The longstanding burger joint Hamburger Harry’s (2409 NW Market St.) closed recently, and another burger spot is opening in its place: it’s called 8 oz. Burger and Co., and it will be open just after Thanksgiving. The restaurant (not part of the national 8 oz. Burger chain) will be similar to the 8 oz. Burger on Capitol Hill, but will have its own unique menu, tailored to Ballard.
Owner Kevin Chung opened the Capitol Hill location under the 8 oz. Burger name, but says he quickly veered from the national chain’s menu to create his own specialty burgers. “Seattleites are starting to realize that while we share a name, we are our own locally-owned restaurant with our own distinct thoughtfully designed menu- in no way part of the 8oz. Burger chain,” Chung says.
A couple of the burgers designed by Chung include the “Madison,” made with house blend and topped with watercress, ale roasted mushroom, charred onions, thyme infused truffle salt, cave-aged gruyere and herb aioli; and the “Jackson,” with house blend, lettuce, charred onions, fried green tomato, gouda, smoky bacon mayo and BBQ sauce. Chung uses creative toppings for his burgers, including macaroni and cheese, fried eggs, and grilled Brussels sprouts. “I want our burgers to offer something for everyone- from the foodie, to the guy who likes his burger with ketchup and mustard,” Chung said in a release.
The new location in Ballard will have some of the same 8 oz. menu items, but will apparently have a number of burgers unique to Ballard.
We’ll keep you posted on their opening date as it draws closer.
Photo courtesy 8 oz. Burger and Co.