Teddy's Bigger Burgers is a bona fide Hawaiian phenomenon, thanks to its hefty offerings, including grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce piled atop pattiees and inside buns with a sweetness and squish reminiscent of those diminutive Hawaiian rolls. Bonus points for having tater tots.
Teddy's arrived on the mainland a while ago, in the rather unlikely location of Woodinville (Seattle Met's 2009 burger issue bears testament to our enjoyment). Now the burger chain has a Seattle location in the works at 6900 E Greenlake Way N.
Ken Wong, the franchisee of the Greenlake location, visited Teddy's in Honolulu several years back and instantly became a fan. Greenlake felt like a match with Teddy's kid-friendly sensibilities, and the proximity to water reflects the Hawaiian, surfboardy vibe of Teddy's locations. "Hopefully we will have people ordering the food and taking it across the street to the lake."
There's a specialty burger menu—one that does not shy away from spicy accoutrements, or Hawaiian flavors. But customization is the big thing at Teddy's; you can bedeck a patty with jalapenos, onion rings, grilled pineapple, even peanut butter or pastrami. Each Teddy's store also has its own signature burger; Wong says the Greenlake version is still under development.
The Greenlake Teddy's will hopefully open by December or January, but you know how these things go, so be patient. Meanwhile, the Facebook page for the Woodinville store seems like a good place to keep an eye on updates. The franchisee of the Woodinville location has also signed on a space in Bothell, so look for a third Seattle-area Teddy's to open there in early 2014.