Cheeseburger in Paradise (aka Redmond)

Get gourmet burgers and fried cheese at Feed Co. Burgers

There’s a place for burger aficionados to get their fix on the Eastside. Feed Co. Burgers opened in July, bringing gourmet burgers at affordable prices to downtown Redmond.

20160114_FeedCo_0120Restauranteur and chef Scott Staples has designed a menu that offers everything from beer to milkshakes, to burgers stacked high with toppings and gooey, crispy fried cheese curds.

On the corner of Leary Way, Feed Co. is housed in a former butcher shop, a perfect place for a restaurant that celebrates the finer points of ground beef.

“You can see the history in the floor,” Staples said, pointing to the concrete floor with chipped paint.

Feed Co. is bright and clean inside with long picnic tables, and there’s a patio outside. Staples’ wife, Heather, has a background in architecture and construction and helped design the
new restaurant.

The name Feed Co. is meant to describe the restaurant’s overall look and feel from the outside. “It just kind of to us looked like one of the old hay and feed stores,” said Staples.

This isn’t Staples’ first foray into the world of burgers. In 2012, he opened the ever-popular Fremont-based burger restaurant Uneeda Burger, and there are also burgers at his gastropub Quinn’s in Seattle. His first restaurant in Seattle, Restaurant Zoe, serves fine food and is named after his daughter. Quinn’s is named after his son.

20160114_FeedCo_0388Originally from Colorado, Staples grew up in the kitchen, working in his father’s restaurant, and starting out as a dishwasher. His interest in food led him to mentorships and adventures around the world. In the early ’90s, Staples moved to Milan to study classic cuisine.

Feed Co. was inspired by a Napa Valley favorite, Taylor’s Refresher, a roadside fine fast-food burger joint in St. Helena, California, as well as popular New York-based chain Shake Shack.

Staples wanted to create something family-oriented while still serving food of the highest caliber. His menu ranges from the $5 Classic Feed Burger to the $13 Bison burger. He’s created an approachable menu to attract everyone from parents with tots to full-fledged gourmands.

The classic burger is the most popular item on the menu, a 4-ounce patty with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and Quinn’s special sauce.

The signature burgers feature juicy 6-ounce patties and have a different price point. Staples’ favorite is the Big Bison, a hefty serving of bison meat topped with crispy truffle shoestring potatoes, French onions, Gruyere, and Quinn’s mayo.

Staples uses only hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, often from Oregon’s Painted Hills farm and others.

20160114_FeedCo_0071“You have these cows that are like 800 pounds … and 60 percent of that is all ground beef,” Staples said. “Having two restaurants, like here and at Zoe, we can take on and commit to small farmers first and say, ‘We’re going to use your cows.’”

Seasonal, fresh, and locally sourced is Staples’ food philosophy. That means some menu items change, like the vegetable tempura. In January, the veggie of choice was broccolini. “I’m really happy with the food and where it’s at,” said Staples.

When you go:

Feed Co.
7990 Leary Way N.E., Redmond
Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
What we ordered: A Texicana burger with a side of crispy cheese curds, and a huckleberry shake. The burger comes with a grilled pepper on top of a fresh bun!

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