Tom Amato

Tom Amato

‘Best Burger’ in Seattle goes to …

Over the past six-plus months, I have eaten over 30 burgers, and reviewed 24 of them. After long deliberation, I’ve finally figured out the best burger in the city of Seattle.
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Is Dick’s Drive-In still a Seattle classic?

In February, I posed a simple question: Where is the best burger in Seattle? Out of all the suggestions I got, Dick’s Drive-In led the pack.
2 years ago

Burger Review: Burger Express vs. Coastline Burgers

I recommend stopping by either one of these burger joints. Coastline Burgers is in a city with a hundred options. Burger Express is in Federal Way.  
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Elliot Bay’s elk burger leaves longing for beef

Maybe elk is an acquired taste, because there’s many people out there who enjoy it. The health benefits can also be attractive. The meat is more protein rich than beef and contains far less fat content.
2 years ago

Signs of a sociopath and why they matter in Thurston County

A cat killer has struck Thurston County repeatedly over the past year-and-a-half. A psychologist speculates about what this person may suffer from.
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Scooter’s Burgers succeeds amid stiff competition

Scooter's Burgers has been a much-requested location for my burger reviews. I tried their best seller -- a bacon cheese deluxe burger. This is the result.
2 years ago

Copycat? Feline found beheaded in Thurston County

Another cat has been found dead and mutilated in Thurston County, an area previously plagued by a cat killer. It is unknown if it is the work of the same person.
2 years ago

Satire: SPD’s ‘Rate my Officer’ app draws rave reviews from offenders

A new app lets you rate your arresting police officer, fixing Seattle's issues with accountability. Sound like a farce? That's because it is.
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Loretta’s Northwesterner underwhelms

I'm astounded that Loretta Northwesterner's burger has received the rankings it has in the past. My experience is drastically different than other critics.
2 years ago

Homeless say warrants are why addicts won’t seek treatment

With the talk of safe injection sites in Seattle intensifying, I decided to go to a local tent encampment to see if the campers think homeless heroin addicts would seek treatment.
2 years ago

Seattle burger review: Kidd Valley remains a classic

Throw a rock and you’re bound to hit a Kidd Valley in Seattle. And there’s something to that.
2 years ago

Homeless camp accidentally gets Seattle man’s dog high

Homeless campers stealing power from Lake City Autoworks isn’t the only thing General Manager Karl Straume worries about. He’s now keeping an eye on the ground. And so is his dog. 
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Pioneer Square’s BRGR is your typical ‘bar burger’

Bars do two things well: sell alcohol and grill burgers. What Seattle's BRGR Bar dishes up is just that -- a basic bar burger.
2 years ago

Amato: Not even the homeless believe King County’s homeless count

Numbers from 2019's point-in-time homeless count in Seattle and King County continue to be questioned, including by the actual people being counted.
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Rain City Burgers is unexceptional

Rain City Burgers in Seattle's Roosevelt District boasts that the Mariners burger is its best-seller. I gave it a try to find out why. Here's what I think.
2 years ago

After homeless camp swept, Seattle businesses still have little hope

After months of complaints from locals, Seattle’s navigation team cleared a problematic homeless encampment behind the LA Fitness on 31st Ave NE in Lake City.
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Katsu Burger’s pork offering tasty but taxing

For this week's Seattle Burger Review, I went to Katsu Burger on Capitol Hill. Ordering their pork burger, there were definitely a good deal of ups and downs.
2 years ago

Seattle business forced to lock doors after homeless attack

An art gallery in Seattle's Pioneer Square has taken measures to counter belligerent campers and homeless at their doorstep. It has hurt business.
2 years ago

Burger Review: ‘Impossible Burger’ was impossible to enjoy

This week I tried something different -- “The Official Burger of Planet Earth,” made with the “Impossible Burger.” That's right, it's fake meat.
2 years ago

Seattle business owner looks east after having knife pulled on him

A Seattle restaurant owner has watched Pioneer Square deteriorate. Recently, he was threatened with a knife. Now he's considering leaving.
2 years ago

Burger Review: Henry’s Tavern (Bellevue) is my favorite burger yet

For the first time, I venture out of Seattle for a burger review to Henry's Tavern in Bellevue for its BBQ Bacon Burger. Was it worth the trip?
2 years ago

Seattle Burger Review: Popular Red Mill spot is good, not great

Red Mill Burgers is thought by many to be one of Seattle's best burgers. But does it measure up?
2 years ago

Why Professor Stuart Reges can do better than University of Washington

It’s the conversation that made headlines and catapulted UW Professor Stuart Reges into the spotlight, albeit, it might as well have been more of a red-dot sight.
2 years ago

Burger review: Zippy’s giant burger is, quietly, a tasty burger

Zippy’s Giant Burgers is among the most requested burgers that readers have asked me to review. So I went, I ate, and I reviewed.
2 years ago