without a hole) and two raspberry fritters, for which we had high hopes. I really liked mine, but my dad thought his was just OK.
Unfortunately, I pulled a muscle in my back either the day before our vacation started or the day we left, and it got progressively worse as we went on. By the time we made it to the Rheinlander for an authentic German dinner that evening, I was in considerable pain.
They really did up the “German” exterior.
My dad, having not gotten his fill of sausages at Otto’s, opted for a German sausage platter.
I, on the other hand, ordered a sampler that included sausage, cabbage, hot German potato salad, two types of schnitzel…
…and a Bavarian pretzel!
Like Otto’s, the Rheinlander also had a mustard buffet… granted, a slightly more refined version.
Though we opted for indoor seating, we spied a few diners enjoying their meals on the patio on the way out.
After a visit to a somewhat sketchy immediate care center the next morning to get some pain medication for my back (I got a discount for paying for my prescription up front, in cash…) and a truly amazing afternoon at the Enchanted Forest (if you think Challenge of Mondor is trippy, try it on oxycodone!), we stopped for dinner at Big Stuff Barbecue in Cottage Grove, OR.
Based on all the signs and bumper stickers we saw, there is a tremendous amount of civic pride in Cottage Grove. The walls of the restaurant were decorated with vintage photos from the region.
The hand-cut fries were pretty good.
The beans were OK, as well. I tried the pulled pork sandwich, while my dad got a brisket sandwich. Both were pretty good, though if I had to do it again, I would have gotten my sauce on the side; it was hard to taste the flavor of the pork whatsoever with so much sauce on top.
Outside, a series of freshly painted Coke murals decorated adjacent buildings.
This really was a nice little town.
After setting up camp (OK, renting a hotel room) in Crescent City, CA, for the night, we spent the next day touring the California Redwood Trail. On the way to Rohnert Park, from which we would leave the next day for San Francisco, we pulled off the highway in Cloverdale, CA, in an attempt to find someplace for dinner and stumbled upon Pick’s Drive-In.
Unfortunately, it was closed for the day.
A bit further down the road, we discovered Zini’s Diner.
Zini’s was a very bare-bones restaurant located in a strip mall, but its food proved to be quite tasty.
I started with a bowl of clam chowder.
My dad, having regretted not getting the turkey dinner at the Rheinlander a couple days before, made up for it here.
I opted for the bleu cheeseburger.
When it comes to dessert, my dad is always on the lookout for peach pie, though it tends to be a rarity. Not at Zini’s!
I, on the other hand, opted for the chocolate crepe, which was good but very rich.
No new Roadfood for us the next day, as we skipped lunch to fit in tours of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, then had dinner at In-N-Out Burger, which already has been covered in this thread. On our way back to Seattle the next day, we passed the Del Norte County fairgrounds and decided to stop for a short break. Why?
Farmers market! By this time, we had been driving for awhile and were looking for an excuse to stop and stretch our legs, so why not?
We really didn’t expect to buy anything, but when I saw this stand, I was intrigued. Apparently it’s so popular that it has to advertise the days it will be at the farmers market (first and third Saturdays).
So I took the bait and ordered a breakfast burrito.
The result? Amazing! Far better than the ones I get at Sonic.
As we approached Seattle many hours later, I started looking on my iPad for potential restaurants for the final meal of our trip. The Pick-Quick Drive-In in Fife, WA, sure sounded good!
The outdoor dining area was very picturesque…
…and much better than the alternative across the street!
It took us awhile to place our order due to a rather lengthy line, and it took even longer for our number to be called when the food was ready. But when we got it… wow! The burgers were great, and the shakes were tremendous. Mine was butterscotch.
Up next: a return to the Delmarva Peninsula for some ethnic fare, pizza, ice cream and even cheesecake!
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