Story and photos by Lara Alexander
Joe Bellingham is all smiles. Since he was eight years old, he has helped his parents sell bread, buns and cookies at the Edmonds Bakery. Now he is serving up those same buns, this time holding freshly ground beef and all the toppings, in his own business next door — Main Street Burgers.
The decor is retro cool and so is the service. “We’re having fun here!” grinned Bellingham, giving a thumbs up while he posed near the checkerboard wall menu and images of Betty Boop and Marilyn Monroe. Thursday was Main Street Burger’s soft opening, “we are working out any glitches today,” Bellingham said, and they will be ready for their Grand Opening Saturday, Sept. 10, just in time for the Sept. 11 Edmonds Classic Car Show, a perfect event for introducing this new vintage-inspired diner.
The menu focuses on classic burger joint fare including hamburgers that Bellingham himself grinds fresh every day and grills to order, a variety of hand-cut seasoned fries and hand-dipped milkshakes. Vegetarians should not despair though. When asked about his menu favorite, Bellingham pointed to the vegetarian burger and says he likes it served with American cheese. A burger joint owner who doesn’t eat meat? No, he says, he likes beef, but he loves a good veggie burger.
A business owner with a big grin and a hands on approach is a good sign for great meals to come. I will be sure to stop in again soon and this time I may need to try that veggie burger.
Main Street Burgers
414 Main St.
open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A culinary adventurer, Lara Alexander grows, cooks and writes about food from her home in Edmonds. You can read about her garden and kitchen fun on the blog Food-Soil-Thread.