Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of burgers, drinks, and more at Mary's Burger Bistro in Tacoma.
Mary's Burger Bistro builds beefy, 1950s-style hamburgers and other soda-fountain classics from homemade french fries to old-fashioned milkshakes. A slab of breaded chicken or a 1/3-pound all-beef patty makes an excellent base for a leaning tower of eats ($4.99 a la carte) topped with bacon and mushrooms ($0.75 each). Fast-breaking burgers become winning baskets filled with chips, fries, or green salad (an additional $2.49), drenching their coach with a medium soda upon victory. Folks who prefer a meatless matchup can munch veggie burgers with pickles and onions ($1.25 for a single, $1.75 for a double) or gooey grilled cheeses on white or wheat bread ($2.99). Guests on a quest for zest will savor the Fiesta burger's trifecta of pepperjack cheese, jalapeños, and salsa ($5.50).
Mary's sweet treats, including ice cream sundaes ($1.99) and floats ($2.59), round out a square meal of meat and potatoes. Diners can customize a shake ($2.59 for a small, $3.59 for a large) with more than 20 flavors, inventing combos such as peppermint Oreo and peanut-butter root beer (add $.079 for real fruit and candy mix-ins).