A major birthday happened last week for locals that many may have missed or didn’t realize. It was the 55th birthday of Seattle’s venerable Dick’s Drive-In. To quote the great Sir Mix-a-Lot, ”Dick’s is the place where the cool hang out‘. Indeed it is Mix, indeed it is.
If you’ve lived or visited Seattle for any amount of time (eight hours or 80 years) you are probably familiar with Dick’s. It is part of the local fabric. It ties neighborhoods, it is a social hub, it starts an outing, it ends an evening, it provides comfort, and it is something that is uniquely Seattle. Dick’s is our own and we all love it.
Many platitudes rang down across the blogosphere wishing Dick’s a happy 55th. Always a milestone to hit that elusive double-nickel, particularly when it’s in the service industry. But Dick’s is different, they’ve always held tight to their ideals, and this may have contributed to their longevity. Plus they’re about fresh ingredients. For instance, their beef gets trucked in everyday and they hand blend all of their shakes. They also have strict guidelines that many have strong opinions about; they do not allow substitutions and you have to pay for the condiments. And you’ll need cash; they don’t take cards or checks.
But the food, the experience and the nostalgia is what makes people return to Dick’s. I remember going to the Dick’s on 45th during college before Husky games. I remember when my dad would bring us to the one on Holman (always forgotten as the fifth Dick’s location) for some afterschool food. The one on Capitol Hill is always good after a night on the town. And I visited the Lake City location after hitting up the comic book store. The Queen Anne location is the only location with indoor seating. I used to always go here with old co-workers for lunch.
These are but a handful of memories, all locals have them and each Dick’s location has a story to tell. A fun one is from high school when I’d meet my friends before we all went out for formal dances. They’d rent a limo to have a night on the town, but where would they go for dinner? Dicks. Or the time I went with a friend who just received her Masters. Dick’s treats you if you wear your cap and gown, so we rolled in. I’m sure they expected a high school graduate, not 2osomethings. We still had a great time.
I love Dick’s for what they are and what they provide to Seattle. They provide charitable services throughout the region. That they also have a great worker’s compensation program. Dick’s is just a great local institution. I’ve had many great memories at Dick’s and I’m sure my friends could say the same – I’m sure you could say the same too. I’ll look forward to going back again and again to wish them happy birthday for another 55 years.