My husband and I live near Issaquah, so we've enjoyed eating at XXX a number of times. For the atmosphere and decor, there's nothing like it. (The other reviews describe this well.) The huge outdoor seating area is great when the weather cooperates, but indoors is really fun because of all the great stuff to look at.
I wish they would prepare people better for their unusually restrictive payment policy of no debit or credit cards. And they charge $2 extra if you want to share any of the burgers on the menu. All I saw was a small sign on the door, and I didn't even notice that until we left. But if you can get past all that, I want to talk about the food.
I must admit that I haven't had a lot of different things on the menu. That's because their famous XXX Burger is really amazing. The thing is about 6" in diameter (see picture, which doesn't really do it justice) and must have a pound of meat in it. My husband and I always spit it and it's still a huge meal. And it's not just the size that's notable, but the bun is some kind of warm toasty (homemade? I'm not sure) thing that is a nice change. And the XXX burger has grilled onions along with the other ingredients. Their fries are crispy on the outside--very good. Even after you pay the $2 splitting fee, it's a good bargain for feeding two people.
Now, the ice cream. In the past, we've had their HUMUNGUS root beer floats, which are really fun. Last night we both had ice cream on the brain, so we ordered a banana split to share. The menu boasts that their shakes and malts are made with premium Darigold ice cream, so we were really disappointed that the banana split was made with soft serve ice cream! I could hardly distinguish the ice cream from the whipped cream-it was so soft. Really a letdown. I won't make that mistake again.
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