Restaurant review: Time Out Burgers

Monday, January 25, 2010

A friend put it like this, and I agree: one of the best restaurants in Shoreline is in Mountlake Terrace.

In a tiny building just around the corner from Canyons and Cinebarre, Time Out Burgers is certainly off the beaten path, but well worth seeking out. Owned by a family from Crete, Time Out has been serving hearty burgers, breakfasts and Greek food since 2004. The seating is sparse, but has improved from earlier incarnations when the family also ran a small Greek grocery out of half of the little shop. Now there's more seating room indoors and out, and a steady stream of regulars and happily surprised first-timers. A friendly greeting for each customer and the casual atmosphere makes it feel as if you've just dropped by a relative's home and have been invited to stay for dinner.

We have had both the burgers and the breakfasts, and are committed to trying the chicken souvlaki on our next visit; my friend highly recommends it, as well as the Greek Combo plate. I'd have been eternally happy with the hamburgers, though; they are enormous, tasty, cooked perfectly and about half again as much as I can finish in a single meal, even without the fries or onion rings.

The breakfasts are just what you'd hope for on a weekend morning: big portions, savory gravy, crisp hash browns, thick slabs of toast, eggs done just right, and—if you're really in need of an extra boost of energy after a long night of entertainment—Greek coffee made by the cup for you with an actual blowtorch. Here you can see one of the owners demonstrating her technique; they also sell the metal pots and coffee so you can make it yourself at home (blowtorch optional).

Time Out is open Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.

They're located at:
5807 244th Street Southwest
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-5450
(425) 672-5144

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