The day before I ran the Seattle Half Marathon we thought it would be fun to check out Red Mill Burgers. This place was on Man vs Food and supposedly has some of the best burgers in Seattle and onion rings nationwide. It seemed like a good option for a pre-race meal, another error in race preparation. We arrived at this small 30-40 seat restaurant for dinner and realized that they were cash only; something that should have been on their website. Thankfully my mom had cash on her so we did not need to go find an ATM. Red Mill is as close to a drive-in as you can get without the window itself so esthetics were not its strong point. We ordered some burgers, some of their many milkshakes, and a few orders of onion rings. We sat in our cafeteria style booth and ten minutes later our food came out on our lovely red cafeteria trays.
I ordered a truffle mint milkshake, onion rings, and the verde burger. Let’s start off with the burger. The verde burger had fire roasted Anaheim peppers, Monterrey jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and what they call mill sauce. The interesting thing about this burger is that you could get it to order. Yes, in a hole in the wall place they cooked your meat to order. This is something that made me a little nervous because we were not “fine” dining but I went for it and ordered my burger mid rare.
As you can see from the picture the patty is pretty thin so mid rare is very hard to do and I think I got medium at best. I was not overly disappointed by this since I expected it and medium is not so bad. I picked up my burger and leaned over the table, this was definitely going to be messy. I bit in and got a mouthful of roasted peppers. The jack cheese was melted well and the mill sauce was pretty tasty. The bun was hearty and held up well to all the sauces and toppings. I thought that this burger would be a little spicy but it wasn’t all that intense and that made me sad. I think at the end of the day the ratio of peppers to meat was off and the patty which should have been the star of the show was overwhelmed by the flavor of the fire roasted peppers. This is a burger that I would not get again but the simple double cheeseburgers that everyone else ordered looked really good.
Next were the onion rings. These were lauded as some of the best in the country and they surely lived up to that claim. The rings were cooked perfectly. Nice and crispy and snapped at the bite. This is a huge requirement of great onion rings, that the onion inside snaps when you bite in and doesn’t come out in one fell swoop. The flavoring on the batter was also really well done. It was sweet and a little tangy and definitely made you want to come back for more. This was a much better experience than the burger and one that I would come back for again. My one complaint is that the size of the order was a little skimpy and I could have easily eaten a few more.
Last but certainly not least was the mint truffle milkshake. Wow! Thick, delicious, and super smooth. This milkshake was delicious. It was super chocolaty and the mint came through pretty strong. My only regret was that I didn’t add malt to the milkshake because chocolate malt always makes it better. A great end to a pretty good meal. All in all I would go back to Red Mill again but I would try a more traditional burger and order more onion rings.
Overall Review: 6/10