Skagit Valley Burger Express

Who doesn’t appreciate a good burger? And a great one? Well, that’s a Siren Song.

In Skagit County, good burgers aren’t hard to find. However, supelatives are elusive. We don’t have haute restaurants or hotel kitchens that offer no-holds-barred takes–upscale typically involves just piling on another patty, slipping in more cheese, and/or swapping condiments and dressage.

So Skagit Valley Burger Express near Sedro Woolley was a delightful surprise. To drive by SVBE is not encouraging–it’s a repurposed railroad caboose, crappy signage, unpaved lot. THEN, if you stop, you come slowly to the realization that it’s a drive-through! You place your order from your car at a caboose window, pay, park, and they run your order to you. There are outside places to sit if the weather allows.

But Whoa! are these grilled burgers good–and relatively cheap. Prices range from $5.99 to $9.99 a la carte, multiple variations of fried sides run from $2.99 to $6.49, depending on size.

We’ve only eaten here twice, and I haven’t yet quite ciphered out exactly what makes these burgers so exceptional. I think it may have something to do with the patty being perched atop the other ingredients, and optimized use of yellow mustard. Oh, and they claim their “chef” is Cordon Bleu-trained.

There are a handful of other indie burger stands in Skagit (e.g., The Net, Dairy Delight, Chuckwagon, Birdsview Bugers, Hal’s) that do burgers right, but SVBE is better by at least an order of magnitude.

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