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Beef, chicken and fish all comfortable on a burger

Whether made with chicken, fish or beef, the burger is the quintessential American dish. Though McDonald’s may have made them fast and easy to get, some places just build a better burger and truly do justice to this cornerstone of cuisine. And don’t forget a side of fries; burgers just look lonely without them.

BOOMER’S DRIVE-IN

310 N. Samish Way

647-2666

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

For a blast from the past, head to Boomer’s for classic drive-in service; order from your car or head inside to sit by the fire to enjoy a juicy burger and some crispy waffle fries.

Beef and chicken burgers abound — topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, guacamole and more — or garden burgers are available for the vegetarian crowd. Top off your meal with a thick peanut-butter-chocolate milkshake and you’re good to go.

BURGER ME

1220 Lakeway Drive

715-1843

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Burger Me’s menu includes all the classics one would expect from a well-run burger joint: juicy burgers, fresh-cut fries and frozen custard made daily in a variety of flavors.

But Burger Me’s newest addition to their menu might just blow everything you thought you knew about burgers out of the water. It’s a bacon cheeseburger; and get this, it’s served on a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Consider the bar raised.

BOB’S BURGERS AND BREW

8107 Guide Meridian, Lynden, 354-2125; 1781 Main St., Ferndale, 384-1766; 819 Cherry St., Sumas, 988-4483; 2145 Lake Whatcom Blvd., Bellingham, 671-1612; 2955 Newmarket St. #101, Bellingham, 647-3355.

Hours: Varies at each restaurant, most 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Bob’s is the place to go for a local take on a wide variety of gourmet burgers. Served with a heap of jo-jos or fries, or a salad to mitigate the damage to your arteries, these burgers are jaw-unhingingly large.

The burgers come with beef patties or grilled chicken and are smothered with anything from sautéed mushrooms to thinly sliced ham. Or hit up happy hour for half-priced appetizers if you’re in a munchies mood.

RED ROBIN

100 Telegraph Road

734-9991

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight

The bird is the word for gourmet burgers with all kinds of fixings. From the Royal Burger topped with a fried egg to the double-patty Monster Burger to a pot roast burger, Red Robin runs the gamut of things you eat between a bun.

They even have a patty served without the bun for their carb-conscious clientele. But for those not watching their carbs, two words: bottomless fries.

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