[Author’s note: Today, Monday, October 15, is the grand opening of Little Big Burger in the Smith and Burns building on 45th Street. To mark the occasion, LBB is offering free burgers all day long. I dropped in on a “soft opening,” where I compiled the following story.]
I could have taken a hint from the guy from Portland who stepped up to the counter and enthusiastically ordered two burgers. Or I could have paid more attention to the name: Little Big Burger. And then there was the price of the cheeseburger I ordered: just $5. But it only came together for me when my order arrived. These are little burgers!
Founded in 2010 in Portland, OR, Little Big Burger has a huge presence in that city, but also some stores in North Carolina, California and Texas. The store at 1329 N 45th in the Smith and Burns building is their first Washington State store. The opening has been long in coming. We first reported on the anticipated store way back in August of last year. For those unschooled in the ways of LBB, I offer these observations.
Their menu is not expansive. I know what you’ll be getting when you go. You’ll be getting a burger. Whether it’s a hamburger, cheeseburger or veggie, I cannot say. But it will be a burger sure as day follows night. And if you want something to go with that burger, I know for certain what that will be: fries. Yes, I’m a savant. And, oh … you will not be getting salad. As for dessert, there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get a root beer float. Or if not that, then an ice cream sandwich. And for beverages, I can be 100% certain that you won’t be getting a beer, not until they get their liquor license, anyway. After that, the future seems cloudy to me.
And how was my Little Big Burger, you ask? I would put it at the middle of the scale. Red Mill and Uneeda Burger are definitely tops, and LBB can’t touch them. I also prefer the burgers at Giddy Up. But I’d place LBB above places such as McDonald’s, Burger King and even local favorite, Dick’s. Wallyburger is a pretty close competitor to LBB, but I give the nod to Wallyburger. LBB offers ketchup or “fry sauce” to go with your fries; I’m afraid to ask what’s in the fry sauce, but it’s pretty darn good. I don’t know if there are plans for trays at LBB, but I had a bunch of wrappers and bags to throw away when I was done.