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RUSTY ROOF MEAD


MONSTER PUB ($5.50) SCORE 78


This north-side burger has been collecting raves since the Roof opened, and here too the bun is far from an


afterthought. It is a dense, chewy bun from local Alpine Bakery that can stand up to the juicy burger. Order the signature fries if you like garlic and parmesan and try all four fry sauces. We liked the Blue BBQ.


MARY LOU’S MILK BOTTLE SPOKANE’S GARLAND DISTRICT


CLASSIC NO-FRILLS ($4.70) SCORE 76


Like Hudson’s, the Milk Bottle burger benefits from the sense of history in the location itself. Unlike Hudson’s, the Milk Bottle’s well-built cheeseburger includes lettuce and tomato as toppings along with onions and pickles. The bun is baked in-house using a French bread recipe, and the


cheese is a slab of American. Order the combo for $7.83 and you get skin-on fries and a huge milkshake made with Mary Lou’s hand-scooped ice cream.


MONSTER PUB ($5.95)


SPOKANE’S “NEAR” NORTHSIDE SCORE 75


CRAZY G’S


If you love goopy and juicy, Crazy G’s is your burger. It is big and comes slathered in grilled onions and mushrooms along with the house-made Crazy Sauce. A combination with a drink and hand-cut skin-on fries rings in at $8.95. If you come in during the lunch rush, plan on a wait.


CHURCHILL’S DOWNTOWN SPOKANE


GOURMET ($12) SCORE 72


Plenty of people swear that Churchill’s has the best burger around, and Churchill’s is the only place that grinds its own prime-grade beef for their gourmet burger. The


setting—the underground bar with dark wood paneling – is also wonderful, but you might want to ask for the house barbecue sauce on the side in order to fully appreciate the taste of their prime patty.


LAGUNA CAFÉ SPOKANE’S SOUTH HILL


GOURMET ($8.50 L/ $11.95 D) SCORE 64


The list of burgers at the Laguna Café is ever-evolving based on customer feedback. The closest thing to a


cheeseburger is their namesake Laguna Burger that features plenty of bacon, provolone cheese, spinach, tomato and fresh avocado on a cornmeal-dusted bun.


D’LISH’S GREAT HAMBURGERS SPOKANE’S NEAR NORTHSIDE


CLASSIC NO-FRILLS ($2.25) SCORE 62


D’Lish is truly local fast food – just the single location – and a style of cheeseburger reminiscent of the wildly popular In-N-Out burgers of California fame. You get to choose between grilled or raw onions, and the salty crispy fries were described by one team member as “addictive.”


PRICE TO TASTE VALUE RATING Evaluating our raw data brought one


shortcoming to our attention. Classic no-frills


cheeseburgers like the ones at Stop-N-Go and D’Lish didn’t rate as highly as more elaborate burgers because we gave points for sides. These tend be included with pricier burgers.


Yet when you are craving a basic cheeseburger, both Stop-N-Go and D’Lish as well as


Hudson’s provide an awesome price-to-taste ratio. In Stop-N-Go’s case, you’d get a stunning seven double-cheeseburgers for the same price as one burger at Luna.


FUTURE CONTENDERS


Originally we assumed there would only be a few local burgers out there. We were wrong, and you may be absolutely appalled that your favorite burger didn’t make our cut this summer. If so, let us know what other burgers are real contenders (foodeditor@ spokanecdaliving.com).


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r, start a burger crawl of your own and pit our team’s top burgers against your favorites. If you have even more stamina that we did, add the burgers at the following spots to your list: Santé, Chaps, Downriver Grill, Waddel’s, Capone’s and the Coeur d’Alene Casino. They’ll be on our hit list for Round Two. Only first, we need to recover from our current meat coma and eat only oatmeal long enough to lower our cholesterol again.


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STOP-N-GO FAMILY DRIVE-IN SPOKANE VALLEY


($1 SINGLE, $2 DOUBLE) CLASSIC NO-FRILLS SCORE 61


Stop-N-Go is the newcomer on our list, but we expect them to be around a long time and quickly develop a cult following similar to Dick’s downtown. Stop-N-Go patties are made just blocks from the store at Ameristar Meats. Pickles and chopped onions come standard, but the genius of Stop-N-Go is its simplicity. Each bite is meat, cheese and bun. Cash only.


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