Best Burgers lives up to its name

If you are driving along Custer Road in Lakewood near the corner of Bridgeport Way and 72nd and see a silver building shaped like an old-fashioned diner, you are at Best Burger, home of good hamburgers and very good fish and chips, and famous for their fresh berry ice cream in season.
We were looking for a carryout fish and chips dinner and found this one-of-a-kind eatery online. Established in 1999, Best Burgers is family-run and has good, fresh food at reasonable prices. Drive up to the menu stand on either side of the building and pick out your dinner, wait and get your hot meal. On a nice day, walk up and get your order and eat at the picnic table in front. I love diners, and just being at Best Burger gave me a warm feeling.
We ordered fish and chips at $9.99, chicken sandwich at $6.99, and a Banana Mango Raspberry Smoothie at $3.99. Everything was cooked on site. The fish and chips was perfect. The three pieces of cod were lightly breaded and fried very crisp without any extra grease or oil dripping from each piece. The taste was mild and sweet, fragrant but not fishy, and the fries were nice and thick and also crisp without any fish taste, which indicates good, clean cooking oil is used. The meal came with tartar sauce and ketchup on the side.
The chicken sandwich came with a large grilled chicken breast, house dressing resembling thousand island, and romaine lettuce and tomato on a soft hoagy bun. The spices were tasty but not too hot, just enough to warm the tongue.
The smoothie was thick and rich and very mild-tasting; no one fruit was overpowering. Berry season is coming, and we will be going back for Best Burgers’ homemade ice cream.


Best Burgers
7714 Custer Road
Lakewood WA 98499
253472 – 0736
9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday
8 AM to 9 PM Saturday and Sunday


Carolyn Augustine, who writes Senior Eats for Senior Scene, is a freelance restaurant writer.