8 Oz Burger and Co. is Opening Second Location in Ballard

Photo credit to Steven Baldwin

Local burger-vores have cause to rejoice as 8oz. Burger Bar (re-named 8 oz. Burger and Co., as it is not part of the 8 oz. Burger national chain), opens its second restaurant on Market Street in Ballard this November. In a newly renovated and restyled space, tailored to the Ballard Neighborhood, diners will be able to enjoy all that has made 8oz. such a hit in Seattle. The new restaurant will be located in the old Hamburger Harry’s space at 2409 Market slated to open its doors shortly after Thanksgiving.

Serving up locally-named designer burgers has become a unique trademark for 8oz., earning them numerous awards including “Best Burger in Seattle” by Eater and “Top 10 Fries in Seattle” by Seattle Met. Distinguishing his menu from everyone else’s is paramount to owner, Kevin Chung- who created each burger from the bun up. “Though we opened our Capitol Hill location with the name 8oz. Burger, we quickly veered from the traditional 8oz. menu and created our own,” says Chung. “Seattleites are starting to realize that while we share a name, we are our own locally-owned restaurant with our own distinct thoughtfully designed menu- in no way part of the 8oz. Burger chain.” 

Touting burgers constructed from scratch by Kevin, himself 8 oz. Burger and Co.’s one-of-a-kind creations do Seattle proud. Take the Madison, made with house blend and topped with watercress, ale roasted mushroom, charred onions, thyme infused truffle salt, cave-aged gruyere and herb aioli. Or how about The Jackson, with house blend, lettuce, charred onions, fried green tomato, gouda, smoky bacon mayo and BBQ sauce. There is no doubt the burgers are drool-worthy but with toppings that range from macaroni and cheese (yes, on top of a burger!) to fried egg, to grilled Brussels sprouts- the most important ingredient in 8oz. burgers is the meat and the bun. “We always say- not all burgers were created equal. If you don’t have the right foundation, a burger just can’t stand up to all of its accoutrements.” Adds Chung, “I want our burgers to offer something for everyone- from the foodie, to the guy who likes his burger with ketchup and mustard.”

It’s his passion for getting things just right, that took Chung around the country in search of the ultimate burger. He worked on perfecting the craft as the owner of The Village Pub in Magnolia for three years before opening 8 Oz. Burger on Capitol Hill.

The new Ballard location will offer some of 8oz. traditional crowd-pleasers, but will also highlight a brand new menu, unique burgers, custom specialty rubs, house blended beef, local beers and spirits- and of course an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. In addition, the Capitol Hill location, will be rebranding itself as 8oz. Burger and Co. to further distance itself from the 8oz. Burger chain- of which, it has never been a part.

Check out all things 8oz. Burger and Co. at www.8ozburgerbarsea.com.

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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