Variety is the tune at Rock n Roll Burger

October 9, 2008

By Kathleen R. Merrill

One of my grandmothers used to say about food, “If you don’t get it all over you, it ain’t any good.”

Well, you’ll need multiple napkins to keep from getting the burgers at Rock n Roll Burger all over you.

But that’s not the only thing that makes them delicious.

Maybe it’s the char-grilling. Maybe it’s the crisp romaine lettuce, and fresh tomatoes and onions. Maybe it’s the large, soft bun that tastes like it just came from a bakery. Maybe it’s the abundance of toppings that drip and ooze from in between meat and cheese, cheese and bun, and bun and toppings.

Did I mention that you can have regular fries, sweet potato fries (very tasty with a dash of salt) or beer-battered onion rings (the latter two are $1.29 extra)? Or a shake that is so thick they scoop it into your cup with a spoon?

The restaurant, in that little hut-like building at the corner of Northwest Maple Street and 12th Avenue Northwest, that has only been open a couple of weeks is often packed. Judging from the amount of business the restaurant seems to have most of the time it is open and the plans the owners have — including breakfast, espresso and a drive-through that may open in about a month — this may be a business that stays here for a while.

You know the building, that little round one that has been umpteen restaurants, including an A&W root beer type drive in, a Mexican place with homemade tortillas and a teriyaki burger place. It’s the one that’s off the beaten path of Gilman Boulevard, so you don’t always think about going there. Well, you need to think about it now.

OK, so they miss the mark of the title with the music, which is from the wrong generation, and the place can be a bit smoky from the cooking. But the food is tasty and the décor is 1960s, rock and roll fun — from the giant Elvis mural to the black-and-white checkerboard floor with paneling made to look like a piano keyboard. A return visit found a cool Elvis memorabilia book had been added to the counter.

Now, about those burgers. On my first visit, I had the gooey, very delicious Too Much Burger (oh yeah, they’re all named after Elvis tunes). It had Gorgonzola cheese, blue cheese dressing, romaine, tomato, peppered bacon and R&R sauce (which I suspect is a thousand island dressing) with sweet potato fries and a soda (total $12.45). Three napkins later, I was stuffed and had to leave some of the fries.

My lunch companion had the A Fool Such As I Trader Burger, designed for the more adventurous diner. On top of the regular fresh fixings, it features a spicy sauce, hot salsa and jalapenos. His only complaint was how well done the hamburger patty was.

On a return trip, he ordered the A Big Hunk of Love Burger with teriyaki sauce and pineapple slice and asked for the patty to be less cooked. This time it came it just right. They do cook to order upon request. And with a much less fully charred infusion, all the right flavors came through, including that scrumptious teriyaki sauce.

Reach Editor Kathleen R. Merrill at 392-6434, ext. 227, or

Rock n Roll Burger

1235 N.W. Maple St.


Monday- Saturday

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Burgers $7.99 – $8.99; shakes $3.99

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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