I haven't been to Burgermaster in years, however I know the locations of multiple ones in the Seattle area (including right in the thick of Aurora, ahem). I am definitely a fan of made-to-order stuff. I had Chipotle today for the first time in several months and well, let's just say that if I ate nothing but Chipotle for the rest of my life, I would be a happy camper. Granted, they aren't the healthiest, but I go vegetarian, with no guacamole or sour cream, double black beans, and so forth. I can't resist the chips though-made fresh many times a day.Originally Posted by tousselchick;3501405;
I think part of the appeal of the chain restaurants is that they tend to be more oriented for the family. They don't care as much about a gourmet meal; they want somewhere that the whole family could go. Also they are good for travelers, who want to eat at a restaurant but don't know about the good local ones, and don't want to search. When we always went to Birch Bay (a sleepy little town just south of the border) we always went to the various restaurants in the area, because there weren't many, or any, chains in the area. We would go to the Pig & Pancake when we were in Seaside (on the Oregon coast)-they're a north Oregon-based chain that is like a Denny's and your choice of casual restaurant, but better (they had a full espresso bar service to the table, so back when we went-I was still eating fish at that time-I had fish & chips and a coconut white mocha for breakfast). We always ask about where the great local restaurants are.
That being said, when in Seattle do NOT eat at the Space Needle restaurant. You're essentially paying for the view, because the food is abysmal. It's just north of downtown and you can catch the monorail (or the 3 or 4 bus) into downtown, where unlimited food opportunities await.