4903 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811847.557797 -122.285015
This small storefront serves up big sandwiches to hungry barbecue seekers in Columbia City's downtown district. – In Short
Tender meats piled high in excellent buns: It's barbecue in its most basic, and most nearly portable, form. While messy sauce-laden sandwiches will never work well as street food, the tender pulled pork, pulled chicken and brisket all make a quick and tasty lunch. Sturdy burgers--bacon and cheese are optional--are another popular choice, and fans of the regional Georgia mustard barbecue sauce will be thrilled to find it north of the Mason Dixon.
I didn't even know cheeseburgers could be so tasty... – To say that Roy's serves up the tastiest burgers in town doesn't even do them justice. I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of cheeseburgers, and agree with everyone's great reviews of local burger joints Daly's and Red Mill - they are tasty indeed - but they don't hold a candle to the burgers that Roy's consistently produces. The meat is hand delivered every morning from Bob's Meats right next door and the buns come from the delicious Columbia Bakery right down the street. The owners of Roy's are so warm and friendly and they even display local art on thier walls, which is cool to check out while waiting for your food. The restaurant is basically a long hallway, but leave it to the smallest joint in town to pump out the best burgers!
Do yourself a favor, come down to Columbia City and pop into Roy's - you won't regret it!
Not to be missed... – This is surely the best, if also the most unsung, BBQ place in Seattle. New owners have kept original Roy's original sauces - try the Georgia Gold - but have spruced up the place no end. The sauces are not oversweet, portions are large, the homemade coleslaw and potato salad are terrific, and the hamburgers are IMO the best in town, esp. if you skip the mayo, etc., and have the Georgia Gold instead. And they'll cook 'em medium rare or rarer. I live in Wedgwood but still consider this my can't-miss favorite.
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