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Great State Burger is a New Spin on Family-Friendly Dining



Josh Henderson’s empire grows with the family-friendly offerings of Great State Burger.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

 

Josh Henderson cemented his pioneer status in 2007 when he elevated an Airstream trailer into a gourmet street food movement with the creation of Skillet Street Food. From that first Airstream, to founding the Huxley Wallace Collective and a dozen other restaurants, Henderson is now one of the Seattle restaurant scene's major players. 

Henderson currently lives in Queen Anne with his partner Kimberly and their four children, and Great State Burger is the product of his decision to explore the classic, family-friendly American Burger Joint. He and his team focus on high-quality ingredients, sourcing grass-fed, organically raised beef for their burgers, and partnering with Charlie’s Produce to get the freshest vegetables delivered daily. They pride themselves on the quality of their food, saying “most of the fast-food options out there don’t focus on organic or grass-fed ingredients, and that’s a real driving force for us.” 

 

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

 

The menu keeps it strong and simple, offering a single or double cheeseburger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and their own burger sauce. There’s also a kids burger available with just cheese and ketchup, as well as a veggie burger made with organic grains and seasonal vegetables. The crinkle-cut Yukon Gold fries are bites of crispy perfection, and Henderson calls their organic milkshakes, made from Ballard’s Parfait ice cream and Theo chocolate, “an epic treat” for his kids. Craft beers are available on tap for the parents, as well as Seattle’s own Jones sodas for the kiddos. 

 

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

 

Great State Burgers has two locations (South Lake Union and Laurelhurst) with plans to open another 6 to 8 locations around Seattle over the next few years. A spot in Greenwood is planned to open by the end of 2016, complete with a play area where “parents can come and grab a beer and watch their kids tumble around.” Online and mobile ordering will be available this summer, making it even easier for parents who need to grab and go. 

 

2041 7th Ave, Seattle; and 3600 NE 45th St, Seattle

greatstateburger.com

 

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