Sunday, September 17, 2006
Someone posted on Ask Metafilter wondering why no White Castles (annoying audio) on the West Coast (essentially the answer is: the chain is small and wants to stay around its Ohio HQ). Someone else posted that who cares when the West Coast has In N Out Burger (more annoying audio). Well, my response was that Washington state has neither, and dammit, there are some days when I could really use a slyder or ten. Or a double-double, animal style.
According to yet another response, the Pacific Northwest has always been and perhaps always will be a kind of empty spot for chains, because we're apparently still considered a frontier oupost, or something. (Seattle's own small chain, Dick's, is just awful in comparison to good old midwestern chains. Red Mill is acceptable, but there are only two and they're less fast foody and more sit-down mealy.)
Someone suggested Burgerville, which I don't think I've been to, but they aren't in Seattle, though there are some in Southwest Washington, apparently.