My Edmonds Restaurant News: Where’s the beef, and dim sum delights

In happier times, CEO J'amy Owens readies the meat shop for its Edmonds opening.
In happier times, CEO J’amy Owens readies the meat shop for its Edmonds opening in January 2013.

Bad news in downtown Edmonds for the Beef/Burger joints, as both Bill the Butcher and the 50’s Burger Bar had notes posted on their doors.

The sign in the window at BTB in Edmonds, along with other locations, was sort of non-committal  — Closed ….until further notice. They’ve been challenged from the get go, and an article Tuesday from our online news partner The Seattle Times — Cash-poor Bill the Butcher paid for CEO’s fancy Queen Anne home — indicates further problems.

Meanwhile, Edmonds-based 50’s Burger Bar’s posted notice offered more positive news, stating: “We’re Closed…Surprised?” It went on to say they will open “next week”… with cheaper prices, more selection of drinks too!” Also new is the restaurant’s lunch hour from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Research is interesting. It isn’t “high prices” that are hurting these places… nor is it a trend of consumers eating less beef! Here is a recent article I found and will share the highlights: updated Aug 26, 2014….
Myth: The price of beef has made people eat less beef.

The Facts: Consumers are seeing higher food prices when shopping and dining out, but despite the increased cost of beef, all of the beef being produced in the U.S. is being consumed.

This was the first time in the survey’s history that it was noted that even though prices have risen, more consumers plan to buy more beef than plan to buy less.

A foodie article recently shared with me prompted a tasting of dim sum that is right in our back yards! Several great choices are:

T & T SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 22511 Hwy 99 Edmonds 425-776-3832

Amazing array of Chinese dishes, from seafood to dim sum, Spoiler Alert! Their dim sum cart hours are from 11am-4pm and after 4:00pm one must order other dishes from the menu, but no dim sum. I loved the eggplant-wrapped shrimp, a nice change from the glutinous noodles and typical dough of most dim sum. A refreshing surprise were the plain and tender noodles, ours wrapped around shrimp, but other fillings are available. Sesame-studded buns were a textural treat, filled with chicken, shrimp and veggies. Tea offerings are many– which is unusual. Jasmine comes with meal, but Pu Er, Shau Mei, Tie Khuan and Chrysamthem are offered on menu. Our “dessert” favorite is both savory and sweet and not dim sum either, but we can’t seem to dine at T&T ever, without an order of Honey Walnut Prawns! Those at the table fought over the last bite.

HONG KONG DIM SUM 1120 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood 425-741-3288

Tucked away in a strip mall, you could miss this place but don’t! It is smaller inside, very cozy, but staff is efficient and service brisk. Scrumptious dim sum! The dim sum cart hours are from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. and after that the cart goes away but you can still order dim sum. There is a certain food item here that is unique to this restaurant and it is the Gold Star Roll.

DUMPLING GENERATION 23830 Hwy 99 Ste 115, Edmonds 425-678-0806

Spoiler alert! Even though sites like YELP list Dumpling Generation as “dim sum” they have handmade dumplings – you can order them either steamed or boiled. This is northeastern Chinese food – not heavy on the flavor or grease – dishes tasted light and healthy. Very similar, but technically NOT dim sum.

Saving the best for last! The Hook, Seafood and Spirits restaurant in Perrinville is finally open! They had practice runs last weekend to train staff and a soft opening the first of the week.

Until we eat again…
— Kathy

Kathy Passage

A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.

  1. I give dim sum restaurants the VFW test: Very Few Whites. If I am the only white guy in a dim sum restaurant full of Asian customers, I know the food must be very good and very authentic. My family and I have been dining at Hong Kong Dim Sum for about a year and have never been disappointed.

  2. You can still get a very good burger, beef or chicken, and outstanding fries at Claire’s. My family in Renton loves coming here to eat there. They also have excellent Turkey offerings and great spaghetti. Their fish and chips are also some of the best around. Oh, and my favorite sandwich of all – the Monte Cristo, the best of just about any I’ve had and I’ve tried t hem wherever they are on a menu.
    Another surprising restaurant fora good burger is The Pancake Haus!

  3. I can’t imagine there’s a better place in town for a burger than Hamburger Harry’s, but I have been meaning to check out the 50’s Burger Bar and will do so when they re-open.

    For fish & chips in town, I like Rory’s… you can sit and look out at the water while you eat.

  4. Pretty amazing backstage story re: Bill the Butcher. I had no idea. Then again I had no idea how they expected to prosper at those price points. Store was usually deserted. You could do as well or better at Double D in Montlake Terrace at literally half the price. The great minds behind Bill the Butcher didn’t seem to do any competitive analysis.

  5. I agree with Tom.
    I couldn’t see them being profitable and questioned the “butchers” experience.
    Burger Bar….. I don’t think it is about the prices…

  6. My wife and I have done our “best burger in Edmonds” due diligence, it’s at Arnie’s; they grind and pack them fresh onsite, cooked to order with a just a hint of a buttery steak sauce flavor, best burger in town. Yes, the best burger is at the seafood place 🙂

  7. Tom – I get my deli meats at Double DD Meats – love their prices… and love their Black Forest Ham. My boyfriend loves one of the really spicy tomato sauces.

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